Category Archive: Culture

Any article having to do with video game culture.

Nov 02

Short and Sweet: Games Are Growing Up

Games are growing up. Whether or not the discourse around them follows suit, games will continue to pursue their own objectives that aren’t slavish to ensuring players are having “fun”. For many games made outside of big budgets, “fun” isn’t the main priority anymore. “Fun” has been replaced with themes, morals, and author’s intentions. And …

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Oct 26

The Art of Tidying Your Videogame Collection

Currently I’m reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and I have to say I’m a little intimidated. This self-help book is all about the art of tidying your home and how you too can keep your sanctuary in tiptop shape. It is a very easy read, about 200 pages, and I …

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Oct 05

A Movie That Could Have Actually Been a Gamerchanger, But Wasn’t

If I told you the BBC made a movie about the videogame studio Rockstar, their biggest selling game GTA, the controversy around the game, and the court battle between Rockstar and Jack Thompson, would you be interested? No? What if I told you Harry Potter was playing Sam Houser of Rockstar North and Bill Paxman …

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Sep 14

The Apple TV and the Death of Consoles. *pffft*

On Wednesday morning, Apple streamed a live press conference to anyone who still uses Safari. In the conference, CEO Tim Cook introduced a new wave of devices for their loyal customers as well as fashion accessories for their watches. Everyone from the biggest enthusiasts to the snarkiest complainers/comedian watched and tweeted their reactions for every …

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Sep 07

The David Vs Goliath Complex in Entertainment

I’m seeing a weird pattern of themes in most of the entertainment I follow, and oddly enough it all starts with a Will Smith movie. After watching the trailer of the upcoming film Concussion, I was not only impressed with the lack of Will Smith’s Fresh Prince persona but also the David vs. Goliath story …

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Aug 31

Hey, Remember LA Noire?

Back in 2011, I wrote a piece for a site (now deceased) about the magic that was LA Noire. At the time, it was the game and I mean THE GAME when it came out. It was the start of the summer and there was nothing like it on the videogame market. LA Noire was …

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Aug 25

The Problem with Cinematic Game Trailers

Recently, The Martian dropped a trailer revealing maybe a little too much plot points (it’s hard for me to say since I read the book). Though I’m sure there are reasons for showing more shots and story beats of the movie (and maybe prove Ridley Scott can still make a good movie), many fans are …

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Jul 13

R.I.P. Satoru Iwata and Thank You For the Memories

It’s with a heavy heart that I must say that two days ago, on July 11th, 2015, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away. The Nintendo president for a while now had suffered from a problem with a growth in his bile ducts that twice prevented him from attending the annual E3 in Los Angeles.   …

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Jul 06

The Hand That Refused to Game

I have a weird little story to tell you. So I was looking through the App Store for a free game. Yeah, yeah, I know, they’re bad for me, but what am I going to do? So I was looking for a game, any game, and I found this cheap looking thing based on a …

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Jun 22

Best of E3 Conferences

E3 has come and gone. By the time this post is up, many publications will have already listed their “Best of E3” lists. And though we here at VideoGameologists tend to not join in the conversations, I have made a list of what I thought was the best of the press conferences. No I will …

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Jun 02

E3 Still Relevant?

E3 is just around the corner, and the anticipation is rising as the days tick by. There is, however, something else to expect on the days to come: the annual articles questioning the relevanceĀ of E3.   Just as comic book nerds question the point of Comic Con, gaming nerds are doing the same with their …

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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 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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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 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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