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Rev Rant: f*ck your story

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, often noninterac...   read

 
 
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Watch some GDC sessions online, for free

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 to admit that ...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: the freedom to be boring

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 who will experi...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: Epic Fail

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 momentum and forc...   read

 
 



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Rev Rant: Paragon/Renegade

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 Effect 2. In it, I...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: the Wrex Paradox

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 the first game ...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: Player Empathy

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 harmonizing difficu...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: crushing difficulty

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 games like Pathol...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: goo and trucks

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 titles yet. My ...   read

 
 



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Rev Rant: sharing Soap

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 combines first and ...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: a slave obeys

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. Though if you h...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: Modern Warfare 2

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 rest of the game....   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: gaaaaaaaaaaaaay

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 about portrayals ...   read

 
 



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Rev Rant: exploration

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've actually had ...   read

 
 
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Why comparing Metroid Prime to Citizen Kane is ludicrous

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 many others, howe...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: what

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 Ran...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: grinding

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.If you pay some...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: Oooh, piece of candy!

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.This week's ra...   read

 
 



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Rev Rant: rape, suicide, and indie games

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 rant will probab...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: Sexy Heroines

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.Which is worse --...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: Arkham Asylum

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's about the imp...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: Anti-heroism

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 tone of gameplay...   read

 
 


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Rev Rant: empowerment

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 frame anyway), but...   read

 
 
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Rev Rant: a clarification

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 games as a uniq...   read

 
 
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