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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Oct 08

Alien: Isolation Rap by Dan Bull

I’m pretty psyched for this game. Not so much playing it, but watching a friend go through it and hopefully not die over and over again.   This rap is by Dan Bull and if you like it then I suggest checking out the rest of his channel. You can also download this song on …

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Oct 08

Man At Arms Crafts Squall’s Gunblade from Final Fantasy VIII

The gunblade to me always seemed like a weird weapon, but seeing it in real life is definitely quite a treat. It might not make that type of weapon any more practical, but it’s still cool.   This video is part of the Man At Arms series posted by the Awe Me YouTube Channel. If …

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Oct 08

Polygon: “Old gaming magazines tell the awkward tale of an industry growing up” By Charlie Hall

Did you ever read Electronic Gaming Monthly? I was a Nintendo Power kid myself but I do remember every now and then perusing through the magazines at my local Borders every week. In case your ever interested in checking out what those were all about, there is this Tumblr run by games academic and developer …

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Oct 08

Cracked Reveals the Follies of DLC as a Concept

Cracked has a way of really revealing the flawed perception mainstream culture has about certain elements of games. While I fully understand the benefits of the DLC, we do get into some interesting issues when questions like “does it make a difference?” are asked.   On one hand, it has to make a difference because …

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Oct 07

Get the Entire Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack Right Now!

Do you like Banjo-Kazooie? Then you’re in luck because the entire soundtrack is available directly from the composer himself. And it’s pay what you want. Banjo-Kazooie: Everything and the Kitchen Sink! by Grant Kirkhope

Oct 07

Battlefields! Fan Art by David Tsui

Today I’m featuring the art of DeviantArt User Quirkilicious AKA David Tsui who has a gallery full of characters ready to, or in mid, fight. Check out some of my favorite pieces below and if you like them, be sure to check out David’s gallery for more digital paintings from video games, anime, movies, etc. …

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