Wednesday, December 1 2004
If, in the electronic evolutionary chain, Tomagotchi are the first stage of pocket life, Urbz are Stanley Kubrick's ape witnesses to the monolith.
While I surely love this game, I also see the need to reflect on its place within a larger cultural, racial and gender milieu of social meaning.
No sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads, but enough creativity and humor for one million hours of evil gameplay.
Its premise is simple: our hero, the titular musician and rogue, must save the world by banishing a great evil and rescuing a trapped princess. If this sounds familiar that's because it's supposed to be.
As discomforting as BloodRayne 2's depiction of women as both hypersexualized and grotesque is, it's rather surprising to realize that the whole affair is actually pretty underwhelming.
Wednesday, November 17 2004
It's unusual for RPGs, generally concerned mostly with youthful wish-fulfillment fantasies of romance and derring-do, to be lumped in with controversial titles like Manhunt and Silent Hill.
While The Sims was indeed fascinating, there was a bit too much 'unreality' and a strong sense of the mundane thrown in.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door will be automatically rejected by some gamers based solely on its art design.
If I were asked why Grand Theft Auto 3 was such a phenomenal success, I would likely avoid a discussion of freeform gameplay.
Much like any good horror film, DOOM 3 uses its environment to its advantage, but sadly relies too heavily on cheap scares.
Cut to Bush working in the Oval Office dressed in a leather vest, cuffed jeans, cowboy boots, and a belt buckle stamped with a lone star.
Friday, November 5 2004
Where would the sport of skateboarding be without Tony Hawk? It's a question that's been asked plenty of times in the past.
In many ways Sly and his band of thieves are better suited to the traditions of Western espionage and sneak 'thiefery' than Solid Snake himself may be.
At first, the violence ruffled feathers, but with time the uproar over violence began to focus on other games, and Mortal Kombat became increasingly irrelevant.
Despite the success of several rhythm games, none have yet to rival DDR in the home market. But that's where Donkey Konga comes in.
Wednesday, October 20 2004
We are like God, similar in that we are given domination and responsibility over these creatures somewhat inferior to ourselves, but different in that we have to follow his goals and plans.
Despite the game's strengths, Sudeki offers a series of problems in terms of its racialized imagery, its emphasis on female hypersexuality and its ideological orientation.
While we can all agree that things like 3D graphics are a good thing, it's difficult to extol the appeal of certain time periods.
The sheer fact that you can compile not only Mortal Kombat II, but Mortal Kombat 3, plus nearly 20 other games on this disc is definitely progress.
As the industry becomes more mainstream and the costs of development increase with each new hardware cycle, it seems like game creators are beginning to try to follow proven formulas out of fear of poor returns.