Jul 26

Pokemon GO’s “Battle! Wild Pokemon” A Capella Cover perf. by Smooth McGroove

  In case you haven’t noticed, everyone is playing Pokemon GO. Like everyone. So don’t be surprised if this Smooth McGroove A Capella cover is going to be the only Pokemon GO cover you hear.

Jul 26

“Birthrights and Mercy” – Fan Art by Paula Biedma

I’ve been playing a lot of Overwatch and Fire Emblem, so it’s fitting that I stumble across Paula Biedma’s Deviant Art and saw these excellent pieces. I’ve also found a .Hack folder that has some interesting OC stuff based on the Cursed Wave. It’s really cool, since I don’t see a lot of .Hack fan …

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Jul 25

Donkey Kong Country 2’s “Stickerbrush Symphony” Acoustic Cover perf. by The Team Players

  This cover of one of my favorite Donkey Kong songs comes from The Team Players.

Jul 25

The History of the Famicom Disk System – Gaming Historian

  Gaming Historian talks about the Famicom Disk System. I didn’t even know this existed. I think I might have actually liked having one game on a disk and going to a kiosk to change it. It was essentially like a video game red box. It’s weird to think that Nintendo was actually very quick …

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Jul 25

Kotaku: “The Struggle To Bring More Women Into Game Development” by Cecilia D’Anastasio

Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio has this really great article talking about essay compilation “Women in Game Development” and it’s a fantastic read. The collection of essays are written by women who are in the game industry or want to be in the game industry and discussing the systemic sexism that has existed in gaming culture of …

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Jul 24

“21 Heroes!” – Overwatch Epic Rap by Dan Bull

  Dan Bull has this amazing rap featuring the 21 heroes of Overwatch (though I’ve heard that’s changing soon with the addition of one more.)   Like this song and want to buy it? Well, now you can.  

Jul 24

Idea Channel Discusses What Boss Fights Can Teach Us

  Mike of PBS Idea Channel has a really interesting reading on boss battles. I really like his description of boss fights as “distinct moments of progress.” Years ago, I wrote an article on what the point of boss battles were, in which I said that boss battles are there to test your technical mastery …

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Jul 24

“Portraits of Heroes” – Overwatch Fan Art by Miguel Mercado

Sometimes fan art is so good you just want to frame it and hang them in museum. Just check out this Overwatch fan art by Miguel Mercado. I bet in a few hundred years scholars will look at this and speculate whether these were real people or not. Check out some of my favorites, but …

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Jul 23

Kingdom Hearts’ “Dearly Beloved” Acoustic Guitar Cover perf. by ArnyUnderCover

  Wow, Dearly Beloved from Kingdom Hearts sounds really beautiful on an acoustic guitar. It was already a pretty song, but I think I might like it better like this. Thank you ArnyUnderCover for giving us such a great cover.

Jul 23

DidYouKnowGaming? Dishes Out Some Trivia About Perfect Dark

  DidYouKnowGaming? gives us some facts and trivia behind the development of Perfect Dark. Some of those tidbits are pretty nifty, like how Joanna Dark’s name come from Joan of Arc (Jeanne D’Arc). Others are a bit more hilarious like providing high heels to your motion capture actor. I suppose the easier solution might have …

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Jul 23

“Overwatch Cats” – Overwatch Cat Fan Art by Lillu

Did you ever think there was something missing from Overwatch? Like, it could be better if one thing was changed? Is that one thing making all the characters cats? Well then you and Lillu are in agreement (I assume) because that’s what Lillu drew. Check out this fan art and then check out the rest …

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Jul 22

Xenoblade Chronicles X’s “Sylvalum (Night)” Electronic/Rock Cover perf. by Shady Cicada

  I can always count on Shady Cicada to give us some rock covers from unexpected sources. I’m always seeing love for Xenoblade Chronicles X, but not so much for the music. Personally, the game is really intimidating to start when you don’t have a lot of free time in the first place. I’m still …

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Jul 22

On Downwell’s Elegance and Depth – Game Maker’s Toolkit

  Mark Brown of Game Maker’s Toolkit discusses the elegance of the game Downwell and how game designers can increase depth from simple mechanics provided each mechanic does about two or three different things.

Jul 22

“The Final Concert” – Final Splatfest Comic by 3D ROD

TumblrArtist 3D ROD is celebrating the final Splatfest with this touching comic. I think it’s a great reminder of how Splatoon has brought many of us together. How it was an incredibly journey and showed the world how to make a shooter game that isn’t based around gritty realism or killing. I love this game …

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Jul 21

Civilization IV’s “Baba Yetu” Accordion Cover perf. by Jackson Parodi

  Since I don’t play much (or any) of the Civilization games, the first time I heard this piece performed was at Video Games Live and I instantly fell in love with it. While it may not have the majesty of the original, I commend Jackson Parodi for tackling this cover with his accordion. It’s …

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