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Dec 17 2014

Six Ways Arkham Knight Can Improve Upon Its Predecessors

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With the Arkham series, Rocksteady Studios has managed to catapult themselves from an obscure maker of exactly one mediocre shooting game into one of the most admired developers for current gen consoles. By the looks of the stunning trailer, Rocksteady will likely outdo themselves with Arkham Knight. This entry will be the final piece of an amazing trilogy that raised the bar for third-person action games and licensed games in general.

However, just because Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were amazing does not mean that they were perfect. In fact, because Rocksteady absolutely nailed some aspects of design so well, the lingering shortcomings stick out like a sore thumb. Nagging things like pacing and level design only make me think of the potential for these games to transcend the medium of interactive storytelling to new levels — well, more than they already have.

With these nitpicks in mind, here are some ways that Arkham City can avoid the problems of games past and become one of the best video games of all time… *Spoiler warning for earlier games* Continue Reading »

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Dec 12 2014

Sony Hack Reveals Avi Arad Negotiating with Nintendo to Make Super Mario Bros Movie

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If you recognize the name Avi Arad (the Spider-Man film franchise), it’s because he is a former (major) Marvel exec.  Thanks to the Sony Hack, it appears that he is in negotiations with Nintendo to produce an animated Super Mario Bros. feature film for Sony Pictures.  Want some proof? Via Buzzfeed:

“’I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic],’ producer Avi Arad told Sony Studio Chief Amy Pascal in an email dated Oct. 23, 2014, with the subject line ‘Mario.’ Arad then forwarded Pascal separate images of him with Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the latter of which included the message, ‘Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load [sic].’ Pascal forwarded that email to Tom Rothman, who heads up Sony Pictures subsidiary TriStar Pictures. “Avi closed Mario brothers,” she said. ‘Animated.’ On Oct. 24, Arad sent an email to Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate thanking her for a congratulatory basket she sent him filled with Mario Bros. merchandise. ‘Thank you Avi!’ Kouyate responded. ‘Let’s build a Mario empire!’ Kouyate also sent a photo of the basket to Pascal, and said, ‘I can think of 3-4 movies right out of the gate on this. So huge!'”

Arad informed Buzzfeed that his negotiations with Nintendo “were just the beginning” and weren’t closed as the report claims.

Nintendo hasn’t said much but could another Mario Bros movie be in the works?  Do you guys want to see one?

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Dec 12 2014

GTA V Heists Coming by December 23rd?

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Despite the controversy surrounding Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar Games and parent company Take-Two Interactive have done extremely well.  Despite what most consider misogynistic, it’s hugely popular and will more than likely continue to sell well assuming it doesn’t get pulled like it did in Australia.   The game broke records with its PS3 and Xbox 360 release last year and later opened up the multiplayer Grand Theft Auto Online mode for all players which was received as positively.

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Dec 11 2014

Is the Fan-Made Pokemon Game Better Than the Real One?

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If any of you out there have played Pokemon: Type Wild you’ll know that this is a much more intense and Street Fighter tributing take on the pocket monster series.  If you haven’t checked it out yet then you certainly should. In what must have been a response to its popularity, Pokemon itself actually announced their own crossover between Pokemon and Tekken entitled Pokken Tournament.  Here’s the trailer. However, right now, the official game is only slated for a Japanese arcade release.

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Dec 10 2014

What Everyone Has Gotten Wrong in the Grand Theft Auto 5 Prostitute Controversy

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By now, everyone has heard that Australian iterations of Target and Kmart — unaffiliated with the American versions of the companies — have decided to remove all copies of Grand Theft Auto V from their store shelves. The decision was made after an online petition from Change.org with 40,000 plus signatures was effective at prompting the retail stores’ directors to comply with the wishes of the petitioners.

Gamers heard the news and took the internet by storm, with most of them disparaging retailers’ decision and decrying the move as censorship, sexism, and just plain ignorance. In fact, one can look directly underneath the petition to see commenters using their Facebook identities to insult and berate not just the intention of the petition, but anyone involved.

This sort of hyper-reactionary response has unfortunately begun to characterize a great deal of the gaming community, both in media portrayals and in the vast majority of visible opinions online. While all internet comments should be taken with a grain of salt, the ones clearly visible on multiple stories covering the issue reflect a common narrative held by people prone to aggressively defending the content of video games.

The fact is that while the Grand Theft Auto series may seem like an unfair target of frequent controversy, the particulars of this case are worth discussing rather than jumping to outright conclusions or worn out thought-terminating cliches. Continue Reading »

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Dec 10 2014

The Science Behind Addictive Gaming (Inforgraphic)

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Online-Psychology-Degrees.org created this infographic that they developed on The Science Behind Mobile Gaming Addiction. When you actually read all of this some of it may surprise you. Do you guys play mobile games? If so what are your favorites? And how addicted to them to you think you are?

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Dec 03 2014

Eight of the Most Frustrating Unlockables in Video Games

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Finishing a game can sometimes elicit a twinge of remorse. You had all this fun challenging yourself, but now it’s over. Sure, you can just start from the beginning again. However, repeatedly replaying a game the exact same way can get… uh, repetitive.

To combat this major downer, game developers started including new fun things to unlock as you progress. They serve as a reward for players who stick it out to the end, and they also give curious players a treat for exploring every nook and cranny of the game.

Or, they could drive you to the point of insanity. With regards to that last category, here are the video game unlockables that gave us all aneurysms…

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Dec 02 2014

TellTale Art: Three Properties That Deserve the TellTale Treatment

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All licensed games are terrible. For years, there were few truer axioms in all of popular culture. After getting burned by the Superman 64s, the Fight Club fighters, and the oh so many Bat-tastrophes, most gamers grew to believe that if it carried a familiar name, still treat it as if it were a stranger and don’t let it give you a ride.

