More talk about questionable videogames – Homefront Edition

More talk about questionable videogames – Homefront Edition

While not the most stellar gaming experience I’ve ever had, it’s competent at most of the stuff that matters – except for all the time you spend waiting for other people to open doors so you can proceed. That stuff is lame beyond belief. It’s too bad all the drama behind the scenes and closure of Kaos detracted from what is otherwise a decent if uninspired shooter. Then again, I paid less than $2 for it. If I had paid $60 I might be a bit more inclined to agree with those who say all that drama is why Homefront is a middling piece of shovelware. Perception is a funny thing that way. Embedded Link Homefront (video game) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Homefront was met with mixed to positive reviews across all platforms. Some critics praised the atmosphere and story, while others panned those same aspects, along with the short length of the...
The Tragic Death of Console Gaming?

The Tragic Death of Console Gaming?

I found this interesting opinion piece about why console gaming is dying. I am not much of a console gamer and never have been (which makes me part of the problem, I guess) but even I can see that; I never hear about XBox or Wii games from friends anymore, they’re all playing PC games and MMOs. Personally, our Wii is almost exclusively to stream Netflix to our TV. Even stuff like the Kinect isn’t prevalent among our friends, even the most game tech-savvy ones. Part of it is that there rarely seem to be any new games out for consoles; they’re all in a series. And as the article points out, graphics are about as good as they ever going to get (and still remain on a screen and not pumped directly into our brains), so the promise of better graphics isn’t fooling anyone anymore. These days the kids are used ti having handhelds they can tote everywhere, and games in seconds on their smart phones. The people who are used to console gaming are those of us who grew up with it, and well, we’re getting old. We have jobs and kids and don’t have time to devote entire weekends to beating Final Fantasy Whatever They’re on Now. Super Mario World, once you get started, demands you play for hours. Hours we old people don’t have anymore. That’s my thought, but I’m not much into video games. What do our G&G video game devotees think?  ...
Ukiyo-e Heroes – Delicious Reinterpretations of Our Favorite Video Game Characters

Ukiyo-e Heroes – Delicious Reinterpretations of Our Favorite Video Game Characters

If someone out there is making something or being even vaguely creative, there’s a better-than-average chance that I’ll be stupidly excited about it.  When that something is blisteringly awesome in the extreme, I generally flop around in paroxysms of joy for a while before telling everyone I know about it.   I encountered the Ukiyo-e Heroes project being done by Jed Henry and David Bull a while back, and I still haven’t fully recovered. Jed Henry is an illustrator and shameless geek who combined his love of video games with his knowledge of Japanese traditional woodblock prints to create a series of pieces depicting familiar video game characters in a classic Japanese style.   You can tell an immense amount of passion went into this project – the designs are gorgeous, intricate, and, gloriously subtle (if that’s possible) in their interpretations.  The woman in the gold and red scale armor looks familiar, and then suddenly you realize why she has a streak of green paint across her eyes. You’re looking at Samus Aran, battling a cluster of metroids. Or Mario, in a flowing red and blue hakama, faces off against Donkey Kong, who poises, ready to hurl a sake cask. Brilliant stuff. The icing on the already kickass cake is the fact that Henry is collaborating with Tokyo printmaker David Bull to carve woodblocks, and hand print the series.  It’s fascinating to see a master artisan at work, especially doing things in such an ancient method, using traditional tools.  There is a series of videos Bull has made, documenting the carving and printing process of the Ukiyo-e Heroes series, and they’re...
Yellow Menace Podcast Episode 26 – Shaolin

Yellow Menace Podcast Episode 26 – Shaolin

This week we discuss Gamespot’s acquisition of Giant Bomb, videogame journalism, doing the horizontal bop in Bioware games, and Benny Chan’s Shaolin. As usual, SPOILERS! Show Notes: Giant Bomb GameSpot’s acquisition of Giant Bomb explained by Gerstmann, Davison The official Journey review FAQ (Quarter to Three) Romance (Dragon Age Wiki) Shaolin at Wikipedia Youtube Video – Shaolin Trailer Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:00:45 —...
Yellow Menace Podcast Episode 24 – DOUBLE DRAGON!

Yellow Menace Podcast Episode 24 – DOUBLE DRAGON!

This week we review the 1994 smash-hit videogame adaptation Double Dragon! Actually, that’s a total lie – this film was an abysmal failure…but somehow 3 of the 4 Yellow Menace crew found it in themselves to assign a thumbs-up! Find out which one of us was a total wet blanket! Also, Alex talks about really old video games none of you will care about, and we discuss young adult fiction. Okay, it’s really a discussion about the impending U.S. release of Battle Royale – but, as always, we get all wander-y and shit. Show Notes Double Dragon at the IMDB Double Dragon at Wikipedia Controversial Japanese film Battle Royale gets US release 12 years later Watch the movie (seriously, the whole thing) on YouTube   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 54:51 —...
Creepiest Game Ever

Creepiest Game Ever

Say you’re a teenage boy and you are swept to another world that you have to save from some sort of menace. Sounds pretty sweet, huh? And then you find out you have to bang 12 cute mystical girls. Awesome! And also you have to get them knocked up so your magic children can help you save the world. Wait, what? Most teenagers spend a lot of time (or maybe not enough time, in some cases) trying to have sex without getting pregnant. So I don’t see this game being very popular; it’s too scary. Conception: Please Have My Baby The really awful part is that in the gameplay images, the girls look like little kids from a Kingdom Hearts game or something. Eeeeewww. My brother is an adult and has 3 baby mamas, can you imagine how much it would suck to have 12? And the child support, Jesus Christ. Trailer Although I bet at the end of the game the teen boy gets to go back to his own world, skipping out on the baby mamas, the little deadbeat. And is it Japanese? OF COURSE IT’S FUCKING JAPANESE....