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01

Sep
2013

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thoughts

By petrostudio

All Hail-O

On 01, Sep 2013 | No Comments | In games, thoughts | By petrostudio

I’ve raved (and ranted) before on here about games and the quality storytelling that is often overlooked when pundits wax philosophical about the violence our kids are exposed to. Unfortunately, conflict (and therefore violence of varying degrees) is an inherent part of storytelling. I challenge you to find a compelling, interesting story on TV, in books or movies, or any artistic, storytelling medium that does not involve conflict of some kind.

It can’t be done, because conflict is what defines storytelling.

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27

Apr
2013

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rants

By petrostudio

a testament of sherlock’s turds

On 27, Apr 2013 | No Comments | In games, rants | By petrostudio

As I’ve mentioned before, I subscribe to Gamefly, which is essentially Netflix for games. I usually add games to my queue that I would not buy myself, or that didn’t strike me at first, but upon reading reviews, look interesting. I do, often times, find some gems along the way.

This is not one of them.

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02

Oct
2012

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By petrostudio

the state of the story

On 02, Oct 2012 | No Comments | In games, thoughts | By petrostudio

A lot of ballyhoo (that’s right, I said it) has been made about whether or not Blizzard Entertainment, and a lot of game makers, actually, are hitting or missing with their current crop of games. Since we are in a Cycle of Sequels (my Journey cover band in high school) the comparison is constantly made to the past of game development and little to do with the current state of the industry.

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16

Aug
2012

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games

By petrostudio

mists

On 16, Aug 2012 | No Comments | In film, games | By petrostudio

So, the latest cinematic trailer for the latest World of Warcraft expansion has been premiered at Gamescom in Cologne. These cinematics are some of the best CG ever created, from the original through three expansions to the last, Cataclysm. Mists of Pandaria looks to be an interesting game, but it has spawned what seems to be the best of the cinematic trailers.

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05

Aug
2012

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By petrostudio

double dead darkness

On 05, Aug 2012 | No Comments | In games | By petrostudio

I’m a Gamefly member. It’s a good service, though at times I find myself holding onto a game for so long it actually costs me more in membership fees than to buy it outright.

I typically buy the really top level games that I know I will want, reserving the “lesser” titles I’m interested in to Gamefly. Sometimes, you stumble upon something that is really worthwhile. This is not one of those times.

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12

Jun
2012

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By petrostudio

heavy rain

On 12, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In games | By petrostudio

It’s rare to find a video game that is actually moving. Hell, it’s next to impossible. Even those touting “choice” and “morality“, in the end, just come up short 99% of the time. It’s not often you even find a movie that really touches you anymore.

Let me introduce you to Heavy Rain.

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