Monday, December 7, 2015

Gaming Round-Up: December 7, 2015

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Concept Art by Zhou Shuo

News: Doublefine is trying to crowdfund Psychonauts 2.  The news has been met with mixed reactions, and this 2005 post-mortem of the first game by executive producer Caroline Esmurdoc offers a little insight as to why this game inspires strong opinions.

News: Telltale is making a Batman game. Relatedly, the Arkham Knight is the newest unlockable character in Injustice.

Doctor Omar Hafeez-Bore offers a refreshingly positive perspective on gaming in an article at Eurogamer entitled "Why I play video games."

How do the games we know and love look to a person in their late fifties, coming to the medium with no experience? Theatre professor Michael Evenden tells us.

The Jewish Journal offers a bit of a history lesson in its article on Ralph Baer is its article "How a refugee from the Nazis became the father of video games."

Kotaku's Patricia Hernandez examines the disparity between Fallout 4’s role-playing roots and its push to be perceived as an action game.

At Medium, Aevee Bee critiques the flavor text of Destiny.  If you haven't played the game yet, this article will give you a good feel for its quirkier aspects.

On his  Two Minute Crit channel, Stephen Beirne considers the Crouch and Zoom mechanics of the Metal Gear Solid games.

Rachel Catlett’s piece “It’s Time to Take Girl Games Seriously” on Kill Screen takes a compelling look at Judy Blume, the “girl canon,” and how gaming and play are making girlhood mainstream and empowering

Redstone genius SethBling has teamed up with Verizon to bring cellular coverage into MineCraft. Video calling, from the outside world into Minecraft, is now a reality.

Simon Parkin reflects that "Kids who grew up playing early computer games are now old enough to consider, from middle age, how the medium shaped their lives" in his essay on Coming of Age with Video Games.

Turns out, I'm not the only one wondering How Did Call Of Duty Get Cara Delevingne In Their New Commercial, Anyway?  Of course, that still leaves the question of why she wasn't the entire commercial. 

Vice names its choices for The Best 20 Video Games of 2015, and Slant picks The 25 Best Video Games of 2015. ComputerWorld has a more interesting take on year-end lists by remembering the year's 10 Top technical achievements

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