Sometimes it’s censorship. Sometimes it’s unfortunate implications. And sometimes it’s straight-up unexplainable. But whatever the justification may be, games get renamed all the time when they’re released across different regions.
Late last year, it was revealed that Link would become a racer in Mario Kart 8. But that wasn’t his first Mario rodeo. Nor was it the first time Zelda crossed over into the Mario series—far from it.
I remember the first time I went shoplifting. The sun was shining, Marin was singing, and I needed a shovel.
On November 5, 1995, a gamer called CJayC created the Video Game FAQ Archive. Later known as GameFAQs, the site was a hub for video game walkthroughs and FAQs, and later cheats, savegames, screenshots and so on. And that’s what it is today, only it’s a lot bigger than it used to be.
In the West, Twitch is an internet superpower. In Japan, things couldn’t be more different. Mainstream success will be tough, but not impossible. Nothing is impossible.
I played the opening few hours of Batman: Arkham Knight in August. You know what I did after that? I opened up the map, saw that it was forested with icons, and then turned the game off forever.
Some of the games industry’s most talented and experienced designers are making the leap from game development to academia. But how do you teach the art of making games?
From sci-fi references to artistic nods, the Mass Effect series has numerous connections to the real world—this video, narrated by none other than Commander Shepard (or Mark Meer if you will) himself, looks at some of them.
Games have - to put it mildly - a weird-ass approach to love. But love is weird in real-life, too. In time for Valentine's Day, this is a celebration of video game romance in all its strange, stalkery, even inter-species forms. Enjoy - and maybe don't try them out in real life.
Steam sales are good, provided you have self-control. If you don't, you might feel like the Scout above whenever a big sale rolls around.
Kids these days have all the fun. It's bad enough they have cellphones and high speed access to the internet, but now they get to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams - beating a cop at video games.
The Big Easy isn't immune to the same issues that arcade machine vendors across the country face.
Well, it reads like an essay, but this piece by David Hayward is actually a transcript of a talk given at the "Under The Mask, Perspectives on the Gamer" event a few days ago (slides included!). It's a brilliant and somewhat lengthy piece on culture-with-a-small-c, as it relates to gaming (as, in Hayward's appraisal,…