Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

Jul 24

My Favorite Game Moments

So last week I watched this video by Shut and Sit Down reviewer Quintin Smith where he brings up a few good and heartfelt points about games that I think sometimes gets lost in the thick of it all. You can watch it here but the short version is this: we don’t play games alone. …

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Jul 17

On the Growing Usage of Graphic Violence in Video Games

A great article on Polygon by Chris Plante that discusses his growing uneasiness with the use of graphic violence in game marketing.   While I think Assassin’s Creed Unity might have been a pretty tame example, the in-general over use of graphic violence is something that has been making me rather uncomfortable. The strange thing …

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Jul 09

The Art of TCG Booster Packs

I feel like the art of making, designing, and implementing collectible elements in a game has been discussed before, but I rarely see any discussion in the art of distributing those collectibles. Rarely have I played a card game like Magic the Gathering, where opening a booster pack was actually one of the fun parts …

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Jun 25

Reality vs. Fiction: Why Nothing is Stopping Link From Being Black

A few days ago I stumbled across an article titled “Why Can’t Link be Black?” It dealt with the idea and implication of Link from The Legend of Zelda series always being portrayed as a human-like elf type character (Hylian) with characteristics most closely related to “white” people. Was that a mouthful? Well, remember how …

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Jun 23

Revise: Celebrities Sometimes Sell Game

There’s a new mobile game in town, and it stars a not-so lovable personality mostly everyone wishes would exit the Earth with her husband and entire family tree. Then again, I may be speaking on behalf of the minority since all the news clips I see on this game says nothing but nice compliments of …

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Jun 18

Facing the Reality of Development: Untangling the Logic Behind Ubisoft’s Decision to Exclude Female Characters

So last week during E3, Ubisoft got into a bit of trouble with their comment regarding female assassins in the new Assassin’s Creed: Unity and playable female characters in the co-op of Far Cry 4. To sum it up, it’s too hard to animate female characters. They made claims about adding female assassin being in …

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Jun 17

Now That E3 is Over, Let’s Rate The Presentations

So I figured everyone was doing this, I might as well throw in my post-E3 two cents. This will be as brief as possible and I’m going to be ranking them from the ones that I thought were the best to the worst.   Nintendo: They pretty much made the show due to them once …

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Jun 16

E3 Roundup

E3 2014 may have not been the mind-blowing event of videogame summer, but it did showcase a lot of titles with the potential for greatness. We’ll hold the “Is E3 Dead?” debate for later. For now, let’s focus on all the cool things each conference had to display. Indie Game I’m Most Anticipating: Cuphead and Inside …

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Jun 12

My Favorite Game Shown At Nintendo’s Event Was Splatoon

I love shooters. I’ve always been at least a casual fan of Battlefield, I’m starting to warm-up to Call of Duty, I played the crap out of Titanfall, Metroid Prime is the best game ever, I hate Bioshock but I’ve played all of them, I swear by Deus Ex, Star Wars Battlefront and Republic Commando …

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Jun 11

The Lack of Vita Makes Me Relieved I Never Bought One

Going by the E3 event alone and the some information I could find on the internet (technically at the time of this writing the show isn’t open to the public yet) Sony has pretty much abandoned their handheld the PlayStation Vita. Even if games start popping up in the coming week, it’s absence as it’s …

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Jun 10

No Longer in the Spotlight – What Kinect-less Xbox Might Tell Us

It’s strange how things change. A year ago, Microsoft was really trying to sell us on the idea that Kinect was going to change the way we think of our game consoles. Kinect was to tie into how we watch TV, how we communicate with each, and hopefully, how we play games. After a slow …

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Jun 09

What I’d Like to See in Kingdom Hearts 3 (and Not See)

After watching my cousins replay their favorite childhood game Kingdom Hearts (though it was the 1.5 Remix edition), I started to wonder about the upcoming third installment and what we will see. Based off of my observation of my cousins’ playthrough, I started making a list of things I really do and don’t want to …

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Jun 05

A Link Between Worlds Left Me Conflicted, But I Still Really Enjoyed It

It took me a while to finally start playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, but once I did I instantly fell in love with it. It was strange being trust into a game that had barely any set up or any more starting instructions other than “go”. Still, it was wonderfully nostalgic …

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Jun 04

Titanfall and Its Narrative Driven Multiplayer – The Next Step in Video Game Storytelling?

The campaign in Titanfall is a fairly interesting experiment in how a primarily multiplayer game can deliver a narrative. If you haven’t played the game yet, the campaign is broken up into two different segments. On one side the militia, a group of colonists fighting for their independence. On the other the IMC, a corporation …

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Jun 03

Impressions of Mario Kart 8 – The Great Rebalancing

So Mario Kart 8 hasn’t been out for very long, but I feel like I’ve gotten to know the game really well since playing it the night it was released. At it’s core, it’s the same game that we all know and love. You race other players on crazy tracks, using items to blast each …

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