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Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

With Listmas taking place in the chilly grip of wintertime, it’s only natural that some of our lists reflect this icy time of year.  We’ve already covered snowy levels and chilly characters in past years, so it’s high time we discussed eight chilly songs that will surely have you buttoning up your coats and seeking out a hot mug of cocoa. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

Saturday Video Round Up: September 25 – October 1

It’s Saturday once again and alongside is a brand new edition of the Video Round Up. This is the weekly series that brings you the biggest and best trailers from the week that was. With the fall release season in full swing, there’s a lot of good stuff to get to, so lets dive right in! Here’s a small taste of what awaits you after the jump.

Arguably the biggest trailer this week came from EA and DICE who finally showed off the single player campaign in Battlefield 1. The trailer does a good job at not only humanizing the war through various characters, but depicting just how brutal and chaotic World War I actually was. It looks like players will be jumping between a few characters, seeing their stories unfold through the campaign.

Bethesda is really going full steam ahead on Dishonored 2 marketing. This week, they released two trailers, both featuring the same level, but played in entirely different ways. If you’re a fan of taking action and going in guns blazing, you’ll want to check out the high chaos clip. For you stealthy ghost players, the low chaos version might tickle your fancy.

I’ve also got new videos for Titanfall 2, Yooka-Laylee, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Petitions and Video Games Don’t Mix

Like many series, the Paper Mario games have been caught in a downward spiral from which they don’t yet seem capable of recovering.  While Super Paper Mario was certainly not the most popular game in the franchise, it was not until Sticker Star that I believe the series’ decay became clear.  Not long ago, I somehow managed to stumble across a trailer for the newest Paper Mario game, Color Splash for the Wii U.  I had not been looking for it, as I had lost interest in new entries for the series ever since its decline.  Nevertheless, I decided to check it out.

After watching this short video, my initial thoughts on the upcoming Paper Mario game were a bit muddled, to be honest.  It looked…cute, I suppose, and they definitely appeared to be taking the whole “paper” theme to new levels.  But was it going to be another traditional Paper Mario game like the original and The Thousand-Year Door or was it going to continue the unfortunate decline of a once great series?  It was rather difficult to judge the game too much based on one short video, but I had a strong feeling this game was leaning towards mimicking Sticker Star rather than any of the original Paper Mario games. Continue reading Petitions and Video Games Don’t Mix

Resonance: Fight Against Kajidoh

It’s probably been at least four years since I last played Super Mario RPG:  Legend of the Seven Stars at this point, and yet I can hum just about any track from it almost effortlessly. Earlier this week, The Duck of Indeed made a post talking about how having a lack of nostalgia for Super Mario RPG may have hampered their experience with the game, and that got me thinking. I grew up with this game, and yet I never really thought about what it was that kept me coming back to it. The battles are fun and the world is interesting, but not in any way that I’d say is particularly special. My conclusion then was that it was the game’s music that made it a timeless favorite, and “Fight Against Kajidoh” especially.

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#Listmas: Gaming’s Chilliest Characters

What’s Christmas without snow?  As a result, for my next listmas list, I thought it would be nice to list some chilly things, particularly chilly characters.  It’s surprising how many characters are fit for this most festive of seasons, so sit back and enjoy the Duck’s list of chilliest characters in gaming, good and bad.  Brr! Continue reading #Listmas: Gaming’s Chilliest Characters

Six Favorite Gaming Secrets…Or Maybe Five?

Image by Flickr user  Jason Devaun (CC)
Image by Flickr user Jason Devaun (CC)

All month long, United We Game is celebrating secrets, hoaxes, and trickery in games with a new writing challenge. Click here for the details and join in the fun!


I’m not much of an artist when it comes to discovering secrets in games. While it seems that some players are imbued with a magical honing beacon that guides them towards easter egg after easter egg, for me, the act of finding secrets has mostly been the equivalent of blindly stumbling around in the dark hoping that I don’t impale myself on something sharp. I don’t necessarily go searching for secrets in games, so happening upon a secret something-or-other is a pretty special feat. Over the years I’ve run into a fair share of extraordinary moments where I feel like Indiana Jones grabbing that golden idol. And the giant rolling boulder of Internet spoilers isn’t enough to make me feel any less superior at those times when I discover something I hadn’t before. Here’s a rundown of some six memorable secrets I’ve come across in the games I’ve played.

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Community Post: Mario, You Lead and I Shall Follow

Image by Flickr user ManuelSagra
Image by Flickr user ManuelSagra

No matter how many times Mario’s adventures are hashed and rehashed, games that prominently feature that famous plumber, his princess, and that evil dinosaur we call Bowser, remain fresh, fun, and playable dozens of times over. Mario games are level-driven games — you’ve got to make your way through stages or levels in a series of worlds in order to reach the final battle with Bowser. And only a few games, like Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG, have deviated from the platformer tradition started by Super Mario Bros. Despite that fact the games usually contain worlds of similar themes, each is unique in presentation and design. Even so, I will never cheer upon traversing a snowy/icy world because Mario is already slippery enough, no matter how many penguin suits he owns. I will never get excited for those pre-Bowser, fire worlds, as I will never have enough patience with lava and fireballs. So when it comes to my favorite Mario levels, there will be nary an ice storm or fire waterfall in site. But there will be something “big.” Curious? Read on!

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