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. Portal’s “Still Alive” Banjo Instrumental perf. by Banjo Guy Ollie — November 28, 2014
  2. Gamespot’s 5 Games For Your Favorite Indie Gamer For PS4, Vita (and Maybe Those Other Platforms) — November 28, 2014
  3. Kotaku: “The History Of Gaming Balloons In The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” by Mike Fahey — November 28, 2014
  4. Final Fantasy VII’s “Battle Theme” Acoustic Guitar Cover perf. by the Super Guitar Bros. — November 27, 2014
  5. Polygon: “Gaming’s Mom problem: Why do we refuse to feature mothers in games? ” by Carly Smith — November 27, 2014

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

Nov 28

Portal’s “Still Alive” Banjo Instrumental perf. by Banjo Guy Ollie

  You’ve heard Still Alive done very classy, not let’s bring it home for a Still Alive instrumental on banjos by Banjo Guy Ollie.

Nov 28

Gamespot’s 5 Games For Your Favorite Indie Gamer For PS4, Vita (and Maybe Those Other Platforms)

I In honor of Black Friday, here’s Gamespot’s indie game recommendations, highlighting some of the quirkiest and strangest games created by independent developers.   I loved how every game on this list was for the PS4 or Vita. That “presented by Sony” disclaimer at the front did not disappoint.

Nov 28

Kotaku: “The History Of Gaming Balloons In The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” by Mike Fahey

Kotaku’s Mike Fahey wrote up a look at the history of video game characters appearing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s basically Sonic vs. Pikachu (though no Mario) ever since Sonic premiered in the parade in 1993 and Pikachu debuting in 2001. Though a Skylanders character appeared this year alongside a brand new Pikachu.

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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