Doing it right: designing characters more indicative of America’s social climate

Feature image borrowed from  Jason Devaun https://www.flickr.com/photos/34316967@N04/ Since the GamerGate controversy of 2014, the objectification of women in video games has been a hot topic among gamers, and developers alike.  Every group appears to have a differing view about how the situation can be handled. Some developers are speaking up against objectification of women in video…

Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Episode 1: House Hunters

Windows 10 was just recently released, and with it came Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition! Al’s going to take you through his journey figuring out what exactly a Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft is. Sorry about the video artifacts. I used the Xbox App for Windows 10 to record and it didn’t come out as wonderful…

Hanako: Soul of the Samurai – Channeling My Ki

Hanako: Soul of the Samurai is an in-development game by +Mpact games.  Set in feudal Japan, this third-person swordplay game will have you engrossed in the stunning scenery and interesting world of Hanako.  While I was only to play the “Kenshi” class, I saw enough to know that I’m extremely excited to play the final…

Cities: Skylines: Earning My City Planning Degree

Throughout the years, city planning games have been inspiring kids who graduated from Legos to continue creating.  From SimCity to Evil Genius to Rollercoaster Tycoon, strategic resource-management and building games like this have empowered gamers to create sprawling landscapes and amazing and beautiful works or architecture.  Having spent much of my life playing games such…

Ibb & Obb: Impossible to Finish

By: Courtney “Ibb and Obb” is a two-player game which challenges players to solve puzzles using two different planes, each of which has opposing gravitational forces. It’s a beautifully designed game, inhabited by geometric, non-binary characters—I never thought I would care so deeply for a circle with eyes. However, do not let the cute design…

Don’t Starve Together: Argue with Your Significant Other

I learned a lot about myself and my girlfriend as we played Don’t Starve Together through the past few nights. I’m terrible at exploring. My girlfriend is a hoarder. I get more stressed about videogames than I do about anything in real life. That said, Don’t Starve Together is a lot of fun, and it…

An Adventure in Customer Service

Last week Xbox advertised its “Ultimate Game Sale,” boasting tremendous discounts on a large handful of games with some bonus deals during the weekend.  One of the games on sale during the weekend was Sonic and All-Stars Racing: Transformed.  I’ve played this game before and love playing console games on the couch with my girlfriend,…

Earl Grey Previews Grim Fandango Remastered

Back in 1998, Grim Fandango captivated me.  I was astounded by the interesting atmosphere, the brilliant story, and the extremely confusing gameplay.  Back then, I wasn’t really sure what to make of adventure games – I didn’t understand them, but I sure as hell enjoyed them.  The game looked and sounded amazing, and it wasn’t…

Earl Grey Reviews Sonic the Hedgehog CD

When I was growing up, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the only game I knew.  There were other Sega Genesis games sitting on my shelf during my childhood, but Sonic 2 was the only video game I played for the first few years of my life.  A couple years in, my father told me about…

Online Experience May Vary

Grand Theft Auto has, until now, been a largely single-player experience.  With the advent of GTA Online, players are now able to roam around the fictional city of Los Santos with their friends, participating in all sorts of hijinks together. Rockstar, as far as I can see, did a pretty decent job at equalizing the…

Dear Esther Would Be Perfect for a Classroom

Dear Esther by The Chinese Room may be contested about its status as a “game,” but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring a tremendous amount to the table.  Dear Esther utilizes standard first-person-shooter conventions to create an audiovisual experience completely different from anything anybody in the literary or gaming communities has ever seen.  Better yet,…