Sep 10

Screen Robot: “The hypocrisy in giving controversial games high scores” by Josh Cook

An very thought-provoking article by Josh Cook on the incongruity between a game’s review scores and it’s reactions from critics. One thing that has been proven is that review scores do affect the sales of any particular game. So why is that a game containing some very problematic elements still get a high review score? …

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Sep 09

Mario Kart 8’s “Dolphin Shoals” Jazz Cover perf. by Insaneintherainmusic

  Insaneintherainmusic does it again by creating a unique jazz cover of Dolphin Shoals from Mario Kart 8. Impressive because it was already very jazzy to begin with. I especially like how he was able to fit the Jolly Roger Bay theme from Super Mario 64 into the piece. Stuff like that is always really …

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Sep 09

The Gist Recommends The Sims 4 to “Hardcore” Gamers

  While I personally never got into The Sims, I was thinking of picking this version up. Luckily, I don’t concern myself with whether playing a game like it would damage my “gamer cred” but if it does turn out to be a cool game then I feel sorry for anyone who misses out on …

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Sep 09

A Game of Me: “Why political engagement is critical to games journalism”

An interesting Tumblr article (?) on the rising antagonism that normal gamer reader base is taking with gaming journalism that wishes to bring up more social and political issues within the context of gaming. It brings up many good points about the nature of journalism and neutrality and one that really stood out to me …

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Sep 09

“To My Small Friends” by Renee P. Available for Pre-Order

From the amazing artist who brought us the Pokemon comic Wonder comes another cute adventure based on a Nintendo series. Renee P. (aka Laughingbear) is taking pre-orders for the Pikmin based comic called “To My Small Friends.” Below are some images from it, but you can always click on the link and see more.  

Sep 08

Final Fantasy I’s “Main Theme” Vocal Cover perf. by TeraCMusic

I hope everyone had a productive Monday. Start off your week with this excellent vocal cover of the main theme from the first Final Fantasy by TeraCMusic.

Sep 08

Brawl in the Family is Ending And Now You Can Own The Whole Series in One Big Collection

So with a new Smash Bros. on the horizon it only seems fitting that the webcomic series Brawl in the Family is coming to an end. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t go out with a bang. This Kickstarter seems like a great way to celebrate a great webcomic that celebrated what some might consider …

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Sep 08

Free to Hate Free-to-Play (Love Is Welcome Too)

You know we are under attack. You, the decent, pure-hearted gamer, know your hobby is under a threat so vicious it’s altering everything we hold dearly. A corrupt, malicious force is happening on this lovely pastime and twisting what could once be called games into something, for a lack of a better word, foreign. We …

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Sep 08

Polygon: “Inside a video game voiceover studio” by Russ Pitts

A Polygon article by Russ Pitts that takes a look into the story and recording process of Defense Grid 2. I think it’s a pretty rare opportunity to be an outsider looking in on what theses processes are like, and as someone currently working on a game right now that will have to be all …

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Sep 05

“The Story of a Bear and a Bird”, A Banjo-Kazooie Tribute by Erik the Dud

I really enjoyed Erik the Dud’s debut song. Truly no better subject matter than a game like Banjo-Kazooie, a game that has been a major part for a lot of people’s childhoods.

Sep 05

Polygon: “Rhianna’s rise: Meet the writer behind Tomb Raider” By Russ Pitts

Polygon’s Russ Pitts puts together an excellent article detailing the career of Rhianna Pratchett, the writer behind the most recent incarnation of Tomb Raider. Rhianna, a seasoned veteran having written for games like Overlord, Mirror’s Edge, and Heavenly Sword, reveals the details that led her to forge her own path and become one of the …

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Sep 05

Bayonetta 2 – Brought to You, Directly!

In case you missed yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, here it is. It’s looking pretty awesome so far but as someone stepping into the Bayonetta franchise with this game I’m not entirely sure what to expect other than I hope there are some Wonderful 101 references.

Sep 05

Video Game Novels: What Exactly Are They About?

The video game novel is not something I’m all too familiar with nor is it something that I think is usually looked at. So it’s kind of nice to get some insight into what I’m missing out on. Though I suppose it doesn’t seem like much.

Sep 04

Diddy Kong Racing’s “Pirate Lagoon” Jazz Cover perf. by Insaneintherainmusic

Diddy Kong Racing was a game that I enjoyed with friends but never really got into. Thus, I don’t really remember the music all that well. What I did enjoy though was listening to this excellent jazz cover of one of it’s songs by Insaneintherainmusic.

Sep 04

Watching Other People Play Games – Reality Check: Why Do We Watch Twitch?

This is a really interesting question and one with answers that I should have expected but never did. I never really understood the appeal of general Twitch use (Twitch Plays Pokemon and Smashfest not withstanding), but I also rarely used it. Now I see a much larger picture of why people like using Twitch just …

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