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Antiestablishment in Dead Space

George A. Romero, famed director of Dawn of the Dead, read the zombie-apocalypse genre as being about "revolution, one generation consuming the next." The idea of the living dead stems from social change, people fearing the downfall of one ...

 
 
 

The Corporeal Supernatural of Uncharted 3

The Uncharted series is touted as the Indiana Jones of videogames; a globetrotting treasure hunt, complete with a wise cracking adventurer, an evil organization and a cheesy romantic conclusion. Working with the archetypes endowed by the Ac...

 
 
 
 
 

The Empty Heart of Max Payne

Upon loading Max Payne 3, the violins of the ominous menu music sent a chill down my spine. My mood was dragged down with each note as I began to speculate where this story could go. I was lost in the music, enamoured by imagination, by all...

 
 
 

How Limbo Made the Devil Cry

There's this statement thrown around nowadays, praising the setting of a game, over its inhabitants. I've often heard people refer to Grand Theft Auto IV as a game about Liberty City, not about Niko Bellic and his plights throughout the met...

 
 
 

Far Cry 3

It's easy to look at Far Cry 3 and see another generic shooter, another power fantasy, another desolate open world. But if you spend any time with the game you'll realize there's more to this book than its cover. Player choice dominates the...

 
 
 

Over-salting Assassin's Creed

The early Assassin's Creed games had a particular rhythm that allowed for the congruence of ancient science-fiction elements, with the historical periods featured in each game. I'm not sure where this originated, but I first noticed the pat...

 
 
 

Assassin's Creed 3 Review

Concealment. Corruption. A blade in a crowd. The imagery has become synonymous with the Assassin's Creed franchise, continually intriguing yet ultimately familiar. Pieced together as a travelogue in time, the series provides the player with...

 
 
 

The Choreography of Dead Space 3

Remember the first time you walked around The Deku Tree in Ocarina of Time? It taught you the ropes: sights, sounds, and all the monster slaying in between. "Cobweb in the way? I can burn it. Strange flora? Must be dangerous. A change of mu...

 
 

About The Salty Hippoone of us since 7:40 PM on 01.23.2013

I started this blog to voice my opinions about the artistic merits and disappointments of video games today. I'm Canadian, so for anyone reading outside the Canada, pardon the variance in spelling. To give you a general sense of my experience, I've been playing videogames for over seventeen years. My primary console is the Playstation 3, though I also own all Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox platforms, along with a Macintosh computer.





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