And then this small company out of California came out of nowhere and…well…it was a game changer. Their name is TellTale and with incredibly high quality, award-winning games based off of preexisting properties such as Back to the Future, Fables, and, of course, The Walking Dead, they’re proving that there’s still hope somewhere in the digital domain for licensed games.

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Dec 01 2014

Does SEGA need saving?

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Since the Dreamcast gasped its last breath SEGA has been spotty at best. For every triumph there are countless failures. The company’s mascot has been reduced to an internet meme, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let me be honest with everyone here for a second. I loved SEGA. I’ve owned very extensive libraries of games for the Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast. Growing up in Canada I had to order a copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Saturn over the phone from California the day it released. This company has meant a lot to me throughout my life and I still have it to thank for sinking it’s hooks into me when it comes to gaming. It hurts to see a once creative giant hit new lows year after year, but I believe it’s reached rock bottom with Sonic Boom.

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Nov 26 2014

Sunset Overdrive Just Isn’t Good, Period

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My favorite games – Mass Effect, Uncharted, Hungry, Hungry Hippos – tend to have strong stories, lead by memorable characters (you go, Pink Hippo!). But I can appreciate and often enjoy the mindless action of a multiplayer shooter or a sports game, etc. So when Microsoft celebrated Xbox One’s first birthday with some giveaways, starting with their unforgivingly colorful Sunset Overdrive, I was thrilled. It was only free for 24 hours, but it was the full game, complete with achievements and carry over save points. So best cases, I love the game and finish it before time runs out, or love it and decide to go out and buy the disk. Worst case, it sucks, and I saved myself a £50 experimental purchase.

Unfortunately, I’m writing to you with a crinkled £50 still in my pocket, looking for something worth the investment.

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Nov 25 2014

Smash Others: Suggestions for Future Smash Brothers Fighters

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With the release of two new Smash Brothers games this year, I’m of course thinking about one thing: who they should include in the next one. Yes, yes, I’m that awful cliché of a gamer who can’t be happy with what I’ve been given and have to hold out my hand asking for more more more. Shame on me.

But what can I say? I adore the smashing of all siblings in the digital domain and hope that Nintendo makes new iterations of the series for every system. Even if it is…considerably…similar to the game that first appeared centuries ago on the N64, I think of it as one of gaming’s best examples of “if it ain’t broke.”

So with my eye to the far future of electronic entertainment, I’m going to suggest some new gaming guys and gals to enter the fray. I’ll be borrowing on past Smash traditions, showing how they could fit into the gameplay and aesthetic of everyone’s favorite Nintendoriffic nostalgic free-for-all. Get ready for some left turns down Wacky Way this week, Unrealtors. But, hey, it’s Smash Bros. This is a game where Kirby once ate Solid Snake. Anything goes.

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Nov 24 2014

Incredibly Awesome Christmas Sweaters and Socks for Gamers

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While the holiday season isn’t technically here yet you know that people are already getting into the Christmas mood.  And we can always start a little early, right?  Unfortunately we’re not 100% sure if you can order these in North America but they are available in the UK so I would highly suggest you give them the old college try here in the states.   Their “delivery” section mentions they accept International orders but we haven’t confirmed any purchases yet.

In any event, we’re talking video game Christmas sweaters and socks.  Honestly, things just don’t get much better than this.   Pics via

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Nov 21 2014

Come See How Outrageously Bad the New Sonic The Hedgehog Game Is

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We’re at a very, very strange place in the lifespan of poor Sonic the Hedgehog. After being king of the video game universe, or at least crown prince after Mario, Sonic has now seen his series become a rollercoaster of quality, racing between “pretty good” and “hilariously awful.” Guess where we are right now?

Well, we’re at the point where Sonic is now having a video game made out of a TV show which was of course, made out of his former video games. That would be “Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric,” and it’s far and away one of the worst reviewed games of the year, if not the past few years. The best part? It’s only on Wii U, SEGA’s former eternal rival. Continue Reading »

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Nov 20 2014

BioShock Fan Art That’s as Good as the Game Itself

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BioShock has been one of the defining game series of this generation, and it’s one of the few that have propelled games into “art,” though the definition of that word can be debated to death for all eternity. But BioShock was one of the most prominent series to take on serious literary and philosophical concepts in a way that manifested themselves in both the worlds of Rapture and Columbia. We will probably see another BioShock game at some point, but with Irrational mostly scattered to the winds, it won’t be the same, and the original game and Infinite will be the two lasting memories of the series for years to come. Probably not BioShock 2. We don’t talk about Bioshock 2.

Naturally, the game has spawned legions of fans over the years, and as such, there’s a huge community producing fantastic fan art related to the series. The art deco style of the game is simply gorgeous and lends itself to imitation. Or at least it would if I knew what “art deco” meant. (Googles). Oh yeah, that’s pretty accurate.

In any case, I’ve scoured the internet for a few of my specific favorite pieces from the game which you can check out in gallery form below. And trust me, I had to sift through far, far too many Elizabeth hentai adaptations. The first time is funny, the seven hundredth time is gross. But yeah, much respect to all the talented artists who managed to restrain themselves to produce actual art. Continue Reading »

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Nov 19 2014

10 Video Game Toilets You Don’t Want Any Part Of

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In our everyday lives, the restroom is designed to be a place of sanitation.  While not every bathroom in the world is a fun place to be, in theory they’re supposed to be places of cleanliness and an environment conducive to doing your business.  However, in the gaming world, as many of you have seen, all bets are off.   Many video game toilets, are pretty much guaranteed to be disgusting.  So we decided to grab ten that we just wouldn’t even come close to in real life.  Inspired by IGN’s article of a similar name. Continue Reading »

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