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Bloodborne and H.P. Lovecraft (Spoi...

Shoggoths, tentacles and sanity meters. Let's see how much Lovecraft there is in Bloodborne! Warning: this video spoils pretty much everything....

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Review: Axiom Verge

At the time of uploading, Axiom Verge is only available on the PS4 on the PSN Store here: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/axiom-verge...

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Review: Pillars of Eternity

Disclaimer: One time at Dragon Con I had a soda with Chris Avellone and he said I was a cool dude for playing 250 hours of New Vegas. Pillars o...

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8th Gen Console Gaming: The Bunnyho...

Birds fly, fish swim, and George hates consoles: Also, here's a PNG of my Mii avatar so you can stick him on your Christmas cards or whatever: ...

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Two Months Later, Gone Home Is Still Asking Us What A Game Actually Is

Two months ago, I made a Gone Home review and said that I'd like to follow it up with an in-depth, deeper and more spoiler-sprinkled sec...

Bloodborne and H.P. Lovecraft (Spoilers!)

Shoggoths, tentacles and sanity meters. Let’s see how much Lovecraft there is in Bloodborne!

Warning: this video spoils pretty much everything. Almost all the endings, optional bosses, monsters, item descriptions. Everything.

A free anthology of Lovecraft stories can be found here. I reccomend starting with Call of Cthulhu, then Innsmouth, then the Mountains of Madness: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600031h.html

Review: Axiom Verge

At the time of uploading, Axiom Verge is only available on the PS4 on the PSN Store here: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/axiom-verge/cid=UP2149-CUSA01230_00-AXIOMVERGE001PS4

Due to indie game funding politics, it’ll be coming to PC and other platforms around “May”

Review: Pillars of Eternity

Disclaimer: One time at Dragon Con I had a soda with Chris Avellone and he said I was a cool dude for playing 250 hours of New Vegas.

Pillars of Eternity on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/291650/
Gog: http://www.gog.com/game/pillars_of_eternity_hero_edition

8th Gen Console Gaming: The Bunnyhop Review

Birds fly, fish swim, and George hates consoles:

Also, here’s a PNG of my Mii avatar so you can stick him on your Christmas cards or whatever: http://i.imgur.com/XKSJ0Ee.png

This video uses music from Kevin Macleod at incompetech.com/

Last week on the TOVG podcast, we eschewed newstalk so that we could just chit-chat about games casually. Which devolved into arguing about which Fallout is the best Fallout, of course:

http://www.thatonevideogamer.com/podcasts/the-tovg-podcast-41-the-great-fallout-war/

Review: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Do you like hurting other people?

Hotline Miami 2 on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/274170/

Australian viewers, I’ve heard that Gamersgate and Get Games Go might work:

http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-HM2SE/hotline-miami-2-wrong-number-digital-special-edition

http://www.getgamesgo.com/product/hotline-miami-2-collectors-edition

George got a PS4 and played a lot of games on it this week also. Hear about it on the TOVG podcast: http://www.thatonevideogamer.com/tag/tovg-podcast/

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Retro Review: Policenauts

This week I went back and finally checked out Kojima’s forbidden fruit: Policenauts. What did I think?

GDC talk and Maxis getting the axes this week on the TOVG podcast: http://www.thatonevideogamer.com/tag/tovg-podcast/

Supplementary materials:
Policenauts fan translation project: http://policenauts.net/english/
Hideo Kojima interview on Game Center CX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wPAVBNjQ0o
1996 Kojima interview on Policenauts: http://shmuplations.com/policenauts/
Retroware TV’s Policenauts retrospective: http://retrowaretv.com/policenauts-retrospective-a-video-game-odyssey/

I know I was rough on it, but goddammit that’s a great soundtrack.

 

Let’s Talk About Game Length

It’s not the length that matters, it’s the… meh.

Readings:

https://bradbambara.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/respecting-time-investment/

https://mentalgaming.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/why-so-focused-on-game-length/

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/197181/When_choice_is_bad_finding_the_sweet_spot_for_player_agency.php

Just a really useful website in general: http://howlongtobeat.com/

REmake vs. REmake Remake vs. Resident Evil

Hey let’s talk about good games for once. If it’s a version of Resident Evil, it’s probably gonna be a good game.

REmake Remake is on Steam here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/304240/
And here’s a .png of Wesker’s face so you can stick it on pictures of athletes or make stickers out of it I dunno: http://imgur.com/OqXFSuy

Alien’s Influence

Everything old is new again as we look at the cyclical history of making, re-making and ripping off Alien games.

WARNING: This video contains quite a few flashing lights because it also contains spoilery footage from the first two Alien films.

Google translate this page for an entertaining list of Alien ripoffs, references, lookalikes and homages in classic games: http://www.geocities.jp/yadayo8/eiga/alien.html

How Design Trends Ruin Great Games

I was originally going to title this “Every Game is Exactly The Same” but then that’d be casting *slightly* too wide a net.

Find more George on the TOVG podcast: http://www.thatonevideogamer.com/tag/tovg-podcast/

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