Okay, so we only picked this one because it sounds hilarious ... but these two games are also worthy foes.
When it comes to casual, addictive games, Plants vs. Zombies is one of the best. Unlike your Farmvilles and your Bejeweleds, this game is not one that hardcore gamers are ashamed to admit they love.
We continue our run of difficult choices with this week's battle. We're calling on role-playing connoisseurs (and/or professors) for help with these two PC classics - both are immersive and addictive; neither, somewhat annoyingly, is currently available on Steam. Diablo II is kicking ass in our poll; Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, not so much.
The Grand Theft Auto games are okay. But when Rockstar took the GTA formula, streamlined it a bit, and dressed it up in Old West garb, the result was one of my favorite games to come along in quite some time. Rockstar goes period again with its next big release, 2011's L.A. Noire, which is set in Los Angeles of the 1940s.
Well, the same week that the Supreme Court heard a case about free speech in video games, we coincidentally selected a battle between two of the most violent, brutal, bloody action games of all time. Mortal Kombat was released amid a great deal of controversy over its portayal of beheadings and organ removals.
In an interview at the Brattle Theatre, acclaimed director and maestro of the mystical Guillermo del Toro discussed The Fall, the second installment of his The Strain trilogy. He also payed homage to the video games he's come to know and love (and even make), and put the smack-down on America's favorite movie critic Robert Ebert for claiming that "video games can never be art."
For me, this may be one of our most difficult calls yet. I’ve already said nice things about both of these games. They’re two of my favorites. Maybe I just enjoy time travel and scientists of questionable skill?
Day of the TentacleCurrently not doing so hot in our poll. Revolves around a nerd, a mad scientist, a bizarre young woman, and a proto-Jack-Black-ish slob in their attempts to get a diamond to power the time machine that will send them back in the past one day in order to prevent the evil Purple Tentacle from carrying out his nefarious plans.
Some of you are likely aware of the Laser Orgy 500, our current ongoing battle to crown the greatest video game of all time. We've received roughly one gazillion votes in this thing, and we've tried to stay out of it because, for the most part, you're all doing a great job with it. The Top 100 is almost perfect.
VOTE NOW: The Laser Orgy 500 - the Phoenix's quest to crown the greatest video game of all time.
The Sims and World of Warcraft both came out in the early aughts, the former in 2000 and the latter in 2004. The franchises are two of the most popular franchises of all time, alongside Myst, believe it or not -- but unlike Myst, these two games have had years of expansion packs and upgrades.
The name of this Halo: Reach tournament, "Fight Like A Girl," is enough to get me to raise my hackles, but don't worry, these women mean well. Kari Toyama and Tasha Pettengill have been running the FLAG Halo tourney for five years, every October, in association with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone can enter, and the $10 entry fee ($20 for groups) goes towards breast and cervical cancer research.
In our past featured battles, we've compared games from similar genres or similar games from different eras. But the wily Laser Orgy 500 cares not whether its mash-ups are rhetorically logical. Sometimes, the ol' LO500 will pick two games from completely different time periods and genres, and expect you to reasonably compare them.
A truly immersive gaming experience hinges on atmosphere.
And I would argue that few video games burrow under our skin as
effectively as the ones that drop us into the middle of a desolate
universe, and force us to Figure Shit Out in wordless solitude. It's
what's made the Metroid series so haunting. (Until Team Ninja decided to take a rusty icepick to Samus Aran's prefrontal lobe
So how's your March of next year looking? Well, block off the 11th through the 13th, because that's when PAX is happening. Next year's version will be at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. That's bigger than the Hynes Convention Center, where the 2010 model took place, but at the same time, it's probably smart to register now
Those ladies will be fine. But that guy's doomed.
Here's the latest in scientists looking for a link between games and real-life behavior: Brad Bushman of Ohio State and Bryan Gibson of Central Michigan University conducted a study that investigates whether playing a violent game and thinking about the game for 24 hours afterward has a negative effect the following day.
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