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Turtle Beach's Beautiful Game Search is Turning Out to Be a Joke.

13d ago ... Turtle Beach recently started a "campaign" to crown the best game of all time. They've narrowed it down to the top 15 games that people have been pushing for. Here is that list: Borderlands 2 Call of Duty: Ghosts Dwarf Fortress Far Cry 3 FIFA 14 Final Fantasy X Grand Theft Auto V Halo 3 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Pac Man Resident Evil Super Mario Galaxy The Elder Scrolls V:...

A Gamer/Game Dev's Opinion of the Game Industry in 2014

21d ago ... [b]By Chris Chung, [i]Catlateral Damage[/i][/b] I’ve been a gamer for the majority of my life. I grew up with Super Mario World, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Pokémon Blue and have been playing games ever since. I’ve been immersed in gaming culture for the past 15 years, have been working in the industry for the last 2 years, and I’m now beginning my career as an indie game developer creating my...

Do Better Graphics Make a Better Game? (Round 1! Sonic 3 & Knuckles vs. Sonic Adventure)

34d ago ... Let me get this out of the way right now: I am pro Sonic. Ever since I was old enough to play games I always though Sonic was so much better than Mario. In fact, the only reason I owned a SNES was to play Final Fantasy VI, otherwise it was Sega all the way. I have played nearly all the games (up until the Wii exclusives, but I did play Generations) so I hope that gives me the right to lay out t...

More Wii U words

51d ago ... So, there are lots of things wrong with the Wii U. Marketing has been confusing, the games have come slowly, third party support is gone, the asking price is too high and the tech is too old. Nintendo doesn't have a problem that people need to insightfully boil things down to; they have a large, unlabeled umbrella full of issues collected like so many undesirable Pokemon. That's the lens the...

Polygon's Nintendo Nightmare

51d ago ... Let me start off by saying that Mr. Kuchera's views are probably not representative of the entirety of Polygon. I always find that gamers tend to associate one person's review or statement with the entirity of the site/company, and this isn't usually the case. That said, I find his statements to be an additional footnote to the laughable incompetency that Polygon trails. The article in quest...

Kingdom Hearts: Beginning, Impact, and Future

57d ago ... We have finally arrived to this point. It is time to look at Kingdom Hearts with its progress over the years. Welcome back to Beginning, Impact, and Future. As many of you have probably seen, I have been covering Kingdom Hearts III with my own speculation on what could possibly be awesome for the final entry to have. If you haven't seen them, please check them out from my blog section. For now,...
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Mario Kart 8 Officially Justifies the Wii U's Graphical Prowess

75d ago ... Say what you want about the Wii U. Whine and complain as much as you'd like about how the system isn't at the same 'power-level' as the PS4 or XBOX One. One thing is for sure, though: Mario Kart 8 is one damn-fine looking game. It's been a little less than a year from since the public got a chance to first see the title in action. It's been a little over a year from since Nintendo showed...

What's Happening to Nintendo?

83d ago ... I love Nintendo. I may not be as tight with them as I am with Sony, but Ninty and I go way back. Heck, Super Mario World for the SNES was the first videogame I ever encountered, at the age of four, so it's possible I never would have taken up gaming as a past time, if it wasn't for good old Ninty. But, many of their decisions lately, have been questionable, at best. It's no secret that th...

Could Pac-Man be in MK8&SSB4?

85d ago ... I've heard both sides of this "argument", as to reasons Pac-Man should and shouldn't be in either of these upcoming titles from Nintendo- So I figured I would throw my "2-cents" into the ring. I for one am a fan of the idea of Pac-Man being in both titles. Why? Well, for starters-one of my favorite Mario Kart games was the arcade game that Namco released that not only included Pac-Man in its ro...

Is Nintendo’s Current 2014 Line-Up Enough to Save the Wii U?

97d ago ... This is my first post, i am so nervous :p , hope you enjoy it. Over a year after its launch, the Wii U continues to struggle in the console marketplace despite having a rather large catalog of games currently available. Last year, Nintendo bet their hopes on a series of holiday titles – Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, The Wonderful 101, Wii Party U, and Super Mario 3D World...

