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Finding a Home in Video Games

Let me say right away that this piece is not about how I feel at home in the world of video games. That’s a very different post, one which I sort of already wrote. Also note that this piece has a spoiler in the final section (“Bethesda Does It Right”) about Skyrim’s Dark Brotherhood questline.

I’m beginning to realize how much I prefer open-world games to linear experiences. So much of my life is dictated by outside forces that I treasure the option to explore or goof around or experiment in a game world. Indeed, a case might be made that linear games don’t really let us experience a game world so much as one narrow strip of activity within a world. But there’s something else too.

I’ve realized the importance of home in an open-world game.

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VG Playdate: Red Dead Redemption

Celebrate Father’s Day with the most interesting father in recent video game history — John Marston. Saddle up and let’s ride!

When: Sunday 17 June 2012 at 6pm GMT (1pm EST) Game: Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360) Send FRs/PMs to: DukeSkath, ChinChinny, Veterangamersuk

And to whet your whistle, here’s a beautiful RDR time-lapse montage.

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VG Playdate: Red Dead on Sunday 31 July

Saddle up, pardners! We’re heading out for some rootin-tootin good times in the great western frontier. Grab your six-guns and get ready to ride, shoot, and lasso some goooooood times.

When: Sunday 31 July 2011 at 6pm GMT (1pm EST) Game: Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360) Send FRs to: DukeSkath, ChinChinny, Veterangamersuk


Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare Review

So it’s fair to say that we have been overrun with Zombie games in the last two years. Between Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Rising 2 and World At War Nazi Zombies and some others that I won’t take the time to mention, there has been plenty to choose from.

I guess the question is, why should we put our billy bucks down on Undead Nightmare?

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Fun Videos and Pix

I’ve been saving some fun video game-related videos from around the internets. Enjoy!

Ed Ward for Mayor of SimCity

First up: From CollegeHumor, a campaign ad for the incumbent mayor of SimCity.

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New Covers for Classic Games

A year ago I stumbled onto DJ Molloc’s clever new covers for video games, taking a page from the Criterion Collection covers. I got inspired and made some of my own (posted further down). Today I got the urge to make some more. So here they are. (Click for full size.)

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Pachter Wrong About Alan Wake and RDR

In a recent interview with IndustryGamers, video-games seer Michael Pachter admitted that he was totally wrong about the fortunes of both Alan Wake and Red Dead Redemption.

Part of the reason for my erroneous lack of confidence in RDR is that I thought Alan Wake would be a blockbuster.

Now obviously this isn’t a

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