Category Archive: Culture

Any article having to do with video game culture.

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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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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