Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gaming Round-Up: December 21, 2015

Majora's Mask 3D

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Best Games of 2015: BGR | CNet | Cult of Mac | EW | GameSpot | The Guardian | Mashable | Nerd Reactor | TechCentral | The Verge | Vulture

News: According to a Pew study, nearly half of all American adults play video games, but only 10 percent consider themselves gamers. Adrienne Shaw explores the implications of the study, asking Not all players are gamers, but why?  My guess?  The "Gamer" label still comes with some very negative connotations in our society.

News: Twitter hired a “Director of Gaming Partnerships” this week.  Maddy Myers of The MarySue speculates on what that may mean.

Review: The Stanley Parable follow-up Dr. Langeskov is an Anti-Game about Gaming

Adi Robertson explains Why Bloodborne was her game of the year.

That beautiful moment when you know you've turned her to the dark side.

Bioshock creator Ken Levine opens up about the vision behind his next game

Christmas-Themed Trailer for The Division set in Silent Hill is pretty dark.

Cliff Harris makes a compelling case for greater government regulation of videogames, specifically to stop sophisticated marketing: "A company hires people to stalk its customers and befriend them so they can build up a psychological profile of each customer to allow them to extract more money. This is not market research, this is not game design. This is psychological warfare."

Erik Kain picks the The 15 Most Disappointing Video Games Of 2015

G. Christopher Williams questions the dichotomy between religion and science in  Cradle in an essay at PopMatters.

Have you played Mega Man 11? Yoshi's Island 2? The SNES Earthbound sequel? No? Well, while you wait to get your hands on them, why not listen to the soundtracks?

Is Game Censorship Dead or Alive in the US? asks Nerdist's Malik Forté.  Patrick Klepek considers censorship using Xenoblade Chronicles X as a launching point.

Kill Screen looks back at 2015 with Joshua Calixto’s The Year In Feels, Gareth Damian Martin’s The Year In Space, and Josiah Harrist’s The Year In Boardgames.

The New Yorker, Simon Parkin writes about the best videogames of 2015.

On PopMatters, Jorge Albor talks about love-hating Fallout 4.

Playboy's Rob Rath bemoans the missed opportunities of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’s Charles Dickens missions.

Videogames and The Bible founder Nelson argues that Republique presents a darker vision of a dystopia than video games that rely on explicit imagery.

Women Write About Comics, Eve Golden Woods takes a break from comics to consider Read Only Memories as an alternative cyberpunk story.

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