Monday, October 19, 2015

Gaming Round-Up: October 19, 2015

"Project M - Da Vinci Edition" by Emilie Boisvert
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The AV Club's Derrick Sanskrit interviewed Antoine Tisdale, designer of the cyberpunk game Deus Ex Mankind Divided at New York Comic Con.

The creators of the Flock recently gave a talk about why their game failed critically and commercially. It’s frank and should prove enlightening for inspiring developers.

At Quarterly, Duncan Fyfe explores the ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, where an underground coal fire has emptied the town and the close association with Silent Hill draws tourists year-round.

At The Guardian, Naomi Alderman weighs in on the importance of cultural education in videogames, and explains that it’s not cool to pretend "intellectual superiority" for knowing nothing about video games

Jeffrey Matulef discusses the unreliable narrator in Metal Gear Solid V

Jess Joho explains that videogames are keeping symphony orchestras from obsolescence, very much the same way blockbuster sci-fi films saved them in the seventies.  It's interesting that The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses attracts twice the audience of the average classical symphony event.

Jon Ingold offers a post-mortem of 80 Days at Gamasutra.

At Kotaku, Evan Narcisse writes about the trouble with portraying blackness in videogames. It’s a strong piece and an excerpt from The State Of Play, a book featuring essays about videogame culture which Simon Parkin reviews at the NYT.

Marvel and the FNDY are auctioning off comic-inspired firefighter helmets! The remaining helmets feature Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones.

The Mary Sue has an amusing and generally uplifting article from a girl who discovered her sexuality during an epiphany during a game of Borderlands 2.

Paul Tassi is Glad There's No 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Video Game.

Pub owner and former developer Jon Blyth offers an intriguing comparison between the game industry to the alcohol business.

Stan Lee explains Why video games are bigger than movies or TV

At Vice Motherboard, Andrew Paul finally tries Minecraft, only to complain about other players' lack of patience with him.  I think he needs to try a new server.

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