A lot of video game journalists are wagging fingers at both the gamers and game studios, accusing them of misogyny, racism and other misdemeanours left, right and centre. But how fair are these accusations? CineMax and B-Mask discuss the current trend of white-knight tactics employed by a number of online video game journalists, and the repercussions by both gamers and critics that have arisen from these seemingly noble crusades. And yes, dear viewers — Anita Sarkeesian is involved.
Cheshire Cat Studios is celebrating its 5 year anniversary! After leading a lengthy uphill battle to establish their own unique style and identity, the CCS Crew has decided to try something different for a change. In order to diversity out content and appeal to a wider demographic, we've decided to launch our very own game show, Awesome Video Games!
Season 2 of the Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff series, The Legend of Korra, has landed. And yet the season premier episode gained fewer viewers than the least-watched episode of Season 1. B-Mask and LaughingMan dissect what may be the cause of of these relatively low ratings, the past direction of both The Last Airbender and the first season of Korra, and their hopes for the future episodes.
The much praised Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time game has been out for a while and has for the most part enjoyed its solitude; however, B-mask believes there is more than meets the eye when it is held against the original trilogy. Journey into a critical video essay that covers artistic and practical game design issues on a much deeper level. There might even be tits.
The Cheshire Cat Studios gang share their thoughts, expectations and reservations for Marvel's upcoming latest superhero/fantasy epic Thor: The Dark World in this in-depth, serious, and not at all facetious roundtable discussion.
ROUND 2! F-FIGHT!
B-Mask makes a second and possibly the last appeal to the famed Superior Spider-Man writer who has deviated from the straight and narrow when handling online criticism and just communicating with his fans in general.
Those expecting the same old antics of the previous two Iron Man films will find the rug pulled from their feet- and whether or not they enjoy that sensation, it's sure to say that it has generated some very interesting dicsussion- and this is but one of those explorations.
Base sentimentality is rife in this film, something the original film, when it did do it, performed it far more genuinely. The Oz franchise is sorely under-utilized, but if you want to see what the series is capable of, read the books.
An Annual's just a good ol' romp with the characters you love. Maybe something from their past, maybe something from their future. A speculative look at an alternate version, or just a fun idea the author had. This is the charm of Annuals. And this is what DC hasn't been doing lately.
Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 or thatgamecompany’s Journey. Like Tolkien’s Lord of Rings or Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Like Holst’s Planets or Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Like HBO’s Game of Thrones or Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. The jaw-dropping epic or the superlative jewel.
What is probably the most interesting, and at the same time most disturbing, trend in the public backlash against Miley Cyrus was how people immediately began calling her the next Lindsay Lohan after the performance was aired. Understandably, the public at large was shocked when Cyrus did a complete 180 and transformed from the face behind Hannah Montana to the hyper-sexualized celebrity we know today. However, does her recent behavior really warrant another period of time where we take pleasure in making a martyr out of yet another ex-child celebrity for the sake of getting our kicks? In this Food For Thought, we take a look at the human race's odd tendency to partake in good ol' fashioned schadenfreude.
The media has become a really strange phenomenon; while in the past, the press was largely about investigative journalism that helped uncover the truth about some pressing issues, these days the media is about presenting the news in a way that warps the truth for the sake of entertainment or, more dangerously, incites anger for the sake of pursuing an agenda or distracting from real issues.
What makes a good villain in video games? Food For Thought discusses the various ways that storytellers and developers can make a great villain, using games like Final Fantasy VII, Bioshock, Fallout: New Vegas, and Resident Evil as examples.
Game narrative is integral to a player's experience of what they're playing and whilst some people, such as ludologists, will argue otherwise, I'm going to explain why it foundates the very core of a game.
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