the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

Avatar Days and Red Dead Redemption

Pirhana Bar‘s “Avatar Days” reminds me a lot of Robbie Cooper‘s “Alter Ego” project and the subsequent book. Robbie Cooper also created “Immersion” which looks at how we look while playing a game rather than how we choose to look within one. He has a blog. Robbie Cooper “Alter Ego” I don’t play MMOs; the majority of my gaming time is consumed by single player titles. Though many such games involve you taking the role of a character, and sometimes…

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Flight Game

We boarded the plane at high noon. By three in the afternoon I was on the ground again, nearly ten hours passed. A direct flight from Paris to Toronto is eight hours long, but this one had a stop-over in Quebec to let off all the Quebecois. The final one hour stretch from Quebec City to Toronto Pearson airport was wonderful; the majority of passengers had disembarked, leaving a mostly empty and spacious plane for the more English speaking passengers.…

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Hype, Games, and Magic

I realize that such a comparison between the Apple iPad and the Sony PSP is inherently fallacious. Comparing the sales performance of the iPad to the PSP is like comparing the performance of a boat to a plane; they’re completely different. For one, the low end iPad costs almost twice as much as the PSP at launch. On the other hand, the iPad has far greater utility and a lot more software and media available at launch. The iPad also…

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“Fauxvist” Arcadia

You might remember James Barnett‘s “fauxvist” series of videogame landscapes, which I posted on Offworld last summer. He was also one of the very first Kickstarter projects and, because of certain internet community affiliations, I was an early supporter. Thanks in part to all of these things I had the option to have a specially commissioned painting from James. As I very much enjoyed the fauxvist landscapes, I went for more of that. I thought about what videogame vistas I…

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Most Overlooked Game of the Decade

I’m glad that this Wired list of the 15 Most Influential Games of the Decade exists since it proves yet again why Chris Kohler is one of my favourite people writing about video games and because it reinforces one of my opinions. A few other end of the decade video game lists left me rather disappointed but Guardian’s top 50 left me completely baffled. Four Grand Theft Auto games and not a single Sims game? Really? More disappointing still was…

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A Super Mario World Champion’s Sweatshirt

I’ve previously mentioned my official and certified title of regional Super Mario World champion. I still have the proof, in writing, from Nintendo itself. As it says there, my skills and talents won me a sweatshirt. During my cleaning and packing prior to coming to Paris, I found it. I photographed it. I reminisced about winning it. Super Mario World The first thing you might notice about the above form letter is that I was the high scorer of Super…

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Eurogamer Weekend

I was up on Friday morning and rode out to Gare du Nord to catch an early Eurostar train to London. The trip from Paris to London is about two hours total which, for someone that grew up with the vast distances of Ontario, is mind-boggling. It’s a comfortable, easy ride and really the more civilized way to go. Sure, it’s more expensive than flying and takes twice as long in transit, but the overall experience is quicker since both…

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Small Worlds

David Shute’s Small Worlds is an entry for JayIsGames’ “Explore” competition. It is a great example of simple storytelling in a game. That might seem like a loaded statement when you consider that the entirety of the piece has no dialog, two lines of text, and features a protagonist that is three pixels tall. It’s mechanically simplistic too, only allowing you to move left and right and awkwardly jump. But that’s enough. Through your own explorations it slowly reveals the…

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FIFA Earth

EA’s Fifa Earth is neat. A Flash based real-time visualizer of stats and trends from games played in Fifa 10. I’m down with stuff like this. It’s ambient information that fits somewhere between the stat heavy specifics of something like Halo 3 and, well, nothing. Indirect stats like this always give a little extra life to an interactive product, making it seem more vibrant and organic. Fifa Earth tracks things like what countries do well, statistically, in online matches, what…

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God of High Score Legacies

The God of High Score Legacies Going through some backlog material I noticed that the above video hadn’t been posted, here or elsewhere. It really should be because of its videogame theme (I do like those) and, more so, because it’s so weird and borderline creepy. A paper-made animated tribute to an imaginary deity that watches over the high-score tables of classic arcade games, Matt Reynold‘s student film “The God of High Score Legacies“.

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Fatty Bum Bum

Coming from Nick Stumpo, whose abnormal behavior child (abc) I fondly remember as one of the early paragons of the emerging flash/web/motion design scene back when Flash 5 was still fresh, is Fatty Bum Bum. An installation slash game Flash piece by Hanazuki for the Cinekid festival. From a game design perspective, Fatty Bum Bum is rather poor. The controls are a little unresponsive, not mapping properly to your mouse position or click actions. It’s hard to read — it…

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Crossover Crash Course

I bought CodeWeaver’s Crossover yesterday in an impulsive moment of “I miss some of my PC games” boredom. Based on open source project WINE, Crossover theoretically lets you play numerous PC games on your Mac without having to boot into a separate Windows installation and all the crap and space that entails (including the requirement for a Windows license, which I have but still.) First impressions, before I could even get the software, were not positive. The checkout process on…

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Critter Crunch

Fans of the Toronto independent videogame scene should immediately be directed to the Playstation store. Capybara‘s Critter Crunch is now available for download and purchase. I can’t vouch for the game itself, being Playstation-less over here, but I can vouch for the company so give them your hard earned money. Critter Crunch launch trailer

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