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The True Value of VR

30d ago ... Over the past few years, something that was seen as a joke, as a flop (Virtual Boy) a mere decade ago has become a very feasible reality. I'm talking about Virtual Reality. When Occulus Rift launched its Kickstarter, it certainly got a lot of attention. However, I can't speak for you, but I doubted it would become anything significant (see: Ouya). But I was wrong. Occulus Rift has not only begu...

3DS: The Moses of the JRPG genre

61d ago ... For those who didn't attend Sunday school or perhaps never saw Prince of Egypt, Moses was a Biblical character who led a few million Hebrew slaves out of Egypt and into their promised land full of milk, honey, and...well, full of not being a slave anymore, too. It's an iconic story in Western culture of how one brave man led a nation to a better place. I figure I might as well get the explan...

Read before you write - an essential practice

65d ago ... I'll touch on the ice cream sandwich soon enough. Most of us would probably agree that game journalism in general is not quite where it should be. Some might even say it's mostly bad. I know I would. But if we more or less agree on the problem, could we come together on a solution? If I were to abridge my suggestion to improve the culture surrounding video game writing as much as possible...

5 Reasons Videogame Movies are Terrible

76d ago ... I have been an avid gamer my whole life. Coming from a poorer family I was always one generation behind; got a Genesis when the PS1 came out etc... Because of this I actually started gaming on the Atari 2600. I have watched games progress and improve over 6 generations of gaming technology. What I haven't watched is movies based on games improve with time the same way. Currently Hollywood...

Terror vs. Terrible: Horror returns to the mainstream

83d ago ... As per usual, we have a lot of horror titles to be excited for in 2014, but what makes this year particularly special is the fact that we're finally seeing a true return to form for a genre that lost it's way in the loudest corner of gaming culture. Last Year, I believe, I became exponentially excited about an indie game that was green-lit on Steam, tearing through every little drop of infor...

Some Gamer Culture Bugbears of Mine

171d ago ... In this blog, I’d like to talk about just three of the many things about gamer culture that perennially bother me. I’ll talk about them separately, but I think these three things are actually quite intimately related. Alas though I don’t think I have the space to engage in such a comparative study, so readers might try to connect the dots for themselves. I think I certainly allude to those conn...

Beyond, Hackers, and Naked Celebrities

177d ago ... (If that title sounds like I'm just grabbing for hits, you have not been following the news with Beyond) Well, this is different and interesting! Is it strange that I’m excited to talk about this? I just find the differences between developer’s ideas and what the players get to see really fascinating. Throw in one of the more interesting moral quandaries of our digital age, and you have a...

The Let's Play Phenomenon

181d ago ... Today I want to talk about the cultural phenomenon that is the "Let's Play" and how important I feel it is not only for gaming as a culture but also for the industry. First of all, what is a "Let's Play"? Well for those of you not already in the know, basically a Let's Play in regards to "video games" is a video in which you watch another person play through a video game, usually whilst offe...

The State Of Gamer Discussions Online.

182d ago ... When mainstream media, or people not within the gaming culture, take a look at how gamers discuss things online; a clear sense of bewilderment and possibly disgust is a common opinion. Regardless of age or position in life, we gamers tend to speak colourfully about gaming at the best of times. Whether that be because of the idea of internet anonymity, attention seeking (or trolling for the lulz...

Referencing the References: Do We Need New Jokes?

190d ago ... (I'm writing seriously about jokes and isn't that the biggest joke of all? Yes.) Memes and that, am I right guys? Cake is a lie, Battletoads is hard and where is Half Life? lol. Most everyone enjoys seeing something that they recognise in something else that they’re fond of for a little giggle every now and then, but I’m not wrong in thinking that videogames seem to be the one medium that us...

The Corporate Co-option of Indies and the Subordination of Creativity and Positive Subversion

203d ago ... Creativity, experimentation, innovation. These things give rise to new frontiers in human consciousness, as well as challenging our most stubborn of assumptions. For when something genuinely "new" is made, it creates a new space in culture; it channels a new voice to be heard by the world that was either unknown prior to its creation, or was silenced or suppressed. Creativity and experimenta...

On Kojima, Quiet, And What Actual Maturity Is.

225d ago ... Here we go again. Western ideology trying to impose itself around the world, oblivious to culture or society. First it was Dragon's Crown and its creator being labelled a 14 year old boy, now it's Hideo Kojima being labelled misogynistic. Why you ask? It's all because of the female character known as Quiet and how Kojima deliberately made her appearance to be more "sexy" for cosplayers. That's...

Gamer rage: Verbal abuse vs constructive criticism.

242d ago ... The complain culture that has become rampant in the videogames community, and how it lends itself (often unknowingly to those contributing to it) to undermining our right to legitimate criticism, is a subject that I've been wanting to discuss for a while now. For quite some time now we have been hearing reports and have often witnessed for ourselves, the comments made by the increasingly voc...

The most annoying developments this gen

260d ago ... 1080p, or lack thereof When the 360 and PS3 were announced, much fanfare was made of their ability to do ‘Full HD’ gaming. Both supported 1080p, both would, at some stage we were told, have 1080p games. What did we get? A handful of showcases (thank Polyphony for GT5!) and PS2 HD re-releases. Many games were upscaled to 1080p, but the lions share were 720p native, or even less. All-in-all,...

Atlus should be renamed "Entitlement Inc"

275d ago ... So here we are again. In all honesty; I believed that the Bayonetta 2 debacle would've been the peak of this entitlement culture that is so prevalent in gaming these days but I couldn't have been more mistaken. I've always tended to forget about the strange situation that gamers often find themselves in when it comes to the games that they love or profess to love. I saw enough hate for Bayonett...

What happened to games being challenging?

366d ago ... Maybe it's just me, but I can't help but notice how games today are being engineered to be much easier than they used to be. You old-school gamers know what I'm talking about; working for a month solid to get through Zelda II: Link's Adventure. Busting your ass to work your way through Metal Gear Solid. It seems like the whole idea of gaming has become a quick "jerk off" effect of instant grati...

Nintendo needs to dump Sakamoto, Aonuma, and Miyamoto.

384d ago ... A lot of high-fives and cheers of anticipation filled the internet airwaves once news broke that Wada, the former head of Square-Enix, had been cut loose and would be replaced. People felt that a lot of his decisions had caused the company's quality to plummet. Earlier this morning, I read an dang good article (found here: http://www.notenoughshaders.com/2013/04/02/satoru-iwata-hubris...

DUST 514: PS3's Galactic MMO Shooter

394d ago ... After last years E3 conference, I was lucky enough to receive an invite into the private closed Beta of DUST 514. It is nine months later and I am still an active member of the DUST 514 Beta community. This is honestly the longest Beta I have ever been a part of and looking back, it amazes me how much this game has evolved since the first time I logged in almost nine months ago. Back in 2003...

The Japanese like cute girls...get over it!

406d ago ... Time & time again in reviews of JRPGs that has 'moe' or cute girls in them tend to take the brunt of being unfairly judged due to their assumed over sexualization. For example today i read a review for Atelier Ayesha at Destructoid (source: http://www.destructoid.com/review-atelier-ayesha-the-alchemist-of-dusk-248458.phtml) that clearly proves that western game media simply do not understa...

It's Another Feminist Agenda Day

411d ago ... You know, I think I'm seeing this everywhere far too much, and I'm not even looking for it. Today, Anita Sarkeesian released her first Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video on Damsels in Distress. It's about 25 minutes of incoherent tripe, erroneous factoids, some french thrown in to make herself look cultured, and a continuation of the anti-love/anti-sex/anti-women- wanting-to-be-with-the-man-...
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