Bad news everyone...this will be Videogameologists last post. It has simply become too expensive and time consuming to keep this site running and so I'm afraid that I will be ending it here. When I started this website years ago, it was with a goal to share and spread new ideas about game design and culture. It was also a place where I would share all the fantastic ideas, history, and culture that populated the internet. [ 237 more words ]
I never played Gex, but it's cool that it's fondly remembered by people like gabocarina96 because this cover is awesome.
Cracked's by J.F. Sargent has a really great and humorous article on things gamers constantly say they want, but really don't. His list includes such things as ultimate freedom, movie quality stories, and cutting edge graphics, but time and time again we see games that deliver on these conditions flop while games that openly defy them succeed. His ultimate point is about hype and how we can easily get swept away by the promises that we don't really sit down and think about what made our favorite games our favorite games.
WatchMojo has an interesting Top 10 video showcasing MMO's that didn't quite workout. A lot of these I never actually heard of, so it's interesting to see how the genre has tried to stretch out against and beyond the World of Warcraft foundation.
I think some of the best fan art is the kind that make super cool posters (mainly cause I would love to frame them and hang them around my place.) So naturally, I really love the work of Tumblr user xfreischutz. Take a look at some my favorites and then check out the rest of the gallery.
Here's another soothing piece from the jazz group The Consouls. Today they're performing Snowflakes from Persona 4 Golden. Definitely a good piece to just relax to as the seasons get colder.
AWE me DIY Prop Shop makes something that would be the perfect gift for the Pokemon fan in your life. I know I might try my hand at this at some point.
Tumblr user tinysnails has some of the cutest fan art around. She has works from games like Mario, Pokemon, and Overwatch (just take a look at some of my favorite examples below) but also work from other mediums as too. Be sure to take a look at her full gallery.
Oh my gosh, this has to be a first. Something from the Medabots series (known as Medarot in Japan). I never played the games, but I've kind of wanted to. The anime was one of my favorites growing up and watching it again a few years ago did not diminish my fondness for it. I hope Dinnick the 3rd does more covers from lesser known games like this.
Beta64 has a long video detailing a lot of cut or reworked content from the classic video game Super Mario World. It goes really in-depth...like really in-depth. It's definitely a great watch, especially if you are a fan of the Super Mario World like I am.
Here is an interesting article by Edwin Evans-Thirlwell over at Eurogamer that is a brief analysis of magic in video games and what inspirations they could use to improve it. The gist of the article is that magic in video games tends to be too conventional and detached from the world the player is in. I agree whole-heatedly in this sentiment, especially as we are not getting to the point where magic and super powers in video games are becoming indistinguishable/less creative than certain guns and technology from our sci-fi games. [ 42 more words ]
String Player Gamer brings us another great and one of kind cover video game cover, this time of Vega's Them from Street Fighter II.
Rerez talks about one of the Nintendo's least talked about game consoles, their first game console: the Color TV-Game 6. Though I believe console is represented in Super Smash Bros. 4 as an assist trophy. By the sound of it though, this console is kind of a let down. It's definitely a precursor to the Nintendo we all know today. Still, everyone has to start somewhere and Nintendo started off their video gaming empire with a Pong clone.
The summer is ending, which means Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means! GHOSTS! And Werewolves. And other spooky things. There are lots of spooky Halloween things in video games, take the works of Deviantart user koolaid-girl's for example. Below are some of my favorites from her gallery but her gallery has a lot more awesome things to look at it.
ToxicxEternity performs an epic metal cover of Upper Brinstar from Super Metroid. It's a brilliant cover to an already brilliant song.
DidYouKnowGaming? dishes out facts and trivia about another underrated Sonic game, Shadow the Hedgehog. It's actually a little hilarious how often this game was touted as being Sonic Team's last effort to remain relevant when it was the fans themselves saying they would like to see a game exactly like this (a game starring Shadow the Hedgehog, using a gun, etc.) Personally, I really liked a lot of the mechanics used in Shadow the Hedgehog and since I played it on the GameCube I never experienced a lot of the technical failures I know other versions had.
Here is an article of how Overwatch treats the healer class by Ryan Khosravi, basically comparing the lack of appreciation from players to the real undervaluing of of the care labor force in the real world. I think some of it is a bit of stretch, but I think the points about the healing class being seen as a chore is spot on. [ 172 more words ]
While not one of my favorite Sonic the Hedgehog games (mainly because of the Werehog parts), Endless Possibilities is one of my favorite main themes from a Sonic game. Mr Dooves of Triforcefilms definitely has an interesting take on it. It's a little weird, but I love it.