Archive for the ‘Video Games’ Category


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September 26
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Woof! Lots of action this week! Forget the intro — let’s just get to it!

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September 23
2014

Specialized Interaction: Okami And Castlevania

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Originally posted at The Christian Write.

Previously I went into detail about specialized interactive items and elements, such as Link’s ocarina from Ocarina of Time and the various mini games in the Bioshock series, and when it would be appropriate to implement them in a game. Now I’d like to take a look at successful – and not so successful – implementation in greater detail using Capcom’s Okami and Konami’s Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow for examples. (Incidentally, I have zero idea if there’s an industry-standard name for these elements, so if anyone knows please clue me in.)

Both games used a specialized interactive item mechanic that amounted to the player drawing shapes on the screen. However, the inputs were not equal in their execution. Both Okami and Dawn of Sorrow were high quality games that were very well received by audiences, but their respective innovative item mechanics could not have been more different in reception. In short, painting with Okami’s Celestial Brush was successful, while drawing the magic seals was a “failure”, subjectively speaking. So why did Okami succeed while Dawn of Sorrow failed?

Let’s take a look at the Celestial Brush from Okami first.

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2014

Dear Final Fantasy: Grow Up

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Call this my open letter to Square Enix, Final Fantasy, and all fans of the JRPG genre.

Dear Final Fantasy,

Imma need you to grow up.

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September 19
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

You know, I thought this was a pretty boring week in Geneva. But then I looked back at it, and while it might have been quiet, there was still some silliness and fun to be had! Plus, any week that ends with a surprise can’t be all bad, right? Well, I guess that depends on whether the surprise is good or bad…

Read on to find out which it was!

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September 18
2014

Final Fantasy XV Switches Directors, Gets New Trailer and Demo

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Originally announced in 2006 alongside Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XV has become one of gaming’s most notorious titles. It’s development has been fraught with numerous delays, rumors of becoming vaporware, and even the possibility of turning into a musical. Yes, a musical. While the game’s E3 2013 showing renewed faith that it still exists, it had absolutely zero presence at E3 2014 whatsoever. Given the game’s history this was….concerning, to say the least.

This week’s Tokyo Game Show brought a number of announcements about the title, and while none of them are a release date (or even a window) they are pretty noteworthy nonetheless.

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September 12
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

It was a fun week in Geneva this time around, even if a couple people tried to move away. We had a festival, some silliness, and good times. Oh, and after a visit to Gabi’s home where I had to reluctantly inform her that the place was kind of dump, she sent me a lovely letter thanking me for my brutal honesty and rewarding me with her picture. Now, I’ve already got it, but it’s the thought that counts!

Keep reading for the rest of the shenanigans!

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September 5
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

I’d like to say this was a quiet week in Geneva, but even though there was no drama of people trying to come and go from town, we had a couple of events, so it certainly wasn’t boring! Read on for all the fun!

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