Aug 19

Game Maker’s Toolkit Suggests 3 Golden Rules to Save Point and Click Adventures From Bad Puzzle Design

  Creating a good puzzle is an art form and it’s such a shame that Point and Click adventure games are hindered by a broad failure to understand how to consistently make such great puzzles. Hopefully, they designers start following Mark Brown‘s 3 golden rules, this genre can be revitalized in ways that could surprise …

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Aug 19

Listen to the 1990’s Metal Gear Solid Radio Play

Apparently there was an old Metal Gear Solid Radio Play from the 1990’s that has been unearthed and translated into English. Polygon’s Colin Campbell has more details on the matter, but if you want to listen to part 1, it’s pretty neat.   Here’s a Youtube version and here’s a Soundcloud version.

Aug 18

Final Fantasy VIII’s “Maybe I’m a Lion” perf. by DonutDrums and Lord Bif Music

    Boy does this sound pretty epic. DonutDrums and Lord Bif Music did an amazing job putting this all together.

Aug 18

ThatOneShowFUN’s Continued Dissection of Game Criticism and Skyward Sword

Here is part two to ThatOneShowFUN‘s video essay on creating better criticism in games, using Skyward Sword. If you want part 1, it’s right here.   It once again highlights the flaws in a lot of game criticism, relying on anecdotal and personal experiences to make broader and more objective statements about game design as …

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Aug 18

BoingBoing.Net: “No girl wins: three ways women unlearn their love of video games” by Juliet Kahn

Here is a great article by Juliet Kahn on 3 ways girls are excluded from gaming, especially as they get older. As a boy, some of these things I am aware of but have never really experienced. I can only imagine what it’s like but what is great about this article is that it offers …

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Aug 17

Gauntlet’s “Song A” Metal Cover perf. by RichaadEB (feat. Josiah McDaniel)

  This sounds nuts to play. Good job RichaadEB and Josiah McDaniel. This song is part of the Multiplayer II: Co-Op album which should be released sometime this month.

Aug 17

PBS Game/Show and I Disagree on How Brilliant Bioshock’s Level Design Is

  Two things about this episode of PBS Game/Show. Yes, the art deco inspired world is great and makes Bioshock immediately recognizable. But no, Bioshock has terrible level design, or at least, mediocre level design. In short, the art style betrays it, creating a unified world where everything looks the same. I don’t believe any …

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Aug 17

Interactive Movies are Games

If I had to seclude one bothersome thing about gamers complaining about games (there’s a big list), it’s the complaint about how stories work in games and how stories should work in games. The other is what is and isn’t a game which oddly enough gets tangled into the story problem as well. Usually the …

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Aug 17

Kotaku: “”Nintendo’s Big Splatoon Gamble Has Paid Off” by Patricia Hernandez

Kotaku’s Patricia Hernandez wrote an interesting piece on Nintendo’s “Splatoon Gambit“. Essentially, Hernandez is claiming that Nintendo not only took a gamble on creating a shooter game that defies all expected conventions but instead of releasing the game with as many features as possible, Splatoon drip-feeds content, unlocking new weapons and stages as time goes …

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Aug 16

Final Fantasy X’s “This is Your Story” Piano and Accordion Cover perf. by Jackson Parodi

  I would just like to thank Jackson Parodi for really showing me how much I should have been appreciating the accordion my whole life.

Aug 16

This Resident Evil Cosplay is Creepy Looking…And A Bit More

Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft has an article on how Cosplayer Gai created a truly horrifying and amazing William Birkin’s second mutated form from Resident Evil 2 costume. It’s a sight to behold since beyond just looking great, it also has some…moving parts, making the costume much more…creepy. Check out the article if you want to see it …

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Aug 15

Megaman X’s “Spark Mandrill” Rock/Metal Cover perf. by Banjo Guy Ollie and DonutDrums

  Banjo Guy Ollie teams up with DonutDrums to bring this awesome cover from Megaman X.

Aug 15

The Legend of Zelda Live Action Teaser by PlayerPiano and The Zelda Project

  Not exactly sure how I missed this, but this a trailer for a live-action Zelda short film being produced by YouTuber PlayerPiano and The Zelda Project, something I haven’t talked about since 2012. This trailer looks really cool and reminds me of the Zelda Netflix series that never existed.

Aug 15

Running and Kicking in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

  So last winter I played Mirror’s Edge for the first time and kind of fell in love with the concept. It had issues, but it was still such a unique experience compared to what I play mostly. Judging by this trailer for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, the same kind of experience is coming back and …

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Aug 15

Check Out These Cool CaseMods from the 14th German CaseMod Championships

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Polygon’s Brian Crecente has written a cool piece showcasing some cool casemods (this is a link to the Polygon article) from The 14th German CaseMod Championship (DCMM). Below are some of my favorites but be sure to take a look at the gallery yourself to find some more awesome case mods.  

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