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  • Casting the Games: Simon & Lewis

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    This is the second posting for my Casting the Games series and this time we will be focusing on the power duo of The Yogscast.

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    This is the second posting for my Casting the Games series and this time we will be focusing on the power duo of The Yogscast. Simon and Lewis are a pair of British men who work together to produce a popular podcast called The Yogpod which made its debut... More
  • Casting the Games: Commentaries

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    Some of you might not be aware of this, but video games have professional commentators. These commentators can actually make a living off of commentating tournaments and doing internet television shows. I have decided to start a series talking about these... More
  • The Western: A Neglected Genre

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    I love Westerns. Of all of the settings that gaming has traversed in the past, one of the most fertile areas for storytelling left mostly unexplored is the Western genre. The Western has inspired many classic films, games, and books: Star Wars, Firefly... More
  • Top 8 Internet Parodies or Tributes to Video Games

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    I'm hoping to be posting something of a bit more substance later this week, but in the mean time I thought people might get a kick out of some of my favorite fan-made video game parodies or tributes that I have come across in the corners of the interwebzz... More
  • Angsty Mortal Kombat Inspired Poetry

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    I found this a while ago somewhere (can't remember where) and it just unsurfaced in my memories reading about the new Mortal Kombat game.So I rustled around on my saved files on the computer and found it.

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    I found this a while ago somewhere (can't remember where) and it just unsurfaced in my memories reading about the new Mortal Kombat game.So I rustled around on my saved files on the computer and found it. - The Arcade She came back and said CONTINUE... More
  • Dragon Age II and Making Better Games

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    In my previous blog post , I talked about the storytelling in games. In this post I will be talking about much the same thing, but with a focus on a game that I recently completed: Dragon Age II. In my previous post I talked about how games shouldn’t... More
  • Storytelling and Games

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    Before I go into this a bit, I think it might be a good idea to throw out a couple things about myself. I am an English Major with one year left until I graduate. Basically that means it is my full-time occupation to study stories. It's my thing.... More
  • 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