Category Archive: Extra Credit

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

Apr 17

Punch-Out!!’s “Fight Theme” perf. by Epic Game Music

  Punch-Out music always has a way of getting you pumped up. Especially if you put Epic Game Music behind the guitar.  If you jog to this music, you’ll be in shape in no time.

Apr 17

Super Smash Bros. Power Portraits- Fan Art by Ishmam

I love artist who like Super Smash Bros. because where else could you get a bunch of themed character portraits featuring a variety of cool characters together? Just look at these by DeviantArt user ishmam and this sample of his work.   These would make excellent desktop backgrounds. Just be sure to check out the …

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Apr 17

Guardian: “Why don’t we feel guilty in video games?” by Keith Stuart

The Guardian’s Keith Stuart posed a very interesting question about how can guilt be utilized in game design.   I took a minute to think about and process all the times I’ve actually felt guilty or remorseful in a game and I think I have answer for him.   Guilt is a very often seen …

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Apr 16

“Outsetting” – A Wind Waker Remix by liltommyj

  A super cool remix of music and sound clips from one of my favorite Zelda games, Wind Waker. liltommyj really managed to put a lot of emotion to this remix which I think is appropriate for such an expressive game.

Apr 16

Paste: “The QTE is Dead—Long Live the QTE!” by Katherine Cross

Paste magazine’s Katherine Cross has written an interesting analysis on the state of the Quick-Time Event mechanic in modern games.   Quick-Time Events, or QTEs, are like all popular or common game mechanics, useful tools for a game designer that can be misused. I remember having to mash the A button in Star Fox Adventure …

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Apr 16

GameTrailers Gives Us a Refresher Course in Master Xehanort and His Evil Plans in the Kingdom Hearts Series

  Despite how convoluted and complex it has become, I really love the story for Kingdom Hearts and I really like Xehanort as a villain. It’s definitely going to satisfying to finally conclude all the madness that has Kingdom Hearts.   It is really sad though that Master Xehanort’s English voice actor, Leonard Nimoy, has …

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Apr 15

Super Mario 64’s “Wing Cap” Jazz Cover perf. by insaneintherainmusic

  insaneintherainmusic has kind of an interesting take on the Wing Cap theme from Super Mario 64. It feels really…melancholy. Sort of weird for such a whimsical and empowering song but I still really like it.

Apr 15

Check Out Aurion: Legacy of Kori-Odan and Its Cool Combo System

  Aurion looks like it’s a game that will combine a fighting system like Dust with Marvel Vs. Capcom. It’s really flashy and just looks satisfying to play. This game is being developed by Kiro’o Studios, the first video game studio of Central Africa and they’ve already got through the Steam Greelight process. I can’t …

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Apr 15

The Point – Loosely Tying Together Modern Games Media with the History of Violence and Censorship in Games

  Otherwise known as the episode in which Danny plays “The Middle Ground Man”. Okay, fine, it’s being a little harsh because there are some point I do strongly agree with. Can games media be reactive? Of course they can. The real-world news can be just as reactive, agenda pushing, and irresponsible as anyone else. …

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Apr 15

Guardian:”Monster Hunter 4: why some video game communities are friendlier than others ” by Jonathan Allford

A deeper look in the Monster Hunter community by Jonathan Allford and just why it is so friendly.   I really love Monster Hunter, even though I’m still pretty much a newbie to the franchise as a whole. Monster Hunter 4 marks the third time I’ve geared up to hunt with friends, the other two …

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Apr 14

Street Fighter II’s “Ken’s Theme” Kazoo Cover perf. by Tsuko G.

  This is one of those songs that loses a lot of it’s luster when played on Kazoo…at least normally. I would totally fight as Ken if he was backed up by this wonderful rendition of his theme played by Tsuko G.

Apr 14

Vice: “How ‘L.A. Noire’ Created the Illusion of an Autistic Protagonist” by Jake Tucker

An interesting article on Vice.Com by Jake Tucker on how LA Noire may have accidentally created an autistic protagonist.   LA Noire was a game that I ended up really liking. I loved the idea of being able to see tells and pick up clues that a person was lying, beyond using evidence and testimonies …

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Apr 13

Final Fantasy XIII-2’s “Ruined Hometown”, Vocal, Violin, and Guitar Cover perf. by String Player Gamer and Sabrina Valenzuela

  Apparently the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy has a fandom for it’s music, since I’ve been seeing covers a bit more frequently. Diwa De Leon, AKA String Player Gamer, teams up with another one of my favorite cover artists Sabrina Valenzuela and it’s pretty great.

Apr 13

Errant Signal Examines The Narrative and Gameplay of Hotline Miami 2

  Errant Signal is a Youtube channel that I’ve become interested in. The host has some very insightful and critical views on video games and analyzing them as literary pieces and as systems in ways that I think you don’t get from most video game review channels.   Take this review of Hot Line Miami …

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Apr 13

Getting Away With Murder – The Tell-Tale Heart Student Project

Here’s a prototpye to an interesting game concept. Imagine a detective game, not unlike Phoenix Wright or LA Noire, but instead of the detective, you were the murderer. That’s the premise behind the Edgar Allen Poe inspired The Tell-Tale Heart. It’s a student project used as a prototyle for a much larger project, at least …

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