Mar 18

The Official Trailer to Adam Sandler’s “Pixels”…Brace Yourself

  Hoo boy. This actually doesn’t look like it will be a total waste of time. Heck, it’s basically a feature length film of my favorite Anthology of Interest Futurama short.

Mar 18

Femhype: “Vilifying Mental Illness: Horror Games & The Insanity Trope” by Lindsey

Yesterday I showed an article discussing the importance of representation of people with physical disabilities and how games have the ability to be empowering. Now there’s an article by Lindsay of Femhype discussing the negative effects of poor representation, this time on the stigma of mental disabilities.   As expected, the focus of this article …

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Mar 17

Final Fantasy IV’s “Prelude” EWI Multitrack Cover perf. by Soundole VGM Covers

  I actually went to listen to the SNES version of this song because I was like “there’s no way the SNES could produce this kind of music, right?” What I love about Soundole VGM Covers version of the song is that it retained that retro bit feel but also has a richer sound. It’s …

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Mar 17

“Day In The Life: Disability and Representation in Videogames” by Javy Gwaltney

A very moving article by Javy Gwaltney discussing the current role of disability representation in games and how representation can affect people who typically find themselves marginalized.   Video games can have such an empowering effect but I think it’s very clear that it is way more common for a game to empower specific kinds …

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Mar 17

” The Power of Friendship” by Jeb Writes

A blog post by Jeb Writes discusses the importance of the representation of friendship in games, in contrast to just romance.   As part of the problem with how romance is normally done in games, friendship is often viewed as a lesser degree of romance. No game I can really think of treats friendship with …

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Mar 16

Sonic the Hedgehog 3’s “Angel Island Zone (Act 1)” Kazoo Cover perf. by Tsuko G.

  Of the original Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog games, Angel Island Zone is probably my favorite intro levels. It at least has the best song of all the intro levels (Green Hill, Emerald Hill, and Mushroom Hill Zone). A thought shared by Tsuko G. as well as he says in the captions box: My kazoo …

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Mar 16

PBS Idea Channel Asks How We Perform Gender Using The Sims

  I very much agree with this entire video and since video games are, in fact, hard coded, it does kind of explain the mindset or point of view of the game’s creators. Now like most social aspects, I’m more than positive that the developers of The Sim’s might see this video and go “oh…huh, …

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Mar 16

VR the Future in Games… and Movies?

Virtual reality is the future (according to most tech enthusiasts), and more people are starting to drink the Kool-Aid after VR made its grand entrance at the Game Developer Conference (GDC). Of course when it comes to entertainment, VR and videogames are the ideal matchup. They are the perfect couple, but maybe videogames aren’t the …

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Mar 16

PBS Game/Show – Interview with Robin Hunicke

  PBS Game/Show  conducted a great interview with Robin Hunicke, a game designer who worked on games like Journey and is also a professor at UC Santa Cruz. They discuss topics such as how she got into the business as well as diversity.

Mar 13

Sing Along with Code Name S.T.E.A.M.’s Launch Trailer

  Games like this always need catchy theme songs. First it was The Wonderful 101 and now Code Name S.T.E.A.M.   Oh yeah, the game is out today!

Mar 12

PBS Game/Show Explains Minecraft’s Procedural Generation

  PBS Game/Show probably has given one of the most in-depth videos about procedural generation that I’ve seen. Procedural generation is definitely an astounding novelty that really has given some games way more life than they otherwise would have had, but I’m not terrible afraid of it replacing designers. At least, not for a long …

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Mar 12

Classic Gaming Controllers in Chocolate Form? Yes, Please! – Nerdy Nummies

http://youtu.be/30mzPmm7gvg   It is not a good idea to watch this video on an empty stomach. I guess you could say that about all of Rosanna Pansino‘s Nerdy Nummies videos but this one in particular because those chocolates just looked way too good.

Mar 11

Animal Crossing’s “K.K. Crusin'” Rock Guitar and Violin Cover perf. by The String Player Gamer

    This was…so…cool! Diwa De Leon, AKA String Player Gamer, really outdid himself with this one. It just oozes cool.

Mar 11

The Truth Behind Hot Coffee – Did You Know Gaming: Grand Theft Auto Part 2 (Contains some NSFW content)

  It’s a little surprising that Houser of Rockstar Games wanted to push GTA as far as he wanted to. I just don’t see the appeal of it…then again, I didn’t really see the appeal of the strip clubs in GTA V and so didn’t really interact with them. I’m just surprised that even back …

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Mar 11

AV Club: “Wind Waker breaks from Zelda’s recurring legend to warn against blind faith” by Jake Muncy

A deeper look into the story of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker by Jake Muncy of AV Club, exploring the ideas of not following blind faith.   The story of Wind Waker is really what cements it as one of my favorite Zelda games. It’s a story of literally burying the past, learning from …

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