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Atlus should be renamed "Entitlement Inc"

376d 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?

467d 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.

484d 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

495d 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!

507d 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

512d 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-...

To N4G: Learn How To Laugh!

524d ago ... Satire! It’s one of the forms of comedy where you make fun of something simply to get laughs. But it’s not because they necessarily dislike the material. Some of the most well known comedians use satire to get laughs, poking fun at some of the most timeless classics of our time. Anyone from Weird Al parodying a famous song to Seth MacFarlane using pop culture influence for shows like Robot Chic...

Under the Knife: Video Games, the Popular Political Scapegoat

541d ago ... The last few months have seen a drastic turn of events for the video game community. We have suffered scrutiny and criticism of the most immature nature. The naivety of those who believe themselves to know the best course of action for security knows no bounds. As a result, I have taken it upon myself to address those who claim video games are some primordial evil that corrupt the minds of ordi...

Losing Touch With Gaming

579d ago ... Let me start out by saying that this blog is sort of personal. It's really just me venting about things that have been on my mind lately. So yeah, read it anyway and stuff. I've been a gamer for a good thirteen years now, and I've done nothing but get more involved in video game culture. While I have many people in my life that I would consider a friend, I try to surround myself with people...

My Humble Beginning

608d ago ... I have played video games for probably thirteen years. Prior to that, I was just a small child, no older than four. I love everything about video games: the community, culture, and pure expression that goes into making them. I knew that from a very early age, I wanted to do something involving video games. While still very young, around seven or eight, I thought that maybe making video games...

Top 10 best video game music/themes and why?

617d ago ... What makes good video game music? Its different to all people, to me good video game music is about Nostalgia and emotion. If the music/theme brings out emotions then that's what I consider good. Here are my top 10 favourite and the reason why, I also like giving stats and ratings to everything: Honourable mentions: -Ryu Hayabusa theme Ninja Gaiden , -Chrono Trigger frogs theme, -Sky...

Glenn Beck on Video Games

650d ago ... Already known for his extreme right wing views (even by American Standards), Glenn Beck added to his infamy by stating that pop culture in general, including video games, television and music were all responsible for the "general downfall of American society". Beck brings up two primary points in order to justify his desire to control/ban violent video games: The level of violence and sexual...

Feminism and Popular Culture Part 2

750d ago ... As some of you may know, I posted a blog a few days ago that spoke about feminism and pop culture, specifically centered on gaming. You can find it here for reference. I'm not trying to promote myself, just trying to provide context to this blog. http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/dragonknight/520296 There were some positive responses to the blog, some good discussion was born of it and I was;...

Anime had big influence on video games -Miyamoto

750d ago ... We already know anime has had a big influence on pop culture in the last decade. For example, once i had a training job at school and was assigned with some art students...when asked to draw a realistic person or animal most of the students would end up drawing in the same anime inspired way. It was like it was in their genes to do so even though the art teachers had never taught a lesson ab...

5 Things We Want to See in The Elder Scrolls Online

753d ago ... The release of The Elder Scrolls Online is still a ways off but that doesn't mean we can make a few suggestions on what we would like to see when we take our first steps in game. The Elder Scrolls series is filled with tons of lore, mysteries and cultures giving TES:O a lot of opportunity to become one of the best MMOs to date, here are a few things we hope they don't miss. 1. The Ability to...

Questioning Mass Effect

882d ago ... (Or Suprise JRPG Attack!) With ME3’s release just around the corner and the uproar surrounding it’s day-one DLC has gotten me reconsidering the series overall. Namely how while the first game has possibly marked a renaissance in how RPGs should be made, that quite simply the franchise has quickly devolved into theatrical driven exploitation rather than the action-oriented, thought provoking...

Black Friday Strategy - N4G Edition

985d ago ... Brief Intro to Black Friday Black Friday is a paradoxical time of greed, lust and thriftiness. It is a microcosm for the avarice of a materialistic culture as well as a time to find really good prices. I know some of you have been looking at the Black Friday ads lately and are interested in joining in on the biggest shopping day of the year. Going in as a virgin or even someone with only...

Nintendo & Sony Combine Okay Again!

1091d ago ... Nintendo and Sony used to be the best of pals during the 16 bit era with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Is it time for them to join forces again? They must join forces or they will not survive the ever increasing pressure from the likes of huge American companies like Microsoft, Apple, Western developers, publishers and emerging entertainment hardware like smart phones and table...

N4G Quality Control?

1168d ago ... N4G have to started advertising external Hard drives bundled with PS3 pirated games. It seems a little hypocritical considering the communities stance of piracy. Of course I know N4G is website run by massive hypocrites profiting from the "console wars" and generally just helping to create a horrible gaming culture. But is that a step to far, they're now bringing in advertisement revenue...

Soft Power of Chinese Culture in MMOs

1206d ago ... Nowadays, video games have become a dominating entertainment medium. The industry alone creates tens of billions dollars for other industries, every year. Like other pop culture staples, people have noticed the influence of games on the movie and music genres. Let’s take a deeper look at the cultural influence of video games. “Soft Power” has become more and more apparent. Through Hollywood...

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