Category Archive: Extra Credit

Just for fun stuff that we find, like videos, images, etc.

Jul 30

Wind Waker’s “Dragon Roost Island” Marimba Cover perf. by Mart0zz

  Dragon Roost Island is one of my favorite songs in the whole Zelda series. So I was really glad when the folks at Mart0zz decided to a marimba cover of it. It’s so very fitting.

Jul 30

Kill Screen: “In praise of silence in videogames” by Deven Raposo

Here is an article by Devin Raposo on the use of silence in games. A pretty interesting article which actually has some good timing for me because silence is something I have been thinking about lately.   Before reading this, I would have argued that the reason silence and loneliness come up a lot in …

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Jul 30

History Respawned Discusses Tropico 5 with Dr. Renata Keller

  A very serious and in-depth look at the historical influences of Tropico 5 with Dr. Renata Keller of Boston University on this episode of History Respawned. I have never played this game, with one of the reasons being it looked like it was making light of real-world dictatorships, which is something discussed in the …

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Jul 29

Mario Kart 8 WITH LYRICS BY brentalfloss (Strong Language)

  Somehow in all the zaniness that is Mario Kart 8, brentalfloss manages to hone in on one that I’m sure too many people had really thought about. The race track is too dangerous for babies…why does Nintendo keep adding more?

Jul 29

Is Animal Crossing Evil? Maybe Not. – PBS Game/Show

  Jamin of PBS Game/Show challenges some of the preconceived notions that Animal Crossing might be evil, which is actually a nice change of pace. Though he may start it off be accusing Tom Nook for being a loan shark (seriously, how can he be evil if he doesn’t even force you to pay him …

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Jul 29

“Beautiful Colors” – Fan Art by LadyKuki

I really love the color choices of LadyKuki’s fanart.Seriously, just take a look at how pretty these are and then look at the rest of her gallery. 

Jul 28

Prince of Persia Medley, Metal Cover perf. by 331Erock

  This is pretty rockin’ Prince of Persia medley by 331Erock. It’s not something I hear covered too often too.

Jul 28

Krafty Koopa Helps You Create an Animal Crossing Style Watering Can

  This seems like a relatively fun and simple crafts project. Might be a fun way to beat the summer heat.   This video was published by the Youtube channel Nintendo Enthusiast.

Jul 28

Destructoid: “My trip to the National Videogame Arcade” by Joe Parlock

A great article detailing Joe Parlock’s adventure of the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, England. Before this article though, I didn’t know this place existed and after reading it, I desperately want to go to a place like it. It’s finally a place that celebrates games as a creative art form rather than a history …

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Jul 27

Yooka-Laylee in “Snakey Dealings” – A Fan Animation Created by Jan Animations

  I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much love for a game that hasn’t even been released yet than I have seen for Yooka-Laylee. Then again, when it’s made by the creators of the beloved Banjo-Kazooie and it a revival of the collectathon genre, I couldn’t blame anyone.   This video was published by …

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Jul 27

Final Fantasy VII’s “Aerith’s Theme” Vocal and Piano Cover perf. by Michelle Heafy

  This is such a pretty theme. Michelle Heafy’s vocal and piano skills really does do this piece justice.

Jul 27

Red Ash Kickstarter Is Close to Failing and it Needs Your Help

I’m not sure how this Kickstarter flew under my radar for so long. Red Ash is the spiritual successor to Mega Man Legends 3 and will be another Mega Man like game directed by it’s original creator, Kenji Inafune. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like it will succeed as at the time of this writing, it’s …

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Jul 26

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U’s “Main Theme” Banjo Cover perf. by Banjo Guy Ollie

  Back in the Brawl days, I used to hack in my own music. If I could still do that with Smash 4, I would probably replace the online waiting room with Banjo Guy Ollie‘s cover of the game’s theme. I just…really like it better.

Jul 26

Errant Signal Analysis the Intro to Unreal

  A really interesting and analytical look at the introduction of Unreal by Errant Signal. I’ve never played the game myself, but it uses a lot of techniques that game developers can use today to cutdown on cutscenes and create a more authentic experience. It’s also great to look at the history. What did an …

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Jul 26

PBS Game/Show Goes Over How No Man’s Sky is Even Possible

  I’m actually very skeptical of procedural generation being used in games to supplement intelligent level design, for lack of a better term. I think there are plenty of game types, like survival and creative type games like Minecraft, that really benefit from huge expansive game world created through formulas and equations, but I question …

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