Archive for the ‘Response’ Category

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I’m all out of gum

May 19, 2009

Duke-Nukem-Forever-1536I must confess, I always had hoped that Duke Nukem Forever would be released and proceed to win a Game of the Year award from numerous publications and online magazines. Sure, the development of 3D Realm’s long speculated vaporware title has been gaming’s longest running joke, but I still had faith that the studio could release a good game. Looking at their library from ten years ago, the studio along with id and Epic were one of the heavy weights of great game design and great games. Looking at the leaked animation footage from Duke Nukem Forever, the game looked like a lot of fun. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Critical-Distance and the CDC Podcast

April 21, 2009

podcast_ctap_smallThis will be the only time I will ever shill for this program on this blog. But I have just produced a podcast for Critical Distance. Subscription links to subscribe via iTunes as well as the cast credits and show notes will be at the website weekly as more episodes are released. So sit back and listen to many of my fellow associates that have been linked to my site. It was a shaky start but I am certain once we all get into the routine of things this will be a pantheon for intelligent conversations on a medium we all care about immensely. For now you can head over to the RSS link to listen to the podcast: http://critical-distance.mypodcast.com/rss.xml

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Commerce, Contracts, & Coders

April 10, 2009

sanfranWhile attending one of my business-entertainment seminars we were on the subject of contracts, more specifically actor contracts negotiation. Basically, the discussion culminated to how actors and their agents bargain for salary ceiling and so forth. It eventually culminated to one student—possibly future industry agent—asking a question that I will now paraphrase:

Student: If say a high salary actor [insert celebrity] can bargain for $25 million in his contract for a movie, why would he decide to risk a lower salary for a less successful film?

Professor: You have to understand, actors are also artists.

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Pennsylvania Polka

April 6, 2009

groundhogI have to apologize for the dry run of activity on this blog. As the final weeks of class are on the horizon and I have been busy with some personal matters, you—neglected reader—probably have been wondering what has happened? Well, fret no more because I have been pondering some new exciting material for the site once the summer season sets in. In the mean time I thought a little fun post would suffice. I meant to post this story a couple of weeks ago when it was timelier but alas my procrastination and oversight have failed me once again. Rather than wait another year to finally make this little critique public, I feel that since it recently snowed in my hometown of Chicago I feel that this story is quite appropriate, offering no better opportunity to investigate one our the earliest videogame movies: Harold Ramis’s comedy classic Groundhog Day. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Why graphics still matter

March 21, 2009

far-cry-2I finally made the plunge and updated my PC. After months and months and scrimping and waiting for bargain deals to pop-up online I finally have the components to completely upgrade my gaming rig. Looking back, it has taken over a year to collect all the parts necessary. The final result is I can run DirectX 10. Immediately after booting up the new hardware with the most updated drivers and I checked on a few older games I had in my library to see the difference. Though I was happy with the results it was not until I began running Far Cry 2 that it really hit me: graphics matter. Read the rest of this entry ?

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A lot of something out of nothing

February 23, 2009

noby-pressThere has been little or no discussion of Katamari Damacy designer, Keita Takahashi’s PSN game Noby Noby Boy. Of the few articles I’ve found, reviewers have noted its eccentric charm, simplistic design, and lack there of on any sense of traditional conceptions of what makes a game. There is no goal; no objective; no threat. What instead has occurred is that many people have settled on the notion that Noby Noby Boy is basically a toy. Reviewers have either decided that it is a fun little demo that requires a short period of your time to get the gist of what the game is all about and then put it down forever or that the game provokes a sense of play that many gamers had in their childhood when picking up a videogame for the first time. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Flower: a boutique of concerns

February 16, 2009

flower_headerBefore I begin on my diatribe on That Game Company’s Playstation Network game Flower, I must make it clear that I do believe it is a good game. I encourage everyone that has a Playstation 3 to download it and play through probably one of the most unique experiences you can have on a console this generation. Flower wonderfully utilizes the Sixaxis controls without being intrusive and its implementation takes into account the cumbersome motion controls making them almost feel invisible. But Flower is probably one of the most disappointing, frustrating, and infuriating games I have had the privilege of playing. Read the rest of this entry ?