Imitation is the sincerest way… to land yourself in hot water thanks to the highly litigious nature of our modern society. But despite what Disney’s pitbulls have to say nearly all forms of media and entertainment live by recycling, reusing, and rehashing whatever proved to be profitable. This is dreadfully apparent in our beloved video game world if you look at the mountains of shovelware out there. But stealing someone elses idea isn’t necessarily a sign that something will suck, in fact many great games have been made just reinterpreting someone else. The Legend of Zelda games seem to stand alone in their action/adventure/rpg whatever you classify them as but lets not forget that there have been 3 imitators who in my opinion gave Zelda a run for its money. So here they are!
The holidays are upon us! The holiday season is so powerful it even effects parts of the world that don’t give a shit about American Thanksgiving or Christmas as a gift-based holiday instead of a strictly religious one. Christmas this year has finally broken the last threshold that was holding it back: Thanksgiving. Yes this year many places are opening for Black Friday in the afternoon/evening of Thanksgiving just so we can get a few precious more hours of sales that will run out of stock even sooner. I used to work retail and let me tell you its a month long nightmare. Not just because people are so filled with holiday cheer and joy that Jesus was born that they are likely to kill you, but the constantly blaring 15 Christmas songs on loop only fan the flames. Lab rats chew off their own limbs when exposed to that much Christmas music.
First impressions are everything. Recent studies say that with the right kind of eyes and knowledge of tells you can figure someone out within the first few seconds of meeting them. Of course recent studies is synonymous with “this news site reported this story far too early to know if the study is credible or not.” In the video game world where we fear meeting other people the closest we come to first impressions are a consoles launch, something we of the PC master race don’t have to worry or care about. Now, screwing up a system launch doesn’t necessarily mean the kiss of death, but it’s still something that should be avoided. As we approach the launches of two next gen consoles let us take a moment to look back on the best and worst of launches.
We’re getting into the magical time of year now, folks! Halloween is over and retailers can’t wait to break out the Christmas stuff because to Hell with Thanksgiving! We got a console launch coming up and also a new way to watch TV and use Skype that can also supposedly play some video games but that’s yet to be proven. We’ve also got some big name games coming out and things seem to be shaping up, maybe we’ll even see some games come out for the WiiU! But lets not forget that there are games coming out after Christmas that are worth paying attention too. With last years failed apocalypse we’ve got nothing but time to kill!
Tower Defense games are the hot dogs of the video game world. And by that I mean that they are readily availible from nearly any source because of their cheapness in both material and preparation. There’s a good reason that the early days of Battle.net were flooded with thousands of variations of Tower Defense games, few of which were very good. But the genre did start to evolve and remained popular with players on Battle.net until DOTA came along and killed all fun. Tower Defense now lives on thanks to its simplicity and easy nature. Its a fun, time consuming genre that translates wonderfully to cell phones meaning its enjoyed by normal people as well as inert gastropods such as myself. This weeks game is actually a port of a cell phone game that was given a slight make over to make it palatable for PC. Defense Technica is its name and towers shooting at aliens is its game.
The games industry today is abuzz with talk of the next generation of gaming. With the WiiU already with us, the Playstation 4 having been announced a while ago and, by the time you read this, Microsoft being about to or having just announced the next Xbox unit, you can’t move around the gaming web […]
Computer games, as much as any other medium, are mysterious things. They can stir our souls, hotwire our adrenaline glands or disappoint us to our core. For every person who plays a game there is a valid and varied opinion. It’s one of the things that make the subject of a game’s relative quality a […]
Across every genre of entertainment there are specific titles or releases that become synonymous with failure, that in the eyes of fans and critics alike embody the worst that the genre has to offer. They become the universal butt of any joke in that medium, the yardstick against which every other poorly-received release is measured. […]
Over recent years there has been a shift in the focus of the gaming industry towards online multiplayer as a gaming model. Indeed, the biggest sellers of this generation of titles have been primarily online competitive titles, such as Halo 4 & Call of Duty. Over this time there has developed a very distinct separation […]