Why Mario Kart 8's Lack of Voice Chat Does and Does Not Matter

110d ago ... So Mario Kart 8 has no voice chat feature. Let me be the first to say that this kind of sucks for Wii U players (and technically for me when I get the thing in the future). A lot of people seem pretty upset by this news, and rightfully so. Some people really want to be able to talk to the people they are playing with and that's a perfectly fine criticism. Although, I do feel like some of the cr...

Video Game Music Gone Downhill?

123d ago ... Introduction The point of this discussion is very simple, to raise awareness that music in games has been going downhill for a while now. I will use examples from different eras of gaming. NES, SNES, N64, PS1 and obviously the PC. I will make comparisons to more modern games music but I will discuss about that at the end, first I will make examples that will help me to make my point. Now...

How to fix Sonic the Hedgehog...no, REALLY!

124d ago ... Once upon a time, Sonic went toe-to-toe with Super Mario Bros, one of the most popular videogame franchises of all time. In fact, there was a season when the SEGA Genesis was actually outselling the SNES in the USA and in Japan. This was due, in large part, to the popularity of Sonic the Hedgehog. Since the 16-bit era, Sonic had fallen down. Hard. We're not talking about skinned knees here. We'...

Fans: No Matter What You Choose, You've Won

127d ago ... I love video games; love 'em to death honestly. I've been gaming ever since I was a little baby, playing Mario when I was barely speaking sentences, then Sonic when I was into Saturday morning cartoons, Jak & Daxter in junior high, Halo when I was entering high school and now a little mix of everything in between. Video games are most certainly my passion and certainly hold a very dear place in...

Graphics are Overrated

130d ago ... From the first days of video games (or any other visual media) your eyes are the first things to be treated to what the form has to offer. Graphics have always been the measure to which the common gamer judged a game. Back in the day graphics mattered, but not all that much. All you needed was a visual representation of your character on screen A La Mega Man or Mario, and you were pleased. Your...

Wii U can succeed without muti-platform 3rd party support

130d ago ... Truth be told, Wii U doesn't need mainstream 3rd party games like Grand Theft Auto or the latest Need for Speed to be successful. The Wii U is getting its own exclusives, however they also need exclusive 3rd Party Franchises in which fans can become familiar with. Nintendo has the resources to establish 5 franchises if they were to choose to in my opinion. If I had control over Nintendo right n...

Interactivity and storytelling. Some thoughts.

135d ago ... I have long thought about game design concepts like narrative and interaction. Some have said there is a great divide between story-driven games and game play driven experiences. I'd postulate that there is a nuance that is often missed though. I believe story-based games are also gameplay-based. Just in a different way. Some thoughts of my own; most people would like a game that is inter...

10 Reasons why the Wii U Wins!!!

135d ago ... I am not going to write a "love" letter about Nintendo(though admittedly I do love Nintendo) and I am not going to try and be a "shield" for all the negative outlooks on the Wii U. What I am going to do is simply compile a list of all the strengths and positive things that I (emphasis on the I) see and have found as a Wii U owner... 1. Backwards compatibility-I can't stress the awesomeness...

The Evolution of Video Game Violence

135d ago ... As a child the games I played were often fun, cartoony, and parental approved such as games like Super Mario Bros. World, Crash Bandicoot, Pokémon, Super Smash Bros., and more. As an adult games have changed. While the experiences I enjoyed as a child are still available for gamers of all ages, many games are now about shooting, violence, and gore. What happened and what changed in the mediu...

What is Innovation? And does it matter?

160d ago ... While some think the Wii U gamepad and Kinect 2.0 are excellent features to the consoles, some think that they should be optional, and follow in the footsteps of the PS4, which supports Off-TV play and motion control separately. I agree and disagree. It was the right move for Sony to let people get more Innovation out of there console at a different price, and simply let us pay a cheaper price...
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