My second day at PAX East began in the expo hall with an intense, emotional video. The Gambit Game Lab of MIT gathered some data about hate speech in gaming communities, and then they recorded actors performing the collected comments out loud. The video doesn't analyze the data collected or attempt to argue with the hate speech in any way, and the presenters at the booth told me they considered it to be more of an art project to increase awareness rather than an official study.
Castlevania and Metroid. The battles of the Belmont family and Samus Aran have long legacies all the way back to the original NES in ’86, and both parties are still duking it out with monsters and space pirates to the likes and dislikes of critics today (the Phoenix’s own Mitch Krpata gave Other M a resounding “meh”).
Mass Effect: Redemption, a series of prequel comics to Mass Effect 2, hit shelves last year. Now, a new Mass Effect comic about the events of the latest game is on the way. The comic spin-off plans to "follow the second game" -- hopefully that means new light shed on the story, rather than just a retread.
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