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Essay: Making Radical Decisions in the Telltale Game Universe

f1b28ebcf70dd7a490f6c6be6662c55e2ac8aa3e-telltale-s-game-of-thrones-review-for-ps4-jpeg-186882Essay: Making Radical Decisions in the Telltale Game Universe

When I first played Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” I wasn’t fully immersed until I was forced to make a complicated decision at the end of episode two. I faced an atypical moral dilemma – kill this guy or don’t kill this guy?

Without spoiling too much, the guy who had put my group (the characters I was starting to love) through hell was finally pinned down by my character, Lee. The guy continued to call Lee weak, even as Lee held a pitchfork over him, but he wasn’t just calling Lee weak – he was calling me weak. I took it personally and killed that character.

Video Game Preview: What to Expect from E3 2014


Video Game Preview: What to Expect from E3 2014

June 10th is when E3 2014 will begin. We will hear about new technology, and most importantly new next-gen games. E3 2013 seemed to be all about the new consoles (and rightfully so), but a lot of the new games were glossed over. Many games announced last year have been delayed such as “The Witcher 3,” “The Division,” and “Halo 5: Guardians” game.  So expect to hear more about all of these and less about distant future titles. (more…)

Poll: Favorite Video Game 2000 – 2009

portalPoll: What is the best video game 2000 – 2009?


Top 20: Video Games 2000 – 2009

wow-may-get-microtransactionsGreatest Video Games 2000 – 2009

World of Warcraft
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Half-Life 2
Halo: Combat Evolved
The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker
Resident Evil 4
Shadow of the Colossus
Rock Band


Video Game Analysis: The Art of the Video Game story

the-last-of-us-500x281Video Game Analysis: The Art of the Video Game story

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once provoked the wide community of gamers by  asking the question: Are video games art? One of his key arguments stated that video games aren’t an art because the audience had too much control over the outcome of the protagonist.

A long time ago this argument was brought up about movies, and before that about theatrical production. The key argument then was: Is it art when it’s created through collaboration? Often the directors get sole credit for a film’s artistic style, but many key positions include: writers, producers, editors, production designers, cinematographers, all the way down to the makeup artists and set decorators. Some more minimal than others, all have an artistic input to the production of a film.

Much like films, video games are a collaborative art form.  Some games have reportedly taken over 5 years to fully develop.

Video Game Film: See “Mass Effect” cut into a 3-hour movie


Video Game Film: See Mass Effect cut into a 3-hour movie

I love writing about film, video games and TV. But, I don’t get paid to write about any of this. For a living I am an Avid editor. Anyways, I fell into a deep love affair with the Mass Effect trilogy this year, playing all three games in a span of three month with a combined nearly 300 hours of gameplay. I know, right.

I was pretty emotionally crippled when I beat the trilogy, not just because of the plot-hole infested ending, but because I was going to miss the experience of playing through the games. They were seriously like no other games I’ve ever played and I personally consider Mass Effect 2 one of the greatest video games I have ever played.

Anyways I stumbled onto this Youtube video that clocks in at 2 hours and 48 minutes. This guy apparently went in and recorded all the cut scenes and hours of gameplay footage to cut together a movie version of the first game. It’s pretty awesome. There are only a few things I’d change, it could definitely be cut down  shorter and some of the transitions could be perfected, but there’s only so much you can do with an already completed mixdown of audio.

It be nice if Music faded up in scenes, but the music can be completely random and inappropriate to what we saw before. There’s know way to separate the music from the dialogue so you can’t do much there. Regardless, what this Youtube user has done here is astounding and a lot of hard-work. It has too few views so I wanted to try and get the word out about it. Maybe then we will see one of the other two games.

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