Posts Tagged "Storytelling"

Why Wasn’t The Last Guardian at E3?

Why Wasn’t The Last Guardian at E3?

All the exciting sights and sounds of E3 weren’t enough to distract us from the absence of two much looked-for guests: A little boy and his baby monster. Team Ico’s The Last Guardian, a beautiful and mysterious follow-up to the celebrated Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2, lay low for E3 2011, much to our disappointment. When footage of The Last Guardian blinked into existence in 2009, it introduced us to an adventure/puzzle game that made...

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Can Serious Games Teach Kids About Life?

Can Serious Games Teach Kids About Life?

Video games present an array of objectives to achieve, many of which involve overcoming some creeping menace or another. Some of these are fictional: Slay a dragon, drive back a demon, stop the mad scientist jerk who’s turning your woodlands pals into robots. Some of these are more realistic: Fight in a fictional war, fight in any number of history’s past bloodbaths, raise a family, move up in the ranks of a mafia, tend to a farm. Despite the problems...

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The ESRB’s New Online Ratings System: Still Effective?

The ESRB’s New Online Ratings System: Still Effective?

The ESRB currently slaps its mark on downloadable console and PC games as well as console and PC games available at retail. That’s not set to change, but the manner in which the ESRB evaluates potentially offensive content in downloadable games is undergoing a shift. With the new process, digital game publishers are asked to fill out a multiple choice form for their title. The questions pertain to game content that involves acts of violence, suggestions of...

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Best Video Game Music: Songs and More

Best Video Game Music: Songs and More

Even the best video game music is still stereotyped as a bunch of bleeps and bloops; just watch a modern TV show that features at least one scene wherein the characters bash at controllers and are held in thrall by the sounds of Atari’s Pac-Man adaptation for the 2600. Gamers know better. Though a game can’t prop itself up on its soundtrack alone, a quality soundtrack is typically what imprints a title in the memories of its fans. Long-time gamers in...

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Will Sex Ever Be Rightly Depicted in Games?

Will Sex Ever Be Rightly Depicted in Games?

Sex. Now that we have your attention– Not every one of us is interested in the act that produces more of us, but for the majority of Earth’s population, it’s difficult to ignore the cosmic dance (rather, cosmic horselaugh) that is human mating. For that reason, sex is, ahem, a loaded topic that is approached very differently by the planet’s cultures. America, for instance, has a reputation for subscribing to puritan values. The reputation is...

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