I’m not into classical music. It was never a part of my childhood in the way it is in some families. We listened to Magic FM in the car. My dad’s friend also made us a great mixtape with Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and other classics. So much of my childhood was about pop music generations before my own; those tunes bring back memories from before my parent’s divorce, from a time that seemed happy and golden. The idea that people could get nostalgic over Beethoven, Mozart or Mahler is a bit weird to me. So how can this game make me feel warm and fuzzy about a classical composer I’m barely familiar with? Continue reading
Videogames have found a wealth of inspiration from the first and second world wars, often adding their own quirky takes on the stories of hope and tragedy that emerge from these seismic historical events. (I’m curious to play the Shadow Hearts series, for instance!) Valkyria Chronicles riffs heavily on WWII – it is set in an alternative universe where you fight as the small country of Gallia, stuck between two warring world powers…
So, here we are again. Another disappointing game from you, Nippon Ichi. Really, I have to ask you guys: what is going on in your studios? I feel like you’ve been on full-on panic mode ever since the first Disgaea’s unlikely critical and commercial success – can’t you just calm down and make another awesome game? Why is it so hard to replicate the original game’s magic mixture of memorable characters, gasp-worthy storyline twists and anal-probe jokes? Come on, get it together!
Humanity’s technological advancement has bought about the demise of most of the world’s population. The earth is scorched. All manner of unsavoury creatures roam it – mutants, ghouls, slavers and raiders are all there to greet you when you escape your home and prison, Vault 101. There are reminders of a past where men and women cared for perfectly square lawns, shopped in all-new supermarkets, cheery diners and cheerier housewives. In fact, the game really makes you wonder if the American dream was really any better than nuclear armageddon. On the other hand, considering Fallout 3’s preoccupation with the themes of prejudice, discrimination and slavery, why is it silent on topics of (human) race, (historical) slavery and racism? One has to ask: Is Fallout 3 really as subversive and “out there” as it thinks it is? Continue reading
We skipped Weird Video Wednesday this week. No reason for it – I simply forgot what day it was. My apologies; it will be back next week. Regardless, I wanted to give a short update on my introduction to the PS3 thus far, and in the process offer a few thoughts about the direction console gaming has taken in recent years. Hence this post. I’ve long been familiar with the Wii’s “channel” set up, which prepared me in a small way for PS3 with its occasional updates, online shop, and what have you. Still I wasn’t quite ready for the PC-like machinations of the PS3. Installing games, downloading patches, “activating” PSPs (whatever the hell that means – it worked just fine before, thanks), creating virtual memory cards for digital PS1 and PS2 games… my goodness. Continue reading