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LA Noire and the American Institution

LA Noire and the American Institution 

Noir commonly attempts to expose the dark hearts of American institutions. In the novels of Raymond Chandler, and in films such as The Naked City and LA Confidential, corporations, police officers, and a vaporous force describable only as “The System” all come under fire. The antagonists are typically corrupt politicians …

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MOBA Madness!

MOBA Madness! 

With PAX now over, many games have made their debut and are enjoying the light of day. No more NDA means I get to write what I’ve been thinking about for a while: a comparison between MOBAs. I take two familiars – League of Legends and DotA 2 – and …

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Banger: A Review Of LUFTRAUSERS

Banger: A Review Of LUFTRAUSERS 

Vlambeer’s Jan Willem Nijman did a talk recently about what makes games enjoyable. Aimed at developers, the talk was designed to show how, through design tricks, you can get more Bang For Your Buck out of the gameplay. It’s interesting to see that talk, but it’s down right fascinating to see how …

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2: The Movie: The Interview

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2: The Movie: The Interview 

[SCENE – AN UNDERSEA LABORITORUM. BRYCE sits before a desk facing a long window overlooking a coral reef. He is wearing a heavy tweed coat and penny loafers. The end credits of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 flicker on the anachronistic holodeck built into the desk before him. From the …

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One Player Only: A Review Of 10 Second Ninja

One Player Only: A Review Of 10 Second Ninja 

I’m going to do it. I’m going to review 10 Second Ninja without mentioning that game.
And don’t be so daft as to ask, “What game!?” It’s clear–very clear–from the first screen what game will immediately spring to everyone’s mind. This is completely understandable, though. The setup is similar, and the …

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Not As Fun As The Name Implies

Not As Fun As The Name Implies 

WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01 is a mess.
The interface is clean and intuitive, the art is gorgeous to the point of breathtaking, and the music is enjoyable and appropriate for the situation (when it’s there). All of these things really appealed to me. The story is interesting, too – the author has …

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A Fossil, A Pigeon, and the Creation of a Miniature Mythos

A Fossil, A Pigeon, and the Creation of a Miniature Mythos 

Whether you like it or not, the internet has been abuzz with a little black and white sprite. This sprite, “Red”, spent the past few weeks clumsily stumbling around the emulated world of Pokémon Red, running into walls, haphazardly releasing rare Pokémon into the wild, and committing other acts of …

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You’re Never Too Busy For Creative Projects

You’re Never Too Busy For Creative Projects 

“It’s hard to think outside of the box once you no longer have the box.”
That sentiment is fascinating. It’s accurate, too; many artists are firm believers in the stimulative powers of restriction. Duke Ellington famously said, “I don’t need time, I need a deadline.” The entire premise of The White …

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Laura Post: Interview With A Voice Actor

Laura Post: Interview With A Voice Actor 

I first came across Laura Post’s name when looking up the voice actors involved in upcoming game Firefall where she voices Aero. Prior to appearing in Firefall, Post has been involved in plenty of other tv shows and anime dubs, but more interesting are her roles in video games, including …

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RPG Club Plays Kingdom Hearts: Week Three

RPG Club Plays Kingdom Hearts: Week Three 

Good belated Friday, everyone! I know, I know, Sunday is the day most opposite Friday, but what can you do?
The RPG Club’s playthrough of Kingdom Hearts has hit something of a snag: some of us are super busy, while others (hint: it’s me) beat the game long ago now, letting …

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