Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

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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Oct 13

Rewarding Gamification

The future is gaming, but not exactly in the way you think. Sure, mobile gaming is on fire now, but how about including gaming into actual life? Gamification is the new sexy term going around knocking down barriers and introducing aspects of gaming to non-gaming patrons. Some of you are probably participating in a form …

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Oct 06

Tetris Goes to Hollywood: The Brands Adapted to Film

I don’t know if you guys know this, but brands are the new stars of Hollywood. At least that’s what producer Larry Kasanoff thinks, and I’m incline to believe others in his circle of producers think the same way. Then again, the trending movies in the mainstream releases seem to echo the same sentiment as …

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Sep 29

Year of the Weird

As Fall approaches, so does the eminent closing of another year. Though we still have three more months until the dreaded Christmas Lists, those three months are the most important dates of the entire year for the videogame industry. Why so late? Blame the holiday season rush and the gaming publishers need to cram all …

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Sep 25

Game vs. Game License – Some Problems With Crafting a Game With Someone Else’s IP

The history of licensed games is a funny one. That’s at least the take away I got from this Polygon by Alexa Ray Corriea article that discusses the history of The Lord of the Rings games.   The trend seems to be that when dealing with an IP like The Lord of the Rings, an excited …

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Sep 22

Breaking Up (Midway) with Freemium Games

We’ve all done it before. Browsing through the local gaming store’s shelves and some fine game is staring straight at us, wanting us to take it home. And we did. Happily driving back to our place, dreaming about the things we were going to do tonight. Once we finished all the introductions, we got a …

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Sep 16

Would It Be Better If We Took the “Free” Out of “Free-to-Play”

Without a doubt, mobile games are popular. While some deride their simplicity and never ending nature, I actually applaud that kind of approach to games. Some of the best games around never truly end, even if you hit the credits. Competitive games for example tend to keep going for anyone who is interested in battling …

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Sep 08

Free to Hate Free-to-Play (Love Is Welcome Too)

You know we are under attack. You, the decent, pure-hearted gamer, know your hobby is under a threat so vicious it’s altering everything we hold dearly. A corrupt, malicious force is happening on this lovely pastime and twisting what could once be called games into something, for a lack of a better word, foreign. We …

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Sep 03

Games are Art, Not Business, and We Should Start Treating Them Like Art

The past couple of weeks has been disheartening for the game industry. In fact, it’s been one train wreck controversy after another for what seems like the longest time now. It may be time to face it, the game industry as we know it is broken on a fundamental level. The current way we makes …

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Sep 01

Guys, Women Are Allowed to Have an Opinion

Gender politics is a very complicated issue. It’s complicated because we made it that way. For some reason, we like competition and since there are two genders — enough to start up opposing teams and score cards — sides must be picked. You’re either with the girls or the boys. There’s no middle ground of …

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Aug 25

5 Games I Overplayed in My Youth

I’m sure we’ve all been there. As a child gaming was expensive and the family could only afford one, maybe two, games to play for the rest of the year until next. For as long as I knew, I’ve played countless hours on most systems through one game. Never got to own a plethora of …

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Aug 21

Our Games Reflect Our Culture – The Issue with Battlefield Hardline

This is an article on Polygon by Chris Plante discussing the kind of issues that comes up with a game like Battlefield Hardline, especially in light of the recent crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. This was a thought that had crossed my mind after watching this Jon Oliver video which talked about the dangers of an …

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Aug 18

P.T. Trailer/Teaser/Demo Thoughts: Half In

Have you “played” the P.T. trailer/teaser yet?(PS4) By the time this post gets out, you will have probably already heard/played/seen the secret that was hiding at the end of the teaser. Not only is there a game coming in the near future, but Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro, …

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Aug 13

A Link Between Worlds and the Ratio of Women to Men Saved

This is an interesting article by mrsdawnaway from BigTallWords on the literal objectification of women in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.   This article left me, conflicted. Partly because I agree with many of the points including that The Legend of Zelda series is historically not the best at spotlighting strong women. …

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Aug 11

Recant: Maybe We Aren’t Getting Smarter (App Store)

About a year ago, I had a premonition. In it I saw mobile app consumers getting smarter, wiser about their app purchases. As Apple continued to ignore the mess of apps clogging the storefront, the consumers would come together and rally as one against the lame pricing model, sneaky in-app purchases, and terrible gaming mechanics. …

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