Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Passion for Pixels: Ep 14 - Retro Videogame Controllers

Photo: Jeffy Can / CC BY
From the ludicrous Jaguar pad to the sublime DualShock for the Sony Playstation, on this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we dissect the evolution of controllers.

Find out our thoughts on the best overall pad for retro gaming with a modern setup along with our feelings on the best and worst ergonomics. Also, did you know the Sega Genesis/Megadrive pad works out of the box with the Atari 2600?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Is Blizzard okay without Project Titan?

Project Titan Cancelled. The headline reads ominously but given Blizzard's propensity for nixing titles that don't meet their stringent quality standards, I can't say that the news has left me shocked. Still, the public has been left to ponder exactly what Project Titan was and what Blizzard has coming down the pipe to replace it. While no one is rationally touting that the end is nigh for Blizzard, I do believe they're in for a rocky spell in the medium-term future. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting for the Next Epoch: ArcheAge (review)

If you've read any of my impressions of some of the recent MMO launches you will have, no doubt, sensed the recurring theme of a lack of innovation. My complaint isn't so much that the likes of WildStar and The Elder Scrolls Online haven't made advances in the genre, it's more that they haven't changed enough to make the stale mechanics of skill bars and level grinding feel new. I had a lot of hope for ArcheAge, and the sheer number of features Trion has built into it, but my experience from the horrendous server queues to the actual gameplay have left me disappointed.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Long Trip to the Past: The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie (review)

For the better part of a decade, James Rolfe has been entertaining the YouTube generation with his Angry Video Game Nerd character. Riffing on the foibles of classic games with strings of cusses that could make a sailor blush, Rolfe has developed an international following and is a bona fide internet celebrity. It's this celebrity that enabled Rolfe to generate $325,000 through crowd funding in order to pursue his dream of making a feature length film. The resulting Angry Video Game Nerd Movie is a competently constructed film that ultimately suffers from uneven pacing and a run time that stretches about twenty minutes too long.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Filling the Fall Feedbag - What game will you be playing next month?

Summer holidays are officially over and so is the lull in quality releases. It's not that great stuff didn't get released over the past few months (Wildstar, Ultra Street Fighter 4, and Shovel Knight made for a pretty epic June), but the reality is that the release schedule is always a bit light when the sun is out as publishers emphatically believe that games don't sell as well during these months. In any case, there are a bunch of hype-worthy titles on the horizon to sate the appetite and below are some of tastiest cuts on offer.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Passion for Pixels: Ep 13 - Retro Racing Games

Photo: Galgen TX / CC BY

Retro gaming podcast Passion For Pixels is back from summer holidays! In this episode we catch up on what we’ve been playing the last couple of months, before we delve into our main topic: classic racing games.