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  • Beauty in Words: The Memories of Lost Odyssey

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    In a recent issue of Gameinformer there was an article that featured the 'video games as art' debate. One of the games that was left off of the list was the overlooked Lost Odyssey.Beyond the art direction behind the game, there is some very solid... More
  • A Little Love Song for Mario (Kart)

    If you haven't heard 'Mario Kart Love Song' by the amazingly talented Sam Hart, you will be kicking yourself for not hearing it sooner. It is a love song that uses different Mario Kart scenarios as illustrations of the singer's love. It's quirky and fun....So, here it is for you to enjoy!

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    If you haven't heard 'Mario Kart Love Song' by the amazingly talented Sam Hart , you will be kicking yourself for not hearing it sooner. It is a love song that uses different Mario Kart scenarios as illustrations of the singer's love.... More
  • Okay, Chill Out Kid Yelling at Me over Xbox Live

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    Dear little poopsicle, I was having a very enjoyable time fake shooting people on the internet the other day in COD: MW2, but then you started talking. At first I thought you were a whiny girl. That was, until you started laughing whenever you said words... More
  • Thoughts from the Traverse: Reflections on Mass Effect

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    Thoughts from the Traverse I recently completed my (I am ashamed to admit) fifth run through of Mass Effect. As I sat in front of my television in my 'I-heart-Spock' shirt and sweats, I realized how many hours I had sunk into this game. I have... More
  • Episode Three: My (Somewhat) Heroic Journey

    As a young lad I got pooped on by a bird, kicked some chickens, found a magic music box, and watched my sister die and got shot out of a window. After being nursed to health by a creepy old woman and growing up, I embarked on a journey of revenge with my faithful dog that I had saved as a child. I quested to the ends of the earth and back, bringing good and peace to all (except for the occasional 'accidents' involving the really annoying citizens). Eventually meeting other heroes like myself, we banded together and prevented Armaggedon (see below).

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    As a young lad I got pooped on by a bird, kicked some chickens, found a magic music box, and watched my sister die and got shot out of a window. After being nursed to health by a creepy old woman and growing up, I embarked on a journey of revenge with... More
  • Video Games: The Invisible Art Form

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    This is the research paper that got me out of freshman writing and composition.

    Video Games: The Invisible Art Form

        Game over. This is the message that millions upon millions of people across the globe are familiar with. However, the source of this widely known phrase is often looked upon with scorn. This social stigma is very widespread and almost completely unaddressed. This is due to the confusion surrounding the subject of video games as an art form. Many people in our society view gaming as nothing more than an entertaining, but ultimately worthless, diversion. However, the case can be made that not only can video games be art, but that they can have meaningful importance and thus be worthwhile. This is supported once you strip away the social stereotype of the common video game player, examine the history of the arts, and look into the definitions of art; also known as art theories. Those who are negatively disposed towards the position of video games as art need to go out and play a video game or not be so quick to dismiss video games as wastes of time and cheap thrills. This is important because the video game industry is growing in popularity and gaining acceptance in our culture. Along with that newfound popularity, there comes greater impact in our culture. More

    This is the research paper that got me out of freshman writing and composition. Video Games: The Invisible Art Form Game over. This is the message that millions upon millions of people across the globe are familiar with. However, the source of this widely... More
  • Episode Two: Cathartic Violence

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    My eyes rove the bloody field. Bodies lay scattered over the rocks and various structures. A barrage of bullets whiz past my face. I quickly duck back behind my cover: a large rock. I check my ammo supply, only to discover that I have only two rockets... More
  • This is for the people who haven't contributed to the 6,755,216 views

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    The other day I heard the distinctive jumping noises and music that can only mean one thing: Mario Bros. I walked into my neighbor's dorm and discovered this. If you aren't a fan of profanity, it might be hard to listen to, but if you can get... More
  • The Non-existant Middle-ground Gamer

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    I am a hardcore gamer (see Image below (not actually me)). I like shooting things. I enjoy my definitely-not-final fantasy. I'm more than happy to sit and spend my free time immersing myself in the unique worlds and stories that are told in games... More
  • Episode One: The Phantom Gamer

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    The Phantom Gamer

    (I am referring to myself you people who might be confused after reading this post)

    So I tried to come up with a clever, eye catching title for my first Game Informer blog (I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about it) and of course the first title that came into my head was a Star Wars reference. That probably tells you all a lot about me. Well, it probably only tells you that I like Star Wars... which I do. 

    Anywho, I recently made the transition to college and it's been totally crazy. I have barely had any time to put into my favorite hobby (NOTE: way of life) except for the odd periods of Team Fortress 2 on my computer. Now don't get me wrong, Team Fortress 2 is fantastic, but I brought my Xbox 360 to spend the time I should be using with a girlfriend (yes ladies, I'm single. You may begin mobbing me at anytime). I did not bring that glorious piece of human ingenuity to sit in my dorm and look like a pretty, white, oddly shaped box. More

    The Phantom Gamer (I am referring to myself you people who might be confused after reading this post) So I tried to come up with a clever, eye catching title for my first Game Informer blog (I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about it... More