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Mirror's Edge and Cultural Synergy
Last year I saw a video featuring "Mirror's Edge-inspired parkour" and that got me thinking about that game. Time and time again, I have seen the name of Mirror's Edge pop up front and center whenever anybody talks about parkour in video games. If there's a discussion about freerunning in video games, Mirror's Edge will come up. If ever a game is modified to be more based around freerunning, that modification will often be labeled "Mirror's Edge-inspired." Parkour enthusiasts have rallied behind this game and adopted its art style as a symbol of the freerunning culture. What's the big deal? Last week I started up the game to find out. For th
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Sly Cooper and M Plus One
I spent one magical week buried deep in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. I voraciously tore through the game's story and worked myself to the limit to clear the game's extra challenges. When I beat the game fully, I was rewarded with developer commentary unlocked for each stage. Whatever possessed me, I decided to take a listen. The Journey I took through Sly's development only made me appreciate the game all the more and introduced me to a fascinating concept: "M plus one." For the uninitiated, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus is a platforming game that challenges the player to win through stealth rather than combat. You play the
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Video Game Confessions - Mai Shiranui
This is Captain Gamer, superhero and columnist. On the side, he works at a five star restaurant called the Pixel Palace, substituting for the regular bartender Dominic when needed. There, Captain can meet his old video game friends when they come in to have a drink. Sometimes, they share stories and even secrets. For as we all know, what the bartender hears is confidential... isn't it? - So I'm sitting there tending bar when in walks a very good comrade of mine, Mai Shiranui of SNK fame. I call her a comrade because we have worked in the field together. We've also shared some awkward moments - not through any deliberate fault of either of u
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Gears of War and the Story of the Gameplay
A few years ago, way back in the year 2011, Cliff Bleszinski answered a fan question on Twitter. The fan asked, "What is more important, story or gameplay?" In other words, is it more important for a game to look great and tell a deep story, or is it better for a game to focus on playing well and provide great fun to the player? In my opinion, the answer varies depending on who you ask. You have people who can do both very well, you have games which are notable for refining one into artwork, and you have developers who can do one very well and need to focus on the other for a sense of balance. As for Bleszinski, he enigmatically tweeted back,
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Kid Icarus: Uprising and Sportsmanship
When Kid Icarus: Uprising came out, I played the game's multiplayer religiously. I just loved the concept: Taking the weapons you built in single-player and pitting them against other gamers? Cool! And I'll stand by my opinion that Nintendo could take online multiplayer scene by storm if they expanded on Uprising's mechanics. But that's a discussion for another time. For the uninitiated, Kid Icarus: Uprising is an action game for the Nintendo 3DS. You play as the angel Pit who battles the forces of evil in a mythology-inspired world. The controls involve moving Pit with the control stick while aiming and controlling the camera with the touch
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Video Game Confessions - Wii Fit Trainer
This is Captain Gamer, superhero and columnist. On the side, he works at a five star restaurant called the Pixel Palace, substituting for the regular bartender Dominic when needed. There, Captain can meet his old video game friends when they come in to have a drink. Sometimes, they share stories and even secrets. For as we all know, what the bartender hears is confidential... isn't it? - So I'm sitting there tending bar when in walks - or jogs, rather - someone I see every day. Not here at the Pixel Palace, mind you. I'm one of her morning clients. In case you haven't read the title of this by now, I'm talking about the female Wii Fit Train
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Borderlands and Media Intimacy
I have a friend who is an absolute Borderlands nut. He has internalized all of the lore, all of the characters and settings, and I'm pretty sure he knows every line of dialogue in the second installment. So naturally, during the run of the first Borderlands, he one day gifts me the game over Steam with demands that we play together. It's a big-name game and it has my good friend so riled up to play it, so I gave it a shot. For the uninitiated, the Borderlands series is of the first-person shooter genre. You assume the role of an adventurer exploring the world of Pandora. The goal of the first game was to find a mythical stash simply called "
The Problems of Gratitude
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Elite Beat Agents and the Meaning of Passion
Video game concept: A group of snappily-dressed gentlemen travel the globe and inspire regular people by dancing to popular music. Hope and motivation would be in short supply if not for these suit-wearing male cheerleaders. If you're wondering what such a game would be like, look no further than Elite Beat Agents for the Nintendo DS. This game absolutely took the handheld scene by storm during its release and people I know are still making references to this game. Just like in the paragraph above, the game is about the titular agents as they travel the world and spread passion to the people. How do they do it? By acting as cheerleaders sing
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Mirror's Edge and Cultural Synergy
Last year I saw a video featuring "Mirror's Edge-inspired parkour" and that got me thinking about that game. Time and time again, I have seen the name of Mirror's Edge pop up front and center whenever anybody talks about parkour in video games. If there's a discussion about freerunning in video games, Mirror's Edge will come up. If ever a game is modified to be more based around freerunning, that modification will often be labeled "Mirror's Edge-inspired." Parkour enthusiasts have rallied behind this game and adopted its art style as a symbol of the freerunning culture. What's the big deal? Last week I started up the game to find out. For th
