Archive for February, 2011

Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)

When Star Wars: Dark Forces was released, it was compared to Doom. Retroactively, this is a bizarre comparison as little unifies the two games beyond the fact both involve shooting thing and have cardkey systems. Doom is a game built upon motion while Dark Forces takes a much different approach, focusing on constantly presenting new obstacles to the player in each level. (more…)

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The Hunt for Charlie Kane

There are few discussions more futile and foolish among video game discourse than the idea of finding the Citizen Kane of gaming. While people have the best of intentions with this argument, it’s based in poor logic, silly standards and a general ignorance of the actual history of Citizen Kane. As a film and digital media student who has seen Citizen Kane a good number of times and has studied Citizen Kane and I can’t help but shake my head every time gamers discuss the search for the Citizen Kane of gaming (more…)

Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)

For the first few hours of Grand Theft Auto IV ,I found myself behaving abnormally in a games: I acted as if the world of Liberty City was real. Fresh of the boats, I took control of Niko Bellic, a European immigrant who came to live in America with his brother, Roman. As I drove him home from the docks, I did my best to follow the rules of the road, stopping at red lights, waiting for pedestrians to cross and watching out for oncoming traffic. (more…)

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (1991)

After tasting the succulence that is The Secret of Monkey Island, savoring of its sweet adventure gaming goodness and sighing with a great sense of satisfaction upon completion, the turn comes. Like the late night after a fantastic Mexican dinner, a great disturbance in the force; There is another: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge or, as I like to call it, revenge of the beef fajitas, refried beans and fried rice. (more…)