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Rev Rant: legitimizing games

Dec 02
Every week, sort of, features editor Anthony Burch discusses games and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series. There are two groups of gamers: those who don't care whether games are ever recognized as a legitimate art ... read

New high-def videogame remake art is beyond brilliant

Aug 18
About six months ago we posted a gallery of gorgeous, absolutely striking art depicting what some classic videogames would look like if they were redone with a new, high-def, stylish sheen. Actually, words can’t even de... read

JRPGs, narrative conflict, and gameplay lyricism

Aug 15
I really need you guys to do me a favor. The next time someone tells you that they like a Japanese-style role-playing game because of its "story," I want you to kick them in the teeth. You might have to stand on a chair, or p... read

Check out the edible prototype for Jason Rohrer's new game

Aug 12
That picture above all these words? That's a prototype board for Jason Rohrer's recently-announced, Majesco-published DS game "about diamond trading in Angola on the eve of the passage of the Kimberly Process." Rohr... read

New Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet trailer blows me away

Jul 16
Are you awake yet? I know it's early, but you're gonna want to rub the crust out of your eyes for this one. Artist Michel Gagne has teamed up with Joe Olsen of FuelCell Games to produce what might be the heaviest weapon in th... read

Well Played 1.0 is free, the best videogame book I've read

Jun 23
I would have posted about this earlier, but I read slower than Helen Keller when she's wearing gloves. Well Played 1.0 is an anthology book of videogame critique, and probably one of the most interesting I've read. A group of... read

Schafer: Games need to broaden their subject matter

Jun 18
Psychonauts and Brütal Legend designer Tim Schafer has said that the biggest barrier between fresh audiences and videogames is a lack of varied subject matter. Stating that games need to get beyond just a handful of basi... read

Be prepared: High-def videogame remake art is beyond beautiful

Feb 04
I think this is the first time in my life I have ever been speechless.Before anyone cries “OVERDRAMATIC!” please take a look at the attached gallery. Artist Orioto has recreated some iconic retro videogame scenes ... read

Rockstar's Dan Houser hopes it's a long time before videogames are respected

Jan 28
In a recent interview with the The Telegraph, Dan Houser, writer of GTA IV, was asked if he thinks it'll be long before videogame writing is as respected as writing books or films. Dan responds, "I hope it's long. It's r... read

Yes, that is a Shadow of the Colossus grilled cheese sandwich

Dec 17
A couple of months back I posted an Art Attack Friday about Anna the Red (or kickintheheadcomic on Flickr), an artist who created some famous videogame characters out of tasty bento boxes. If you missed it, click here to chec... read

Ballet meets videogames: The Dragon Quest ballet

Dec 07
By now, we've seen a lot of ways videogames have been brought into our everyday lives. Why just yesterday, Dale posted a video of a guy driving a go-cart in the streets of France mimicking Mario Kart. Now, thanks to Dtoider T... read

A note to movie reviewers: Not all videogames are mindless entertainment!

Sep 09
Some might say I am a happy-go-lucky guy. I walk around the streets of Los Angeles with a noticeable spring in my step and occasionally (read: all the time) get caught humming a song from Mary Poppins as I brush my teeth in t... read

Guillerrmo Del Toro calls Team Ico's games masterpieces

Aug 26
You don't know who Guillermo Del Toro is, you say? Shame on you if you don't. The Mexican director is responsible for films such as The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, and is also one of the only men on the sce... read

Art Attack Friday: I Am 8-Bit 2008

Aug 15
Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of this year’s I Am 8-Bit art show in good ol’ Hollywood, California. For anyone not familiar with the show, I Am 8-Bit is a compilation of videogame them... read

Videogame art floods Washington D.C. firms

Jul 10
Yesterday, the Washington Post featured a feel good story about people who enjoy entertaining each other with videogame art. When the day gets bland, Amy Smith likes to decorate her window with a Ms. Pac-Man composed complete... read

GTA IV 'great, but no miracle' says Wall Street Journal

Jul 01
Junot Díaz, writing for the Wall Street Journal, has confessed that although he loves Grand Theft Auto IV, and recognizes it as art, it is not the messianic miracle that game critics have claimed it to be. He says hold... read

