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Top 20: Video Games 2010 – 2015

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Since we had a lot of success with our top 20 films of the decade so far list, we decided to take a look at some of the best video games of the 2010s so far.

Of course, we will update this list more promptly early 2016 to include the games from this year, with “Bloodborne” looking really strong it may make an appearance.

With the decade half over, and a not-so-smooth transition into the next console generation, we still have some strong video games on this list. So here are the top 20 Video Games of the decade so far:

Top 20 Video Games 2010 – 2015

Red Dead Redemption
Grand Theft Auto V
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Last of Us
Mass Effect 2
Portal 2
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Journey
BioShock Infinite

Batman: Arkham City
Fez
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dark Souls II
Super Mario 3D World
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Mario Kart 8
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Little Big Planet 2
God of War 3

Analysis: Nintendo wins 2014

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What a bizarre year for video games. Was the first year of the next generation a success? Well, it was different.

Nintendo probably has the greatest story here. Back in March we wrote about their struggling profits and what a world without Nintendo may look like after unveiling their new console – the Wii U. BBC news had reported that Nintendo executives took pay cuts, in the 20-30% range, including president President Satoru Iwata who took a 50% pay cut after disappointing sales of the Wii U.

All of these projections implied a bleak future for one of the eldest video game company. So it feels refreshing to make an easy case that the Wii U had the best exclusive titles of 2014.
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Hypothetical Casting: “The Last of Us”

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On March 6 Deadline gave us the exclusive that the PS3 hit video game “The Last of Us” will have a live-action movie adaptation.

Seeing as how video game adaptations have suffered in the past or have just been announced and not released (BioShock, Halo) many of us are left wondering if this film will be any good or even ever exist.

Neil Druckmann, creative director behind the game, will be writing the script. This is huge and something that should’ve been considered for all prior video game adaptations. They’ll be teaming with Sam Raimi and Ghost House Pictures.

The other big question is who fits into these roles? We have compiled a list for the perfect cast. Keep in mind looks aren’t everything, we’re looking for actors that can really fit into the part both physically and emotionally. So here is our list:

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Video Game Analysis: Will “Titanfall” save the Xbox One?

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In the fourth quarter of 2013, we experienced one of the most underwhelming console launches of all time. The sales were still good, but many fans and critics weren’t impressed by what was on display at E3. While the PlayStation 4 had many flaws of its own, it was the Xbox One that received the majority of spite.

In a last-ditch effort to reverse the internal DRM policies due to a severe outlash from fans, the Xbox One fought to win the console war. Even though the Xbox 360 console was able to take down the PS3 years ago, this time it was Sony that prevailed. Promoting its many technical attributes, some more impressive than others, the Xbox One was able to match the PlayStation 4’s first-day sales.

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1st Annual M10 Award Winners

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“12 Years a Slave,” “The Last of Us,” and “Breaking Bad” are the best of 2013. Here is the full list of the 1st Annual M10 Award Winners.

Click More to see the nominees and the highlighted winners:

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Video Game: 1st Annual M10 Nominations

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Video Game: 1st Annual M10 Nominations

TELEVISION Nominations will be announced shortly. FILM Nominations were released this past weekend. Here are the first annual M10 Nominations for Video Games

“The Last of Us” leads with 9 nominations. Bioshock Infinite follows with 5 nominations, and Grand Theft Auto V follows with 4 nominations.

Click MORE to see the full list!

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Video Game Analysis: The Last of Us vs. Grand Theft Auto V

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Video Game Analysis: “The Last of Us” vs. “Grand Theft Auto V”

2013 may be one of the most pivotal years in video game history, not only because we have yet again upgraded our consoles to the next generation, but because among the final games of this generation two stood out as potential classics.

“The Last of Us” and “Grand Theft Auto V;” both received strong critical praise and both have impacted the gaming community significantly. “The Last of Us” received a MetaCritic score of 95 and “Grand Theft Auto V” received a 97. For comparison, “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time” (arguably the best video game ever made) has a 99 on MetaCritic.

It is the golden time of year for movies. All the great films wait to come out at the very end of the year in order to stay fresh in the mind of award-voters. The Oscars is the most presigous award ceremony in the film world, but what about video games? If movies have Oscars, music has Grammys, and television has Emmys what do video games have? Spike TV awards? The VGAs which are broadcasted virtually nowhere. So almost every video game publication (IGN, Game Informer, etc.) has created their own video game awards.

So what title will appear next to the phrase “Best Video Game of 2013” the most? “The Last of Us” and “Grand Theft Auto V” are undoubtedly the front-runners, but which video game really deserves it? Let’s make a case for both of them. (more…)

Video Game Analysis: The Art of the Video Game story

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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.
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