Rev Rants

Every once in a while, Destructoid features editor Anthony Burch discusses game design and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series. Firstly, this week's rant is about the arrogance of games who think their own linear, o...
At this year's GDC, I had the opportunity to give a brief talk at the Artgame Sessions, organized by John Sharp and Daniel Benmergui. That session, along with many others, can now be streamed for free at the GDC Vault. I have...
Every once in a while, Destructoid features editor Anthony Burch discusses game design and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series. Are players inherently boring? I'm really not sure. On the one hand, you've got people ...
Every week, sort of, Destructoid Features Editor Anthony Burch monologues about games in his "Rev Rant" series. This week's rant is about failure, and how curious it is that we've accepted the act of stopping the player's mo...


In the final installment of my two-part editorial series entitled, "How to make it look like you hate a game you genuinely adore," this Rev Rant addresses the issue of quantifying morality in games like Fallout 3 or Mass Eff...
Beard. This rant is a slightly tweaked version of an editorial I wrote a year ago; in anticipation of Mass Effect 2 and what it claims to accomplish with its "suicide mission" finale, I thought it was worth re-examining how ...
Every week, sort of, features editor Anthony Burch discusses games and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series. You can watch the previous rants here. This week's rant is a sort-of answer to my previous video about harm...
Dunno why the formatting is all screwed up with this week's rant (nor why, after almost half a year of doing these things, I'm still incapable of wrangling Final Cut Pro into submission), but it's about absurdly difficult ga...
Every week, sort of, features editor Anthony Burch discusses games and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series. You can watch the previous rants here. If nothing else, this week's rant certainly has one of the silliest ...
Every week, sort of, features editor Anthony Burch discusses games and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series.  You can watch the previous rants here. This week's rant is about how Modern Warfare 2 skillfully comb...
Every week, sort of, features editor Anthony Burch discusses games and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series.  You can watch the previous rants here. Firstly: spoilers for BioShock, Modern Warfare 2, and Portal. ...
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 ...
Every week, sort of, features editor (Reverend) Anthony Burch discusses games and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series. This video includes SPOILERS for the Modern Warfare 2 "No Russian" level. Not so much for the re...
Every week, sort of, features editor (Reverend) Anthony Burch discusses games and gamer culture in his "Rev Rant" video series. Sorry about the lack of a rant last week. Camera was in the shop. This week, I'd like to talk ab...
Every week, Destructoid editor (Reverend) Anthony Burch discusses some aspect of gamer culture or game design that interests him. This week's rant may seem like an extension of last week's two-part Citizen Kane thing, but I'v...
If you're the kind of person who just looked at the title of this article and said to yourself, "Wait -- that sort of thing has to be proven?", then watch this. Your short-term questions will be answered.If, like ma...
Every week, features editor Anthony Burch rants to a camera about some aspect of game design or gamer culture. He'll change the name of the series to "Ant Rants" when he grows the balls to do so, but for now they're called Rev Rants. ...Y--...What. What.
Every week, features editor Anthony Burch bitches to a camera for a few minutes and calls it a "Rev Rant" even though he's sort of trying to get rid of the "Reverend" moniker. It's not the best idea ever....
Every week, features editor Anthony Burch bitches to a camera for a few minutes and calls it a "Rev Rant" even though he's sort of trying to get rid of the "Reverend" moniker. It's not the best idea ever...
Every week, features editor Anthony Burch discusses/monologues/rants about some aspect of game design or gamer culture that he finds interesting for his "Rev Rant" video series.Have you played Edmund? This week's r...
Every week, sort of, features editor Anthony Burch discusses a topic of his choosing for his Rev Rant video series. He then writes an explanatory introduction to each episode where he refers to himself in the third person.Wh...
In his weekly "Rev Rants" series, Anthony Burch discusses game design while unsuccessfully attempting not to twitch like a maniac.In a specific sense, this week's rant is about Arkham Asylum. In a larger sense, it'...
Every Thursday (or thereabouts), Anthony Burch discusses some aspect of gaming culture for his video rant series.This week's rant touches on a much larger issue of theme/narrative/character personality matching up with the t...
Every Thursdayish, Anthony Burch discusses some aspect of the gaming industry or game design in his weekly Rev Rant.I'm not actually onscreen for this one (for the best, probably, as my beard would have taken up half the fra...
Every Thursday (or thereabouts), "Reverend" Anthony Burch monologues about games and gaming culture for a segment we call "Rev Rants."However inadvertently, a lot of my rants end up addressing the idea of ...
Every week, "Reverend" Anthony Burch talks about aspects of game design and gamer culture in his weekly "Rev Rant" video series.I have to say, I'm flabbergasted as hell (and that's really flabbergasted) t...
Every week, "Reverend" Anthony Burch talks about aspects of game design and gamer culture in his weekly "Rev Rant" video series. Admittedly, this week's rant turned out a lot more angry and weirdly serious than the other one...
Every Thursday, Anthony Burch discusses some aspect of game design he finds interesting or frustrating, except it's just him talking to a camera so it's not really a discussion. Image by Jetrockite.This week's Rev Rant is abo...
My entire schedule of free time has been borked up since I started a summer class this week, so I didn't have time to physically stand in front of a camera and record this week's Rev Rant. Instead, I recorded an audio version...
Every week, Anthony Burch monologues about a topic of his choosing in a video Rev Rant.As is typically the case, I screwed up some aspect of the exporting and this week's rant is in the wrong aspect ratio. Doesn't really matt...
Every Thursday, (Reverend) Anthony Burch discusses something about the world of games that bothers him. They're not really rants, because they're not that angry, but "Anthony Discussions" would be the most boring se...
Everyone seemed to dig last week's rant, which means you're all in for a good round of comparative disappointment today. My rant this week concerns indie games, but it's probably not what you'd expect -- it is not the usual ten to fifteen minutes of Jason Rohrer ball-licking that I so frequently indulge in on Podtoid. In fact, it's kind of the opposite. Hit the jump to watch it.
What makes a virtual character sympathetic?Probably a thousand things, actually, but I chose to only focus on one or two in this week's Rev Rant.  And one of those things involves Jack Bauer, for some reason. I also dec...
This week's Rev Rant is about the implementation of morality systems in games like Fable or BioShock or InFamous (though I recorded this before playing the latter, getting 2/3 of the way through it has done nothing to change ...
I'm making progress with these, I think, because every week I make new mistakes. First the chroma keying was bad, then the camera was too close, and this week I've put my torso on the wrong side of the frame so my left side ...
I used to randomly rant about stuff on RetroForceGO!, but now I do it in front of a camera because I enjoy being able to count all the acne scars on my face.This week's Rev Rant -- they're scheduled for Thursdays now, tell yo...
height="3… When RetroForceGO! was in its infancy, I had a segment between act breaks called the "Rev Rant" where I'd basically just whine about something and try to make said whining sound halfway intel...