Sep 08

“Scary Cute” – Fan Art by StarSoul

Mimikyu from the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon isn’t the only traditionally scary thing trying to be cute. At least according to DeviantArt user StarSoul who has fan art of characters like Minecraft’s Enderman and Undertale’s Papyrus (who is a skeleton, but I admit, he’s already cute.) Take a look at some of those examples, …

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Sep 08

Eruditorium Press: “Failure is Always an Option” by Josh Masrfelder

An interesting piece of Josh Marsfelder of Eruditorum Press discussing failure states through the lens of Sonic Generations. In this article, Marsfelder discusses how failure states hinder some of the best interactive elements from some games and only seem to be included in most games because they are a holdover from the old arcade days …

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Sep 07

Sonic Heroes Main Theme Punk/Rock Cover perf. by gabocarina96

  I home I’m with gabocarina96 in thinking that Sonic Heroes is one of the most underrated Sonic games out there. Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but aside from some interesting new mechanics that game also had some really awesome music. Like the main theme, for instance.

Sep 07

Women and the Lack of Body Diversity in Games – Feminstfrequency

  feministfrequency‘s Anita Sarkeesian discusses the trope of women in video games being limited to one body type. She argues this lack of diversity is not just boring, but also harmful and I’m inclined to agree. While I think even men have it rough in this area, with fat characters still falling into some rather …

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Sep 07

Vice: “Why ‘Mafia III’ Should Tackle Race Head On” by Austin Walker

Vice’s Austin Walker gives his take on how the upcoming Mafia III tackles racism from the 1960’s. In his piece, he recounts his experiences playing the demo of the game at the developer’s studio and how he felt when hearing the N word used repeatedly by the racist bad guys. For me, it was kind …

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Sep 06

How CD PROJEKT RED Created the Authentic Sounds and Music of The Witcher 3

  GameSpot certainly has a treat for all of us: the developer’s diary for creating the sound and music of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The music of this game is absolutely amazing and what’s equally amazing is how unexpected it was made.

Sep 06

H.Bomberguy’s Undertale Analysis: “Perverted Sentimentality”

  hbomberguy has one of the best analysis of Undertale that I’ve ever seen.   Though I still take some issues with Undertale. The “moral” choices never felt like moral choices because it just determined what ending you got. Even with this new context of the endings being a commentary of loving something that it …

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Sep 06

“Ancient Protectors” – Pikmin Fan Art by Jason Lupas

Artist Jason Lupas has some really alien interpretations of Nintendo’s iconic series: Pikmin. Now, I know they are technically aliens (or technically not…it’s unclear), but Lupas takes it up to another notch. Take a look at some of the pieces from below, then check out the rest of his gallery. What’s really interesting is that …

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Sep 05

Designing a Game with Nostalgia in Mind – Game Maker’s Toolkit on Shovel Knight’s Design

  Mark Brown of Game Maker’s Toolkit, this week, discusses how Shovel Knight nailed nostalgia by taking the best bits of of the classic NES library and mixing them together with modern design sensibilities to create something that actually looks, sounds, and feels like the way we imagined those games, rather than what they were …

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Sep 05

Enjoy the Break

  I’ve been taking a break from both writing and playing games just to gather myself a bit, and I think everyone should do the same once in awhile. I remember reading articles on Polygon and Game Informer long ago about a similar subject. Basically both articles referred to players needing to learn to break …

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Sep 05

“Overwatch in Action” – Overwatch Fan Art by Drake Tsui

Deviantart user┬áDrake Tsui, AKA Quirkilicious, has a series of really great Overwatch fan art that really showcases some great action scenes. Take a look at some of my favorites and then check out the rest of Tsui’s gallery.      

Sep 04

Big Handed North Americans Give an Award for a Game Controller – Gameranx’s 10 Game Controller Facts

  gameranx has a list of 10 facts about video game controllers that you might not have known. Some of these facts are about from the manufacturing side and others are more culturally. Pretty interesting stuff.

Sep 04

“Smoke and Mirrors” – Fan Art by Minttu Hynnien

If you’re looking for some fan art that would look great as phone wall paper or just hanging from your wall, then you should check out the art of Minttu Hynninen, AKA TheMinttu. Check out some of my favorites below and then check out the rest of her gallery.

Sep 03

Man At Arms Crafts an Armory of Fallout Melee Weapons

AWE me‘s Man at Arms Reforged crafts a bunch of weapons from Fallout 4 which creates a pretty ironic situation. These guys put a lot of time, effort, and craftsmanship into something that is literally suppose to be makeshift. Imagine if this kind of care was needed to make these weapons in the actual game. …

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Sep 03

Kotaku: “How 11 Developers Got Their Start In the Game Industry” by Peter Tieryas

Kotaku’s Peter Tieryas has a this wonderful piece interviewing a bunch of game developers and asking them how they got their start. What’s really great is that these people are not the brand name designers that always get talked about. As far as I know, these people have never been asked about their experience or …

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