Video Games

Amazon Acquires Twitch for Nearly $1 billion

Amazon buys Twitch

Wholesaler, tech giant and Kindle-maker Amazon made a $970 million dollar acquisition of video game live-streaming website Twitch last Monday. Twitch is a website devoted to allowing video gamers to live-stream themselves playing video games so others can watch and share the experience. They have even pushed for some unique practices, including playing and finishing games such as Pokémon as a community (which is so awesome).
“Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like...

A Critical Glance at the Vigilante Justice in 'Watch Dogs'

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This article contains light spoilers for Ubisoft's Watch Dogs. Ubisoft first unveiled Watch Dogs at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with a video that details a fictional terrorist hacking operation, which resulted in the massive blackout of the American Northeast and the death of eleven people in New York City in 2003. Not long after, the terrorist was identified as Raymond Kenney, a systems architect for Blume, a security and communications company that ten years later would oversee...

E3 Press Conference Analysis Day 0 – Sony

Screen Shot 2014-06-14 at 9.39.57 AM The yearly Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) each June has arguably become the largest spectacle for video games media in the United States, if not the world. Whether you're a newcomer to E3's offerings or just in need of a quick recap, here are some thoughts about Sony's press conference: Having ostensibly “won” E3 2013 last year with the announcement of its DRM-free, gamer-friendly business model for the newly announced PlayStation 4, Sony executives took stage with nothing more to prove than their future commitment to current policy. Sony's recent press conferences have always...

E3 Press Conference Analysis Day 0 – Microsoft

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From its comparatively humble trade show beginnings nearly a decade ago, the yearly Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) each June has arguably become the largest spectacle for video games media in the United States, if not the world. Whereas events like the Game Developers Conference in March highlight the digital craftsmanship behind interactive media, E3 prides itself in the hyperbolic abundance of media coverage and revelry in fan hype.

For most fans the show really begins the morning before the Los Angeles Convention Center opens its main show floor...

Nostalgia Video Gaming - Pokemon Week! The Remakes


Pokemon is not just big, it's old. And the Pokemon creators had a really great idea at one point. Instead of just making a slippery slope of new games (that could easily become increasingly worse) why not just remake the old titles? As I said before, I came in on Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire versions, so I didn't know much about Pokemon Red/Blue or Pokemon Gold/Silver. Well now I've got a better idea, because I've played the remakes!
Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green Versions (2004 Gameboy...

Nostalgia Video Gaming - Pokemon Week! Spin-off Games


Pokemon is big. Really big. It has seeped into so many different mediums of entertainment. But it has also become many different video games. Hopefully I'll be able to hit some of the best, and most nostalgic ones.
Pokemon Colosseum/XD: Gale of Darkness (2004/2005 Gamecube)

Nostalgia Video Gaming - Pokemon Week! Mainline Games

Pokemon-starters-allcurrentgens Like I said in my announcement for this upcoming three part installment on the Pokemon universe, Pokemon Ruby was the first game of this franchise I owned. I watched people play Pokemon Red/Blue, and I played maybe five minutes of Pokemon Gold. Never fret, I will be getting to those games eventually, I just feel I need to begin where I began.
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Version (2003/2005 Gameboy Advanced)

Nostalgia Video Gaming Announcement - Pokemon Week!

Pokemonweekbanner One of the first ever video games I owned was Pokemon Ruby Version. But even then, my fanaticism for that franchise began elsewhere. I loved the show and the movies, and while it took forever for me to actually get a video game, I ate up whatever Pokemon stuff I could. And now it all adds up to this: Pokemon Week! For my final hurrah of Nostalgia Video Gaming, I will be spending a whole entire week looking at the various adaptations of the colorful Nintendo video game franchise: Pokemon. Since this is 'video gaming,' I won't be going into the show or movies, but that still...

Nostalgia Video Gaming - 'Fire Emblem' Follow Up

Fire-Emblem-Gameboy-Titles You know, it's funny how many things you think you know, when you don't have the whole picture. When I made my review on the Fire Emblem series, I got a few things wrong, and I didn't realize it until I took a closer look at some of the older games. Since this has been bugging me a while, I thought I'd do a quick follow up to hopefully correct any mistakes I made. First off, Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones is a much more...

Nostalgia Video Gaming - 'Star Wars' Fan Favorites I


Movie Tie-in game time... again! There are a lot of Star Wars games out there. I mean, the movies have been around since 1977. Surely in all those decades a video game or two have been made? Yeah, plenty more than two. But I don't want to go over all of them, especially since many of them have existed...