By Brad Gallaway on October 29, 2003 - 12:00am.
One school of thought says that videogames are pure entertainment, nothing more, nothing less. Taking a different view, some suggest that the power of a well-crafted interactive experience can be more significant than an afternoon of frivolous distraction. The answer likely lies somewhere in between, but for any game, it's important to consider the content and the context in which it is couched.
By Mike Bracken on October 7, 2003 - 11:00pm.
Aquaman is a shining example of why being a game critic can really suck. It's a bad game that needs to be reviewed so other gamers out there can avoid being sucked into the whirlpool of uninspired gameplay, bland graphics, and generalized mediocrity that colors the entirety of the title. Despite doing this public service, I can't help but feel a little bitter toward TDK Mediactive for foisting this game on me.
By Chi Kong Lui on September 9, 2003 - 11:00pm.
Made by the same capable and experienced developers responsible for the groundbreaking UFC game, which first appeared on the defunct Sega Dreamcast several years ago, Pride FC is an effective evolution of the niche sub-genre of two-player versus-style fighting games.
By Thom Moyles on September 2, 2003 - 11:00pm.
The tough question to answer is whether these ported titles are a "good" or "bad" thing. Pretty much all of these titles are still good games in the sense that what made them enjoyable at first remains enjoyable at a later date. But does the production of these games preclude production of new games and the possibility of creating new paradigms in games based in 2-dimensional graphics?
By Brad Gallaway on July 9, 2003 - 11:00pm.
Here on the Internet, specialized abbreviations are often used as a form of shorthand to save the fuss of typing out common words and phrases. Some of these may be confusing to people not familiar with message boards or newsgroups, so as a way of shedding light on this phenomenon, we've collected a few samples.
By Thom Moyles on June 17, 2003 - 11:00pm.
In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$, Wario gets a chance to have a game all to himself. The conceit is that Wario has decided to make money in the videogame industry. Being lazy, he co-opts his friends into creating games for him. It's never made certain whether the player is supposed to be a tester or a consumer of the end result, but the end result is one of the most unique experiences in videogames.
By Chi Kong Lui on May 27, 2003 - 11:00pm.
Log onto any well frequented videogame-related message board on the Internet, and start a thread with the subject "are videogames art?" Within a matter of minutes, I guarantee you will be deluged with all kind of responses that range from manifesto-like essays to name-calling flames.
By Gene Park on April 2, 2003 - 12:00am.
As a child, I was scared of a lot of things. I'm sure if I were 11 years old and playing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the manic look on a moblin's face would haunt my nights. Some of the bosses are positively menacing. Even the thunderstorms in the game would make me think about how scary storm winds and lighting really are. That's if I was 11 years old.
By Erin Bell on February 26, 2003 - 12:00am.
If the game were truly about volleyball, or even about forming relationships, then there would not be random screens of the girls walking up and down beaches or lying down in poses that make them appear, as a friend so aptly put it, "freshly raped."
By Guest Critic on February 19, 2003 - 12:00am.
With his book The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell created a sort of guide by which just about every myth, legend, or story could be rationalized and even certain patterns among them could be revealed. Almost everything ranging from Homer's The Odyssey to George Lucas' moneymaking machine Star Wars to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings would, when broken down, most likely expose common elements that would transcend the cultural barriers separating them.
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