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Thursday, July 15 2004

Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Videogame producers, and Nintendo in particular, thrive on nostalgia. For example, virtually all GameCube-exclusive games of any merit are from licenses which entered the videogame world two decades ago.


Wednesday, June 30 2004

NBA Ballers

Its erasure of racism, its fetishization of an imagined black cultural aesthetic, its glorification of excessive materialism, its celebration/demonization of black athletes as focused solely on bling-bling, and its treatment of women as sexual objects of possible acquisition, are all troubling.


Lightning Break

No video game has ever, or will ever, accurately reproduce the pool hall atmosphere. Not even the best of them. And Lightning Break is no different.


Donkey Kong (Classic NES Series)

Nintendo has gone the purists' route with this title and has left everything at its mediocre best.


Wednesday, June 16 2004

Syberia 2

It can't be argued that Syberia or its sequel are flawless masterpieces the way films like Dr. Strangelove or The Sweet Hereafter are, but in the history of gaming they stand out as pinnacles of the form.


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

KOTOR is like watching a 40-hour Star Wars movie that you get to play a part in. Plus, George Lucas didn't mess this one up.


Frank’s Adventure (1, 2 & 3)

The Frank's Adventure series recasts digital sex in a satirical light, exposing all of its one night stand dementia in bright colors, sleazy music, and addictive gameplay.


City of Heroes

It's quite thrilling to make your dream character and then watch him do battle with the baddies. Who hasn't ever wanted to live out a super hero fantasy or two?


Wednesday, May 19 2004

Visual Pinball

Kids these days may seriously not have the pleasure of experiencing the whole wonderful mystery of why pinball carries a far greater pleasure than any video game I can name.


Uplink: Hacker Elite

Uplink is too far removed from reality to provide more than an extremely crude representation of hacking. It does do a very good job, though, of establishing the atmosphere.


Siren

If Resident Evil scares us with visions of a future driven by profits at the expense of human life, Siren frightens us with the possibility of a return to a violent past based around repulsive ancient beliefs.


Red Dead Revolver

Maybe 155 years after the San Francisco gold rush, cowboys and Westerns just aren't relevant anymore.


Wednesday, May 5 2004

Trivial Pursuit Unhinged

Thanks to the many editions of Trivial Pursuit, everything from Friends to the Holy Bible has been trivialized for your gaming pleasure.


Real Lives

In case you think this is simply a bleeding heart exercise to pity the poor, in Real Lives even the more fortunate people in the world are bound by their circumstances.


Hitman: Contracts

To complete the game's missions, you literally have to think like a hitman.


Wednesday, April 21 2004

Madness Interactive

The heart and soul of Madness is homicide, and lots of it. It is as basic and primal as a video game can get.


MTX: Mototrax

The good news for the uninitiated out there is that there is still a solid game underneath all the extras.


MLB 2005

While certainly reflecting today's world of global capitalism within baseball, the ubiquitous advertisements are both overwhelming and bothersome.


City of Heroes

Americans lack any real connection to mythology in the classical sense. All our stories of heroes and monsters -- religious and mythological -- are imports.


Wednesday, April 7 2004

Top Spin

Unlike other sports games and America's sports pages, Top Spin doesn't completely erase women from its sports world. Yet their presence is to fulfill male fantasies as sexualized commodities.


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