Erik G

Author's details

Name: Erik Gallegos
Date registered: October 3, 2011
URL: http://videogameologists.com

Biography

A game designer who graduated with a literature degree. Go figure. Currently hard at work at making games.

Latest posts

  1. “21 Heroes!” – Overwatch Epic Rap by Dan Bull — July 24, 2016
  2. Idea Channel Discusses What Boss Fights Can Teach Us — July 24, 2016
  3. “Portraits of Heroes” – Overwatch Fan Art by Miguel Mercado — July 24, 2016
  4. Kingdom Hearts’ “Dearly Beloved” Acoustic Guitar Cover perf. by ArnyUnderCover — July 23, 2016
  5. DidYouKnowGaming? Dishes Out Some Trivia About Perfect Dark — July 23, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Freedom Planet: Ethically Challenged But Still Fun — 4 comments
  2. Question: The Issue of the Gay Planet — 4 comments
  3. Generation Gap: When Nostalgia Ruins Games Forever — 3 comments
  4. Everything Wrong with Thief in 15 Minutes – Awkward Cuts and Minor Plot Holes — 3 comments
  5. We’re so…so…sorry — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

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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Jul 21

What’s That Pokemon Game? – HoopsandHipHop Takes You Through 10 Pokemon Games You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

  HoopsandHipHop has a top 10 of Pokemon games you might not have heard of. Now, if anyone lived through the late 90’s, you might remember that Pokemon ruled the world. Turns out a lot of people like collecting a colorful cast of monsters and training them to battle. So while I didn’t know about …

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Jul 21

Kotaku: “Japanese Video Game History Is Disappearing” by Brian Ashcraft

Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft has an article about his experience talking with Grasshopper Manufacture’s Goichi Suda at BitSummer. Together they discuss Japan’s history of video game preservation (mainly that they old arcade cabinets use to be thrown out instead of stored). They also talk about Suda’s debut game, The Silver Case, which originally was released on …

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Jul 20

Undertale/Kingdom Hearts Mash-Up: “Memory of Hikari” by TeraCMusic

  I don’t think it’s common for me to find mash-ups video game covers, but this was of Memory from Undertale and Hikari from Kingdom Hearts by TeraCMusic is absolutely brilliant.

Jul 20

Symettra and Neurodiversity – Why Representation Matters

  It’s important that Rae Wood‘s analysis for the importance of neurodiversity is plainly “because people who are not neuro typical might enjoy seeing themselves represented in an important character role” because that really as simple as it needs to be. In my recent Overwatch article, I said the same thing and though I was …

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Jul 20

Pokemon Go and Accessibility: Not Impossible But It Will Need Work

Recently, Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio wrote an article discussing the feelings of exclusion disabled gamers have felt over the explosion of Pokemon Go. To me, it’s a really easy to understand article. Here’s a game, that everyone is playing and you really want to play it as well, but you physically cannot and that sucks.   …

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