dark        

E C Gach blog header photo
E C Gach's c-blog

Gaming Vulture

Posts 0Blogs 17Following 4Followers 1


 

 
 

The Important Wars Take Place Online

Or at least that's what Medal of Honor: Warfighter implies, with the latest news about the game relating to details about how its multiplayer was inspired by FIFA. Caring, sharing, and cross-fertilization across franchises never felt so ...

 
 
 

No, Seriously, Online Passes Aren't Defensible

Events from last week point toward a future where gaming consumers pay for gaming companies’ mistakes. The Online Pass which first started out as an innocent experiment is now blossoming into an industry standard, and as announced last F...

 
 
 

Manufacturing Outrage

In the coming days, and with a fall break around the corner, I hope to get to some belated reactions to Gears, my current favorite indie game, and why more games should emulate Dark Souls. For now though, a few thoughts on IGN's smack-dow...

 
 
 

East vs. West: The Numbers Tell a Different Story

Is Japanese gaming really in the rut that everyone suggests? From the front pages to the community blogs to the backwaters of video game podcasting, a loose consensus has formed that Japanese developers have faltered and lost their spark...

 
 
 

Motion Control: Missing the Point of Video Games

If there’s one thing that has become painfully obvious since motion control first began to proliferate, it’s that video games aren’t just about simulation. Listen to any executive tout the future of motion control and you’d think that s...

 
 
 

Downloadables: Platforming on the Edge

Platforming was one of the orignal video game genres. While some players don't play shooters, and others refuse to touch an RPG, almost everyone has, at some time or another, given one of the many platforming titles out there a chance. An...

 
 
 

Freedom: Escaping the Console Wars.

"Man is born free," wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "and everywhere he is in chains." The same applies to video games. Players are born free, and everywhere they are in chains. Forced to swear allegiance to one system or another, or purchas...

 
 
 

Maligned by Materia

Materia is Latin for "material,” meaning "substance from which something is made." It had early metaphysical connotations, used as a sort of base from which all physical matter could come forth. And of course, you equip it to weapons and...

 
 
 

Don't Take Sony's "PSN Pass" Laying Down

I finally got around to playing both Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2, and am loving every moment. Anticipating the third installment due out this fall, I was immediately interested to know about this little news bit: Sony Introduc...

 
 
 

Final Fantasy VII IS Overrated...But Only Sort of

Yes the game is an important artifact, marking an important moment in the history of gaming, but does this make it a lasting title that holds up over time? With respect to its overall importance, of course the game isn't overrated, but t...

 
 
 

Some Gamers Need to Grow Up

There are all kinds of gaps. There's the income gap between rich and poor, the gender gap between men and women; there's generation gap, the race gap, the digital gap, and the education gap. And of course there's the the Gap that sells ...

 
 
 

Remake, Remaster, Rehash

Keza MacDonald at IGN thinks video game remakes are great. I disagree...sort of. MacDonald asserts that, “when handled correctly, remakes, remasters and re-releases are an extremely good thing, both for the industry and for us.” Accordin...

 
 
 

Will Consoles Survive the Next Generation?

Edge has a great interview from their upcoming issue with Phil Harrison (former Sony Computer Entertainment exec). There’s a lot to dig into and I encourage everyone to go and read the full interview, but for now I want to focus on Harri...

 
 
 

PSN Users = "butthurt"?

VG247 has an interview with someone who claims to be part of Anonymous, the group associated with recent cyber attacks against Sony. This “Anon” as he/she is called, noted the following: “Our intention with our initial attacks on the P...

 
 
 

Wii U Lacks a Unifying Vision (Ctd.)

The short of it: Cons Friend Codes here to stay Controller sacrifices utilitarian design for innovation No DVD/Blue-ray No hardrive No new IPs No new philosophy No clear vision Pros New system COULD be interesting Mulling over ...

 
 
 

Old Republic "Highly derivative"...Big Surprise...

Over at Industry Gamers, M.H. Williams reports that Doug Creutz is trashing the new Star Wars: Old Republic game for being just another WoW "derivative." Creutz's take-way: "Despite promises from EA/Bioware that the title represents a maj...

 
 
 

Pokemon: Arrested Development

I warn you, read on at your peril! None of you will like what I have to say. Those of you who agree will feel you wasted your time, and those who do not will blame me for my own incompetence and pathetic naivety. This all begins with a...

 
 

About E C Gachone of us since 11:37 PM on 01.06.2011

I'm a gaming sophist who likes to discuss, argue, and fight about video games. The only thing I enjoy more is a heaping bowl of Count Chocula. I also like to blog at 1up and IGN, so you can catch me at the communities there or at my own little slice of the Internetz:

gamingvulture.tumblr.com