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    Wednesday
    May022012

    Video: Unfinished Swan Trailer

    Giant Sparrow did it! It's all their fault. I got excited for a game centered around using paint to guide my way through an all white world of nothingness. This was three years ago at GDCs Independent Game Festival. 

    Then nothing. Three years of silence. Three years of, "Hey remember that game that looked so cool and interesting, what was it's name again?" 

    Three years of hard work from a studio that is relatively unknown. Giant Sparrow has teamed up with Sony's Santa Monica Studio to release something that, well, we don't know much about. 

    And you know what? That's okay.

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    Thursday
    Apr262012

    Commercial Break: To The Greatest Science Professor Ever

     

    Michigan State University's Paul Hunter may not have been the most liked professor, but he was well respected. For years I heard tales for quite sometime about a "grey-haired man of science" making things go boom in his lectures. Friends who defected from Ohio to attend Michigan State gave me mixed-impressions of him. 

    As a native Ohioan I'm supposed to be hardcoded to hate anything resembling Michigan or Michigan accessories. However, I'm not eight and this guy is clearly operating on a level far above that of the average Joe Science ... pack?

    Last month Professor Hunter past away from a heart attack which was attibuted to a car accident hours prior.

    The video above is from the Science Olympiad held at MSU. A very difficult exam most of the students have to take in order to pass their class. At the end of the Olympiad, Professor Hunter would amaze students with his daring science savvy.

    Wednesday
    Apr252012

    Commercial Break: Quite Possibly The Ultimate Troll

     

    Aside from watching video of G.G. Allin antagonizing his fans to the point of punching his face into a bloody pulp, what you are witnessing above is something made of numerous dreams [and possibly nightmares depending on your volume level].

    I figured it's gonna take me a while to put up some of my more in-depth writings and ideas. So if any regular readers/stalkers of my little blog are wondering "where's them words at?" They are hiding in several Google documents being edited on daily basis. 

    More to come, promise.

    Wednesday
    Apr182012

    Commercial Break: Metal Gear X Lupin The 3rd?

    [This one is for my homie Emiko, I'll see you soon! Enjoy.] 

    Finally an anime and possible fighting game idea [that I just made up and retain all monetary rights if said game is made in the future] that I can blindly support without any reservations as to how amazing it would be. Unfortunately, everything in this video is fan-made. It isn't real and therefore Earth's biggest tease.

    Or is it?

    It's no secret that Japanese studios love reaching back into this current cultures nostalgic nerd-past. There's also the sad reality that Japanese games aren't really clicking with American audiences like they use to. I'm going to send this to Konami and try and feel out their excitement level. 

    Who knows, maybe this could be what we need to *save Japanese games.

    Enjoy the funny and possible spoilers to be had in this homage to [what I feel] is one of the most ambitious franchises in gaming.

     

     

     

    *it's debatable if Japanese games need saving seeing as games, in general, appear to be going through some sort adolescent growing pains. Jussayin.
    Sunday
    Apr152012

    The Hunger Games Review -- Why Didn't They Just Burn Down The Tree?

    The true star of the show was Elizabeth Banks' wardrobe/costume design

    [Before we get this thing going, it should be noted that I fought hard by not putting “...More Like Hungry Lames” in my title for this post. I see it as a sign of maturity.]

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    Tuesday
    Apr102012

    Commercial Break: Caine's Arcade 

     

    Let this be a lesson in humility. Let this remind you of those days when it was just you, in a yard, with ideas. Let this ground you, because we weren't all popular. A lot of us were, or probably still are, the person that doesn't get to play with others often. We get so engulfed in whatever worlds we inhabit that it's really easy to believe that no one out there is paying attention.

    Sometimes a little hardwork and solitude will bring great fortune. We can all do ourselves a service by sitting with our ideas, and really sticking with them.

    Big thanks to director Nirvan Mullick and his reddit clan. For more about Caine's Arcade and his scholarship fund, go here.

    Friday
    Apr062012

    The Art & Sound Of Dustforce -- An Interview With Terrence Lee

    Four developers. Four different cities. One game.

    It’s rare I get to make contact with artists making work that motivates me. It’s even more difficult when it’s a game developer who has just released a game weeks ago. A man from my home state of Ohio, Terrence Lee spared some time to answer questions about his team’s new game, Dustforce. In my continued studies of how we approach games, I think it’s important to pay special attention to how smaller teams make the jump from idea experimentation to full-fledged execution. Why? The ideas of how we play and enjoy games, should be just as important as the idea of making them.

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    Thursday
    Apr052012

    Graphic Update: Joe The Barbarian

    With moments of such honesty and self-awareness, it's a shame Joe The Barbarian's story is so clumsily inconsistent as it is poetic.

    Joe The Barbarian isn’t my favorite comic. There is a middle-portion of the story that I found annoyingly boring. I kinda wanted to see a “Choose Your Own Adventure” segment of this book where the little runt dies. “Take that, kid with hypoglycemia and a newly dead, war veteran, father.”

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    Thursday
    Apr052012

    Graphic Update: The Unexpected

    A collection of works breathing life into the suspense and horror genre pulp comics once represented.

    Work, photography and dance have been occupying a ton of my creative energies. Time to go back to my roots. That’s right. Writing grammatically incorrect sentences for the web.

    You’re probably wondering why you are seeing my thoughts about comics again. Thanks to our unseasonably warm Sprinter [or is it Wring?], I’ve made it a point to dig through my ever growing backlog of comics, finding a park bench, and burying myself within pages of strange tales. I mean, it’s either that or writing about video games -- and I’m not in a rush to receive the poorly spelled death threats via tweet and e-mail. Let us frolic!

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    Wednesday
    Mar282012

    Commercial Break: Robots Be Jumpin'

    "Another Commercial Break?!"

    I know right? It's like there are more commercials than show on this damn site, as of late. Well, I'll have you know, I've been paying the bills on my end. And yes, I've been sitting on a couple finished articles that I've just been re-editing and sharpening.

    In the mean time, I got this internet clip of a Sand Flea Jumping Robot

    "But Isaiah, this has nothing to do with video games or Rachael Leigh Cooke."

    True, and I'm glad you brought that up. I've actually been playing a fair amount of games and germinating thoughts and ideas about my passions. Unfortunately, this means I have to take large "thinky breaks" to fine tune what I want to say to you. And by "you" I mean this white page with the blinking cursor and nothing else on it.

    I'm sure the game writing community hasn't missed me, nor has Miss Cooke. Rest assured that this jumping robot clip will function as a symbol of dedication of me delivering random thoughts to you, but more so, Rachael Leigh Cooke.

     

     

    *note: Racheal Leigh Cooke does not endorse or condone any of the thoughts this post or any post The Brog and/or the itbrog.com has published.