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
This post was inspired by a couple of recent things: A Most Agreeable Pastime’s post on the impact of the decline of the Japanese gaming industry discusses the heightened prominence of Anglo-American narratives in games. On Nine to Five Gamer too was a post on race in videogames which discusses the lack of non-stereotypical representations of black people in videogames. I’ve noticed though that the question of representation often gets bogged down in the issue of character attributes, so in this post I don’t want to focus on characters at all but instead common narratives, settings and themes which are pervasive in Western culture. These narratives are often Eurocentric in their repetition and emphasis of certain historical events to the exclusion of countless others. Continue reading
Hi there. Welcome to Very Very Gaming! This blog is sponsored by NerdyCrap. In this series of posts I’m going to talk about storage space and videogames, bringing you all the top tips on running a gamer-friendly household on a budget. In this week’s post, I’m going to show you how to free up valuable shelf space without spending a penny. Come on then, let’s get a move on!
Now, if your partner is a bit bookish, an old-school music nut or a knick-knack collector (I’m really sorry), you might have competition for shelving space in your home. Here’s a great tip you can use. Build yourself some DIY shelves, then offer them to your partner and label it a “present”. With any luck, they’ll be wracked with enough guilt that they’ll actually use the inevitably hideous creation, leaving you with precious shelf space to use for videogames, or whatever your shelf-hogging hobby may be. Later in this post, I’ll show you how to build your own unstable edifice out of a cardboard box. Continue reading