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Captain Novolin – An “Educational Experience”

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By Lindsay Slattery Here’s a weird little story about an SNES cartridge that’s managed to stay in my possession for over 20 years now, despite the fact that it’s never given me an ounce of joy to fire up. Okay, that’s not completely true. When I set out to write this review, one word was on the forefront of…

Died of Dysentery: 10 Important Lessons Learned on the Oregon Trail

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A sub-generation of gamers came into the world as Generation X began to fade and before the Millennials took center stage. In the transformative years between the mid-to-late 1970s and the early 80s, Xennial kids discovered the nation not with tablets and smartphones, but on monochrome monitors with the lingering threat of virtual dysentery. The Oregon Trail! I bet…

Animator Recalls Development of Conker’s Bad Fur Day

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Louise O’Connor worked as an animator and voice actress on Conker’s Bad Fur Day, the 2001 game which combined a child-friendly veneer with bawdy, referential humor in the vein of South Park and Eminem. Originally released for the Nintendo 64, the title has become more than just a cult classic — it’s known as one of the best games…

River City Ransom Underground: The fight of your life

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River City Random Underground – The beating you’ve been waiting for since 90’ It’s so hard nowadays to find good modern beat em’ up games. Often times when digging through a somewhat limited collection of titles, I just give up and end up going back to the same ones over and over again. Classics like Streets of Rage, Final…

An Animal Liberationist in the Great Deku Tree

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For some time, I’ve been planning an unusual play through of “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.” I call it the Vegan Challenge. As one might expect, the goal is to beat the game while minimizing harm to animals or seemingly-sentient creatures, and using their byproducts as infrequently as possible. In short, no riding. No capturing or hurting…

Pixel Art in Indie Games: Moving backwards on purpose

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I’m sure you’ve noticed. It seems like pixel art is a popular element among indie games. The choice to use retro graphics can seem unoriginal at times, no matter how well done the artwork is. With today’s rapid advances in technology, video game graphics are getting more and more lifelike. So why is pixel art so common? Why are…

Emily Is Away Review

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Emily Is Away Review – Take a trip back to 2002 Whew. Don’t get me wrong, Emily is Away is a fun, nostalgic concept. You play as a character in a simulation of AOL Instant Messenger, chatting with your friend Emily. The game itself has five levels, and each level is made up of a single conversation a year…

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