Love at first sight: Super Mario Bros.

Most everyone remembers the first time they fell in love. It’s a really special feeling, falling in love for the first time. You get all tingly inside and feel all of these weird things that you’ve never felt before. When did I first fall in love? In 1999, when I played Super Mario Bros. for the first time.

Anticipating Batman: Arkham Origins

I haven’t written any articles on the upcoming sequel to the two previous Batman Arkham games, however as I am going to replay both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City very shortly, and given that they are two of my favourite games ever made, I thought I should at least do an article acknowledging the existence of the prequel game Arkham Origins.

Blog: Dragon’s Crown is perverted and that is OK

Let’s talk about boobs. Gaming’s hottest topic right now is the chest of a fantasy character in developer Vanillaware’s upcoming beat-em-up Dragon’s Crown. Her breasts are very, very large. In the videos I’ve seen, they look almost too large, but I’ve performed some research using Google Images that confirms they are not the largest breasts to appear on such a small-framed woman.

Console wars are garbage

One would think that all gamers would get along well because they share that common interest. And, for the most part, they do. But there is always that one guy. You know, “that guy.” The guy that only likes one console and hates everyone who owns a console other than the one he swoons over.

Why do we love video games?

A few days ago, my boyfriend was relaxing on the couch, playing Defiance, and he said to me, “Do you ever wonder why we love video games so much?” Yes, I do wonder that. It’s something I think about a lot, actually. Let’s break it down and examine just why we love video games as much as we do, and why they’re more than just “silly games” to us.

Why video game music is more important than you might think

On the second day of PAX East 2013, I attended a panel titled “Behind the Music of Blockbuster Video Games.” It was a panel that I was extremely interested in because I have always loved and appreciated video game music, as well as the composers who write the music that we all know and love. They picked some amazing composers for the panel, including Greg Edmonson (Uncharted 1-3), Jason Graves (Tomb Raider/Dead Space 1-3), Jack Wall (Mass Effect 1 & 2, Black Ops 2), Kevin Riepl (Gears of War series, Aliens: Colonial Marines), and Inon Zur (Prince of Persia, Fallout 3, Dragon Age series). You can watch the panel here.

Evoland’s creative concepts take players through a history of RPGs

When Evoland begins, you find yourself in a very constrained area that is also in black and white.  Your character is between two chests, one to the left and one to the right.  Trying to go left reveals that your only form of movement is to the right.  Picking up the right chest grants you leftward movement.  When you then pick up the other chest, you can now move in all four directions.  This trick is what Evoland is all about.

TIE Fighters, Psychics, Tentacles, and Fractals — A Farewell to LucasArts

LucasArts were one of the last few names to survive from what has arguably been one of gaming’s most exciting eras stretching from their founding during the 80s as players and programmers came to grips with the new medium and on through the 90s as PCs and consoles accelerated into the 3D age. Their history reads like a who’s who list of fantastic games crossing multiple genres.

The Benefits Of Microsoft Points

There were loads of rumours and suggestions that indicated Microsoft were going to abandon Microsoft Points and simply go straight to cash instead. While it still hasn’t happened it is likely that MS Points will not feature in the next generation after all the hate they have gotten over the past 8 years.

A Gamer’s Lament of April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day.  Probably one of my least favorite days of the year.  It doesn’t affect my life at all in reality, at least not with my current social relationships I have.  In fact, if I didn’t go online, I would most likely forget this day exists every year.  Unfortunately, I am quickly reminded of what I like to call Liar’s Day every year when I venture online to some of my favorite sites.  It is the one day a year where game companies believe they have the ability to lie outright to their fans and have no consequences afterwards.

Sleeping Dogs Review (PS3): Undercover Gangster’s Paradise

There comes a time when I think I have every video game genre pegged. First person shooters more than anything else, I guess – but, yeah, sometimes I’m almost certain of what I’ll find when I boot up a game like Sleeping Dogs. Fast cars, awkward cover-shooting, a foul-mouthed supporting cast and a seemingly endless run of extremely-violent situations — some of which are either mandatory or optional to experience — were all I expected to find lining the streets of Hong Kong, but thankfully, there were more than a few surprises lurking in the ports, markets and alleyways of this neon city.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Review

Enslaved is a peculiar game that caught my fancy the moment I jumped into it thanks to its mysterious world and well voiced characters. I was hellbent on trying to figure out what the heck was going on and what happened to this post-apocalyptic United States. If you love a good science fiction tale, even though the way it is put together may seem a bit sub-par to some, you’ll feel right at home with this game.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Review

Even after two disastrous expansions to the original game, Monolith studios proved they could still deliver a frightening, yet “shooterific” experience that I, for the most part, enjoyed up to the very end. The game provided everything I was hoping for from the heart pounding scares to the action-packed clashes with enemy soldiers. If you are a fan of any or both of these two things, the game is definitely worth checking in to.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

Skyrim took over my life for the better part of a month and I truly felt like I had become apart of the game’s world. By the time I checked out, I had bought a house and gotten married, saved the countryside from civil war and defeated the dragons. The game is not something I’ll soon forget, nor completely avoid for a very, very long time.