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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 the uninitiated, Mirror's Edge is an action platforming game focused heavily on navigating through the world. The player character is armed only with a set of freerunning skills inspired by the acrobatic art of parkour. Instead of going down a beaten path, the player must climb to higher ground, leap across rooftops, run across walls, and generally us
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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 role of the titular Sly Cooper, infamous thief, as he slinks, jumps, and swings around a wild variety of creative and stylish stages. In this game, the equally titular Thievius Raccoonus, a book containing the secrets of the Cooper family, has been stolen and separated page-by-page all over the world. Sly - and you - must use his family's legacy of
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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?

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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 us. But you know, that awkward moment ended up being a basis for our bonding as colleagues. Mature adults are like that.
And on this particular day a lot of guys may not even recognize her because she's dressed in regular civilian clothes. I don't know how temperature works in the SNK universe, but in the real world people get cold. Anyway, sh
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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, "The Story of the Gameplay." Here we were expecting one or the other, but here is the curveball response.
I have occasionally obsessed over this answer ever since that day. What does that mean, the story of the gameplay? Does he mean one or the other? Does he mean both or something else entirely? On one hand, we can see it as Bleszinski being a wi
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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 screen. There's a bit of a learning curve, but you'll unlock a very robust game on the other side. Pit's mobility and powers are influenced by the weapon he's using, and at 108 weapons in this game's armory, you will have your pick. Multiplayer is played the same way, but now you're competing with other players for glory.
I almost exclusively playe
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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?

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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 Trainer.
As soon as I see her come in, I figure I know where this is going. Normally I'm not in the habit of pegging people, but in this case it made so much sense. I mean, we all know that the Wii Fit Trainers are going to be in the new Smash Bros. Great news. Unfortunately, you get your bad with the good in all that attention. And with the 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 Vault," so adventurers of your kind are known as "vault hunters." You have four vault hunters to choose from, each with distinct weapon affinities and abilities that make their play styles very unique. It's a completely different game to start a new file as another vault hunter. As for the world of Pandora itself... well, the only way I can put
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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 singing and dancing to popular music.
As you can tell by now, Elite Beat Agents is set in a modern world of cartoon fantasy. And even though the game revolves around the agents, the stars really are the people that the agents inspire. These aren't your typical video game problem-solvers. Instead of saving the world, our protagonists have more relatable
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Video Game Confessions - Prince of All Cosmos
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?

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So I'm sitting there tending bar when I start hearing this rumbling noise. Sort of a thumping, and it was getting louder. I look outside and whatever's coming is casting a huge shadow. And then I see it: A huge ball of animals, trees, people, cars, buildings, whatever isn't nailed into the ground. And that stuff too. It's just bowling its way down the street.
I'm about to toss off my civilian clothes, but then the ball just stops. It turns into the parking lot and, well, parks. And then it hits me. Oh! That's just a Katamari. The door opens and seemingly nobody walks in. But sure enough, the Pr
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Video Game Confessions - Link
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?

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So I'm sitting there tending bar when in walks someone who's... earned a bit of a reputation around these parts. For me to be talking about it so delicately, you know it has to be Link. I've never really seen him myself. At least, not since he's been acting... that way. But when the door opened and I that that silhouette, I can't but think, "Oh, boy."
And yet when he walks in on this day, I know something is up. He's nothing like what I'm told. He's moving carefully and looking around like he's seeing everything for the first time. He makes a slow beeline for the bar and sits down to make his c
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Video Game Confessions - Peppy Hare
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?
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So there I am tending bar when in walks someone we all know: Peppy Hare, from the Star Fox team. Well, formerly Star Fox if you only count the main four. He's seen his share of dogfights, but this evening he's looking more worn-down than usual. So I ask him, "Evening, Mr. Hare. Long day?"
And he's clearly in his own world a little bit, which I feel reinforces my gut check. He figures out what he wants and says aside, "An aileron roll..."
He mutters it so I'm not quite clear, I say, "Pardon?" Still trying to read the mood.
"An aileron roll!" He repeats. A little louder, to put it mildly. "Fox did
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Video Game Confessions - Poison :iconcaptain-gamer:Captain-Gamer 9 10
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Dark Cloud 2 and Zealotry
Ah, Dark Cloud. This series has been on the sidelines of gaming culture since the days of the PlayStation 2. Far too long in my opinion! My passion for the series was recently reignited when I came into contact with a fellow video maker and I saw he has Dark Cloud videos on his channel. All of this remembering Dark Cloud reminded me of a story I want to share with you all!
For the uninitiated, Dark Cloud is a series of action/adventure games where the player takes control of a number of characters on a quest to save the world. Part of saving the world requires the player's party to venture into multi-floored dungeons as part of the storyline. The second game in the series differed from the first by featuring only two playable characters. But it made the most of those characters! Max, an inventor, is able to jump in a giant robot to completely whoop on enemies. Monica, a magic-using princess, is able to transform into monsters and use their abilities. And there is where my story begins.
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Gentleman, scholar, and video game enthusiast. I like to write, I like video games, and I like to write about video games. I think a little more deeply about games than most and consider myself a "video game scholar". You'll learn the most about me through my work! Also by communicating directly with me.

I'm actively job-searching, so the contents of this account may also double as an electronic portfolio of sorts.
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samael Featured By Owner May 3, 2018
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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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
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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The-Good-Wario Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Happy B-day!
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Topgun470 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello
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Topgun470 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there. I love your one minute at Freddys videos
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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Topgun470 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem
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DerpKittiesFr0mSpace Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
JHEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!111
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XaviorTheLycan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I had recently discovered your page...I was looking over the DA for fan-based versions of Video Game Confessions, and I seem to like them a lot, and I was wondering if you were ever going to do them again...and if you were going to do them again...Weird requesting this, would you do one on one of the FNAF animatronics, most preferably Foxy the Pirate?
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Captain-Gamer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you kindly for the feedback. Doing the Video Game Confessions sure did give me a boost in productivity last year. It may be worth revisiting with a Five Nights edition while the iron's still hot. I'll consider it. Thank you again!
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