Last week, a documentary about World War I was released in Russia, and a segment focusing on Allied propaganda featured a unintentional cameo by Team Fortress 2's Soldier (eating a baby no less). I'm not sure if this reflects really poor fact-checking on the filmmakers' parts, or a really low opinion of the United States in Russia. Probably both.
Psst! Hey kid! You like new music? Great, because you've stumbled into the perfect luau - New Music Monday, currently the most "Pull de String!" column on 8CN. Each week oodles of new music type things get unleashed by greedy record labels and this is where they all come to be judged. I'll tell ya what's good, what's bad, and what's a waste of your time. Thanks for stopping by!
Twitch.TV recently released a report regarding the top 20 most popular games on the service for the month of August. The month saw some interesting changes for Twitch, including being purchased by Amazon, and more relevantly some titles being replaced by others in terms of popularity. Read on for the full list.
Wikipedia is the largest repository of human knowledge ever accumulated. It has branches in dozens of languages. It is both the savior and the bane of every college student. All of the answers are there, but your professor won’t let you use them because Wikipedia is a den of scum and villainy. It’s curated by non-experts and vandals with no integrity, right? Nope. It’s a giant library that’s mostly (okay, maybe not mostly) run by robots!
Who was Spartacus? Well, that’s just it; no one really knows who Spartacus was. We know he existed, we know he led a slave rebellion, and we know he was the subject of that one movie in 1960. This presents an interesting opportunity wherein a well known historical figure is basically a blank canvas for storytelling. And nudity. Lots of nudity.
Apparently, over 50% of comics Kickstarters succeed, and it's not hard to see why: far from being crummy marker-and-zine affairs, these are legitimate gems that can easily compete with big-publisher favorites in terms of innovative storytelling and beautiful illustrations. They just need a leg-up, some TLC from good kind folks like you! So here's a handful of titles that I'd love to see in my neighborhood comic book store.
The Sims 4 is finally here, and unsurprisingly given its recent track record, EA has done a less than perfect job of following up one of the most successful game franchises in history. Heres a few of the things they got wrong and what they can do to fix them.
ESPN may have aired Dota 2's $10 million International championship, but don't expect the network to be embracing the esports anytime soon. ESPN president John Skipper recently downplayed Amazon's $970 million acquisition of Twitch in an interview, stating that his network was more interested in "real sports." Ouch.
Thanks science, now I can't even enjoy watching Nic Cage and Sean Connery chew some scenery in The Rock without thinking about my cholesterol. According to a new research study, watching a Michael Bay movie led study participants to eat twice as much, as opposed to when watching what could be considered the exact opposite, the PBS talk show Charlie Rose.
Twenty minutes into the conversation, I am transfixed. I am speaking with JaVonni Ortiz, a promising 22 year old self-starter behind Dark Storm, a unique game recently greenlit on Steam. The exciting stealth game promises an adventure bursting with good story, great design, a strong female protagonist and versatile gameplay with multiple routes and options for capturing the enemy, but the game has come a long way. It is at this point in the conversation, he says, “I think the most shocking story is that Dark Storm wasn't supposed to be a stealth action game.”
You ever notice how things seem to move faster the closer they are? And the darker it is at night? And the more legs there are? And the more suspenseful the music is? And the more webbed body parts you find, just lying around? Kinda makes you think, huh?
It's really easy in this industry to get weighed down by negativity. There are a lot of things that legitimately make me emberassed to call myself a gamer, at times. These past weeks or so have been especially complicated and frustrating, as both a journalist and a game enthusiast. Every now and then, though, there's a ltitle bit of light that makes me think this whole crazy gaming thing might just turn out okay.