Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

Apr 27

The Cycle of Freemium: Play, Quit, Relief, Repeat

Freemium mobile games are here to stay whether you like it or not. If anyone has read most my posts, then you’d know a lot of the games I’ve played and reviewed are pretty much mobile games. Many of them I don’t have a lot of nice things to say due to what I normally …

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Apr 21

Videogames Should Forget the Movies, TV is Where It’s At

Maybe we have this adaptation game all wrong. For awhile, I have been analyzing and predicting when Hollywood will finally make that one good video game movie where everyone can agree is worthy of love and admiration… and maybe a few MTV Movie Awards. I, along with every other gamer-movie watcher, have been patiently waiting …

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Apr 20

PBS Game/Show Says Your Choices in Games Don’t Matter and I Think That’s A Terrible Way of Thinking About It

  Somehow I forget to discuss this episode, which is a shame because I have some rather strong opinions on it.   My main issue with it is that “choice” and “agency” are being conflated here and in games, those are not the same thing. But before I get ahead of myself, I think it …

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Apr 14

Games, Women, Gendered Mechanics, and Bioessentialist Ludology – Let’s Unpack Some Ideas

The conversation surrounding games and women is needlessly tiring. I say needlessly tiring because it could all be summed up by Tegiminis’s tweet:   how to make a game that appeals to women: 1) make a good videogame   But that apparently is a much more complicated suggestion to unpack than it would appear because …

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Apr 13

Five Nights At Freddy: The Best and Worst Idea for a Movie

You probably already heard by now that Warner Bros has bought the rights to adapt Five Nights at Freddy for film. It’s not the weirdest IP to be adapted into film (See Play-Doh and Battleship), but it is the latest videogame craze that has been scooped up by a Hollywood studio (See Temple Run).   …

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Mar 30

Critically Acclaimed or Over Hyped: Ready Player One

I’m sure you have heard by now, but it seems Steven Spielberg will be directing the film adaptation of the novel Ready Player One. Since this is being written on Wednesday, the date of the news, I thought it would be interesting to revisit an odd theme I used mostly for games. Get ready Ready …

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Mar 23

Nintendo Does Mobile After All

Word to the wise: never say never. Nowadays it seems everyone is backing out of their original claims. First Epic Games said they’d never allow any of their mobile games (Infinity Blade series) to go free, but had a couple of short promotions where Infinity Blade was given out for free. And now Nintendo, one …

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Mar 16

VR the Future in Games… and Movies?

Virtual reality is the future (according to most tech enthusiasts), and more people are starting to drink the Kool-Aid after VR made its grand entrance at the Game Developer Conference (GDC). Of course when it comes to entertainment, VR and videogames are the ideal matchup. They are the perfect couple, but maybe videogames aren’t the …

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Mar 09

Remembering The Sims

In light of news that EA has shut down Maxis Emeryville, as well as some other teams that worked on The Sims, I thought it would be interesting to look at that game which put Maxis on the map and led the way to a serious franchise. Others have their take, so here’s mine. The …

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Mar 02

Telltale’s Super Show Experiment and the Tales of Other VG Experiements

So Lionsgate is dipping heavily into the gaming side of business, so much so they have invested in Telltale games for an experimental idea that involves telling a narrative with games and a non-interactive show together.   Little information is known on what they are calling a “super show,” but the general idea is this …

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Feb 24

Making a Video Game Is Harder Than It Looks

I’ve recently been watching a lot of video critiques and reviews of games that…that I think a long time ago, I might have actually agreed with. Jumping from game lover to game maker is a huge step into a brand new world where you literally have to rethink everything about your passion. Nowadays, I generally …

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Feb 09

It’s Okay to Not Complete Games

That’s not something you hear often, is it? We groan about the amount of entertainment out there waiting to be consumed, but the number of hours in the day are not enough time to see let alone finish all of it. Daily life takes over and we must obey the call of responsibility while leaving …

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Feb 03

Alien: Isolation – Amanda is a Giraffe Necked Ninja Vampire and That Bothers Me

Alien: Isolation is a very good game. It’s not great, but its achievements greatly outweigh it’s flaws. Generally though, just the experience of being hunted by the iconic movie monster is enough to cover up most of the game’s flaws.   I want to briefly talk about one such issue I had with the game: …

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Feb 02

The Hollywood Machine: Call of Duty

Recently I’ve been thinking about that David Cage talk at DICE 2013 conference about the “Peter Pan Syndrome” in which videogames refuses to grow up. It was an interesting talk and one I don’t completely disagree with. However when it come to some of his brief points on how to cure the problem, he mentioned …

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Jan 29

Comparing The Worlds, Stories, and Twists of Gone Home and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

For a while now I’ve been really thinking about a way to talk about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and compare it to Gone Home. The games are comparable, in that they are both first-person exploration games revolving around the disappearance of a person. In Gone Home, you play as woman coming home from a …

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