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Rev Rant: f*ck your story


Mar 31
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... read
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Watch some GDC sessions online, for free


Mar 27
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... read
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Rev Rant: the freedom to be boring


Mar 24
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 ... read
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Rev Rant: Epic Fail


Feb 18
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... read
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Rev Rant: Paragon/Renegade


Feb 03
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... read
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Rev Rant: the Wrex Paradox


Jan 27
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 ... read
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Rev Rant: Player Empathy


Jan 20
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... read
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Rev Rant: crushing difficulty


Jan 06
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... read
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Rev Rant: goo and trucks


Dec 30
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 ... read
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Rev Rant: sharing Soap


Dec 16
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... read
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Rev Rant: a slave obeys


Dec 09
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. ... read
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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
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Rev Rant: Modern Warfare 2


Nov 11
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... read
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Rev Rant: gaaaaaaaaaaaaay


Nov 04
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... read
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Rev Rant: exploration


Oct 14
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... read
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Why comparing Metroid Prime to Citizen Kane is ludicrous


Oct 09
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... read
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Rev Rant: what


Oct 07
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.  read
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Rev Rant: grinding


Sep 30
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.... read
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Rev Rant: Oooh, piece of candy!


Sep 23
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... read
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Rev Rant: rape, suicide, and indie games


Sep 16
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... read
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Rev Rant: Sexy Heroines


Sep 09
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... read
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Rev Rant: Arkham Asylum


Sep 02
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'... read
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Rev Rant: Anti-heroism


Aug 23
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... read
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Rev Rant: empowerment


Aug 13
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... read
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Rev Rant: a clarification


Aug 06
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 ... read
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Rev Rant: Fun isn't enough


Jul 31
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... read
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Rev Rant: Donate


Jul 23
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... read
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Rev Rant: cinematic "gameplay"


Jul 16
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... read
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Rev Rant: the most important game of 2008


Jul 09
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... read
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Rev Rant: Metroidvanias


Jul 02
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... read






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