Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

Jun 23

We Need a Single Sonic Universe (The Concept, Not the Comic)

Today is Sonic the Hedgehog’s birthday. That little blue hedgehog has been through a lot in these last 25 years and one might argue that he’s been through too much. That’s okay, luckily Sonic the Hedgehog’s adventures are not just split into two or three multiple continuities, but something like five.Probably more.     I …

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Jun 20

So That Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Trailer…

What the hell is going on? It’s been 11 years since I played the last console Kingdom Hearts (KH2) game so my memory of what is going on is a bit hazy. But seriously, what the hell is going on? Do I really have to play all the DS versions of Kingdom Hearts to understand …

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Jun 14

The Movie That Would “Legitimatize” Video Games…

I was going through some old episodes of Movie Fights on the Screen Junkies YouTube page and happened upon one of a debate questions asking what video game franchise would be legitimize by a movie. A few things about that question has me scratching my head — like why would a video game need a …

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Jun 06

Is This the Year We Get That Great Video Game Movie?

This year we are seeing the possibility of the first “good” videogame movie if the hype around Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed are to be believed. And maybe Angry Birds. (I don’t know, I haven’t seen that movie, but it’s possible.) This may possibly be the year the curse of bad videogame movie adaptations are broken …

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May 23

Are Games Ruining Gaming? [Wisecrack Video]

Maybe. Every gamer knows the most important part of a game is gameplay. The controls, the mechanics, how the game plays, etc. all trump any other part of a game. It’s more important than graphics, story, and sound. We all know this. Did we also know, however, that the gamey part could get in the …

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May 12

Cracked: ” 4 Ways You Are Being ‘Aged Out’ By The Gaming Industry” By Winston Rowntree and David Wolinsky

I don’t necessarily agree with everything this Cracked article by Winston Rowntree and David Wolinsky talks about, but I do think it has some good points.   Without sounding too much like a pompous jerk, I really do work to make innovative games. If I can, I want them to be meaningful works of art …

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Apr 19

Stop Defending (Bad) Freemium Games

Yes, another post about freemium. I’ve played enough freemium games to know developers have reached their peak when it comes to innovative mobile games and how to price them. (Sure, I may be wrong, but based on the sameness of every freemium game I would say no.) The barrier to entry is low enough — …

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Apr 11

The Open World is Scary

Stardew Valley seems like my type of game. Having played countless, artless mobile “time management” games, a game like Stardew Valley would really help remind me how an actual time management game is suppose to be. However, having seen the trailer for Stardew Valley, I’ll say I’m a little intimidated. And I have no idea …

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Apr 04

The Thing You Once Love Becomes Exhausting After All

It gets to a point where you want to stop. Just leave it behind. I used to laugh at my sisters when they made the argument about music fans killing the enjoyment of the songs they love. “If you love the band, why would the fans’ reaction matter?” was my thought. A fan’s enjoyment of …

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Mar 28

Pre-Order Exclusives Eyeing Film Pre-Sale Tickets

The movie Assassin’s Creed doesn’t come out until December, but the sequel has already been green lit even though we know so little about the actual movie. Ubisoft seems to be very confident in the film, so much so they started testing something more nefarious for pre-sale tickets.   If you love pre-orders — and …

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Mar 07

Waiting Simulators: The Mobile Way

Mobile games will forever be abundant. Mobile games will forever be popular. Mobile games will forever be inferior. Mobile games will be the new arcade machine. With people complaining about gaming prices of indie titles (The Witness, Firewatch, SuperHot, and No Man’s Sky) and DLC packs (Fallout 4‘s season price boost), it’s no wonder major …

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Feb 29

The Year of the Actually Good Videogame Movie? Maybe Not.

Movies, movies, movies, and videogames.   Apparently this is the year when videogames will finally get the grand movie treatment that they so deserve. In DICE’s Day 1 Summit, a section in the talks was devoted to the movie side of things and how videogame movies could make the transition to the big screen without …

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Feb 23

Watching Rather Than Playing

I’m in a bit of a slump. I haven’t been playing as much games as I did when I started to write about games, and like all the common problems in the world it’s mostly due to time and money. Games are expensive and time is finite for a lowly gamer who primarily reviews mobile …

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Jan 25

Neko Atsume

The famous cat game that has taken over my life.   I have no idea why I’m still playing this game, or if this even is a game though I don’t mind so much if it wasn’t. I think. Let me explain the “game.” All you do is buy items and place them on your …

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Dec 14

Multi-Part Series Sounds Episodic to Me

Everyone wants to be on TV, but now everything wants to be TV. Be very afraid. When I finish a movie I can’t help but wonder if the studio heads behind the film, who probably barely helped make the film, will look at the success of it and announce unnecessary sequel/prequels or crossover multiple franchises …

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