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  • Why Video Games Matter

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    A Review of Tom Bissell’s Extra Lives

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    A Review of Tom Bissell’s Extra Lives Let me start by saying that Extra Lives by Tom Bissell is good. I would recommend it to anyone who professes a love of the medium. It is a thoughtful work that enumerates Bissell’s reasons for the importance... More
  • Top 10 Most Affecting Game Trailers

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    I recently saw the trailer for Dead Island. It was fantastic. If you haven't seen it, then you will see it if you scroll down a bit, so just sit tight. There was something more to the trailer than just being awesome. It made me feel something real... More
  • When Did This Happen?

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    What's that? You don't want your children growing up with images of violence on television? Are these the same children who are taught to duck and cover if firefights occur outside their schools? Because I am pretty sure that if those kids end up with a slightly warped world view it will not be the fault of a video game or fake violence in their media. It will be the fault of the people who couldn't control the violence that was plaguing the city with REAL violence and REAL death.

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    I am going to get up on my soapbox now. Earlier today the Mexico State Congress asked for the ban of Call of Juarez: The Cartel. Ricardo Boone Salmon, a member of the congress for Chihuahua State said, "It is true there is a serious crime situation... More
  • Review - Shadow Complex

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    Shadow Complex is a side-scrolling shooter in the vein of old-school Metroid. It is available on the Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Gamerpoints. The plot centers around a man named Jason Flemming who is hiking in the mountains when they unwittingly stumble... More
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Over A Decade Later

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    Once upon a time there was a console known as the 'N64'. This system was one of the most powerful of its time, named for its 64-bit CPU. This allowed the creation of three dimensional games. Many legendary franchises made the leap to 3D. Mario led the charge with Mario 64, a wildly successful game that many others after tried to emulate. Then in 1999, a new game came out. The Legend of Zelda made the leap to the new dimension, no longer content with the top-down perspective of its older games. This new game featured a huge world, fantastical enemies, a relatively gripping story, a targeting mechanic (which was a huge innovation for the time), clever puzzles, and also tons of hidden secrets.

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    Once upon a time there was a console known as the 'N64'. This system was one of the most powerful of its time, named for its 64-bit CPU. This allowed the creation of three dimensional games. Many legendary franchises made the leap to 3D. Mario... More
  • Review - Flotilla: Orbital Battleship Maneuvers

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    Blendo Games released a little gem towards the beginning of 2010. This gem was called Flotilla and featured space pirate chickens, bounty hunting rhinos, and smuggler kittens. The premise is simple: you are a space captain and have a terminal illness that limits your life to the next few months. Of course, the only logical thing to do in that situation is to go on a grand space adventure and become a tactical master of space combat. At the outset you have only two simple ships. But as the adventure progresses, you will most likely end up with others: beam frigates, destroyers, carriers, etc.

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    Blendo Games released a little gem towards the beginning of 2010. This gem was called Flotilla and featured space pirate chickens, bounty hunting rhinos, and smuggler kittens. The premise is simple: you are a space captain and have a terminal illness... More
  • Beauty in Words: The Memories of Lost Odyssey

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    In a recent issue of Gameinformer there was an article that featured the 'video games as art' debate. One of the games that was left off of the list was the overlooked Lost Odyssey.Beyond the art direction behind the game, there is some very solid... More
  • A Little Love Song for Mario (Kart)

    If you haven't heard 'Mario Kart Love Song' by the amazingly talented Sam Hart, you will be kicking yourself for not hearing it sooner. It is a love song that uses different Mario Kart scenarios as illustrations of the singer's love. It's quirky and fun....So, here it is for you to enjoy!

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    If you haven't heard 'Mario Kart Love Song' by the amazingly talented Sam Hart , you will be kicking yourself for not hearing it sooner. It is a love song that uses different Mario Kart scenarios as illustrations of the singer's love.... More
  • Okay, Chill Out Kid Yelling at Me over Xbox Live

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    Dear little poopsicle, I was having a very enjoyable time fake shooting people on the internet the other day in COD: MW2, but then you started talking. At first I thought you were a whiny girl. That was, until you started laughing whenever you said words... More
  • Thoughts from the Traverse: Reflections on Mass Effect

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    Thoughts from the Traverse I recently completed my (I am ashamed to admit) fifth run through of Mass Effect. As I sat in front of my television in my 'I-heart-Spock' shirt and sweats, I realized how many hours I had sunk into this game. I have... More
  • Episode Three: My (Somewhat) Heroic Journey

    As a young lad I got pooped on by a bird, kicked some chickens, found a magic music box, and watched my sister die and got shot out of a window. After being nursed to health by a creepy old woman and growing up, I embarked on a journey of revenge with my faithful dog that I had saved as a child. I quested to the ends of the earth and back, bringing good and peace to all (except for the occasional 'accidents' involving the really annoying citizens). Eventually meeting other heroes like myself, we banded together and prevented Armaggedon (see below).

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    As a young lad I got pooped on by a bird, kicked some chickens, found a magic music box, and watched my sister die and got shot out of a window. After being nursed to health by a creepy old woman and growing up, I embarked on a journey of revenge with... More
  • Video Games: The Invisible Art Form

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    This is the research paper that got me out of freshman writing and composition.

    Video Games: The Invisible Art Form

        Game over. This is the message that millions upon millions of people across the globe are familiar with. However, the source of this widely known phrase is often looked upon with scorn. This social stigma is very widespread and almost completely unaddressed. This is due to the confusion surrounding the subject of video games as an art form. Many people in our society view gaming as nothing more than an entertaining, but ultimately worthless, diversion. However, the case can be made that not only can video games be art, but that they can have meaningful importance and thus be worthwhile. This is supported once you strip away the social stereotype of the common video game player, examine the history of the arts, and look into the definitions of art; also known as art theories. Those who are negatively disposed towards the position of video games as art need to go out and play a video game or not be so quick to dismiss video games as wastes of time and cheap thrills. This is important because the video game industry is growing in popularity and gaining acceptance in our culture. Along with that newfound popularity, there comes greater impact in our culture. More

    This is the research paper that got me out of freshman writing and composition. Video Games: The Invisible Art Form Game over. This is the message that millions upon millions of people across the globe are familiar with. However, the source of this widely... More