My First "Real" Game Review Is Now Live!

29 01 2009

As you may remember, I am beginning to write reviews and commentary for an upcoming site.  The site isn’t yet live, but my first professional review (For Bioshock) is being posted at the upcoming gaming site’s sister site, TerrorTube.  I’m not a horror fan, actually, so it’s funny that I was chosen to write there (Thanks, Heather!) but I’m happy to find a home for my reviews and I’m excited for the opportunity to write in a more professional manner.  It would mean a lot to me if you would check it out (and tell your friends, especially those into horror film, I suppose)!  Click the jump for an excerpt and a link to the full article! Read the rest of this entry »

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My First “Real” Game Review Is Now Live!

29 01 2009

As you may remember, I am beginning to write reviews and commentary for an upcoming site.  The site isn’t yet live, but my first professional review (For Bioshock) is being posted at the upcoming gaming site’s sister site, TerrorTube.  I’m not a horror fan, actually, so it’s funny that I was chosen to write there (Thanks, Heather!) but I’m happy to find a home for my reviews and I’m excited for the opportunity to write in a more professional manner.  It would mean a lot to me if you would check it out (and tell your friends, especially those into horror film, I suppose)!  Click the jump for an excerpt and a link to the full article! Read the rest of this entry »





Want College Credit For Gaming? UC Berkeley Has A Course For Ya.

28 01 2009

 

Infected Ghosts Need Education Too!

Infected Ghosts Need Education Too!

As reported at Tumeroks.com, the University of California at Berkeley is offering a college course that studies the theory and practical application of said theory in competitive Starcraft playing.   While it may sound like all fun and games, the class is hardly a “blow-off” as it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of Calculus and Differential Equations prior to taking the course.

 

However, as someone who always was okay at math, but lost interest in math classes due to my lack of a math-based career, this is interesting to me, because any gamer, regardless of their career, can apply science and math to their competitive online gameplay experiences.

As gaming takes more and more mindshare from the entertainment industry and grows to earn revenues equal to major films and television, I think it’s only a matter of time for colleges and universities all over the world to start using gaming as a starting point for illustrating the deeper concepts of psychology, mathematics and law.  

Not to mention, you can learn to really kick butt in Starcraft.  And that’s something people everywhere can rally around.





World of Obamacraft! Sam Kennedy Bleeds! Riddick Returns! And More!

26 01 2009

 

Scandal!  Infamy!  Video Games!

Scandal! Infamy! Video Games!

Nothing insightful or deep.  Just a couple of links:

 

  • http://jeff-greenspeak.blogspot.com/2009/01/where-am-i.html – Jeff Green points us to a Democrat WoW Nerd’s ultimate crossover!
  • http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=8978290&publicUserId=4561231  – Sam Kennedy head of 1UP, speaks frankly (finally) after the UGO buyout and mass execution of editors and video peeps.  It’s a refreshing, cathartic release and says what he should have said on day one.  No hard feelings, of course, but now instead of being entirely of pure motive (which I’m certain it is), it could now be construed as hype to help rebuild the war-torn 1UP landscape.  Good luck everyone there!
  • http://blog.wired.com/games/2009/01/video-riddick-d.html – There is a new trailer for The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena – While the game is really just “Escape From Butcher Bay” version 1.5, with added graphics and areas, it’s still one of my most anticipated games of the year.  Escape From Butcher Bay was amazing, and really cinematic throughout.  Something very lacking not only in the last console cycle, but for the games industry in general (at least outside of a Kojima game).  Check it out!
  • And speaking of ex-1UP.com-ers, definitely check out the podcasts (and video, yay!) from those guys:

– http://www.eat-sleep-game.com/ – Home of RebelFM

– http://www.geekbox.net/ – Ryan Scott’s new digs

– http://area5.tv/ – The ex-1UP Show’s crew doing their own thing





Super Energy Apocalypse – Recycled!

26 01 2009

It’s not wednesday, but I owe you all something for your patience as I wrote a review on Bioshock for the aforementioned, yet-unnamed site.  (Details will be given as the site goes live, I assure you!)  

Super Energy Apocalypse - Recycled!

Super Energy Apocalypse - Recycled!

So in the meantime, enjoy this eco themed-zombie battler-strategy-tower defense-energy management sim(?) that I found frustratingly excellent, especially for a browser game.  SUPER ENERGY APOCALYPSE – RECYCLED!!!  This compares to some early Starcraft (at least at the middle stages) in my mind, so that’s quite a feat!  It’s from the folks at JayIsGames.com, who are honestly consistently making some of the best browser/flash games I’ve ever seen, and constantly pushing the boundaries of what you think your browser can do in terms of gameplay.  Definitely check them out when you get a chance.   And if you fancy yourself a flash coder, there’s almost always some sort of game design competition going on where you can net yourself some cash, programs, and swag.

Also, the end credits have a funny song (a la Jonathan Coulton) that’s definitely worth checking out.

 

Click for the game!

Click for the game!

 

 

ProTip:  If you cannot bring yourself to try the game through conclusion, then enter the Konami code at the menu screen and the end song/credits will play!





Humpday Flash – Dodge!

14 01 2009

Dodge!
Dodge!

Dodge takes on the visuals (albeit hand drawn, rather than the digital shimmer) of Geometry Wars and places them in a game where all you can do is dodge the bullets  from enemies and use those to kill the other enemies.  It’s a very simple game, that’s difficult to master.  These types are often the best!  Enjoy Dodge, over at Kongregate.com





360 Resident Evil 5 Demo Hits January 26

14 01 2009

 

Those of you on the fence about Resident Evil 5, or just dying (haha) to try it out as soon as possible, good news for you! There will be a demo available for the 360 on January 26th. The demo is only available for a week, and includes two full levels from the game: Shanty Town and Assembly Place (which, from what I hear, are much better than Poop Station and the Child Creation Depot*).

 

For more details on the game, check out http://www.xbox.com/residentevil5

*both of these levels are completely a joke.  I’m silly like that.