Gaming

Gaming

“I feel video games are probably the most advanced form of art thus far in human history. Not only do video games encompass many of the traditional forms of art (text, sound, video, imagery), but they also uniquely tie these art forms together with interactivity. This allows the art form of video games to create something unique, beyond all other forms of media. Video games are the ultimate form of art as we know it.”

- Denis Dyack, president of Silicon Knights

Brain Nuggets - July

Brain Nuggets – July

Here is your latest bowl of cranial chunks. Grab a spoon and dig in. Peter Jackson has made it official. The unnecessary cash-grab of stretching the 300 pages of The Hobbit into two movies is now even more unnecessary as it will become three movies. We already knew that he was adding characters into The [...]

Death and Diablo III

Death and Diablo III

Correlation is not causation. The phrase is bandied about the internet commonly, sometimes in the improper context. It isn’t the a “get out of jail free” card in arguments that people make it out to be, even though it does succinctly point out a common logical fallacy. An 18-year old Taiwanese teenager died playing Diablo [...]

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness

The fine folks at Penny Arcade and Zeboyd Games have released episode 3 of On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. In and of itself, that doesn’t seem exceptionally notable. It isn’t the first time a website transitioned into episodic gaming. The game has been adequately reviewed, and that would be reason for me not to [...]

How To Put On A Gaming Party

How To Put On A Gaming Party

BSIG doesn’t believe in conventional labels, and this video is a great example. Ellie is a reformed basketball jock, a geek, and a mom. Here she lays out her strategy for LAN parties while baking. She’s a woman of many talents. Ellie Ann on How to Put on a Groovy Gaming Party Runtime2:12 View count56 [...]

Insert Coin to Continue

Insert Coin to Continue

The video game bubble is about to bust. I know, video games are exceedingly popular. As a society, we spend more hours (3 billion of them) playing video games today than ever before, and that is amid a myriad of distractions and entertainment options from other sources. But console video game sales have declined 19% [...]

May Brain Nuggets

May Brain Nuggets

Here is your latest helping of brain nuggets; dipping sauce is optional. The Avengers has made a billion dollars in record time. I see fans on the internet asking if Joss Whedon will use the money he made from this movie to make a second season of Firefly. Sadly, that won’t happen because Nathan Fillion [...]

Do video games make people violent?

Do video games make people violent?

This week controversy about computer games has hit the news again, with the revelation that Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik spent a year of his life playing World of Warcraft. Newspapers have wondered if the “secret to the Norwegian massacre” lies in his obsession with games, some retailers are pulling games from the shelves following the [...]

Q & A with Brian Fargo, CEO of inXile

Q & A with Brian Fargo, CEO of inXile

inXile Entertainment is the latest to join in the Kickstarter revolution. Hot on the heels of Double Fine’s massively successful Kickstarter drive, inXile is finally bringing us Wasteland 2. As we reported previously, the webcomic Order of the Stick joined inXile and Double Fine in raising over 1 million dollars. The original Wasteland is a [...]

Critical Mass Effect

Critical Mass Effect

Perhaps you’ve heard that BioWare released Mass Effect 3 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC this week. Slacker Heroes historically hasn’t covered video games and I’m not about to give you a review when countless other sites are providing that. But Mass Effect has become something far greater than a video game. It was audacious [...]

Homosexuality in 'Mass Effect'

Homosexuality in ‘Mass Effect’

Mass Effect 3 was released this week, much to the jubilation of fans everywhere. As the final part of a trilogy of action-RPG games by BioWare, the initial reviews have been generally positive and suggest that it meets the very high standards of the previous games. I’ve played the first few hours, and while I’m [...]

Arkham City's Gender Trouble

Arkham City’s Gender Trouble

Batman: Arkham City was released for the PC in Europe this week and I’ve spent a happy weekend playing. It’s a great mix of stealth and combat, and the atmosphere of Gotham is just right: dark, dirty and moody. One aspect of it has been troubling me though, and that is the game’s approach to [...]

Video Games are Big Business

Video Games are Big Business

Games are big business. The Call of Dutys and Halos of this world can make more than blockbuster movies in just a few days. Look at the recent release of Batman: Arkham City; 4 million copies sold in less than a week. Recently, in reviews for bad movies, the phrase “it was more like a [...]