Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

May 12

The Downside of Going Digital

These are some troubling times for Konami. First the sudden departure of Hideo Kojima, then all his projects with his name attached suddenly erased his name. Now the project Silent Hills with the “original” leads announced in PTĀ (Playable Teaser for short) is now defunct, though the franchise is still in development. To make matters worse, …

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May 11

Rogue Squadron Standing By – Why Co-Op Rogue Leader is One of the Best Star Wars Games Around

Last week was May the 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars day and to celebrate my friend and I played through one of my favorite Star Wars games of all time: Rogue Leader. More specifically, we broke out the third game in the series, Rebel Strike, but only because it has multiplayer and included a …

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May 05

Goodbye Motion Controls

Remember the time when gaming studios started experimenting with motion peripherals for consoles, and it suddenly became a sweeping craze around the globe? Nintendo led the way, and to huge success with the Wii, then Microsoft with the their Kinect, and, I guess, Sony with their Move controllers. They all held potential to the future …

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May 04

May the 4th Be With You – 4 Star Wars Games to Get You Ready For the Future of Star Wars

Happy May the 4th everyone! Since it’s Star Wars day, you might be wondering which Star Wars game to play. This is no easy task, as our galaxy is nearly filled to the brim with worthy Star Wars games to play. Some featuring innovation and capturing the same imagination that fuels the Star Wars universe. …

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Apr 28

The Magic Behind Collecting Amiibo, Skylanders, and Disney Infinity Figures

What do we call something like Amiibo? Are they toys? Are they, themselves a game? Is there a difference? Should there be one? And what about Skylanders? or Disney Infinity, does each little figure count as DLC? Whatever you decided to call them the one thing that is undeniable is that this is a concept …

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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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