Chaos Legion – A Love Triangle and Killing your Best Friend

July 30, 2013

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Games give us a unique look into human interaction. Often they will look into how people become friends/comrades, or how a hero and a villain fight against each other. Seeing a friend become a villain, friendships in dire straights, and troubled love triangles, however, are rarely portrayed in games. I find, from personal experience, that each of these situations are very emotionally charged, and they leave deep emotional marks on those involved. Whether watching them happen to other people real life or in games, memories and emotions can’t help but be brought up to the surface as a response – both  of experiences I am quite familiar with. One of the games that I believe is a good example of this emotional struggle is a Gothic opera known as Chaos Legion.

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Survival Horror: Perversion is Power

March 22, 2013

There’s something about survival horror games. They give me the willies. They get inside me. They fill me with this unexplainable dread and terror that goes straight to my soul. Why is that? How? is the better question.

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Video Games Have Given Us Back Our Faith?

February 27, 2013


Well it seems like a bold statement doesn’t it? They’re games. They tell pretty stories. Who comes off with this bizarre conclusion? Well I draw a lot of this from a lovely book by Joseph Campbell called The Power of Myth, and this particular quote:

 “We can’t have a mythology for a long, long time to come. Things are
changing too fast to become mythologized.”

Sounds simple enough – even if you don’t accept it. Now, where does faith come in?

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Dan’s guide to not being a noob at shopping

January 30, 2012

Howdy folks, my post for today comes from amusement and anger that occurred simultaneously at the popular Ohayocon. I tell you this tale so that you may understand, a deal is not always a deal, and that in the world of retro shopping, pirates and scammers are everywhere. If a situation is too convenient – such as the retro-game shop set up in the center of this convention – then it’s clearly too good to be true and you should run! Or else… But anyway, here is my tale and pointers:
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Video Games Are Art?

May 6, 2011

As we peel off the packaging of a new game, maybe it’s Pokemon or Bioshock, do we stop and appraise it? Looking at the careful design of the artwork and think: well this probably reflects post-cubism – or some other crap like that. Most likely not, I mean, neither do I. We just throw in the game and go on for the ride. Of course, I think with a video game we’re dealing with a complete package, so you really can’t have so many of those thoughts until you really see it for what it is and try the game out. So what does this have to do with anything? Well I’d like to point out a bit about two events related to this idea of video games as art, one of them involves the Smithsonian.

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The War of Mascots

April 28, 2010

Well it seems like reddit is playing host to a barrage of video game characters appearing all over the word on windows and walls in post it notes and chalk. Whether it’s Sonic or Mario, every post seems to be snowballing into yet another picture appearing. Leading to a few back and forth battles turning… musical?, and also inspiring an entire group of engineering students to post it an entire building face. I just wonder where this will go from here.
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Awesome Video of the Week: Mega Man 2.5D

May 29, 2009

Angry at Andrew for not continuing this potentially fun series, I decided to post a video in his absence… and I’m sure it will please everyone.

So… How many people, by a show of hands, liked Mega Man 2. Yeah? So did I. Sure, it was a tough game at parts, but it was FUN – something lacking in many of today’s games. Now, who here by a show of hands would play Mega Man 2 again if it was slightly modded to incorporate some of the finer points of 3D while still keeping the feel of the 2D game.

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