Category Archive: Culture

Any article having to do with video game culture.

Jun 28

Overwatch Champions Diversity By Hurdling Over a Low Bar – How It Still Fails and How It Could Be Fixed

Susana Polo of Polygon recently wrote this article talking about how diversity has helped pushed Overwatch into financial success. In this article, she explained that:   “Blizzard took the time in their development cycle to plan and create female character models in a variety of class roles, difficulty levels and silhouettes. They did it explicitly …

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Jun 27

VR Is [Fill in the Blank]

VR tech is making a big play in video games as well as movies and other mediums willing to shell out millions of dollars for a glimpse of financial potential. Some claim it’s the next step in gaming. Others think it needs more fine tuning before it can capture the masses. And the corner dwellers …

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Jun 14

The Movie That Would “Legitimatize” Video Games…

I was going through some old episodes of Movie Fights on the Screen Junkies YouTube page and happened upon one of a debate questions asking what video game franchise would be legitimize by a movie. A few things about that question has me scratching my head — like why would a video game need a …

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Jun 06

Is This the Year We Get That Great Video Game Movie?

This year we are seeing the possibility of the first “good” videogame movie if the hype around Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed are to be believed. And maybe Angry Birds. (I don’t know, I haven’t seen that movie, but it’s possible.) This may possibly be the year the curse of bad videogame movie adaptations are broken …

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May 12

Cracked: ” 4 Ways You Are Being ‘Aged Out’ By The Gaming Industry” By Winston Rowntree and David Wolinsky

I don’t necessarily agree with everything this Cracked article by Winston Rowntree and David Wolinsky talks about, but I do think it has some good points.   Without sounding too much like a pompous jerk, I really do work to make innovative games. If I can, I want them to be meaningful works of art …

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Apr 19

Stop Defending (Bad) Freemium Games

Yes, another post about freemium. I’ve played enough freemium games to know developers have reached their peak when it comes to innovative mobile games and how to price them. (Sure, I may be wrong, but based on the sameness of every freemium game I would say no.) The barrier to entry is low enough — …

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Apr 04

The Thing You Once Love Becomes Exhausting After All

It gets to a point where you want to stop. Just leave it behind. I used to laugh at my sisters when they made the argument about music fans killing the enjoyment of the songs they love. “If you love the band, why would the fans’ reaction matter?” was my thought. A fan’s enjoyment of …

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Mar 28

Pre-Order Exclusives Eyeing Film Pre-Sale Tickets

The movie Assassin’s Creed doesn’t come out until December, but the sequel has already been green lit even though we know so little about the actual movie. Ubisoft seems to be very confident in the film, so much so they started testing something more nefarious for pre-sale tickets.   If you love pre-orders — and …

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Mar 07

Waiting Simulators: The Mobile Way

Mobile games will forever be abundant. Mobile games will forever be popular. Mobile games will forever be inferior. Mobile games will be the new arcade machine. With people complaining about gaming prices of indie titles (The Witness, Firewatch, SuperHot, and No Man’s Sky) and DLC packs (Fallout 4‘s season price boost), it’s no wonder major …

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Feb 29

The Year of the Actually Good Videogame Movie? Maybe Not.

Movies, movies, movies, and videogames.   Apparently this is the year when videogames will finally get the grand movie treatment that they so deserve. In DICE’s Day 1 Summit, a section in the talks was devoted to the movie side of things and how videogame movies could make the transition to the big screen without …

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Feb 23

Watching Rather Than Playing

I’m in a bit of a slump. I haven’t been playing as much games as I did when I started to write about games, and like all the common problems in the world it’s mostly due to time and money. Games are expensive and time is finite for a lowly gamer who primarily reviews mobile …

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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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