Nerddom is officially saturated in our culture, even in high fashion. This convergence is a fantastic nod from two worlds that both require you to suspend your disbelief and invoke inspiration. Two different artists - a game dev and a fashion designer - can separately be inspired by the same designs.Read More
Even if you don't know him by name, he's most likely affected your childhood. As the founder of Atari, Chuck E Cheese, and a multitude of other fun-inducing revolutions, Nolan Bushnell still strives to make sure everyone can look forward to gaming.
We asked him what he thinks of GamerGate, his ideas on revamping the American education system, and what the next Nolan Bushnell should look out for.Read More
There’s an insidious pattern repeating itself in sandbox narratives that makes many of these stories feel like they’re ironically trapped inside of a box, even as they theoretically offer large possibilities. If sandbox storytelling is to avoid the fate of the classic MMORPG, it must grow in these challenges or else risk falling by the wayside.Read More
Monty Oum, Rooster Teeth’s lead animator, tragically passed away. As Rooster Teeth fans feel affected, or if you ever feel loss in your gaming world, just remember that you are in good company.Read More
South Park: The Stick of Truth epitomized the crossover potential last year, managing to keep all the charm of the long running television show without ever feeling like a worn out retread. As we kick off a new year, I decided to put together a list of recently published books, films and television that are ripe for the jump into a game version.Read More
Few AAA games touch on the subject of religion and faith, so to produce one that not only addresses it but gives you near-complete freedom to deal with religion in whatever manner you choose is a welcomed step. This nuanced depiction of faith on both an individual level and an overarching motif in-game is something we don’t often see, and below is why I think BioWare should be praised for doing so.Read More
Is Elegy for a Dead World effective at generating raw fiction?
It’s possible that Elegy's strengths may not rely on encouraging fiction, but instead, on encouraging essaying and more personal forms of expression.Read More
What does the year of the gamer entail? Multiple front page hits of the New York Times? Beating TV ratings for eSports? Or maybe it just means good games? We asked our regulars about the brightest moments of 2014, and while they might seem satisfied, some still eagerly anticipate 2015 will shine brighter.Read More
Though the challenge of branching video games out from one mechanic to another is hardly a new one, Tales from the Borderlands early success is a strong lesson for developers lucky enough for the opportunity to expand their games’ world beyond their original mechanics. By seeking out key, strong characteristics of the original game, and concentrating on how they interact with a new set of mechanics, developers stand to learn both about their original creation and about the new ways it can be explored.Read More
Does Blizzard's new game Overwatch meet their lore master's goal of making their game more socially inclusive? Did it successfully fine tune these heroes to fit the progressive nature progressive critique craves? To answer that question, we dive into the character design surrounding the heroes released so far.Read More
With the gaming community polarizing their beliefs in the wake of Gamergate, some gamers can't stand the socially progressive game trends flooding the scene.
Destructive Creation's Hatred gamifies the collective abhorrence against this new wave of socially progressive gaming, and shows a market might exist for outrageously extreme games.
In 2014, fears of talking about slavery and America’s checkered past in the context of a video game should not be an issue. If anything, it would deepen the story’s richness. So why does one of the most defining events of American history remain locked out of the greater gaming pantheon?Read More
You've seen the hype, you've seen the energy, and you've decided that this weekend you're going to watch The International for DOTA 2. The only problem: you have no idea how to play DOTA 2.
Let's help you with that.Read More
I chafe at limited communication. The idea of a social media service that only lets you choose pre-written responses aggravates me, and that's why I'm worried about what Hearthstone means for future gaming communications.Read More
LucasFilm's marginalization of the Expanded Universe demonstrates a disturbing lack of faith, but will they disappoint like Mass Effect's ending? Or could they learn from J.K. Rowling's handle of Harry Potter canon?