Monday, December 14, 2015

Gaming Round-Up: December 14, 2015

Super Mario RPG: SNES Tribute - Created by Cassio Yoshiyaki

News: Is This New Nintendo Patent For The NX Controller?

News: Rise of the Tomb Raider did not crack the top 10 the month of November.

News: There are complaints about issues in Star Wars Battlefront‘s matchmaking, including mismatched teams and decreasing server numbers making it difficult to find matches. (I’ve definitely encountered the former, which can make multiplayer a lot less fun.) No news yet on if EA plans to release a patch for these problems.

Austin Howe explores how the experience of playing the JRPG Dragon Quarter mimics poverty.  The effect is exactly the opposite that of most traditional games, which strive to allow players to build wealth.

At Gamasutra, Katherine Cross writes about how Fallout 4’s polyamory is just the beginning, and there’s much more for games to explore when it comes to non-monogamous relationships.

GB Burford of Kotaku finds the storyline of the recent Halo games underwhelming. “There’s no reason to do anything in Halo any more, and that’s in large part because there are no opportunities to be a hero. Nothing makes sense. There are no stakes. It’s just a bunch of ‘what if the good guys were actually bad?’ as if that mattered.”

Holly Nielsen talks to historian Alana Harris about Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, specifically, where it succeeds and fails as a depiction of its time and place.

Kiva Bay of Medium explains the personal significance of seeing her body represented positively in games like Saint’s Row 2.

Kotaku on The State Of The PlayStation 4 In 2015, The State of the Wii U In 2015, and The State Of The Xbox One in 2015.

The Ontological Geek kicks off a new column, “What It’s Like to Play” based off L. Rhodes’s column of the same name for Culture Ramp. In the inaugural column, Michael Evenden write about coming to digital games for the first time in his late fifties.

The People Who MacGyvered The Most Difficult Video Game Levels 

At PopMatters, G. Christopher Williams contends that Cradle Questions the Dichotomy Between Religion and Science.

Sarah Warn reminisces about Eve Online on [Re]meshed, explaining how she came to be alienated from the community and suggesting how to keep women playing.

Square Enix explains why FFVII will be split into parts.

Twelve years after its last update (3.4.3), Nethack 3.6.0 has been releasedNetHack is a single-player roguelike video game originally released in 1987 with ASCII graphics. It is a descendant of an earlier game called Hack, which is a descendant of Rogue.  Some argue vehemently that it is one of the greatest games ever created.  There is a very passable Android port of the game.

Vice's Joe Donnelly went to a psychic and pretended to be Gordon Freeman.

Videogames and The Bible claims Republique goes beyond the “Mature” rating

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