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
Sega left a mark on the game industry when, at the end of 1999, it released Shenmue for its Dreamcast console. Less than a year later, Shenmue director and designer Yu Suzuki appeared onstage at GDC 2000 to talk frankly (with the help of an interpreter) about his approach to game design and the challenges of navigating the game industry. He also spoke about the process of developing Shenmue and touched on other games he'd worked on at Sega, where he'd started in the '80s working on arcade games like Hang-On and Space Harrier. But Shenmue was the star of the talk (appropriately, since it had just come out) and Suzuki shared quite a bit of behind-the-scenes insight into how it was designed. The video recording of his appearance in 2000 is well worth a watch, especially given that the Shenmue games have had lasting influence on the game industry (look at the Yakuza games, for example). While it was previously … [Read more...] about Video: Shenmue director Yu Suzuki’s classic GDC 2000 interview
2018 is here, and January is bringing with a variety of new content to streaming services. Amazon has announced all of the movies and TV shows coming to Prime Video this month--and there is some great content coming to kick off the New Year. [Update: Due to the shutdown of Anime Strike, Amazon Prime Video is also now home to some of its anime content.]The 10th season of the BBC's sci-fi show Doctor Who arrived on January 1, along with Darren Aronofsky's chilling drama Requiem for a Dream. Also now out is Sam Mendes' Oscar-nominated (and very sad) movie Revolutionary Road and David Fincher's thriller Zodiac. Quentin Tarantino's first movie, Reservoir Dogs, also came to Amazon Prime on January 1.Coming on January 12 is the first season of the Amazon Original show Electric Dreams, which stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin, Timothy Spall, and Steve Buscemi. At the end of the month, you'll be able to see the new 2017 entry in Vin Diesel's xXx franchise, The Return of Xander Cage. You can see … [Read more...] about Here’s What’s New To Amazon Prime Video In January 2018
Hi-Rez Expo 2018 has been a hot-bed for both SMITE and Paladins: Champions of the Realm news, and that continues into the last day of the event. In a brand new video released earlier today, developer Hi-Rez Studios delves further into the background and characters in a way untouched in the series before. In the video (seen below) we hear a lot more about the actual origin story that rests in the backdrop of Paladins: Champions of the Realm. The story tells one of a group of heroes that brought about a golden age after decades of strife, dragons, and village-burning. Known as the “Paladins,” the group would disband after peace took hold of the world. However, that peace changed quickly with the uncovering of crystals that brought a new age of power to be harnassed, utilized, and abused in the wrong hands. Crystal use were banished to create stability among the kingdom… but not everyone was on board. Some of these Paladins saw this as a way for … [Read more...] about Paladins Expands Lore with New Cinematic Video at Hi-Rez Expo 2018