I’ll face myself: The controls of Persona 4 Arena

This month’s Bitmob Writing Challenge on game controls is due by Sunday, September 30. You can read the rules here, and now I'm going to share an example piece focusing on Persona 4 Arena. Those who have grown partial to this feature over the years might want to contribute to this particular one — let’s just say, for me at least, we’ve reached the final save point.

What Superman did for video games

Bitmob community member Daniel Castro's article  about developer Rocksteady's Batman titles (which is immediately below this one on our front page feed) provides valuable commentary on how "branded" games need not be awful. But while it's great to talk about games made right, we can also gain a lot of insight from a series of dismal, catastrophic failures.

What Batman did for video games

Every now and then, I get to talk to my students about video games. They've all played Battlefield and Call of Duty, and the conversations always veer toward the latest Halo, Grand Theft Auto, or whatever big sequel is coming out. But when I bring up Batman: Arkham Asylum or its follow-up, Batman: Arkham City, I always hear the same old thing. "I’ve heard it’s great, but I haven’t tried it yet."

Animated Portal turns Wheatley human

An amateur animator going by Enquaynay on YouTube created an awesome, hand-drawn version of a cutscene from Portal 2. Even cooler, they reimagined the game by turning robotic characters Wheatley and GLaDOS human. As a fan of traditional animation, I find it incredibly impressive for one person to do this much quality work.

Finding nuance to achieve victory in Crusader Kings II

I never quite understood the grand strategy genre of entertainment provided by Paradox Interactive. The games were vast in their scope, spanning years of history and large amounts of land all broken down into countries, provinces, counties, cities, and towns. Then when the developers throw in a dynasty that you have to lead to glory through wars, rebellious vassals, scheming enemies, and siblings with ulterior motives for succession, you have yourself a very confusing yet appealing prospect.