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Ten Year Lag
You know what I'm playing right now? For the first time ever?Batman: Arkham City. I'll give you a second to check the date this article was uploaded. No you aren't reading an article from 2011. Yes, I genuinely haven't played the game before and no I didn't manage to avoid spoilers for eight years.Especially not THAT spoiler.But man, even though I'd seen the Let's Plays, compilations, and heard what happened from friends it was nice to see it myself. It was nice to earn that ending for myself.Playing old games isn't a new phenomenon, my best friend plays Shadow of the Colossus religiously, even today, and retro-gaming is still alive and well today, lot's of indie games on Steam have that pixelated art-style and synthesized music meant to evoke the age of the SNES and it's ilk. And it's especially not something new for me. My first game console was a Sega Mega Drive (a present from my favourite auntie). I'm sure it was lot's of other people's first game console but mine came in a cheap blue plastic box with no instructions and three games (Sonic 2, G-Force and a version of Sonic 1 that didn't work properly). More tellingly, I got this in 2002 or 2003, about six years after the Mega Drive had been discontinued.I didn't care, of course, I was about eight years of age. We plugged it into the TV in my parent's bedroom and I would play it whenever I got the chance—even trying to get my sister or cousins to play it with us. Sadly, being tiny children, we weren't great at it.We were actually fairly horrible at it to be quite honest.I later acquired a copy of Sonic & Knuckles from a car boot sale. The feeling of finding a new game, a game I'd never heard of, for the game console I had was incredible. Nine-year-old Max was over the moon about it.It's not so hard nowadays, to pop into your local game shop and find a cabinet or shelf full of games for the NES, the SNES, the Dreamcast, the Mega Drive. Hell, I've even seen a couple of Atari 2600 cartridges at a second hand games store before. But back then, whenever I went into gaming shops everything was for the newest consoles, or the previous generation and I was left a little sad.There's been other consoles since the.: (My poor little Mega Drive got it's wires crossed and ended up flickering black and white and making a horrible screeching noise.) I got a Game Boy Advance for Christmas one year, but that was the closest I came to being on top of the console market.The next console I got would have been a cheap Sony Playstation, and at this point most of my friends had gotten Play Station 2's or GameCubes. It was around this point I started to notice that I had a few advantages over them:
'Watch_Dogs 2:' My Review of the Season Pass!
Hello! I'm back with another Watch_Dogs 2 review! After beating this game about 800 times, I didn't think this game could get any more interesting, amazing and fun! That was until I received a Season Pass for my birthday and I had no idea what I was in store for!
The Nintendo Switch—Two Years Later
It's March 3rd, 2017, and I'm about to catch a flight to Barcelona, Spain for a three-day work escapade out of the endless Canadian winter.
For those of you are familiar with the game For Honor you recognize this nameless Shinobi from the game For Honor. I post this article because I wish to address the need for video game ninjas to make a return appearance. I am well aware that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be coming out on March 22, 2019 (Because I will receive a copy) but I am not talking about video games featuring Ninjas.
- Top Story - November 2018
The Worst Gaming Consoles Ever Made
Gaming elicits passion in so many people. Everyone has their opinion about the best systems, but even more have their opinions about the worst gaming consoles in existence. Video games have become such a huge part of our pop culture today. Pac Man and Donkey Kong solidified themselves as part of society, and video game culture has never looked back.
Being Player 2
I was introduced into gaming at a very young age. Whether it was on the GameCube, the PS2 or the Wii I was enthralled. My love for gaming can be attributed to my loving and caring older brother. However, my beginning memories of gaming consistently followed the same pattern. I was always second player. No matter what we played, yours truly regularly occupied the second port.
Remakes: Celebrating the Classics or Milking Them Dry?
Remake or Remaster? Remakes are NOT remasters. Same species, different breed. (Skip this part if you know what I’m talking about.)
10 Classic Retro Gaming Consoles
The consoles we have today are amazing entertainment units but sometimes we like to reminisce about the good old days and look back at the pioneering consoles that paved the way for modern console gaming. There are plenty of retro consoles that are still playable today with libraries full of classic titles that you should play at least once.
Your Favorite Classic Console Just Got a Downgrade!
Sony has announced its own mini version of their classic original console, the PlayStation 1. The company today announced the PS1 Classic, a mini version of the iconic gray PlayStation. It comes with 20 "generation-defining" games, including Final Fantasy VII and Wild Arms, and it launches in December.
Trophies - How They Insult Your Intelligence
Trophies! Most gamers I’ve met love them, and as we tend not to be the most athletic of types it comes as no surprise that being awarded something shiny for once feels… rather good. On some platforms they are called ‘achievements,’ though it probably wouldn’t matter if they were coins, hearts, crayons or Gobbos. Trophies let us subtly remind friends of our badassery for leaving no stones unturned in unforgiving games such as Dark Souls and are a standardized unit of “something to aim for”, a bit like golden stars that we had in elementary school.
A Look Back at the Wii
It's easy to scoff at the Wii. Its primary launch title was a pre-packaged compilation of family-friendly mini-games which packed a punch but ultimately lacked the complexity to keep anyone in the primary market for video games (for the sake of simplicity, over-15s and under-50s) entertained for much longer than the Christmas weekend. Later in its life it would be plagued by a mass of ports of last-generation titles (including, inexplicably, an army of GameCube games which were already playable on the console); and, most importantly, its controller was, well... something called a Wiimote.
10 Most Famous Gaming Consoles Ever Made
It's astonishing to think about how far gaming technology has come in the past few decades. At one point, 8-bit home consoles were the pinnacle of home entertainment. Then in the 90s came the first 3D consoles. The early 2000s saw the advent of online multiplayer gaming. Today, graphics and gameplay continue to reach inspiring new levels, and the companies behind today's biggest consoles show no sign of slowing down. This list chronicles some of the most important and most famous gaming consoles from every generation.