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September 3
2014

When To Add Specialized Interactive Game Elements

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 GayGamer vet Christian takes a deeper look at gaming mechanics and shares some of his thoughts about interactive design in part one of a two part piece. Originally posted at The Christian Write

One of the goals of a good video game is to immerse the player in the world that s/he is playing in, to feel connected to the events on-screen, and as if the world is not only real but one that they have their own unique impact on. This was harder to do in the older days when the technology was new and interaction was limited to pressing one or two buttons, but as consoles and computers have become more and more powerful the capabilities for immersion have grown. The Oculus Rift as well as Sony’s Project Morpheus immediately come to mind by providing enhanced visual immersion, but before quality stereoscopic technology video games tried other methods to get the player more absorbed into the world.

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July 7
2014

Sailor Moon Crystal: Come Sail Away With Me

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Today is a very special day, a day that I never thought I would ever experience again in my entire life. I shot out of bed this morning like it was Christmas morning and I was going to open the biggest present under the tree. I sat right in front of my TV with my favorite blanket wrapped around me ready to watch the debut of Sailor Moon Crystal.

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June 19
2014

E3 2014: Tales of Xillia 2 Expands Its Horizons

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Aside from Super Smash Bros, I’m a big fan of JRPGs and Tales of Xilla was definitely one of my favorite games of 2013. I had the chance to sit down with the folks over at Namco Bandai to get a good look at what to expect in the upcoming sequel.

SPOILER WARNING: Skip the following paragraph to avoid potential spoilers for those that have yet to play Tales of Xillia 1.

Tales of Xillia 2 takes place a year after the events of the first game. At the end of that title, the two culturally different worlds of Rieze Maxia and Elympios were connected by the destruction of a barrier that once separated them. The two worlds, now intertwined, are facing a number of issues due to their various cultural differences. Rieze Maxia is a world that relies on spirit, arts, and nature while Elympios is a technologically advanced world that relies on spirit-harming devices called spyrix. The original game’s cast of characters are all present and accounted for as they live their lives and fight for peace between the two worlds.

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June 12
2014

E3 2014: Defend – A Story About the Hostage From Rainbow Six: Siege

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I hear her begging for help in the corner.

Turning, I see her bending down and pleading into a small wheeled camera drone on the floor of the laundry room. I shoot at it and miss. Another slides in from under the barricade I had placed in the doorway from the garage. The two form a semi circle around her left side, more interested in her animation cycles (or her butt, if the second camera’s position meant anything) than scouting the rest of the traps my team laid in the house.

I don’t blame them, she’s fascinating. After she gives her only lines the Rainbow Six: Siege hostage falls into the worried shuffling routine she’ll perform on loop for the next three minutes unless picked up or shot. I didn’t have to tell her to get down, nor will I have to give her orders at any time during the SWAT team’s raid on our fortified McMansion.

A diamond hotspot sitting above her head reads “Defend”. That’s what I call her, since she lacks a personality or any agency. Defend is a object, just not in the way we’re used to objectified women, particularly of the blonde variety. She is an object with fascinating, Alpha-build hair that dances and wiggles along her scalp with the slightest movement. The SWAT team has busted into the McMansion and taken out one of my teammates, giving them the 5-4 advantage. It takes me a second to notice, Defend is just so intriguing in her vacuousness.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: Nintendo Is Finally Starting To Get It. Fans Are The Driving Force.

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This year, Nintendo is taking a step in the right direction by addressing their fans and establishing a better relationship them. The lighthearted approach on presenting their information this year with Mega64 and The Robot Chicken team was a smart move on their part. The ridiculous Nintendo Digital Event presentation was a welcomed surprise compared to the usual dry and formal presentations from years past.

The shining star of Nintendo’s efforts came in the form of the Smash Bros. Invitational tournament. It might sound biased given I’m an obsessive Smash Bros. fan but having been at the Invitational myself, the amount of passion and excitement from all the series’ fans was contagious.

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2014

E3 2014: Dragonball Xenoverse

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How many times can you make a game based on a hit manga/anime series that is 30 years old? At least once more if you’re Namco Bandai. Following in the tradition of Dragonball Z Budokai, Dragonball Z Budokai 2, Dragonball Z Budokai 3, Dragonball Z Shin Budokai, Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 1, Dragonball Budokai Z Tenkaichi 2, Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Dragonball  Raging Blast, and Dragonball Z: Battle of Z comes the first Dragonball Z game for Xbox One and Playstation 4.

Dragonball Xenoverse.

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2014

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – Nintendo

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Today was the last of the big media briefings, so we finished it all off with Nintendo…from the comfort of the Media Lounge at the convention center. Rather than pack thousands of people into a huge hall, Nintendo (as you may know) decided to stream to millions over the internet, and I for one applaud the decision. Whether their games will be any good or not remains to be seen, but so far Nintendo is the winner of the five I went to and they have successfully convinced me to invest in a Wii U. Let’s take a look…

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