Jan 28

Video Games Might Be Too Long? – PBS Game/Show

Another PBS Game/Show!   I do agree that games might be becoming too long and that there exists in some communities this idea that hour required somehow equals a better game. Jamin’s idea for being able to adjust the story is flawed however. While I think the option to skip cutscenes the first time you …

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Jan 27

Portal 2’s “Want You Gone” perf. by Sabrina Valenzuela feat. David Nyman

  I honestly like this song more than Portal’s “Still Alive”. It has a bit more to it but I can understand why it isn’t quite as iconic. Luckily, there are a few like Sabrina Valenzuela and David Nyman creating cool covers of this song.

Jan 27

Femhype: “Press X to Exit: What It’s Like Gaming With Anxiety” by Mir

Mir, from Femhype, has an article about playing games with anxiety. It’s definitely given me a very different perspective on how people can enjoy, or rather, sometimes not enjoy games and just how AAAA game trends tend to not favor people who have to deal with these kinds of issues.   I guess there’s a …

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Jan 27

PBS Game/Show Experiences, Consolidates, and Recalls if Game Memories Are Real

  I’ve sadly been neglecting PBS Game/Show for a while now so let me go back a few weeks and look at this episode which asks “are video game memories real?”   It’s kind of an interesting question because I’ve always answered yes to this question. I’ve written school papers on how players take their game …

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Jan 26

Smash Bros./Wario Ware’s “Ashley’s Song” perf. by The String Player Gamer Feat. Miss SPG

This is probably one of my favorite songs from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I do wish I could have enjoyed it in Wario Ware, but either way, it’s fun to listen rather it’s the original or Diwa De Leon’s cover.

Jan 26

Joystiq: “Gaming while black: Casual racism to cautious optimism” by Jessica Conditt

A great article by Jessica Conditt on Joystiq.com discussing the history of gaming while black and what modern day challenges developers and gamers are facing in order to make the gaming community more diverse and inviting.   One of the big points for me is the statistic identifying the rate of growth amongst black game …

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Jan 26

Tempering Expectations, Ignoring the Hype

If you live in the U.S., then you’ve heard about this interesting new show that hit Netflix called Black Mirror. I’m sure you’ve at least come across an article or two with the mentioned named since my Twitter and RSS feed can’t stop begging me to watch this show. Black Mirror is the BBC sci-fi …

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Jan 26

The History Behind Assassin’s Creed Unity Isn’t so Simple and Stabby – History Respawn

  Hope you’re ready for a crash course in the French Revolution, because this episode of History Respawn talks about the setting and time period of Assassin’s Creed Unity.   This video is part of a series. If you liked it, then I suggest checking out the rest of it on it’s YouTube Channel.

Jan 23

World of Warcraft’s “Legends of Azeroth” perf. by Critical Hit

  Critical Hit, an epic group of musicians covering game music, recently created a video for one of their songs from their first album. These guys definitely have a way of upping the ante when it comes to game covers as their work is always top quality and unique. If you liked this, then you …

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Jan 22

Nintendo Medley perf. by FAMIKOTO

Here’s something you don’t get to hear everyday. A Nintendo medley played on traditional Japanese instruments by FAMIKOTO. You should definitely check out their channel as they have done a lot of different covers.

Jan 22

“Princesses” Fanart by Yagaminou

These digital paintings by Deviant Art user Yagaminou are fantastic. I sort of happened to pick characters from Nintendo games as my favorites, as they have backgrounds and some good use of subtle emotions but you should definitely check out more of his gallery.  

Jan 22

Polygon: “Conservative, stuffy old Nintendo and its weird habit of wild radicalism” by Colin Campbell

Polygon’s Colin Campbell recently wrote an article that gives us some insight into the Willy Wonka like workplace that is Nintendo. By talking to Dan Adelman, a former employee who was responsible for bridging together Nintendo and many indie developers, Campbell reveals Nintendo’s traditional and conservative corporate culture, one that rewards longevity and doesn’t necessarily …

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Jan 21

Sonic Adventure 2’s “It Doesn’t Matter” perf. by Sab Irene

  I love slower versions of songs…I don’t know why but it’s why I love this cover of It Doesn’t Matter from Sab Irene. This song already is one of my favorite songs from the Sonic series, so it’s great to see it still getting some love.

Jan 21

Gamasutra: “Postmortem: Monolith Productions’ Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor”

On Gamasutra, Michael de Plater, design director at WB Games studio Monolith Productions, wrote up a post-mortem on Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor detailing what went right and what went wrong with development on the game.   Overall, I really enjoyed this game but can definitely see where de Plater is coming from. The nemesis system …

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Jan 21

Hey! You Should Play Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds!

Yesterday, one of the games that defined my childhood finally returned. For the measly price of $5.99 you too can own a copy of Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Saga from the good ol’ folks of Good Old Games.   Star Wars: Galactic Battlegronds is a Star Wars real-time strategy game using the Age of Empire’s …

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