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Rev Rant: legitimizing games

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 form by the mai...

 
 
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New high-def videogame remake art is beyond brilliant

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 describe it -- yo...

 
 
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JRPGs, narrative conflict, and gameplay lyricism

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 perhaps trip the...

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

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." Rohrer is keeping g...

 
 
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New Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet trailer blows me away

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 the "games a...

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

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 twenty-two wri...

 
 
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Schafer: Games need to broaden their subject matter

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 basic genres, the r...

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

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 check it out. They ...

 
 
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Ballet meets videogames: The Dragon Quest ballet

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 Tascar, I think ...

 
 
 
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Guillerrmo Del Toro calls Team Ico's games masterpieces

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 scene with the bal...

 
 
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Art Attack Friday: I Am 8-Bit 2008

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 themed art by a var...

 
 
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Videogame art floods Washington D.C. firms

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 completely of Post-it n...

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

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 holding it up to mo...

 
 
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Decorative Wii makes our heart go aflutter

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 mired in too muc...

 
 
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The secret is finally out! Afrika details revealed

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 than a bunch of an...

 
 
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Exclusive: The truth about the 'Holocaust' game

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 that Luc Bernard'...

 
 
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Shadow of the Colossus' controls are an exercise in art

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 ambiguous choice...

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

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 it only requires...

 
 
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Narrative brilliance and social irrelevance in Call of Duty 4

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 completed a vi...

 
 
 




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MightyMagikarp

We may not have lost any veterans from previous games in Smash Ultimate,

 
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When you grocery shop at Lotte and H-Mart, are demisexual to the point that you self-identify as Ace and have no idea whats going on at other grocery stores with the sexually active #mybattlefieldhasawesomekimchi

 
TurboKill

I really wanted a bonus single player expansion for Splatoon 2, but not like

 
FakePlasticTree

More women in Battlefield #MyBattlefield

 
chlmera

I got to the same point in FFX on steam as I did on my ps4 copy a year or two ago, and turned on all the cheats (unlimited money, items, all skills, On one hand I want to try and focus on story, on the other I feel a bit

 
Kevin Mersereau

Yesterday, I ate a bunch of fried chicken and drank fancy beer at a brewery all Then I slept for 18hrs It was #MyBattlefield

 
TheLimoMaker

Watching England play football should be a special form of The relentless chest beating from deluded pundits is just as The team is so disappointingly

 
Gajknight

Traded in a bunch of shit games (Xenoblade Chronicles 2, The Surge, No Mans Sky, Fallout 4, Watch Picked up Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider and AC Origins Never traded games in Very much worth it!

 
Electric Reaper

Allegedly, this years Steam Summer Sale will be this I hope they still have vote-based sales and a decent gimmick for the event this

 
SpielerDad

I’ve been seeing this ad at the World Cup for 5 days now and I can’t help seeing a beautiful Anyone else?

 
 

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