Aug 19

Generations – Ocarina of Time’s “Forest Temple” Vocal Arrangement by Jillian Aversa

This is pretty amazing. I love the kind of Celtic chant vibe the lyrics were going for and it was perfect for retaining the subtle eeriness that the Forest Temple has. The video is a little weird but sometimes weird is very good.   Jillian Aversa, by the way, is a vocalist and composer who …

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Aug 19

Reality Check – More PC GFX Explanations

Some more cool graphics stuff that I somewhat know about but usually don’t pay that much attention to. There is an art though, in getting hair right in a video game, I think. Like how a painter trying to capture the life like qualities of a person or a bowl of fruit, the programmer trying …

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Aug 19

The Princesses (and Goddess) of Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros.

The ladies of Super Smash Bros. and Hyrule Warriors are definitely taking the spotlight this time around. I’m interested in playing as all of them and it seems like other people might hold that same sentiment, such as DeviantArt user Bellhenge who has some lovely painted portraits of Princess Zelda and Agitha featured in Hyrule …

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Aug 18

Sonic Adventure 2′s “City Escape” Jazz Cover by Insaneintherainmusic Feat. Sab Irene

It’s really cool to hear this song slowed down. I love listening to this jazz version of the main theme from Sonic Heroes and wish they would have given that treatment to a lot more songs from Sonic games. I guess that’s why we have the awesome talent of Insaneintherainmusic featuring the lovely vocals of …

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Aug 18

Popmatters: “The Assassins’ Propaganda” by Nick Dinicola

An interesting article by Nick Dinicola analyzing the world and themes of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.   I’m not big on Assassin’s Creed, only having played the third one but this look at propaganda and the way that message are constructed and transmitted to us seems like a pretty cool topic to explore. When …

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Aug 18

P.T. Trailer/Teaser/Demo Thoughts: Half In

Have you “played” the P.T. trailer/teaser yet?(PS4) By the time this post gets out, you will have probably already heard/played/seen the secret that was hiding at the end of the teaser. Not only is there a game coming in the near future, but Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro, …

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Aug 18

Dante’s Redemption – A Short Animations by Tel Peleg

Dante’s Redemption – Official Fan Fiction Short from Tal Peleg on Vimeo. I’m not really a big fan of the game Dante’s Inferno. Mostly because I love the poem from which is very loosely based on. That doesn’t mean though that it’s not impressive that all this animation was done by one guy, as opposed …

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Aug 15

Donkey Kong Country with Lyrics by Brentalfloss

Brentalfloss giving us a brief musical summary of Donkey Kong Country Returns. The whole song reminds me of “I Want to be Like You” From Disney’s Junglebook.

Aug 15

Polygon: “A life spent gaming while black” by LeSean Payne

A greats essay by LeSean Payne on his experience being a black gamer growing up in a world where he doesn’t feel very represented. I have to say that I know that feeling to and I am guilty of just brushing it off once. Not anymore though. I mostly identify with being Navajo and Mexican. …

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Aug 15

PBS Game/Show: How Are Games Biased Against the Disabled?

This is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Left-handed mode, adjusting for color-blindness, button mapping, these are things that I’ve thought of before but never really thought about them in terms of making games more accessible. It is something to consider and really just beneficial to everyone.

Aug 15

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Gamescom Trailer – Sonic’s Bad Day

I’m really hope that this game turns out fun. As much as I liked Sonic Lost World, I can’t say that I liked it better than Sonic Colors or Sonic Generations. I really did miss the super fast feeling those games provided even if they weren’t as much of a challenge as Sonic Lost World. …

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Aug 14

Free the Frontier – A Titanfall Short Film That Perfectly Captures What It’s Like to Play the Game

Must…buy…Titanfall DLC…or at least that’s the feeling I’m sure this video is trying to inspire. It’s pretty cool and despite the Titanfall universe perhaps not making the most sense, it’s still a pretty cool world to explore and I hope we someday get a sequel.

Aug 14

Dorkly: “The Undeniable Link Between Video Games and Violence”

This is pretty much what I hear now when people talk about the negative effects of playing video games on children. Pretty much because of this PBS Game/Show episode.

Aug 14

First Person Scholar: “Video Games and Empathy” by Steve Wilcox

A great essay on First Person Scholar by Steve Wilcox about video games and empathy. More specifically, how games can be used to train our imaginations so that we can visualize and contextualize the situations of other people. This essay cites many great examples of how the systems and rules can go about doing this …

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Aug 14

Your Brain Sucks at Video Games

This is a level of game design that I think we rarely hear about but is probably the most important. In Scott Roger’s book “Level Up: The Guide to Great Video Game Design” he has a whole section dedicated to the idea that the people playing our games are always human. His idea though is …

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