Apr 14

Vice: “How ‘L.A. Noire’ Created the Illusion of an Autistic Protagonist” by Jake Tucker

An interesting article on Vice.Com by Jake Tucker on how LA Noire may have accidentally created an autistic protagonist.   LA Noire was a game that I ended up really liking. I loved the idea of being able to see tells and pick up clues that a person was lying, beyond using evidence and testimonies …

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Apr 13

Final Fantasy XIII-2’s “Ruined Hometown”, Vocal, Violin, and Guitar Cover perf. by String Player Gamer and Sabrina Valenzuela

  Apparently the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy has a fandom for it’s music, since I’ve been seeing covers a bit more frequently. Diwa De Leon, AKA String Player Gamer, teams up with another one of my favorite cover artists Sabrina Valenzuela and it’s pretty great.

Apr 13

Errant Signal Examines The Narrative and Gameplay of Hotline Miami 2

  Errant Signal is a Youtube channel that I’ve become interested in. The host has some very insightful and critical views on video games and analyzing them as literary pieces and as systems in ways that I think you don’t get from most video game review channels.   Take this review of Hot Line Miami …

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Apr 13

Five Nights At Freddy: The Best and Worst Idea for a Movie

You probably already heard by now that Warner Bros has bought the rights to adapt Five Nights at Freddy for film. It’s not the weirdest IP to be adapted into film (See Play-Doh and Battleship), but it is the latest videogame craze that has been scooped up by a Hollywood studio (See Temple Run).   …

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Apr 13

Getting Away With Murder – The Tell-Tale Heart Student Project

Here’s a prototpye to an interesting game concept. Imagine a detective game, not unlike Phoenix Wright or LA Noire, but instead of the detective, you were the murderer. That’s the premise behind the Edgar Allen Poe inspired The Tell-Tale Heart. It’s a student project used as a prototyle for a much larger project, at least …

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Apr 10

Super Mario Land 2 With Lyrics by Brentalfloss

  Not as fun as the singing dueling reviews, but I think it’s clear that brentalfloss likes this game a whole lot more than the previous Super Mario Land.

Apr 09

Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow’s “Route 1″ A Capella Cover perf. by Smooth McGroove

  Smooth McGroove‘s A Capella covers have a wonderful way of making classic songs feel fresh again.

Apr 09

The History and Significance of Speed Run – PBS Game/Show

  Speed running is an art that I could never be a part of. Mainly because I cannot dedicate that much time to a single game ever. That doesn’t mean that seeing someone beat some of my favorites games in the time it takes to watch an episode of Steven Universe is jaw dropping amazing …

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Apr 09

FeministFrequency Celebrates The Scythian from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

  Anita Sarkeesian‘s first video highlighting a positive female character: The Scythian from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. I actually didn’t know this character was female because I didn’t make it very far. I kind of didn’t like it and thought the gameplay was boring, but that’s just me. From the sounds of it, it’s …

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Apr 08

Earthbound’s “Main Theme” Guitar Cover perf. by Epic Game Music

  This song is so lullaby like. At least to me, probably because I’m really sleepy right now and the serenading style of Epic Game Music is not helping.

Apr 08

Tor: “What’s the Point of an RPG Without a Main Villain? How Ultima IV Changed the Game” by Peter Tieryas

A really good analysis of some of the various mechanics from Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar and why not every game needs a central villain by Peter Tieryas. It actually did a great job of selling me on the game since everything in it sounded so interesting, especially since it’s free on Gog.com.   …

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Apr 08

Game Maker’s Toolkit Looks at Games That Redesign Death

  A great video by Mark Brown looking at interesting ways games have rethought the game over screen. This has been something I’ve been interested in ever since I played ZombiU, that not only had the cool “fight your old character who is now a zombie” mechanic, but by using a new character with new …

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Apr 07

Lightning Returns’s “Blinded by Light/Light Eternal” String Quartet Cover arr. by Patti Rudisill

  Hope you enjoy your peaceful string quartet cover of Blinded by Light and Light Eternal from Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns, arranged by Patti Rudisill. Be careful though, the music is played so peacefully that you might end up drifting to sleep. Pretty bad since Blinded by Light is a battle theme.

Apr 07

Kill Screen: “Hatred, Milton, and the problem of pleasure” by Sam Zucchi

An article from Kill Screen by Sam Zucchi that explores the role of art and our morality and comparing it to the game Hatred by deconstructing the creator’s attempts to distance itself from the moral implications creating such a game implied.   I think in our society, there is an allure to evil. Maybe not …

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Apr 07

Final Fantasy Record Keeper (iOS)

In light of the Nintendo mobile news, I decided to check out a couple of games from Nintendo’s new partner DeNa. As I’ve said before, I’m unfamiliar with the many mobile games DeNa has made over the years and wanted to at least get an idea of what to expect from this new partner. First …

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