Category Archive: Culture

Any article having to do with video game 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 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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Sep 01

Guys, Women Are Allowed to Have an Opinion

Gender politics is a very complicated issue. It’s complicated because we made it that way. For some reason, we like competition and since there are two genders — enough to start up opposing teams and score cards — sides must be picked. You’re either with the girls or the boys. There’s no middle ground of …

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Aug 25

5 Games I Overplayed in My Youth

I’m sure we’ve all been there. As a child gaming was expensive and the family could only afford one, maybe two, games to play for the rest of the year until next. For as long as I knew, I’ve played countless hours on most systems through one game. Never got to own a plethora of …

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Aug 21

Our Games Reflect Our Culture – The Issue with Battlefield Hardline

This is an article on Polygon by Chris Plante discussing the kind of issues that comes up with a game like Battlefield Hardline, especially in light of the recent crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. This was a thought that had crossed my mind after watching this Jon Oliver video which talked about the dangers of an …

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Aug 13

A Link Between Worlds and the Ratio of Women to Men Saved

This is an interesting article by mrsdawnaway from BigTallWords on the literal objectification of women in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.   This article left me, conflicted. Partly because I agree with many of the points including that The Legend of Zelda series is historically not the best at spotlighting strong women. …

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Aug 11

Recant: Maybe We Aren’t Getting Smarter (App Store)

About a year ago, I had a premonition. In it I saw mobile app consumers getting smarter, wiser about their app purchases. As Apple continued to ignore the mess of apps clogging the storefront, the consumers would come together and rally as one against the lame pricing model, sneaky in-app purchases, and terrible gaming mechanics. …

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Jul 28

Best Female Videogame Characters*

*You should already be wary of any titles with an “*” in them   A lot of rumblings in the month of July, most of which involved the subject of women, fictional and non-fictional, in or working in the pop culture media. In July alone, Marvel announced Thor is now a woman (comic form, at …

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