Archive for the ‘PS3’ Category

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Why Video Games Ruined the Olympics

In her book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, Jane McGonigal argues that people are playing more and more games because they provide a welcome change from reality. Games are more engaging, more fun, and even in many ways more sociable than our day-to-day experiences. (This […]

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Power Hour Review: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

In the opening cinematic of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the titular character Claire “Lightning” Farron stands atop a clock tower, the glow of a fantastical city below her. She dramatically removes the sunglasses off her face, announcing her return not only to the fictional world that has progressed 500 years since her last appearance […]

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Identity, Character Customization, and Why Blizzard Makes Me Crazy

I’ve been playing a lot of Diablo III lately, and not just out of guilt from pre-ordering it when it first came out and never really getting into it. For many reasons that I won’t bore you with here, I chose to explore it as one of three primary case studies for my dissertation research. […]

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Female Friendship in The Last of Us’ New DLC

A video released the other day for the upcoming The Last of Us DLC gave an encouraging glimpse into something that I have come to realize is sorely lacking from video games: female friendships. In the clip Riley (who I was excited to see is a person of color), who is alluded to be one […]

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Respect Your Elders: The Best of the Last Gen Systems

With last generation systems being so readily available at great prices this year they made great Christmas gifts and now new owners of these older systems are wondering which games are a solid bet. So this is where I give a totally objective list of 10 great games on each of the 3 major consoles […]

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Power Hour Review: The Walking Dead: Season Two, Episode One

At last: the game I’ve waited for all year, or at least, the beginning of it: the debut episode of The Walking Dead’s second season, All That Remains, starring the young and vulnerable Clementine. For me, this episode’s release was an Event (capital E), and so I hope you’ll forgive me if I speak (write) […]

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Stepping Into Smaller Shoes: The Walking Dead’s Season Two, Starring Clementine

Last week, Telltale Games finally confirmed what many of us have suspected–or hoped–since we wrapped Season One of The Walking Dead: Season Two will follow Clementine in a post-Lee apocalypse. There’s been no confirmation yet on the timeline for the new episodes, so we may pick up with Clem anywhere from right after the events […]

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Power Hour Review: Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)

Power Hour Reviews are a new NYMG feature in which we spend one intense hour playing newly released games in order to get a sense not only of the game’s mechanics and characterization, but its narrative as well. Let us spend our time first, so that you don’t have to waste yours. After both figuratively and […]

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Power Hour Review: Rain (PSN)

Power Hour Reviews are a new NYMG feature in which we spend one intense hour playing newly released games in order to get a sense not only of game mechanics and characterization, but narrative as well. Let us spend our time first, so that you don’t have to waste yours. This week I played I played […]

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Looking from the Margins: Game Packaging by the Numbers

After spending some time earlier this year exploring the cover for Remember Me and other games featuring protagonists in comparable poses, I decided to do a little further study into game packaging, tallying the types of figures featured on best-selling game covers. I’ve seen a lot of game covers in my day, so it’s impossible […]