It’s hard for me to understand why I find so many people online and on social media are outraged by women or persons of color taking on lead roles in video games. It boggles the mind, and I’m not just saying this because I’m black. I’m saying this as a fan of video games. Developers choosing to add a diverse cast of characters or main leads who are female, black, gay, transgender, etc. break up the monotony of playing as the same type of generic character that developers usually stick to.
In all honesty, the plain generic white male character is boring. I don’t say this because they are white men. I say this because we have seen their type over and over again. They are the ever lovable sarcastic assholes or the tough-as-nails loner action hero. These characters don’t necessarily need to die, we just need something different and that comes from people of diverse backgrounds creating characters in their own image. Continue reading Inclusion Does Not Mean Exclusion→
Let just all take a moment to salute the fact that it is only February and video games are absolutely killing 2017. Just look at the picture above! Among critics and fans, these games are making what is considered to be a contentious year bearable. Between a welcomed reinvention of Resident Evil to the arrival of great new IP’s like Nioh and For Honor, everyone has something to be excited about; no matter their taste. Sadly, there is only one problem with this – my ass is broke. Continue reading 2017 Video Games Are Killing It and My Ass Is Broke→
Nintendo finally reveals the true name of the NX, which is now officially known as the Nintendo Switch. And in a classic Nintendo way, they premiered it with the fancy video you see above. It’s been less than a week, and I’ve had a little time to ruminate over everything they have shown. However, I have to wonder, is the Switch everything we have dreamed of? Continue reading The Nintendo Switch: Is the Revolution Here?→
Gamers in New York City looking to attend a possibly interesting discussion on game culture might want to look at NYU Deutsches Haus’ event: What’s Sex Got To Do With It?.
Recently an intense debate erupted in the print media and the blogosphere focusing on sex and sexism in the gaming culture. This discussion focused on the one-sided nature in which sex is portrayed in video games and its objectification of women. “Sex including feelings” is widely missing from all game genres. Instead there exists the strange mixture of sexy-looking women on the one hand and an absence of sex in computer games on the other.
The panelists include Game Center students, Toni Pizza, Franziska Zeiner, and Nina Freeman, Deutsches Haus game designer in residence, Lea Schönfelder, and Daniel Von Bothmer.
There are plenty of great game discussions to go to in New York City and NYU is possibly the forefront of these events. I will try and post a new event every week that peaks my interest and might peak yours as well. If you would like to find out more info about the event and its speakers click here.
By far the strangest variations of the 3DS yet, Nintendo announces the 2DS. A cheaper alternative to the 3DS and 3DS XL, the 2DS seems to be for those who do not quite want the 3D feature of the 3DS. The idea of the system makes sense, however abandoning the clam-shell design and the high placement of the buttons looks to be uncomfortable. Speaking with IGN, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime states,
We’re always thinking about what we can do that’s new, unique, different, and brings more people into this category that we love
And so with the Nintendo 3DS, we were clear to parents that, ‘hey, we recommend that your children be seven and older to utilize this device.’ So clearly that creates an opportunity for five-year-olds, six-year-olds, that first-time handheld gaming consumer.
The 2DS will come with all the same features as the 3DS (minus the 3D, of course), which include playing 3DS and DS games and Wifi. The only real changes are additional buttons for turning off Wifi and putting the system to sleep. The 2DS will retail for $129.99 and release on October 12th.
On the official Smash Bros. website, they have announced the return of Pikmin’s main astronaut Captain Olimar. He seems to retain the same move set he had in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Below you will find all of the screen shots of the Pikmin and Olimar.
The little Android console that could is available to purchase today for the small, small price of $99. Last year developer, OUYA Inc., ran a kickstarter that raised an astounding $8.5 million to bring the console to life. The basic idea behind the OUYA is a cheap console that runs on the Android operating system and is easily accessible, allowing owners to freely develop games, hack or mod the console.
The console’s public debut has not been without its share of problems. Many of the backers (people who donated money to the kickstarter), who were promised an OUYA shipped to them on launch day, have not received their console. Despite the hiccups, the OUYA is still a very interesting addition to the gaming industry. It is essentially an indie gamers and developers dream. Without the barriers of having to deal with big name companies, the tiny 3×3 console could be the place to go for many great and overlooked games. I will be watching very closely to see how much of any impact the system will have and just might pick one up in the near future.
It is about time that Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold membership started catching up with Playstation Plus. What better way to start then with their announcement at E3 that an Xbox Live Gold membership will entitle members to free games every month. Two free games will offered on the 1st and 16th of every month.
The “Games for Gold” has already started with Fable III as the programs first free game. According to Official Xbox Magazine, July’s two free games will be Assassin’s Creed and Halo 3.
Sony released a new video detailing some the features for the new PS4 Interface. With all the games shown, online requirements and used game DRM talked about, honestly this is what I am looking forward to most on the PS4. Sony seems to have learned from the past 6 years with the PS3 and built a better ecosystem for the PS4. The video shows of some great features such as notification for what trophies your friends have earned, recording and sharing videos, cross game chat, being able to download single and multiplier portions of a game separately and more. The best part is that all these features are possible without having to interrupt your game.
Look forward to the PS4 launching sometime is Holiday.