It is hard to imagine that a lot of video game merchants come up when discussing intriguing and fascinating video game characters. However, what this means is that when we do see a merchant worth remembering, it sticks in our memory for a long time. This is what our Best Video Game Merchants is all about! Today we will be looking back on some of the Best Video Game Merchants that we have seen in video games in recent years. We will mention what it is that we remember about them and what is it that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd?! Best Video Game Merchants that We Came Across! Video game merchants are usually characters which blend into the backdrop of video games, and thus they stay hidden. It can be anything from the way they end up impacting the story to their larger than life characters. The characters that we mention here are quite different from the usual merchant that we see in games. Whether it is Kilton from Zelda or the Crazy Cap Clerks from Super Mario Odyssey, … [Read more...] about Best Video Game Merchants from Our Favorite Franchises (Emil, Xur, Moira Brown, Kilton)
The Video Game History Foundation recently published a piece looking at how the marketing push for the Odyssey console created confusion over what specifications a television needed in order to run the tech. This lack of clear communication in the past has likely set up the clearer advertising publishers and developers utilize today to avoid misinterpretation. Confusion from consumers at the time over unclear marketing for the first video game home console Odyssey released in 1972 spawned a search for the first video game commercial, which all began with a quote by Odyssey creator Ralph Baer in his book Videogames: In The Beginning. "Magnavox featured Odyssey in their fall TV advertising in such a way that everyone got the impression that the game would only work with Magnavox TV sets," thus the hunt for the truth began. Two big misconceptions over the original Odyssey commercial were that consumers thought the home console … [Read more...] about Discovering the first video game commercial
Owen Duffy is a journalist, dad and board game expert from Glasgow. His blog, Cardboard Sandwich , is devoted to board games, card games, roleplaying games and anything else you can play around a table with friends and family. You might not have noticed, but we’re living in the golden age of board games. Video games may have dazzling graphics to savour, sprawling worlds to explore and a community of online players to pit your skills against, but analogue gaming has seen a major resurgence in recent years, with some incredibly talented designers turning out compelling, innovative titles that rival anything on your console or PC. This cardboard renaissance has dispelled some painful lingering memories of childhood Monopoly sessions, and it’s seen a growing number of players turning to analogue titles to discover just how much fun you can have with a few friends, a couple of beers and a well-crafted stack of cards, dice and tokens. But with thousands of games … [Read more...] about 8 board games to try if you love video games
Hello all, I stumbled upon an interesting article from a reputable website where they discuss if anything has dethroned E.T. from being the worst game of all time for the last 35 years. https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2018/01/05/worst-video-games-last-35-years/ I dunno guys, kind of looks like he hit all the usual suspects. What do you think? … [Read more...] about Is E.T. the worst video game of all time?
Six years ago, The New York Times asked me to become a video game critic. Like most sufferers of the Dunning-Kruger effect, I figured I would quickly show everyone how the job should really be done. Three years later, my editors not only canceled my column, but they also jettisoned the idea of game criticism entirely, ending a run of 17 years in which the paper of record published video game reviews on a consistent basis. Oops. Writing is hard. Making video games is hard. Writing about video games? That’s like surviving Oregon Trail on bare bones rations and a grueling pace. (Am I dating myself? Oregon Trail was a kind of historically inflected Dark Souls that they let us play in grade school, back when we didn’t know what Minecraft was.) To write about video games, you need to know something about art history, computer science, sports, psychology, economics, the Happenings of the 1960s, experimental theater, improv, animation, film theory and Dungeons & Dragons, and … [Read more...] about Polygon’s 2017 Year in Review: video game essays from designers, authors and critics