Friday, February 25, 2011

Zelda Turns 25

So The Legend of Zelda turned 25 recently (hey, Nintendo, where's our Zelda All-Stars compilation?), and the guys/gals at 1up have produced a daunting retrospective spanning the entire history of the Zelda series. Seriously, you could be the biggest Zelda fan of all time and find a bunch of crazy crap in here that you've never seen before. Nutso Japanese Zelda commercials. Zelda cover songs. And the entirety of the NES original built in Minecraft.

For real:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Skyrim Love

This is great:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Yars' Revenge's Revenge

Yars' Revenge is consistently cited as one of the best games for the Atari 2600 platform, and for good reason. As I read on Joystiq last night, someone at Atari finally wised up and realized that it's time for a modern reboot.

I like the way they are going with it, although it would have been cooler if you were an actual bug alien and not a hot alien chick in a bug suit. But whatever, I'm just happy to see one of my old favorites getting a facelift. I wonder how it will be received. Most people who are playing games today were born after the original was released.

For a refresher, read The Qotile Ultimatum.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Alan Wake Revisited

Alan Wake, a game I liked but didn't love, is analyzed in this week's Escapist.
"Alan Wake is never a horror game, but a story about its own troubled development and the toll it took on the people who made it."
Whether you agree or disagree is really a question of whether or not you think a team of developers, working on a large project for years and years, could really be so self-referential when they need to also be entertaining and scary. Oh, and profitable.

Alan Wake was a game, in my opinion, that was never quite as good as the ideas behind it. I wanted to like it so much more than I did. The gameplay was fun but way too repetitive, and the story was compelling but convoluted. Great sound design, though.