Decorative Wii makes our heart go aflutter

Jun 29
We know that you like videogames, or else you wouldn't be browsing right now. For some enthusiasts, games transcend the confines of hobbyist enjoyment and enter into the realm of art. Usually, this territory quickly becomes m... read

The secret is finally out! Afrika details revealed

Jun 04
The PlayStation 3 game Afrika has been shrouded in mystery ever since some strange (but stunning) footage was unveiled at the Sony press conference at E3 in 2006. While gorgeously rendered, the footage showed nothing more tha... read

Exclusive: The truth about the 'Holocaust' game

Mar 10
Some gamers have chosen to call it "creepy" and "disgusting." Media outlets, those even belonging to the videogame press itself, have misrepresented it as "Holocaust DS" or a "Nazi torture game." The truth of the matter is th... read

Shadow of the Colossus' controls are an exercise in art

The "videogames as art" movement is a funny thing
Feb 29
Artsy wonks like myself love to wax philosophic about the potential that games have in terms of narration or eliciting meaningful, emotional player responses. We laud innovative game designers for forcing us to make morally a... read

Love, the MMO: I promise it has nothing to do with drugs and the sixties

Feb 26
If you heard Rev Anthony's RevRant from this week's RetroForceGo! you've already heard a little about the amazing indie showing at GDC. It's truly one of the richest gatherings of indie work you're likely to see, and if you l... read

Luc Bernard is a 21 year old graphic designer and game developer on the cusp of making his big splash in the game industry with the upcoming WiiWare title Eternity's Child. After seeing Luc's work, it doesn't take long to see... read feature


Passage, the greatest five-minute-long game ever made

Dec 11
Passage, created by Jason Rohrer, is an exercise in gaming minimalism. Made for korokomi's gamma 256 competition, It's only five minutes long, it weighs in at less than 500kb, it takes place on a 100x16 field of pixels, and i... read

Narrative brilliance and social irrelevance in Call of Duty 4

Dec 03
I recently played all the way through the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare single player campaign and, upon completing it, I felt two significant emotions. Firstly, I was filled with elation stemming from the fact that I had... read

Ebert the moron: Uses Hitman movie to continue his 'games aren't art' crusade

Nov 26
Roger Ebert has something to prove to the world it seems, as he continues his asinine viewpoint that videogames "will never" be art. You know what art is, right? It's that completely subjective thing that by its ver... read

Alarmingly These Are Not Lovesick Zombies: well, they aren't (I think)

Oct 30
Jason Nelson is the manic, over-caffeinated Salvador Dali of gaming.If the games-as-art debate has been missing one crucial element it's the surreal: that area where the human mind frays a bit, midgets are all backmasked and ... read

Videogames and Art: Destructoid hits the book launch and seminar

Oct 26
The life of a games journalist is an exciting one. We get to attend geek conventions and musical extravaganzas, as well as get to grips with upcoming videogames. Sometimes though, we have to become more refined, more fringe, ... read

It's about time! Okami for the Wii confirmed

Oct 18
Let me get this out of the way first … woo hoo!Eurogamer is reporting that Capcom has (finally!) announced it is bringing its critically adored PlayStation 2 game Okami to the Nintendo Wii in spring 2008.... read

Videogame BAFTA awards: Will Wright gets love + full nominations

Oct 15
The BAFTAs are the most prestigious awards that the UK has to offer after the British Comedy Awards, and for the first time they will honor videogames. Spore creator Will Wright shall be receiving a Fellowship BAFTA for his y... read

Halo 3 and its place in the art debate: A New York Times counterpoint

Sep 28
I've just finished reading a very interesting article by New York Times writer Daniel Radosh, in which he discusses Halo 3, its artistic merits and its impact on the 'games as art' debate as a whole. While these types of arti... read

BioShock Etch-A-Sketch art: Prepare to pee on yourself

Sep 20
I'm speechless. Who the HELL rocks out this hard on an Etch-A-Sketch? The Etch-A-Sketchist (who you may remember from his God of War offering back in July) has drawn everything from Kanye West to the World Trade Center, but i... read

Book critic fails at BioShock, says it's not art because he's not depressed

Sep 17
The whole 'games as art' debate is getting very tired now, with people on both sides of the fence doing little more than scoring points for their own preferred medium of entertainment, but this is one of the funnier examples ... read

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