Sep 19

Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s “Icarus” perf. by Songs of Adventure

  Well it’s not too often that I get to hear a Deus Ex: Human Revolution cover. This was actually pretty amazing managing to perfectly recreate the track from the game but also moving it away from just being ambient and making it more present.   This song was performed by Caitlin and Vaughan who …

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Sep 19

8 Examples of Video Game Lawsuits That, Well, Backfired

  These certainly are some silly examples of why a game would be sued. My particular favorite was Universal finding themselves violating Nintendo’s copyright over the word “Kong”. While these are silly lawsuits that are notable for how badly they backfired, I think it’s always important to remind people that not every video game is …

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Sep 19

“And That’s Why You’re In!” – A Webcomic Strip Imagining The Origins of This Super Smash Fighter

Warning: The following comic contains spoilers for secret characters in Super Smash Bros. Don’t look at it if you want to and somehow have remained completely unaware of who is in the final roster.       ——————–   This is pretty touching comic by Brian (no last name given) who runs the Tumblr blog …

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Sep 19

Jason Paul Freeruns Through a Real Life Sidescroller.

  A real-life side scrolling platformer? Awesome! There are just simply no words to describe how much fun watching this was. Plus, performing on a moving train really was the best detail for me. It looked just like the kind of parallax scrolling you would find in a Sonic the Hedgehog game.

Sep 18

Classic Book Covers for Classic Games From Gamertee

There is a certain aesthetic to those classic book covers that are definitely lost to our modern era. Even classic video games, or games that we at least consider classic, don’t have that same kind of “oldness” that I think draws some people towards collecting old books. That’s why these old book covers of some …

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Sep 18

James Zapata Makes The Legend of Zelda Look Like Skyrim

I think people really want The Legend of Zelda to more like Skyrim. In fact, I know I’m expecting something similar to Skyrim with the next Zelda game but since we already know what the new art style is going to be like, it’s safe to say that it’s not going to look exactly like …

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Sep 18

Inspiration and Easter Eggs – Did You Know Gaming: Mass Effect

  Some really interesting tidbits and trivia here about the Mass Effect series. It’s pretty cool how the alien races all had some animal or folklore related inspirations. Except for that race of all women. I wonder what everyone was like when that was brought up.   “Yes so we have this race inspired by …

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Sep 17

Polygon: “In the shadow of a $2.5 billion deal, one famed game dev slips away” by Brian Crecente

An article over at Polygon by Brian Crecente looks back on the reasons why a video game rock star like Notch would sell his company and go on to smaller, more meaningful projects.   So yeah, Markus Persson, also known as Notch and the creator of Minecraft, sold Mojang to Microsoft and left. He feared …

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Sep 17

Tough Choices Makes Satisfying Endings – Really Freakin’ Clever Looks at Mass Effect 2

I’m not entirely sure how “clever” this is, but it’s definitely good game design and good use of a narrative to influence the emotions of the player. Maybe it’s something that you have to experience for yourself, since I’ve yet to play any game in the Mass Effect trilogy (I know, shame on me). After …

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Sep 17

The First Trailer for Rakuen, Plus Soundtrack Preview

  One of the musicians I follow on YouTube, Laura Shigihara, is also a game designer (I didn’t know that before) and has been working on this game project here for a while now. As well as doing the audio, programming, and pixel art). I don’t know much about what the core gameplay is going …

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Sep 17

Awesome Video Game Sculptures By Brandon Thomas

DeviantArt user BThomas64 (AKA Brandon Thomas) makes some pretty cool sculptures as his form of video game fan art and it’s not one that I see too often.What’s great is that he still manages to apply his own style to these, making them cuter or more expressive than the characters they are based on. There’s …

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Sep 16

SimCity 2000’s “Serious Sims” EWI Cover by Peter Anthony Smith (With Trivia!)

  Music and trivia all in one? What a great combination! SimCity I feel is a not a game that gets too many of its songs covered, so it’s a good thing that Peter Anthony Smith and his trusty EWI is here to provide a pretty faithful sounding recreation.    

Sep 16

A Link to the Past Brought to Animated Life in Episode 1 of Zeldamotion

Remember that trailer for a Link to the Past fan-animation project? Maybe not because that was quite a while ago. Well, it looks like it’s finally happening and it has left a very good impression on me. The voice acting was pretty good, though I will never get use to a voice actually coming out …

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Sep 16

Would It Be Better If We Took the “Free” Out of “Free-to-Play”

Without a doubt, mobile games are popular. While some deride their simplicity and never ending nature, I actually applaud that kind of approach to games. Some of the best games around never truly end, even if you hit the credits. Competitive games for example tend to keep going for anyone who is interested in battling …

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Sep 16

These Nintendo Character Posters by Michael Pitropov Look Dead Inside

These Nintendo character posters by Michael Pitropov are unsettling creepy. The lack of pupils in Link, Mario, and Fox remind me of 2D from the Gorillaz. Pitropov has a gallery full of trippy stuff like this, maybe even more so if you like this definitely check it out.  

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