Category Archive: Culture

Any article having to do with video game culture.

Apr 17

Idea Channel: “Did How I Met Your Mother Earn Its Ending?”

A little off-topic but in relation to the last post I think relevant.   For a while now I’ve believed that to make a good game you need to be an incredibly generous and sympathetic person because ultimately, you make games for people to play them. You need to understand how people work so that …

Continue reading »

Apr 12

GAME_JAM – How Not to Run a Game Making Reality Show

I know this is pretty old news, but have you heard about GAME_JAM? It was this YouTube reality show that completely crashed and burned because the people making it had no respect for the indie game developers of whom they were hoping to exploit. For every reason mentioned in the linked to article, I am …

Continue reading »

Apr 07

Mainstream Media Don’t Care About Your Game

Imagine you created a game. It took many days from your life, but after all the stumbling blocks and personal sacrifice, it’s finally complete. You release it onto the iOS market, and it’s a success. Not an Angry Birds type of success, but something to be proud of nonetheless. Now imagine your game is cloned, …

Continue reading »

Mar 24

Aging: The Flaw to Gaming

We all love to game. You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t at least have an interest in the gaming space. But as the years go by, our taste and habits begin to change and adjust to our daily routine. We start to sacrifice one thing for the other, our leisure for business, and …

Continue reading »

Mar 17

Alien Race: Advertising Bullsh*t for the Modern Age

Ever bought something for one sole reason? Like watching a horrendous movie only because your favorite actor or director or writer was involved in the project. Ever bought a game that didn’t particularly tickle your fancy until a certain name popped up and changed your mind? Not an uncommon practice among consumers, but one we …

Continue reading »

Mar 14

Refuting Common Arguments for Why “South Park: The Stick of Truth” Shouldn’t Have Playable Female Characters

So the article I’m about to link to and this article has major spoilers for South Park: The Stick of Truth. If you wish to remain spoiler free for a very funny game, then I suggest book marking this page and returning to it later.   Okay, so I found this article on Polygon discussing …

Continue reading »

Mar 05

Innovation and Inspiration

I thought we were done talking about Flappy Bird. That little game has put it’s creator through so much trouble and the game is not even worth it. The only reason I read “On Flappy Bird, Games Culture and the Problem with ‘Innovation‘” by Brendan Keogh is becausae it had the words “Problem with ‘Innovation’” …

Continue reading »

Mar 03

Not Everything Needs More Female Characters

When it comes to females characters in, well, almost anything, the debate about sexism isn’t too far away. Readers, viewers, gamers, and/or activists have a bone to pick with creators who have been going back to the well and drying it clean, especially when it comes to characters fitting a specific detail. Of course creators …

Continue reading »

Feb 24

Total Anarchy: From Steam Tags to Pokemon

Don’t know if you’ve noticed but a lot of commotion has been going around the Twitch streams, specifically one involving a live Pokemon game playable to Twitch viewers. The stream has gathered some attention from gaming news outlets, even attracting NPR’s eyes, with almost 80k people watching and playing during a stream (120k was its …

Continue reading »

Feb 11

The Good, the Bad, and the AO Rating

An article on Polygon argues that the AO rating is bad for the gaming industry and that it hurts gaming as an art form.   The history of the ESRB is an interesting one. Essentially born out of the controversy that was Mortal Kombat and extreme depictions of violence, the ESRB plays a vital role …

Continue reading »

Feb 10

Peeking into the Future: Five Videogame Adaptations Set for Film

Over 30 movies based around videogames have been slated to be made for theaters. Whether those movies even reach a theater or not is another question, but that’s not what occupies gaming/film enthusiast’s minds. They want to know if one of those movies will finally be the thing that breaks the videogame film adaptation curse. …

Continue reading »

Jan 06

A Look Into 2014

A new year and a new perspective on what’s in store for gaming, gamers, and the games themselves. Though we don’t know for sure what’s in store for 2014, and it may be a bad omen when Uncle Phil passes away in the beginning of the year, let’s look into the hypothetical future. The Obvious …

Continue reading »

Dec 10

Video Games Normalize Animal Cruelty By Jon Hochschartner

The following article is a submission by Jon Hochschartner. The pictures were added by me.   Animal exploitation is all pervasive in video games. Not in itself a problem, this virtual exploitation is a reflection of speciesist reality. But by presenting exploitation uncritically, interactive media helps to normalize that reality.   This is not to say that, as …

Continue reading »

Nov 25

Pondering the Longevity of Pokemon

NPR ran a little post about the longevity of a well-known franchise that launched a little, yellow rodent into stardom. With the recent release of Pokémon X and Y, the franchise continues to endure aging while staying on top of its game…literally and figuratively. How Pokémon evolved into the hottest trend in entertainment –shared closely …

Continue reading »

Nov 11

Late Night Talk Shows: Impractical Marketing Space for Games

Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of the mega hit Minecraft, made his television appearance on TheLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson. And just like anything gaming relating making an appearance outside its normal habitat, sites like Kotaku and Joystiq have all informed their audience when the master of world building will show up on their …

Continue reading »

Older posts «