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Sly Cooper and M Plus One
I spent one magical week buried deep in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. I voraciously tore through the game's story and worked myself to the limit to clear the game's extra challenges. When I beat the game fully, I was rewarded with developer commentary unlocked for each stage. Whatever possessed me, I decided to take a listen. The Journey I took through Sly's development only made me appreciate the game all the more and introduced me to a fascinating concept: "M plus one." For the uninitiated, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus is a platforming game that challenges the player to win through stealth rather than combat. You play the
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Video Game Confessions - Mai Shiranui
This is Captain Gamer, superhero and columnist. On the side, he works at a five star restaurant called the Pixel Palace, substituting for the regular bartender Dominic when needed. There, Captain can meet his old video game friends when they come in to have a drink. Sometimes, they share stories and even secrets. For as we all know, what the bartender hears is confidential... isn't it? - So I'm sitting there tending bar when in walks a very good comrade of mine, Mai Shiranui of SNK fame. I call her a comrade because we have worked in the field together. We've also shared some awkward moments - not through any deliberate fault of either of u
G
Gears of War and the Story of the Gameplay
A few years ago, way back in the year 2011, Cliff Bleszinski answered a fan question on Twitter. The fan asked, "What is more important, story or gameplay?" In other words, is it more important for a game to look great and tell a deep story, or is it better for a game to focus on playing well and provide great fun to the player? In my opinion, the answer varies depending on who you ask. You have people who can do both very well, you have games which are notable for refining one into artwork, and you have developers who can do one very well and need to focus on the other for a sense of balance. As for Bleszinski, he enigmatically tweeted back,
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Kid Icarus: Uprising and Sportsmanship
When Kid Icarus: Uprising came out, I played the game's multiplayer religiously. I just loved the concept: Taking the weapons you built in single-player and pitting them against other gamers? Cool! And I'll stand by my opinion that Nintendo could take online multiplayer scene by storm if they expanded on Uprising's mechanics. But that's a discussion for another time. For the uninitiated, Kid Icarus: Uprising is an action game for the Nintendo 3DS. You play as the angel Pit who battles the forces of evil in a mythology-inspired world. The controls involve moving Pit with the control stick while aiming and controlling the camera with the touch
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Video Game Confessions - Wii Fit Trainer
This is Captain Gamer, superhero and columnist. On the side, he works at a five star restaurant called the Pixel Palace, substituting for the regular bartender Dominic when needed. There, Captain can meet his old video game friends when they come in to have a drink. Sometimes, they share stories and even secrets. For as we all know, what the bartender hears is confidential... isn't it? - So I'm sitting there tending bar when in walks - or jogs, rather - someone I see every day. Not here at the Pixel Palace, mind you. I'm one of her morning clients. In case you haven't read the title of this by now, I'm talking about the female Wii Fit Train
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Borderlands and Media Intimacy
I have a friend who is an absolute Borderlands nut. He has internalized all of the lore, all of the characters and settings, and I'm pretty sure he knows every line of dialogue in the second installment. So naturally, during the run of the first Borderlands, he one day gifts me the game over Steam with demands that we play together. It's a big-name game and it has my good friend so riled up to play it, so I gave it a shot. For the uninitiated, the Borderlands series is of the first-person shooter genre. You assume the role of an adventurer exploring the world of Pandora. The goal of the first game was to find a mythical stash simply called "
The Problems of Gratitude
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Phoenix Wright and Focus
Blog post no. 9! How do the legal adventures of a spiky-haired attorney help me exercise? Click on to find out! http://captaingamer.blogspot.com/2013/08/phoenix-wright-and-focus.html
Dead Space and Being the Silent Protagonist
How does being a silent protagonist actually make you more impressive as a person? Click to find out! http://captaingamer.blogspot.com/2013/04/dead-space-and-being-silent-protagonist.html
Quick Time Events and the Subconscious
Want to hear things about quick time events you won't hear anywhere else? http://captaingamer.blogspot.com/2013/03/quick-time-events-and-subconscious.html Also, should I be making these into separate deviations? I don't seem to be getting as much attention doing the journal thing.

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Happy belated birthday, CG! A Kirby meme made me think of you today. I had to go dig up the comic where Kirby tries to force-feed a Maxim Tomato to Comic!CG. XD
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Wow! Seeing this on my occasional check on this site really made my day. Thank you so much for the comment and birthday wishes. I too greatly enjoyed the visual humor I sometimes used in the comic. Cheers!
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Happy B-day!
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Topgun470|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello
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Topgun470|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there. I love your one minute at Freddys videos
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Thank you!
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No problem
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