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Holy Character Design Batman!

As comic books have evolved over the years, their stories and characters have grown as well. Golden age superheroes have been given sleek new looks, and darker storylines as comics move into the modern, or dark age. Out of all of the golden age heroes, it seems as though Batman has undergone the most change, which can be most seen in his film adaptations. Because film is so closely related to the comic book world, it is useful to examine how Batman has been translated onto the big screen, throughout multiple adaptations. 27-2-closeup-300x300 We first begin with the original Batman comic  from 1939.… Read the rest

Disorder Caused By Order: I Read the Book and Now the Movie Sucks!

In American culture we seem to be re-living our original love for the comic book genre. New fans and old fans alike flock to see these movie adaptations of old beloved comic books that have remained in public memory for generations. The movies stand alone, as do the comics, but does their relationship end there? As the two may share the same plot, inhabit the same world, do they not affect each other? In this time of book to movie franchises, viewers are previous readers who claim about the book was so much better, even when the movie may closely follow the book.… Read the rest

Occam’s Razor and Longevity in McVideogame

Earlier this semester I became a little addicted to playing McVideogame and trying to figure out how to last the longest as you can’t really win the game.

It got to the point where I rewarded myself for doing homework by playing McVideogame. I was trying a variety of options, seeing which combination helped me keep the business running for the longest. And I think I was pretty successful.

Twitter record of previous McVideogame successes
Twitter record of previous McVideogame successes

But I started to wonder if anyone had found a proven method for doing well at this game. I ended up running across this article, which has you do a very small amount of things and then just let the game run without doing anything else.… Read the rest

Let’s Plays: A New Approach to Gameplay

I get stuck in games easily. I get stuck on what people might see as easy levels and after a few tries, I have a tendency to give up. I think it happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? We get stuck on a level and leave it on a dust. But now, instead of not knowing what happens next, we can watch someone else play the game and beat it without having to do anything. All we have to do is watch. Let’s Players make up a large part of youtube that play games for the entertainment of other users.… Read the rest

More Than Just Interactive Reading

After looking through the articles on this site in trying to decide what to write on, I stumbled upon this article addressing whether or not the visual novel Hatoful Boyfriend could be considered a game or a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story based around the concept of dating pretty (pigeon) boys. It allowed me to revisit one of the more controversial questions in the video game and electronic literature communities, one that our class shared during our conversation about Gone Home: should a visual novel be considered a game? Just as I have discussed visual novels as a form of electronic literature, I believe that visual novels can be considered video games in some unique circumstances, especially since Steam is now selling them on its site.… Read the rest

25 Years of Tanooki

Can you remember your first experience playing a video game and getting so sucked into it that you played it for the whole day feeling that no time passed? For me, this experience augmented itself in the video game Super Mario Bros 3 for the 1985 NES console. I had the chance to replay the game in the Console Living Room exhibit and I found that I remembered certain secrets and gameplay mechanics even though I haven’t played this game in over ten years! So what made Super Mario Bros 3 so memorable and commended considering aspects of gameplay?

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The True Value of Relationships

 

Once upon a time, in a land far far away… Or in New York City circa 1986, lives a community of hidden fairy tales. Here the player controls one Sheriff Bigby Wolf, or The Big Bad Wolf. In The Wolf Among Us the player follows the story of Sheriff Bigby solving a case of murdered fable character, both known and unknown, to keep the Fable community safe from the outside world and others who wish to harm them. As Bigby, the player must investigate the murders by hunting for clues, interacting with Fables, and occasionally kicking some fairy tale butt.… Read the rest

Pac-Man + Pong + Space Invaders = Arcade Overload

Have you ever been caught in that age-old dilemma of not knowing which arcade classic you’d like to play? Well, never fear Pacapong has stepped up to the plate to provide you with the video game mash up of the century. Arcade classics Pac-Man, Space Invaders, PONG, and just a dash of Donkey Kong have all been crossed over to bite you in your 8-bit ass.

Pacapong gameplay
Mayhem inducing Pacapong gameplay
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Metroid: Dawn of the Heroine and villainess

the year is 1986 the NES is a hot item with tittles like mario, donkey kong 1-3, duck hunt, and legend of zelda. In the August of 1986 an incredibly important game was released in Japan for the first time, that game was Metroid. What makes metroid so special is the fact that is one of the earliest video games with a female lead. The point of the game is to recover all of the lost pieces of Samus Aran’s suit and to eradicate a dangerous species of creature known only as metroids. Metroid is a side scrolling shooter game which plays much like a “run and gun” expansion to super mario bros, however this game is much more than that.… Read the rest

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