Nov 27

Final Fantasy VII’s “Battle Theme” Acoustic Guitar Cover perf. by the Super Guitar Bros.

  This battle music is so close to being relaxing when on acoustic guitars. If you liked this song, then check out the rest of the Super Guitar Bros. covers. Or, you can just buy their album.

Nov 27

Polygon: “Gaming’s Mom problem: Why do we refuse to feature mothers in games? ” by Carly Smith

Since it’s Thanksgiving for those of us in the United States, and because I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, I figured it was a perfect time to share this article written by Polygon’s Carly Smith on gaming’s portrayal of mothers.   Smith makes the excellent point of how many major blockbuster …

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Nov 27

Reality Check Delves Into the Psychology of Player-Created Characters

This has been an element of game psychology that has always intrigued me. Though, I would have never guessed that having a too idealized version of yourself could hurt immersion. You would think it was the opposite, that you would always make yourself “ideal” but I suppose everyone’s ideal self will contain whatever quirks and …

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Nov 26

Dragon Age perf. by Lindset Stirling

Lindsey Stirling returns with an epic music video taking place in Dragon Age. This is part of her album Shatter Me that will be available on the 28th. Here are a bunch of links to where to get it. Amazon: http://bit.ly/shattermedeluxe Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/bnshattermedeluxe iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ShatterMe Target (deluxe version): http://smarturl.it/ShatterMeTAR Amazon: http://smarturl.it/ShatterMeAMZ   Note: …

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Nov 26

Gamasutra: “She’s Not Playing It Wrong” Laralyn McWilliams

A great article by Laralyn McWilliams on Gamasutra that kind of talks about two issues in games using the same method. She talks about the importance of understanding a player’s feelings and emotions when playing your game and how justifying your stubbornness with data, even accurate data, is not always a good reason. For example, …

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Nov 26

Gone Home and Efficiency

It finally happened. I finally played The Fullbright Company‘s game Gone Home and thought it was pretty good. What finally spurred me to play this game? All the discussion surrounding it and what it means to be a game. Now, I’ve already answered why I think Gone Home is a game and how it fulfills …

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Nov 26

A Pirate’s Life Is Not For Those That Face These Creative Anti-Piracy Techniques – VG Facts Five Trivia

Knowing how much work goes into making even a semi-functional game, it’s pretty hard for me to find a justification for game piracy. I had plenty of friends in high school who tried, but when I said I was going to be a game designer that usually made them change the subject. That’s why I …

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Nov 25

Portal’s “Still Alive” perf. by LadyGameLyric and Diwa De Leon

  Super classy version of the gaming classic “Still Alive”. Seriously, great vocals by LadyGameLyric and great instrumentation by Diwa De Leon.   Hey, you can even buy it on Loudr!

Nov 25

Did You Know Gaming Breaks Down Some of Smash Bros.’ Advanced Techniques

In case you ever wanted to know what all the fuss was about regarding “advanced techniques” when it came to Smash Bros.   I think one of the biggest problems with these techniques is their implementation. It seems like having information hidden or made obscure has always been a problem with Nintendo’s most competitive games, …

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Nov 25

Why Dr. Mario is Back in Smash – Comic by 100 Skulls

Another tale of how a character came to Smash, or in this case, how he returned to Smash.     Yes, according to Tumblr user 100 Skulls, Dr. Mario is a separate character to Mario and has a score to settle with the Nintendo icon.

Nov 24

Final Fantasy VII’s “Cosmo Canyon” Guitar Cover perf. by DSC

A very cool and dramatic cover of Cosmo Cayon by DSC. He’s made it available to download to if you liked it.

Nov 24

Gamespot’s 10 Years of WoW – The Tank, The Texan, the Replaser, and The Daughter

Here’s the rest of the of Gamespot’s 10 Years of Wow mini-series documentary.   One of the biggest problems I had with MMOs that use the World of Warcraft formula is that I never got the hang of fitting into a niche role. I didn’t know if I wanted to be DPS or Tank, use …

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Nov 24

Goodbye Xbox 360

For a system I secretly wanted to hate, Xbox, you did a hell of a job entertaining me for years. But it seems now is the time to make the transition to your newer model because games have decided to move from the old consoles onto newer, greener pastures. No game points that direction more …

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Nov 24

Reality Check Looks at What It Takes to Create The Paris of Assassin’s Creed: Unity

  Creating a game world based off reality must be a pain, but nonetheless super rewarding. It’s a shame that everything I’ve heard about AC: Unity indicates that it falls short in a lot of areas but certainly not in it’s recreation of Paris. It just looks so big and detailed. I would get the …

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Nov 21

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and 3DS “Theme” Guitar Cover perf. by Epic Game Music

To end today, I would like to show this music video by Epic Game Music honoring the release of Super Smash Bros. Wii U. What a great way to conclude a truly fun day of Smashing and hanging out with friends.

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