Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hollywood’s Need for Speed

Hollywood just can’t stay away from the world of video games. Yesterday the first official trailer for Need for Speed hit the internet. The movie is an adaptation of EA’s racing franchise and stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in the lead role. While a behind-the-scenes look was shown at this year’s E3, I don’t ever consider a movie official until a trailer has been released. Now that a Need for Speed movie is official, and set to release on March 14, 2014, it’s become the topic of debate among gamers.

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a servant of two masters. The first master is the ever-expanding action genre dominated by Call of Duty and Battlefield. The other master is the dying stealth genre; where Splinter Cell once ruled the land along with Metal Gear Solid and Hitman. Ubisoft is able to please both of its masters fairly adequately, however it’s a master of neither. Somewhere in Blacklist there’s a decent stealth game, however it is dogged by a mediocre action game and a forgettable story.

Sam Fisher returns in Blacklist with his old pair of green goggles and an unfortunate case of throat cancer.

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The Quiet Eroticism of MGS5

Hideo Kojima, the man behind Metal Gear Solid 5, has come under fire recently for admitting to making his characters “more erotic” for the new game. One of many new characters in the latest installment of the Metal Gear Solid saga is a sniper rifle toting, bikini-clad woman named Quiet. Kojima tweeted earlier this month that he wanted to make this character more erotic to encourage cosplay and increase figurine sales for the character. These remarks have kicked up controversy, many people citing this as an example of sexist game design. Kojima has since admitted that erotic “might have been the wrong word” however the damage has been done. However much of the criticism is misplayed. The eroticism of MGS5 is not an example of sexist game design; it may just be the opposite.

Quick, cover her up before FOX News sees her!

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My Reaction to the 2DS

Last week Nintendo unexpectedly announced a new portable gaming console; the Nintendo 2DS. No need to check your calendar, this is actually a real thing. The Nintendo 2DS is essentially a Nintendo 3DS with the 3D functionality removed, it plays all 3DS and DS games and has the same features.  Notably, it is a slate-style handheld, meaning it doesn’t fold like the Nintendo DS, which is first the Nintendo handheld console unable to do so since the Game Boy Micro. The 2DS will be released October 12th at a launch price of $129 in North America. There’s a lot to discuss, but the general reaction among the gaming public has been negative.

Unlike it’s predecessor, the 2DS can also function as a coaster for your coffee mug.

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