Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

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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Jan 26

Tempering Expectations, Ignoring the Hype

If you live in the U.S., then you’ve heard about this interesting new show that hit Netflix called Black Mirror. I’m sure you’ve at least come across an article or two with the mentioned named since my Twitter and RSS feed can’t stop begging me to watch this show. Black Mirror is the BBC sci-fi …

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Jan 13

Reviewing 2014 Predictions and Moving Forward to 2015

That bad omen of Uncle Phil’s passing at the beginning of 2014 really did come true. Luckily, 2015 hasn’t had any of that. Then again many games press writers announced career changes from one publication to the next, or onto other projects, in the new year. It’s a new change. Whether it’s good or bad, …

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Dec 30

The Most Interesting Game (That I’ve Played) of 2014

So I’m going to reflect on 2014 a bit and think of the most interesting game I’ve played this year. There’s a lot to choose from, from Bravely Default and it’s awesome combat mechanics to the load of shooty fun that was Titanfall. There were quiet indie games like Child of Light and loud action …

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Dec 29

Mobile, the New Home for Bad Movie Tie-In Game

I recently listened to the Bombcast where the hosts discussed the enormous popularity of Marvel movies and the lack of tie-in games to follow the success. Both hosts found it weird and wondered why Disney hadn’t bothered shoving movie tie-in games alongside their movie franchises. There’s actually a very good reason for this lack of …

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Dec 16

The Game Awards 2014 – A Celebration of Commercials in Gaming

With the passing of another year comes the passing of another video game award show. This year was notable for being the first time Geoff Keighley got to this event off without SpikeTV. It actually made me somewhat hopeful. Leading up the event, The Game Awards 2014 boasted a panel made up of industry veterans. …

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Dec 15

Cassandra, the Character I Wanted Lightning to Be

When discussions about strong female videogame characters come up, some of the usually suspects always show up (Lara Croft, Jade, Samus, and so on). However, there is one character I would argue doesn’t and shouldn’t even appear anywhere on that list, yet the pool she comes from is not as varied as one would like …

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Dec 10

Choices in RPGs and Learning to Stop Caring

Spoilers for the Mass Effect series, The Walking Dead S1 Episode 1, and Heavy Rain. Minor spoilers forĀ  The Witcher 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. The big decision, the choice between one or the other. No one wants to make that choice, but the game never advances if we linger on it. Whatever the case, …

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Dec 08

Gone but Never Forgotten – The Grandfather of Video Games Passes Away at 92

Yesterday was kind of somber day in the world of gaming as video game legend Ralph Baer passed away at the age of 92. Baer of course is known for creating one of the very first video game home consoles eventually called the Magnavox Odyssey. He was absolutely crucial to one, if not, the largest …

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Dec 02

Back to the Grind – Four Possible Ideas On Why Game Have Grinding

I want to briefly talk about grinding as a mechanic. What is the point of grinding? I know of only one person who actually says he likes grinding and everyone else puts up with it but otherwise it is a pretty baffling mechanic. By extension, I suppose I’m asking what the point of leveling up …

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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 24

Goodbye Xbox 360

For a system I secretly wanted to hate, Xbox, you did a hell of a job entertaining me for years. But it seems now is the time to make the transition to your newer model because games have decided to move from the old consoles onto newer, greener pastures. No game points that direction more …

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Nov 19

PBS Game/Show Asked “What is a Game?” and Here’s My Answer

So this is long overdue and that’s mainly because I think the question Jamin is asking is very important and that the things that I agree with and disagree with in his arguments may warrant a lot of explanation.   So let me first address the point about Extra Credit’s stance on the question “What …

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Nov 12

Question: The Game Award Show is to Replace the VGX Awards…Yay?

There’s apparently going to be a new video games award show to replace that awful VGX from last year. This time simply called The Games Award, it boasts a return to a theater (as opposed to some rejected G4 TV set) and an advisory board made up big names like Nintendo of America’s president Reggie …

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Oct 16

Extra Credits and Idea Channel Look at Mechanics and Meaning

Two interesting videos came out yesterday on YouTube each talking about the relationship between players and the mechanics of the games they play. The first video is from Extra Credit with discusses whether or not video games have less value than other mediums.   I agree to a degree with some of the points brought …

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