Tag Archive: Heavy Rain

Feb 13

The Point – Worst Sex Scenes in Video Games

Okay, so when it comes to episodes of The Point this episode sucked. It did though bring up an interesting topic: sex in video games.   I think right now the portrayal of sex in games is problematic. The inherent task/reward dynamic of most games can lead to a lot of games boiling down to …

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Feb 11

The Good, the Bad, and the AO Rating

An article on Polygon argues that the AO rating is bad for the gaming industry and that it hurts gaming as an art form.   The history of the ESRB is an interesting one. Essentially born out of the controversy that was Mortal Kombat and extreme depictions of violence, the ESRB plays a vital role …

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Nov 05

Question: What Can’t Be a Video Game

So I’m watching a Let’s Play of Beyond: Two Souls and aside from laughing at how horrendously worse it is than Heavy Rain (and that is quite an achievement), it got me thinking about video games as a medium. More specifically, what can’t be a game?   It’s a difficult question because you don’t want …

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Oct 12

The Point – Should Video Games Be More Like Films?

I like some of the arguments the video brings up, though I disagree with the conclusion. The problem with breaking down the barriers like “learning how to play” is that developer start sapping more and more agency away from the players. The game itself become secondary and more like the fluff in-between cutscenes. We start …

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Sep 16

Videogame Characters That Captured Your Attention

Spoiler Alert: For those who have not yet played Heavy Rain, Mass Effect, The Walking Dead, and Red Dead Redemption, be aware major spoilers will be shared in this post. You have been warned. Game Informer recently posted an interesting piece about Heavy Rain’s main character Ethan Mars and how the author, Kimberley Wallace, instantly …

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Jun 09

Game Posters by Joar Engberg Look Better Than Some of the Games They’re Based On

There are times when I wish the fan art for a game would have just been the box art. Take Joar Engberg’s take on Heavy Rain for example.   This totally captures the bored, uninterested look that Heavy Rain protagonist Ethan Mars had during the entire game. In all seriousness though, it does seem like …

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Apr 11

Vague Dialogue Trees Lead to Problems

I hate vague dialogue trees. I remember playing Heavy Rain and in an early scene one of the characters is talking to a psychiatrist. One of the thought bubbles is “Depressed”. The actual dialogue? “I just want to kill myself”. Boy that escalated quickly. Luckily like most things in Heavy Rain in effects absolutely nothing …

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Apr 02

QTEs: Not As Bad As We Think

Are QTEs really as bad as we think they are? I struggle with this debate. Yeah, QTEs (Quick Time Event) are bad and annoying when overused and done wrong. They also seem like a lazy gameplay mechanic for a game especially one that could push the limits even further. Why prompt a button press when …

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Apr 01

Welcome to David Cageologists – Why Heavy Rain is the Mature Game We Needed

It turns out that I’ll never be as popular as Equestria Daily…so why even try? I should get back to my roots, I should get back to the thing I love: video games. Seriously video games are timeless storytelling mediums that will one day surpass all things like movies and books. Now there are lots …

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Feb 20

Fire Emblem: Seamless Blending of Gameplay and Narrative

At first glance, one would not think of the Fire Emblem series as narrative games. Most often, the series is remembered as a collection of turn-based strategy games famous for introducing many players to the concept of the permanent death. When we think of narrative games, we most often think of games like Facade or …

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Feb 12

Giving Games Meaning: Why David Cage is Wrong About Abandoning Systems

To preface this article, I would like to say that I was already writing this when I saw and approved Danielle’s article from yesterday. This week was not intentionally planned as a David Cage beatdown.     David Cage and I are pretty similar. We both have non-programming backgrounds, we both love video games as …

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Jan 28

How Do I Get My Sister to Play Heavy Rain?

She will play horror games – any game that haunts the dreams of a child – and she will love them. She will play shooters and command an army to kill aliens and enemy human beings. She will kill monsters and fight against ill-timed dragons, foul remains of a once powerful warrior, and servants of …

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Jan 25

Idea Channel’s Top 5 Video Games They Consider Art

Hey, fitting in with the theme of yesterdays article, The Idea Channel’s Mike has put together his top 5 video games he considers art. Of course, the first one is Heavy Rain, which if you know me I don’t really consider it art. While I admit it has some pretty cool ideas, Heavy Rain is …

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Jan 11

Speculation Friday: Musical the Game

I’ve dabbled on this topic before, but after seeing Les Miserables, the entire subject has become a bit more fresh in my mind. Modern musicals are very story driven, which to some would mean they are a perfect fit for the video game genre. To others like me though, the musical really lacks that important …

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Oct 04

The Fun Equation: How Essential is Fun to Video Games?

Fun is an important topic in the industry today. Traditionally, games have needed to have a focus in fun because it was the hook that got people interested in the game and kept them coming back to play more. This has always been important because of the interesting relationship that fun and play have when …

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