Archive for 2008

About Mercedes Old-Fashioned, Controller-Stomping Fun
July 6th, 2008 by Mercedes | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Ninja Gaiden“Hey, whatchya doin’? Playing a video game again? Is that all you do in your spare time? Yeah, I know you have a job, whatever. What do you even have to do in that thing anyway? Shoot people and smash buttons? …And dodge ‘counterattacks’? Strategize—wait, you actually think about this game?”

Really, we’ve all heard it at some point. Playing video games makes us lazy. They’re nothing but simple time-killers akin to watching a sitcom or doodling in a notebook. Truth is, it’s not so easy. Unless you want it to be.


About Brittany Christmas in July
July 4th, 2008 by Brittany | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Santa relaxing in the poolIt’s that time again, dear readers! Meeeeerrry Christmas!

What’s that? It’s summer, you say? Haven’t you ever heard of the time-honored tradition of celebrating Christmas in July? It’s the perfect time for stores to gear up to sell you your Christmas necessities and for everyone to celebrate the holiday season while lounging in the sun sipping on some delicious iced tea.

It’s also the perfect time to take a look at some great releases we’re going to see around the real holiday season this year. Let’s take a look into Santa’s big red bag.


About Leslie Intermittent Enemy
July 2nd, 2008 by Leslie | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Enemy One of the most horrible, frustrating and agonizing enemies of gamers these days isn’t a boss.

It isn’t pixelated, doesn’t have HP, has no corporeal form, and it is invincible. It strikes without warning, especially just at the moment you engage in combat, and the result of its onslaught is usually death.

It speaks to gamers in the harshest tongue, more hideous than that of Mordor. It says, “You have been disconnected.”


About Suzie What Makes a Game: Part IV - The Characters
June 30th, 2008 by Suzie | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Reno and ElenaLast week I told you why I loved graphics. Juicy polygons, full of shine, make me happy. But, I have to say, there is one other thing that makes me fall in love with a game.

Just to review, we covered the little details that make a game great - such as the GTA IV cellphone. We covered the plot, which in some cases can make a game instantly a classic, and in other cases can destroy it entirely. And we covered the graphics, the spit and polish of a game.

I’m going to finish up this series with what I think is personally the most important part of a video-game - assuming that I can play it halfway intuitively and it isn’t broken.

The most important part of making a video game great is the characters. Those would be Link. Sephiroth. Mario. Knuckles. Dante. Leon. Master Chief. Samus. Lara Croft. Sonic the Hedgehog. Solid Snake. Iconic, classic, and with that certain something that makes fangirls and boys everywhere go weak at the knees.

Quite what it is that makes gamers so attached to the characters they play I’m not quite sure. Maybe it’s because there’s a little piece of us in them. Maybe it’s because they are hot. Maybe it’s because they can defeat three thousand enemies single-handedly.