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 Obscure Mechanics of Lying and Anonymity

Lying is something we’ve all done in video games though, usually, it it isn’t to actually play the game in its true form. In the Town of Salem, player are expected to lie directly and often. Well, some of them anyways.


From History classes we should all know exactly what the Salem Witch Trials were. In this game you are expected to root out evil as a member of the little, suspicious town of Salem, but the game adds in a few obscure mechanics that we don’t see implemented in anything outside of chat rooms. Lying and Anonymity are taken further in this game to instill anxiety and uncertainty to every move the town makes.… Read the rest

Medal of Honor: Warfighter, The Game that Never got a Chance

As an avid FPS gamer, I have played various FPS games like COD, Battlefield, Halo, Titanfall, and Destiny.  However, in my opinion, Medal of Honor: Warfighter is by far my favorite and best FPS I have ever played.  The game look amazing on the Frostbite 2 engine and to me still looks nicer than Battlefield and COD.

Starting off with the campaign, it was OK.  Throughout the campaign you either play as Preacher or Stump, going through Tier 1 mission dealing with terrorists and all of their doors.  One of the unique features of this campaign is breaching, where you get to choose to between different ways to break down doors and you get more options the more headshots you get when killing the enemies post breach.  … Read the rest

The Dark Side of Nintendo: Mother 3

Everyone knows Nintendo for being the game company that creates games that usually target children.  They make light-hearted game series such as Mario and Kirby that are just fun games where players commonly run around, jump on things, copy enemy powers, and save the princess.  No one would ever expect a Nintendo game with familial and animal abuse, characters with questionable gender, a once-peaceful village corrupted by modernization, or a twin brother who kills himself shortly after finding his own twin who he has not seen for over three years.  No would ever expect it but that’s precisely what everyone got in Mother 3, the darkest game to ever be developed and produced by Nintendo.… Read the rest

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

SWAT 4; A Game Ahead of its Time



Picture yourself leading a highly trained SWAT team into a desperate hostage situation. Negotiations have failed, and now those civilian lives are in your hands. You must choose your point of entry, and plan out your tactical take down of these criminals, while making sure you and your team stay as safe as possible. You must choose when to use lethal force, or try and take the situation using your countless non-lethal options. And you must choose who goes through each and every door first. In SWAT 4, you will face these decisions in every single mission. Every time you step into a new situation, there will be elements you have not encountered before.… Read the rest

Living Room flashbacks forever or until they take it down!

the living room on the fourth floor of the convergences center is a cesspool for those who are babies of the 80’s. from the all wood paneling and shelving to the woven textiles of the space the room says one thing.. old school. the tv’s that are up there are just like the one i had as a kid, they hum sometimes the color and image change and waver with the cathode ray tubes. I miss tv’s like that because they blurred the image a bit, and like all true art nothing is crystal clear. the actual consoles themselves such as the nes, atari, and atari jaguar all aesthetically represent their time.… Read the rest

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

Tales of the Abyss: The Idea of Existence

Tales of the Abyss is a popular installment in the Tales of franchise. It is centered around the main character, Luke Fon Fabre, the son of duke. He is thrown into the midst of adventure when he and Tear Grant have a reaction as a result of 7th fonons, particles that exist within that world. Initially spoiled, selfish, self centered and rude, Luke later finds out that he is the clone of the real Luke Fon Fabre, now known by the name of Asch. After Luke accidentally causes the destruction of a city and his friends abandon him, he decides to change.… Read the rest