Category Archive: Culture

Any article having to do with video game culture.

Feb 24

Making a Video Game Is Harder Than It Looks

I’ve recently been watching a lot of video critiques and reviews of games that…that I think a long time ago, I might have actually agreed with. Jumping from game lover to game maker is a huge step into a brand new world where you literally have to rethink everything about your passion. Nowadays, I generally …

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Feb 09

It’s Okay to Not Complete Games

That’s not something you hear often, is it? We groan about the amount of entertainment out there waiting to be consumed, but the number of hours in the day are not enough time to see let alone finish all of it. Daily life takes over and we must obey the call of responsibility while leaving …

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Feb 02

The Hollywood Machine: Call of Duty

Recently I’ve been thinking about that David Cage talk at DICE 2013 conference about the “Peter Pan Syndrome” in which videogames refuses to grow up. It was an interesting talk and one I don’t completely disagree with. However when it come to some of his brief points on how to cure the problem, he mentioned …

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Jan 26

Tempering Expectations, Ignoring the Hype

If you live in the U.S., then you’ve heard about this interesting new show that hit Netflix called Black Mirror. I’m sure you’ve at least come across an article or two with the mentioned named since my Twitter and RSS feed can’t stop begging me to watch this show. Black Mirror is the BBC sci-fi …

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Jan 13

Reviewing 2014 Predictions and Moving Forward to 2015

That bad omen of Uncle Phil’s passing at the beginning of 2014 really did come true. Luckily, 2015 hasn’t had any of that. Then again many games press writers announced career changes from one publication to the next, or onto other projects, in the new year. It’s a new change. Whether it’s good or bad, …

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Dec 29

Mobile, the New Home for Bad Movie Tie-In Game

I recently listened to the Bombcast where the hosts discussed the enormous popularity of Marvel movies and the lack of tie-in games to follow the success. Both hosts found it weird and wondered why Disney hadn’t bothered shoving movie tie-in games alongside their movie franchises. There’s actually a very good reason for this lack of …

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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 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 forĀ  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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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 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 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 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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