Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 31

What’s In a Game

Game as a ritual is a really interesting way to think about games. Everyone does something constantly, like a hobby. Games are a hobby, but maybe even more than that. Nowadays instead of just meeting up with friends at a bar or having every Friday be movie night, it’s game night or you meet up …

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Jul 31

Batman Has Had Some Hard Times in the Video Game World

It seems that super hero games in general were cursed with sucking, not just movie tie in games. It’s good thing we know that Batman’s future ends on a high note after this all time low.

Jul 31

How Developers Can Keep Players Playing

It seems that in the battle of developers vs. retailers, a tactic employed by the game developers is the use of downloadable content to keep players from trading in their games. In this Gamasutra article, head of Avalanche studios Christofer Sundberg urges developers to think of new ways to keep players interested in their games, …

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Jul 31

How Do You Know When You Suck at Pokemon?

You know you’re in trouble when you’re Pokemon wants to go with Team Rocket. You also know you suck when Team Rocket says you’re a monster.

Jul 30

300 Recreated in Skyrim

Kind of in the same vein as the TF2 movie clips using Source filmmaker, I found this very entertaining. The only parts I didn’t like was when the fighting started cause I couldn’t see anything. Other than that, I hope someone make a game mode that has you fight off hordes of enemies like in …

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Jul 30

Bonus Round: Storytelling in Gaming, David Jaffe vs. Tom Bissell

Bonus Round What caught my eye about this is David Jaffe. Ever since he gave a talk about how video game writers need to rethink how to tell their stories I’ve been trying to follow what he says. Jaffe makes a lot of great points in this, and naturally I agree with him. Awesome movie …

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Jul 30

Summer Backlog Challenge

I have Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution sitting on my desk begging me to play them. Dead Island is hidden just under them while Bioshock is shaking its head telling me to finish him first. Then there‚Äôs Steam popping up first thing when I boot up my PC wanting me to login. …

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Jul 30

Robert Settle: Women and Violence in Video Games

This article, while rather blunt and maybe could have used more tact, discusses the hypocrisies of the controversy surrounding violence and women in the gaming world.   I definitely agree with the article, that if Tomb Raider wanted to use rape as a central plot point, then people can’t act like it has never happened …

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Jul 29

Screw-Attack Video Game Vault: Twisted Metal

ScrewAttack’s Video Game Vault Sadly, the first Twisted Metal game I played was the new Twisted Metal, and I had a lot of fun with it. I’m glad to see that they didn’t have to change much in that game from the original and that proves that the idea behind it was a great one.

Jul 29

Soothing String Cover of A Link to the Past’s Title Theme

This brings back so many memories. A Link to the Past had some really great music, no matter if it’s older like the song this game is from, or from recent titles like Skyward Sword.

Jul 29

Pach-Attack: The Price of Next-Gen

Pach-Attack! This was a pretty interesting episode in that Pachter delves into issues like IoS devices and the pricing for the next-gen games. I’m pretty glad to hear that he doesn’t suspect that next-gen games on the PS4 and 720 won’t go up because the technical stuff won’t be too different, but what struck me …

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Jul 29

Behind the Scenes of Dead Space 3 with Gary Scarenopolis

Aw man, some of these ideas are just too perfect for a horror game. I think with these idea implemented, Dead Space 3 might be the first ever game with a rating recommending it to those who have actually faced the horrors of war.

Jul 28

Did You Know These Things About Final Fantasy?

I knew that this was almost the last game Sakaguchi worked on. I didn’t know that FF7 was him coping through the loss of his mother.

Jul 28

I’ve Never Heard the Original, and This is Crazy, something something something, Swapnote Me Maybe

True, I’ve never heard the original version of this song. I first heard it recreated through Star Wars lines and now here’s a 3DS themed one. Yay!

Jul 28

Experience the Horror of Early 90’s Video Game Violence

It’s amazing how long the violence conversation in video games has gone on. One gem was that book author who said kids are more likely to fight within families and with siblings. Like teenagers? Heck, I know a lot of people who fought with their families and sibling arguments has been around forever. Anyways, does …

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