1) BioWare’s Gay Planet
2) Super Mario World as a Modding Community Playground
3) Electronic Arts president John Riccitiello vs. United States vice president Joe Biden
4) Modern pop artists in game music composition
5) Game-Inspired Hairstyles for your Girl/Boyfriend
6) Title schema for future Pokémon games
7) A report card for Platinum Games
8) The best power-up in a video game (and what constitutes a power-up)
9) Why Capcom hates Mega Man 10) How to inflate your game’s metascore
Plus, a lightning round with results to be judged by you the listener! E-mail who you think did the best job to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again to Andrew Toups, who did all the sound editing again. Music for this episode includes Sleater Kinney’s “Oh!” and Pizzicato Five’s “Trailer Music” and “It’s a Beautiful Day”.
Lots of you have been requesting the Best Games of All Time list from a couple weeks ago, so I’ll post it here for your consultation. Don’t like these results? You can influence the 2014 Edition by e-mailing your nominations to email@example.com. Get to it!
-alex jaffe is particularly fond of Zexion’s hair in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) Chrono Trigger (SNES) Tetris (Various) OutRun 2 (Arcade) Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (Arcade) EarthBound (SNES) Mother 3 (GBA) God Hand (PS2) The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB) The Secret of Monkey Island (DOS) Half-Life 2 (PC) Another World (Amiga) Sid Meier’s Civilization (PC) Bonk’s Revenge (TurboGrafx-16) Shadow of the Colossus (PS2) Minecraft (PC) Cave Story (PC) Super Metroid (SNES) Final Fantasy Tactics (PS) PONG (PONG)
Kid, I hear you got beaten up at school the other day. Got hit real bad, didn’t ya? Who were you fighting with? I bet he used Ken, didn’t he. There, there, son–calm down. It’s okay. That’s what I’m here for.
I would have published it here, though I love attention (evidence: 5,500 Twitter followers, posting something on the internet right now, etc), and also Kotaku gives me enough money to buy a new pair of shoes with every article I write.
I was going to make it a top ten list, and then I decided I’d had almost enough of people complaining about the length of my articles, so I restricted myself to eight. Kotaku is a Real Journalism Website, so I was working with a deadline: I didn’t have time to put any sort of squeeze on the text to make it ten snappy entries instead of eight roomy ones. Oh, well!
2012 has been a fantastic year for videogames. Seems like every week a new game came out that overtook my Twitter feed with OMG YOU MUST PLAY THIS, every month a new genre suddenly experiencing a revival (interactive metavisual novel fictions? Tell me more!), every season another paradigm-subverting something or another (if you don’t have time to choke down Spec Ops: The Line, go play Frog Fractions, it’s, like, the same thing).
So how do you put together a list of the Top Ten Videogames of 2012? Well, in my case, you don’t: For one, I have probably played only barely more than ten games this year, most of them weren’t released this year, and anyway, ranking games is kind of boring. Better, I think, to talk about the games I played that were interesting, and what they made me feel, however flawed they might be. That certainly makes more sense than Patrick Miller’s Top 5 Games of 2012, anyway. Here it is: Ten games I played in 2012.
The Oakland Three reminisces upon the highlights of this fiscal year through the lens of events in the world of the video game entertainment medium. The topics discussed are these:
0) Tim’s victory assignment
1) The most memorable moment in a video game this year
2) The greatest disappointment this year
3) Who won 2012
4) Video Games’ Person of the Year
5) 2012: Year of the Kickstarter
6) Vita vs. Wii U
7) New Year’s Resolutions
8) Game of the Year 2013
9) Closing thoughts
Sound editing provided by Andrew Toups, with music from The Zombies (“This Will Be Our Year”) and Neu! (Fur Immer). Next week, we will finally settle once and for all (until next year) what should be considered the Greatest Game of All Time. There have been a whole lot of video games, though, so we are only considering those nominated by you, the listener: e-mail your choice for Best Game Ever to firstname.lastname@example.org, and who knows? We may just prove you right.
-alex jaffe believes that while 2012 was pretty nice overall, it was no 2010
In a recent press conference, the National Rifle Association blamed violent media as being largely responsible for the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. As evidence of this they cited several well-known video games, including:
Grand Theft Auto
Today, insert credit’s own Hollywood correspondent Vito Gesualdi takes a look at one of these classic titles, to see whether such a widely celebrated game could really push a potential killer over the edge.
1. Video games of Christmas Past
2. Fighting games as an Olympic event
3. Comedy in Japanese games vs. comedy in American games
4. Adrien Brody’s Predators: The Official Game of the Movie
5. Santa Games
6. What defines a good side quest
7. Chun-Li as a sex icon
8. Mid-nineties mascot design
9. The Grateful Dead of video games?
10. A GOD HAND Christmas Miracle
And, of course, our music list:
Lemon Demon – BRODYQUEST
Add N to (X) – Metal Fingers In My Body
Add N to (X) – Revenge Of The Black Regent
Sound editing provided by Andrew Toups. Join us next week for our end of the year podcast! We’ve already revealed our Game of the Year, but there’s plenty more to talk about where that came from. And, in TWO weeks, we will begin what we hope will be an annual tradition where we re-evaluate the Best Video Games of All Time. If you’d like us to consider a game, submit your nomination to email@example.com, and follow the news in our Facebook group.
“Yabba Dabba Doo”
-alex jaffe (as made famous by Fred Flintstone, as made even more famous by tim rogers)
1. Q*Bert, narrated
2. Anatomy of a Fake Gamer
3. Internal Game Economies
4. SimCity wish lists
5. The Spike TV Video Game Awards: for your consideration
6. Essential music for Grand Theft Auto V 7. Wikipedia: The Game
8. The history of games as a male activity
9. Overused protagonist archetypes
10. The most pretentious video game ever made
Music: Francoise Hardy – “Le Temps d’Amour”
Jacques Dutronc – “Les Playboys”
France Gall – “Teeny Weeny Boppie”
Francoise Hardy – “Ce Petit Coeur”