Category The Expendable Articles

Tropes vs Women in Video Games controversy and my thoughts

I have been following this story for some time now and I have been truly disgusted by all the backlash and the reactions from the videogame community.  If you do not know about Tropes vs Women in Video Games, it is a video series from Anita Sarkeesian  and is described on her website thus:

The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. This series will include critical analysis of many beloved games and characters, but remember that it is both possible (and even necessary) to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of its more problematic or pernicious aspects.

Sounds awesome...

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Gamer Confessions

Long before I got married I was dating this girl, and she was my first real girlfriend, you know the one. Well it was her birthday, and I wanted to buy her something really special and I had some cash saved so I went shopping. Before I went into the mall I swung by a game shop and there I saw Final Fantasy 3 for SNES, a $50 purchase. I then had a hard choice to make. Do I? A) Not buy the game and give her an awesome birthday, but I risk she and I not going out forever, or B) Make myself very happy knowing that I will have this game forever.

I’m sure you all guessed I went with B, and yes, I did have that game for a long time but, in a sad twist of fate, when I moved in with my wife I lost my SNES, my NES, and all my  games...

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My Personal Game of 2012 and, Are Videogames Art?

I think The Walking Dead by Telltale is the best game of 2012. So now that that’s out in the open, let me explain why videogames are an art form–before I get ripped a new one by an artschool grad who dedicated their life to creating painting/photos/sculpting/film forces people to change their perspective on life and the wider world. Just hear me out. Videogames are the best way to engage people to tell a story. “But NinjaJay, that’s what movies are for.” No. With movies, all you do is watch.  In videogames, you are a part of the story.

Shadow of the Colossus video game cover

Case in point: Shadow of the Colossus for PS2 is a perfect game to demonstrate how story and visuals can suck you into another world that will take you to a place that movies (or any other media for that matter) could only dream of taking you...

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Introducing a new blog.

I was thinking of writing a videogame review blog. Cool right? Awesome way for an adult guy to spend his free time, and what better way to make myself feel grand but to stand up on my internet soap box and say a game is shite or you should buy it. But then I sit and start typing and I do some research  and I start to understand just how pointless videogame reviewing is.

Case in point, Psychonauts, got great reviews from critics, but all the good reviews did not translate into game sales. Why? Who knows? People will play what they want to play regardless of the review. So why do a review blog? No reason really, but I do have many years of gaming under my belt and have many opinions on gaming and its culture.

Sound good? Yeah, I know, kind of self serving and a little pretentious but, are...

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