Archive for 2008

About Monique Where Games Go to Die
May 17th, 2008 by Monique | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Starcraft Ghost’s Nova It’s such a tease when games are scrapped as they near completion—kings and queens of delays and ill-fated cancellations. So many games are completely different than their alphas and betas; other games never even hit the shelf in one piece. There are a lot of regrets as a gamer when this happens, though who can say if it’s mourning the game or just our lack of control and input into the industry.

I can say, however, that if we had our way, we’d all have played Starcraft: Ghost four years ago and Parasite Eve 3 wouldn’t be released as a cellphone game.


About Monique GDG Forums Launch
May 16th, 2008 by Monique | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Girls Don’t Game Forums Girls Don’t Game has official forums now. And we’d like to see you there this weekend.

So come join us. Maybe you’re already registered, maybe you’re not. Say hi. Rant about a game. Talk about Iron Man. Throw up a banner on your Myspace. You know you want to. More importantly, you know we really want you to.

About Brittany Growing out of Games?
May 16th, 2008 by Brittany | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

GamersMy family, older strangers, and even some of my friends like to take one look at my pink and black hair and assume that I am going through some sort of “phase” that I will grow out of once I get out into the “real world.” My apologies–I suppose all this time, the Matrix has had me. I must have been living in my own virtual happy land for nineteen years. “Real world.” Pshaw.

Somehow my having unnatural hair marks me as immature–but more importantly, so does my passion for video games, anime, and cartoons. I can’t even count on both hands and feet how many times I have been given the Look by new acquaintances when I tell them I enjoy playing video games. They’re shocked and appalled that I would choose to take up such a childish hobby.


About Suzie Casual Games
May 15th, 2008 by Suzie | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

NintendogsCasual gamers. Doesn’t the phrase make shivers run down your spine? Industry experts everywhere are calling out this new audience, these so called casual gamers with their free time and bulging wallets.

Who are they, exactly? They are housewives, they are retired, they are kids playing Tetris on their cell phones. They are the people buying Wii fit and trying to train their brains. They are this huge user base that developers are desperate to attract and cough up cash.

Hardcore gamers don’t like it of course. When your Grandmother (she’s fine, by the way, it would take more than a pick-up truck to take down that grand old matron) is taking over your console it all feels a bit, well, quality family time. We’re not about that. We like to get competitive. We like to swear at the screen and toss the controller at the wall (well, I do).

It’s hard to put your finger on. Obviously its good that games are reaching a wider audience, and developers are making enough money to stay in business…. and yet. And yet.

About Gloria Mario Paint Will Never Die
May 12th, 2008 by Gloria | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

HOW I KILL GNATI love to reminisce about the good old MIDI gaming days. The days when I would play an RPG and obsess over midis. There’s some part of me, deep down, that still loves those clangy, high pitched musical notes. Even after I buy the instrumental CD or what have you. I loved games like Thousand Arms, that had an in game jukebox. I could sit and listen to that thing for hours. Admittedly, I never enjoyed the terrible electronic music from those hilariously bad tiger hand-held games toys. Even I have to draw a line somewhere.