For anyone lucky enough not to have stumbled onto Salon.com, it is a online liberal publication that specializes in giving any Berkeley educated radical or sorry excuse of a failure the opportunity to cry about social and political issues that no one cares about (regardless of your political stance). So to no surprise they have published several ill-written articles that have been very critical of the video game industry and culture. However unlike their typical crybaby banter; none of the writers could be considered experts because most of them admit to not having actually played or know anything about the video games they are discussing. As a gamer I cannot silently sit aside while Salon.com gives a voice to fake gamers who are slandering our community.
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The new Call of Duty steals the story of the 2011 first-person shooter Homefront and, in part, the movie that inspired it.
Don’t buy into the next-generation of consoles just yet. Waiting could save you a ton of trouble.
The Best of Gaming Horror looks back at ‘The Suffering’, a psychological horror that pits the players against the demons of a neglected justice system while having to confront your own sins.
Like with most works of pop-culture; a video game will have a story that borrows elements from one work as a tribute to its influence or acknowledge that its a modern retelling of a classic story. Than you have games that pretty much rip-off another work and try to pass it off as their own original content. Here are 5 games with stories that ripped off other great works.
Next on The Best of Gaming Horror list is another PlayStation 2 classic that have players fighting against a deadly mutation at research facility in a frozen wasteland of Antarctica (and no I’m not talking about The Thing). Extermination was a unique horror game for its time that sadly was quick to fall into obscurity among the PlayStation community.
The X-Files: Resist or Serve is a forgotten horror game that deserves more attention.
The identity of the character Snake as we know him could change forever.
Countless fans have wondered, what cigar does Big Boss smoke? One community writer provides an informed answer.
Let’s talk about the video game history of one of the all-time greatest action films, Die Hard.
The credible ethics of gaming journalism has been brought into question after it was discovered that a few journalists tweeted a hashtag in exchange for a PS3 during the Gaming Media Awards.
Lets be honest; 2012 has not been a great year for the Resident Evil-series. The year has brought one failure after another and its certain that devote fans are frustrated at the direction the franchise has been going.
Last year; The Best of Horror Gaming started the Halloween season with a critical look at the game that created the horror survival genre, Resident Evil. Now with a new season of fear upon gamers, its time to look back at the sequel to this great classic.
October is a few days away and for horror fans its time to prepare for the season of fear. Get ready to indulge yourself in the best horror films or play some of the best horror games while kicking back with some good brew.
007 Legends is an upcoming video game that will retell six classic Bond films with an over-arching narrative that will conclude with the film, Skyfall.
During an interiew with French game magazine ‘IG’, Hideo Kojima has announced that Metal Gear Solid 5 is currently in development.
After a decade long hiatus for the series, 2K Games will be releasing Spec Ops: The Line on June 26 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Now Playing it Old School will be going back and declassifying the Spec Ops-series.
Last week Activision unveiled the first trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and it became a big surprise for many gamers. Rather than to continue with the Cold War theme of its predecessor, Black Ops 2 will be set on the battlefield of the future. For obvious reasons; this new change has been generating a lot of buzz among fans
In a previous issue of Playing It Old School, I discussed the significance of Max Payne with its film-noir story and John Woo choreographed action. With a strong attention to literary detail and complex character content, this was a game that became an iconic for redefining a classic genre by adopting it with a new media.
Last month Slant Six Games and Capcom insulted gamers with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, a failed attempt to retell one of the most iconic video games from a different perspective. Now they have added insult to injury with the Spec-Ops DLC.
Since the release of Mass Effect 3 back in March, video game websites and message boards have exploded with complaints regarding the ending. This has lead to gamers organizing an internet campaign called Retake Mass Effect.
Slant Six Games and Capcom attempted to retell one of the most memorable games only to fall short due to mediocre game-play along with a poorly written story and terrible voice-over performance.
A byproduct of pop-culture in post-9/11 America, 24 grew to become one of the most popular and influential shows of the decade. With a 192-episodes backed with multiple awards along with a TV movie, a series of comics and a video game has made 24 one of the most iconic franchises.
EA announced the next installment of Medal of Honor back in February and the first trailer was posted on March 7. After reading the promotional material and watching the trailer, I have to ask if EA is trying to imitate Modern Warfare – again!
We have all been at the store or stared at a computer screen with a blank look and pondered on the decision to pre-order a game. At times you may have end by asking your self, “is it worth pre-ordering?” It helps to look at the pros and cons of pre-ordering before making a judgment.
Video games and Star Wars have always seemed to go well together. It’s the prefect combination since the Star Wars-story is so vast and more people prefer to be a Jedi as oppose to read about them.
The success of LA Noire along with the critical achievement of Heavy Rain has brought the emerging of a new style of gaming that attempts to bring the elements of film-noir to electronic entertainment.
The Criterion Collection is a production company that is well known for the restoration and distribution of films that have been significant to the cinematic arts. With its partnership with Janus Films; they have been responsible for the distribution of many great classics of world cinema. They have presented American cinephilias with the works of Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, John Woo, and Jean-Pierre Melville while help restore the classic works of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanly Kubrick, and Samuel Fuller.
Call of Duty is a unique franchise, for twice in one decade did its revolutionary game-play redefine a genre and set the new standards for other games to follow. One has to appreciate the first time when it broke with the “lone wolf” concept while pushing the Quake III-engine to its limits.
It may have only been two months since its release, but the first DLC for Battlefield 3 is not just an upgrade for gamers but a nostalgic treat for those old school fans who have been playing the series from the beginning.
H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most iconic horror writers of the 20th Century who blended the elements of fear with science fiction and gave rise to the genre known as “Lovecraftian horror.” His imagination gave readers some of the most iconic creatures while influencing generations of horror icons like Stephen King, John Carpenter, Clive Barker and Guillermo del Toro.
During this season of fear; The Best of Gaming Horror has discussed games that have pit gamers against the worst creations of science, the undead, and creatures from other worlds. But we always seem to forget that humans can be the most terrifying demons of all.
With 2.75 million units sold; Resident Evil became one of the most successful games for PlayStation and soon grew to become one of the most iconic game franchise. So it was no surprise that Capcom teamed with director Shinji Mikami again to make a new horror survival game. The result was Dino Crisis.
The one factor that brings joy to the horror genre is that all it takes to crate a frightening work of art is a creative imagination. Case in point; Neil Manke and the creative team at Black Widow Games who in 18 months created the mod, They Hunger-trilogy.
John Carpenter’s The Thing has been hailed as one of the greatest work of modern horror for its multiple layers of fear along with blending the elements of science fiction.
What better way to start The Best of Gaming Horror than to look back at the game that popularized the concept of “survival horror”.