Oct 14

The Amazing Adorableness of Toon Link and Zelda – Fanart by Cassio Yoshiyaki

If Wind Waker had an animated movie adaptation, I fully expect them to look like this artwork done by Cassio Yoshiyaki. These two pieces are just simply incredibly and I especially like the Tetra piece because I can really imagine that she would be spending her time hiding away from Ganondorf trying to get her …

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Oct 14

Gamasutra: “The secret histories of indie games: What was uncovered at IndieCade” by Bryant Francis

Gamasutra has an interesting summation of a talk given at this year’s IndieCade that focused on the secret history of indie games. The article written by Bryant Francis highlights the keypoints given by John Romero, Laine Nooney, and Anna Anthropy. Their talks focused on reframing the history of indie game making, dispelling the myth that …

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Oct 14

The Star Wars Game We Almost Had – Found Footage of Star Wars Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leaders

Star Wars Rogue Squadron is one of my favorite games series of all time. I remember when Factor 5 was shut down and hearing the loss of a Rogue Squadron compilation was almost too much to bear. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. All the Rogue Squadron games together, with new …

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Oct 13

Gears of War 2’s “Main Theme” perf. by SquidPhysics

You got love that cello! As well as all the other instruments used in this cover of the main theme from Gears of War 2. YouTube user SquidPhysics continues to put out some of the highest quality game covers I’ve ever heard.   If you liked this video, then I suggest checking out the other …

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Oct 13

Kotaku: “What Sleeping Dogs Gets So Right About Being An Asian American” By Kevin Wong

An interesting article on Kotaku by Kevin Wong on how Sleeping Dogs achieved an authentic Asian-American experience.   What I found really interesting was the idea of how stories like Sleeping Dogs or the Godfather excludes the audience who is not within the culture being presented and at the same time invites those that are …

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Oct 13

Rewarding Gamification

The future is gaming, but not exactly in the way you think. Sure, mobile gaming is on fire now, but how about including gaming into actual life? Gamification is the new sexy term going around knocking down barriers and introducing aspects of gaming to non-gaming patrons. Some of you are probably participating in a form …

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Oct 13

Really Freakin’ Clever Looks at The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures – The Oft Forgotten Zelda Game

I think streamlining the Zelda formula in this game is what led to revelation that Zelda games have become to much filler. Though I think some of the adventure is lost in games like Four Sword Adventures though their single player mechanics do seem like really clever solutions to the problems of not having three …

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Oct 10

Harmony of Heroes – A Celebration of Smash Bros.’ Musical History

Coinciding with the release of Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS, the people who brought us the two Harmony of a Hunter Metroid fan albums have also now put together a 101 song album celebrating the various music featured in the Super Smash Bros. series. It’s as awesome as you think it is and I’ve …

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Oct 10

PBS Game/Show Explains Why Mario’s Jumps Are So Important

I would not be surprised if Mario is the reason why jumping is so important in video games and why it’s so fundamental in many games. Look back a lot of old games, there were some games 2D games that didn’t have an emphasis on jumping and that seem to make everything a bit more …

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Oct 10

Anita Sarkeesian Speaks Out Against Harasssment at XOXO Festival 2014

I see the end results of what Anita Sarkeesian is talking about in this video and I am constantly stunned by how utterly ridiculous and gullible people can be. It’s scary when listen and believe is such a radical concept that it gets an applause and it’s not like it’s unwarranted. It’s also so bad …

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Oct 10

Wired: “How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read” By Clive Thompson

An article on Wired.com by Clive Thompson discussing how games like Minecraft can help kids with their reading comprehension skills by encouraging them on their own to seek out online wikis and guides for how to do stuff in those games. For me this is kind of a “water is wet” story because I know …

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Oct 09

Ash Will Make a Mon Out of You With this Mulan Parody

Gosh this captures the feeling of raising a Pokemon perfectly. I actually love all the different kinds of jokes made throughout this animation. I love that Gatomon, a digimon, was disguised as a Pokemon. I love how you don’t have to change much of the original song to get something Pokemon related (“once you find …

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Oct 09

The Gist Counts Down the 5 Scariest Video Game Monsters

Halloween is just around the corner, unless you’re on Tumblr in which case it’s a month long event. I know that a friend and I are planning on watching all the Alien movies then play Alien: Isolation to celebrate.   Now I don’t normally play a lot of horror games, so it’s hard for me …

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Oct 09

Kotaku: “Smash Bros. Creator Explains How Characters Get on the Roster” by Toshi Nakamura

A fascinating Koktaku piece by Toshi Nakamura summarizes how Masahiro Sakurai decides what characters to put into Super Smash Bros. and what characters to leave out. There are some really interesting tidbits such as character popularity and whether or not a series representative is a top priority or not due to a game in the …

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Oct 09

New Star Wars Arcade Game, Battle Pod, Looks Like an Update to Trilogy

One of my favorite Star Wars games of all time is the Star Wars Trilogy arcade game. Despite it being perfect for motion controls, I was pretty disappointed that the Wii came and went without this gem being ported to home consoles so I could play it whenever I wanted. To be honest though, the …

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