We talk a lot of trash about the companies that make our games and our consoles. To be fair, though, we often do it while standing in line at GameStop with the latest console and digging around in our pockets for some change to pay for the cursed thing (usually after a five-hour wait in a cold, cold queue). Why do we do it? It’s a natural defense. Our valuable leisure dollars go into console purchases, and the months building up to a console’s release...read more
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When kids squabble with one another, we scold them and tell them to “stop acting like children.” Truth is, adults are arguably more attracted to bickering and backstabbing than most youngsters. We sigh and look away, but then we open one eye and catch what we can. For instance, even gamers who aren’t necessarily interested in Call of Duty or Battlefield can deny that following the often-heated banter between Activision and EA is intriguing. At E3...read more
Nintendo knows how to make legendary games and properties that survive through the decades to be embraced by multiple generations. Nintendo also knows how to infuriate its fans. Oh boy, does it ever know how to infuriate its fans. Nintendo’s latest punt at the hornet’s nest involves three Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs): Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower, and The Last Story. The games aren’t connected story-wise, but they share three...read more
There are countless ways to tell a story. Through a book. A movie. A video game. On a paper bag, with some crayons. If you’re passionate about what you have to say, then the medium in which you say it in shouldn’t alter the message. Key word here: Shouldn’t. Whenever a video game appears to have a deep message that should survive the transition to the silver screen, a movie director invariably ambles by and demonstrates that’s not always the...read more
The Internet has built a solid bridge between the people who play games and the people who make them: For better or for worse, it’s pretty easy to get a hold of the ladies and gentlemen who make our favorite games, whether through email, Twitter, Facebook, or blogs. Even the biggest companies have one or more “community managers” or public relations (PR) managers who carry messages from the bottom to the top and back again. Either way, if we want...read more