Gaming & Culture

The Princess Is In Another Freakin’ Castle?

Last month, I had one burning question for Mario Bros. creator, Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto. I asked him why Princess Peach isn’t a playable character in the new Mario game, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which was just released yesterday.

He said:

Well, originally I thought it would be nice to have Princess Peach in there as a playable …

Exclusive Launch Trailer, Screenshots for Tony Hawk: RIDE

Tony Hawk has become a staple in the gaming industry over the years and Tony Hawk: RIDE marks the 10th iteration of the Birdman’s signature video game. TECHLAND has obtained exclusive screenshots, trailer and packaging art for RIDE, which launches on 11/17.

We’ll be interviewing Tony later on today, so look for that video …

Rapture: 10 Years Later (Lev and I Freak Out Over BioShock 2)

Raise your hand if the original BioShock title from 2K gave you the heebie-jeebies. It’s okay, no one can see how much of a weenie you are on the Internets if you raise your hand. I promise. Just the thought of certain splicers gives me goosebumps. So you can imagine my apprehension at the prospect of reentering Rapture at any point in …

American McGee’s Return of Alice Trailer

Lev and I are both big fans of McGee’s original Alice and over the weekend a trailer for the sequel hit the Web. It looks absolutely batsh*t crazy. The Return of Alice is slated for a 2011 launch on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Let’s talk about what happened…

Update: It turns out that this is a fan made trailer that American and Spicy …

Interview: Warren Spector x Disney Epic Mickey

Last week we sat down with Warren Spector and spoke to him about his upcoming project: Disney Epic Mickey. The artwork looks amazing despite the Wii’s lackluster graphics capabilities. This is a Mickey that we’ve never seen before. It’s a radical change for Disney from what Spector told us. We also learned that Warren is a huge …

New Bioshock 2 Trailer

It’s above.

Everything’s bigger, faster, louder — in other words very sequel-y. But it’s still about moral choices, people. You’re not actually supposed to enjoy incinerating splicers with your awesome plasmids!

The Top 10 Games of 2009

The other day Peter and I were floating around on our hoversofas being fed grapes by our sexy robot servants when the question of the year’s top 10 games came up.

It seems ridiculously early in the year, but for various reasons having to do with the exciting field of magazine production, we have to start thinking about it.

So here …

Why Are Game Trailers Always So Much Better than the Actual Games?

It’s like how the package art on action figures was always so epic, and then you open it and you have this little injection-molded plastic turd with like one articulated joint. I would happily pay $12 to see movies based on these trailers. But will the games live up to them? How could they possibly?

GTA IV: Inherent Vice City

Writing about the Grand Theft Auto video games for the Time 100 issue, I unpersuasively argued the following semi-flippant point:  the Houser brothers who write and create these games are the spiritual successors to Balzac and Twain and Wolfe.  They are societal super-reporters, stuffing the gaming experience with detailed observations …

Sorry, But This Swarm Game Is a Serious Problem

Perversely, I am attempting to solve Geo-Defense Swarm in a “clean” way — i.e. w/out resorting to drugs (other than the usual cocktail of caffeine and alcohol), genetic modification or consulting online strategy guides. Honor demands it. For some reason.

But I am getting manhandled by this thing. Still haven’t beaten level one on …

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