Too often video game critics find themselves responding to cinematic versions of video game properties, from Super Mario Bros. to Tomb Raider. Hardcore Henry, however, gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game experience and a video game point of view translates to film.
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There’s a pretty strong critical consensus about how to best portray an action scene in an action movie. Presentation is the key to it all. It seems that action should be presented in a way that’s comprehensible. We should be able to follow how one shot leads into the next shot, how the characters move in relation to one another, how the environment impacts the action, etc. The action doesn’t necessarily have to be clear, blurring the screen and shaking the camera are perfectly acceptable, but only as long as they reinforce certain moments of action, rather than obscure them. In short, we should be able to tell what the heck is going on.
I first held down B to run in 1986.
The local Safeway store (a grocery chain) near my house featured a new arcade machine that I had never seen before. It was called Super Mario Bros.
Five years ago, we considered whether cheating matters in both single and multiplayer gaming, as our discussion strays from the most malicious hacking and griefing to even the seemingly benign use of FAQs and video walkthroughs to help us “get through”.
This discussion features Rick Dakan, G. Christopher Williams, Nick Dincola, and Thomas Cross.
With the release of Dark Souls III, there’s been lots of talk about the series as a whole, its history and its impact, including how it’s frightening, how it’s funny, how it’s hard, how it’s not that hard, how it’s communal, how it’s isolationist, how its story is told, how its combat has evolved, how its design has evolved, how its popularity has evolved… lots of talk. But within all that, there’s one thing that I haven’t seen anyone touch on before: how oddly relaxing this type of game can be.
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