Monthly Archives: August 2013

Funniest video game commercials

Fine, I admit, I don’t have a real post today. It’s been a busy week, though I suppose that really isn’t a great excuse. My dog ate my computer. Is that a better one?

Next week I certainly plan on a new real post. I’ll be reviewing all four map packs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. I’ll break them down and explain what you’re getting in each pack and give it a score out of 10. I’ll also explain which one I think is most worth your money. So if you can only ever get one map pack for Black Ops 2, you’ll most likely want to get the one I’ll be recommending at the end of the review.

If you’re part of the millions who like Call of Duty, then you’ll love next week’s post. And if you’re part of the millions who can’t stand the game series, then you’ll obviously hate next week’s post and you may even plot to kill me. That’s fine. I completely understand

That’s all for today. Wait, no, I forgot the important part. Here’s a YouTube video containing some of my favourite game commercials. It’s not my video, but it’s still enjoyable. Hope this will somewhat tide you over until next week!

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A parent’s guide to buying games

You see this? This isn’t normal. The parents of these kids shouldn’t have let this happen.

We’ve all been there: our parents wouldn’t let us watch a movie because we were “too young” for it. We were told things like, “It’ll make you more violent” or, “You have plenty of time to grow up. Watch it when you’re older.”  We’d stomp and get mad, maybe even throw a tantrum. But no matter what, our parents would stick firm to their beliefs and say we couldn’t watch that movie.

Games are very much the same way. Some games are clearly meant for older players, while others can be enjoyed by just about anybody. Logically, parents would act the same way and shield us from mature games while we’re younger, right?

Nope.

It seems like too many parents have no idea what kind of games their little angels are playing. Then we have the exact opposite, where some parents are far too strict, thinking their children can only play the most non-violent and kid-friendly games. The point is, most parents can’t parent properly as soon as video games are involved.

I’m going to fix that. Here are some obvious things to help you figure out whether little Jimmy should be playing Super Mario’s Family-Friendly Playground Fun or Grizzled Space Marine Who Shoots Aliens and Swears A Lot. If you’re a parent, this is REQUIRED READING

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Angry Birds: An empire of forced popularity

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Ignoring that chump on the bottom right, all these games are part of the same series.

Asking someone today if they’ve heard the name Angry Birds is like asking someone in the 90s if they’ve heard the name Pokémon. If they say no, they’re likely so far removed from the world or you’re talking to a rock. Angry Birds is huge. There are plenty of games on nearly every device imaginable (just wait until the microwave-compatible version is released), there are toys, toons, and an upcoming movie.

But why? Why is this franchise so popular? I’ve played some of the games and I’ve enjoyed the hell out of them. For a time. Now all I can do is sit here and ask myself why this series that began in December 2009 is still going strong in August 2013 with much more to come. Please tell me you feel the same way

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Lara Croft: Product of sexism?

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You KNEW this image was going to be used again.

I’m making good on my promise from my review of 2013’s Tomb Raider: I’m finally going to give my opinions on why I believe Lara Croft is an excellent female video game character. With so much social justice and feminism hullabaloo suddenly surrounding video games (WHY?! They’re supposed to be fun), it’s hard to look at any female character in a video game without analyzing her as not only a character, but as a representative of an entire gender.

This doesn’t apply to male characters because any “harmful” image of a man in video games is obviously a fantasy that only serves to empower men. With such few female characters present in games, let alone playable in games, game creators will continue to be criticized for the way in which they portray this gender.

Lara Croft was one of the first great female characters who could take on any of her male counterparts in a variety of areas. Even now, she still is. She’s smart, independent, agile, adept at combat, curious, and much more. She isn’t merely a male character in a female body. She’s actually her own person.

So that should be enough to not upset women who both play and analyze video games, right?  Don’t be too sure about that…

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