I think I may have come up with a paradox that throws Hobbes himself into question, but I’m going to have to run it by you guys just to make certain it is truly unsolvable. Think about it carefully, because the existence of free will potentially hangs in the balance.
I am in soooo much trouble...
We can’t let the dream die!
To make a videogame is to take a super-efficient, unambiguous, binary system, and make it decidedly less so, much less so, to make it strange, broken unpredictable, challenging in every way something can be challenging, painful, mysterious, rich in depth, to the point that they begin to show something eerily…
I think you can tell a lot about your relationship with a person from the way the two of you play Mario Bros. together. While many a multiplayer videogame has asked us to join forces with other players or test our skills against them, Shigeru Miyamoto's 1983 classic was unique in that it was pretty much down for…
I'd like to describe it. Imagine you've just died. You were murdered in cold blood, and have returned as a ghost to exact your revenge. The catch: Spirits can't directly influence the living world, only watch. You need a body, a conduit for your will. You need to possess someone. So the question is, who do you…
THEORY: We, the global population, spend thousands of hours every day having artificial memories planted in our minds. It's not a conspiracy, and we're all better off for it. And now that I have your attention, let's talk about storytelling. This will all make sense in the end, trust me.
Many months back I had a really weird dream where I found a multilayered Triforce in my room. Unfortunately, I touched the outermost layer, the Triforce of Death, first. It's used exclusively for death wishes, and I accidentally zapped half my family into oblivion. I was horrified. Wishes get messy, guys.
Video games are the computer's native artform. They're the next big thing in sports. And while we're at it, they make some pretty sweet toys. Video games are everything and nothing in particular. The previous statement made perfect sense. Yes it did.
I have a question for you. It's about "designed memories," and you may find it interesting.
About a year ago, Kirk Hamilton came up with a possible concept for a Pacific Rim video game. It was just a throwaway joke, yeah, but let's think about it for a moment. There's a point I'm trying to make. In fact, let's build on it.
You've gotta watch this show. It's one-part trivia show, two parts travel show, three parts suspense and four parts comedy, and it's a pretty awesome Let's Play series to boot. But most of all, it's possibly the greatest and most sincere tribute to video games ever committed to film. Enter: Game Center CX.
…unless you're a kid and you have noting better to do all day.
I made a major mistake when I wrote about Wii Sports last year, and I'd been meaning to talk about it for a while now. So imagine my surprise when I find an old forgotten draft addressing just that! Might I have a minute of your time?
This is a counterargument I've received in response to "The Toy Conundrum" earlier this week, and I'm actually pretty impressed. (And intrigued. I don't think I've gotten a "rebuttal" before.) Just to show that I appreciate his input, I'm sharing this to my Kinja. Have a look!
Video games were originally marketed as toys for tots. You have no idea how much trouble that's caused us. It's the #1 reason we're in the state we're in right now, fun-centric and thought-starved. And if you look closely enough, that toy mentality still lingers today. Why else do you think we haven't moved on?
And the coolest part is, it hardly breaks the game. Super Mario 64's control scheme and physics are just that complex. And what happens when you push them to the limit? Everything happens. It's the kind of thing that incites shocked laughter in the "this does not compute" receptors of the brain. And it is proof that,…
It's Springtime for the interactive arts. The mainstream media is warming up more and more to video games, often talking about them as if they've finally arrived, but their praises may be doing more harm than good. Sounds crazy, right?
It's only a fictional, satirical DLC, but...just the thought of it makes me shudder. GUN HOME. You will never be ready.