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Extra Credits: The Hero's Journey, Parts I & II

Extra Credits has an interesting two-part discussion about the hero's journey, a concept explored by Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Thatgamecompany's Journey is the game example featured here (along with The Legend of Zelda) but this seems to be a concept exploited in all entertainment genres.

Extra Credits: The Hero's Journey, Parts I & II

Video: Paralyzed Pokemon returns (NSFW)

And you thought the worst that could happen to a Pokémon in a fight was that it might "faint." No sir, in fact there are repercussions that could come back to haunt you.

Caution: Crude language

Extra Credits: Power Creep

The guys at Extra Credits take a look at "power creep." For those that don't know, power creep is when elements introduced in a game grow in power compared to when the game was originally launched. Or something like that. Given how prevalent persistent worlds have become and how common it is for games to be patched with new areas, features and items, power creep can become a huge issue for the loyal fanbase. This Extra Credits video takes a look at power creep and solutions that would fix it—or at least keep it at bay.

Extra Credits: Power Creep

Video: Ohio State University pays tribute to video games at half-time show

I'm not much into the college marching bands, I don't watch college football and no matter how amazing some say Drumline was, it has never occurred to me that I need to watch a marching band actually do anything.

This is a different matter entirely.

The Ohio State University pays tribute to beloved classic video games (and Halo) during the half-time show at the Ohio State University vs Nebraska game. Games honored at the show were Tetris, Pokémon, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Halo, The Legend of Zelda and Pac-Man. Try not to jump out of your seat and cheer when Epona makes an appearance.

Extra Credits: Games you might not have tried #4

Just like the title says, Extra Credits looks at some games that may have flown under your video game radar. Games like Lone Survivor, Day-Z and Legend of Grimrock made Extra Credits' under the radar releases, check out the video to see if it mentioned one of yours.

Extra Credits: Games you might not have tried #4

Video: QWOP guy puts sex on his date (NSFW)

Ok, there may need to be some explaining here before viewing the video.

QWOP is a rag-doll based Flash game where you control an Olympic runner doing the 100-meter dash. While it may look like a Track n' Field romp, QWOP is far more sadistic than the NES classic. Players use four buttons to control the lower limbs of the runner. "Q" and "W" control his thighs and "O" and "P" control his calves. That's pretty much it. It may sound simple but it is anything but. YouTube is full of videos of people who were foolish enough to attempt this game although there are some who have actually achieved the game's goal—although you would hardly call them winners if you watched the videos.

Now that we got that out of the way, the Dorkly guys asked the question that many of us asked after playing a bit of QWOP: how is that guy in the bedroom? You only have to watch the video to find out.

Video: Zelda mash-up puts Link in the Old West

Saw the promotional trailer for this mash-up called Fistful of Rupees and I thought that while it looked interesting, it would be as forgettable as The Legend of Zelda fan-made video tribute things tend to be. However, having seen all three parts to the "film" I have to say this effort is surprisingly good on many levels—the acting is surprisingly good, the action is surprisingly good and the production quality is surprisingly good as well. Never thought I'd want a Zelda game based on a Spaghetti Western until now.

Video: Zelda mash-up puts Link in the Old West

Extra Credits: Politics

The Extra Credits guys tackle how gamers can affect political change. They even get a game-playing Congressman—didn't know any actually existed—to offer some advice.

Extra Credits: Politics

Extra Credits: Hard-Boiled

Hiroshi Yamauchi (former President of Nintendo of Japan) once famously said that "gamers like to sit alone at home playing dark, depressing games?" Yamauchi was criticizing the industry and even gamers at the time for embracing dark, gritty, CGI-heavy, and mature-oriented games over the more cheerful, family-oriented titles. He felt that it was making games less inclusive and too much like movies. But his words were largely dismissed as the ravings of an old exec upset that fewer people were buying games on his platform. Extra Credits is taking a similar tack, only it makes a better argument than Yamauchi.

Extra Credits: Hard-Boiled

Video: Batman is the one percent

The Dorkly guys look at the tough position the Dark Knight would find himself in should he have run into Occupy Wall Street.

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