By Tera Kirk on April 28, 2013 - 6:29pm.
Frayed at the Edges
HIGH Pulling off a screen-clearing, game-changing combo is especially awesome when lives are on the line.
LOW Matching three chargers into an attack gem…right before it hits the edge of the screen and disappears. (This happens a lot.)
WTF I have enough power to use the Fighter's super move on this dinosaur twice! WHY WON'T IT DIE?!
By Dale Weir on April 27, 2013 - 2:49pm.
Intrinsic vs Extrinsic rewards. In this episode, Extra Credits tries to explain what keeps you playing through the tedious parts of games.
By Brad Gallaway on April 25, 2013 - 12:23am.
HIGH The new character's hand-to-hand fighting style is a hoot.
LOW Watching zombies infinitely spawn, clown-car style out of a tiny wooden shack.
WTF It's got the jankiest menu system ever created. How was this approved?
By Sparky Clarkson on April 24, 2013 - 11:42pm.
One of the problems with stories that use the concept of multiple universes is that the word "multiple" doesn't even begin to describe the scale of existence. Consider, for instance, the universes in which I just reached through the internet and handed you a cookie (hope you like pistachio sandies!). Now, in the context of known physical laws, this is an extremely unlikely event, so much so that if you were to try to write out the probability by putting down a 1 and writing zeroes in front of it, you could go the whole lifetime of our universe without ever reaching the decimal point.
By Sparky Clarkson on April 19, 2013 - 7:45pm.
HIGH The classic revisionism of the Hall of Heroes.
LOW The lazy, pointless, and offensive "equivalence" narrative that opens the second half of the game.
WTF I've been finding machine-gun rounds in pickle barrels the whole game, but there's no ammo in this armament crate?
By Kristin Renee Taylor on April 19, 2013 - 7:05pm.
Like a Tall Glass of Lukewarm Water
HIGH Expansive, detailed environments.
LOW Getting a fetch quest from magical, talking, invisible termites.
WTF How can zombies, ghosts, and ghouls exist in a world where death is explicitly stated to never occur?
By Richard Naik on April 18, 2013 - 8:26am.
Our first off-week adventure takes us into the land of Fallout. A lively debate on Fallout 3 versus Fallout: New Vegas gets top billing, and then we compare the Fallout of today to the Fallout of the past, and try to find out if the old spirit still lives, Featuring Richard Nak, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Tim "The Gambler" Spaeth, and Darren Forman.
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By Guest Critic on April 17, 2013 - 8:42pm.
Kalypso Media recently invited GameCritics to take a second look at the upcoming vampire-themed stealth game Dark, from Realmforge Studios. It was originally covered by Brandon Bales, but it's been a while and we were interested in seeing how it's progressed.
By Dale Weir on April 17, 2013 - 8:32pm.
Extra Credits talks about the "exposition dump." What is that, you ask? The "exposition dump" is one of the easiest ways with which a developer can tell a story, explain a game world or explain a game world's rules. Even lauded game designers like Hideo Kojima use this method to tell a story—and why not, if Metal Gear Solid's success is any indication, there are few repercussions for overusing it. Thankfully, there are examples of doing the opposite and being rewarded for it. The Half-Life series, Fallout 3 and Journey are examples of doing it right.
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