Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

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 for  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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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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