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Retro City Rampage Review

After the dust subsided in the great video game crash of 1983, a new era arose from the ashes with the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. Gaming became cool. Everyone had an NES. Brothers and sisters played it together, friends came over to play, and even mom and dad played from time to time. Wonky marketing images of overly happy families playing in the living room together were a big thing during 80s advertising, but they weren’t too far from the truth. There was something special about growing up during the life cycle of the NES. If you grew up with the NES, then you were lucky enough to experience the Nintendo vs. Sega war during the 16-bit generation. No one seemed to really know what bits were, but it held great weight in arguments. The time of the NES was a...
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Hotline Miami Review

If Hotline Miami came out in the 90s, it would not have needed the PR-stirred hype that the original Grand Theft Auto (you know, the top-down one with all the over-the-top gore) went for in order to gain media attention. This thing is bloody, challenging, bloody, murderous, bloody, and dare I say, original. It’s basically a Super Meat Boy-esque murder simulator set in an alternative 1989 Miami full of animal masks and psychotic episodes. Sounds like my cup of tea, but is it anything like what you’re interested in? The game starts with a very short tutorial level in an unspecified location. The very first line of dialog comes from a green-eyed hobo who tells you that he’s going to teach you how to kill people. After maiming three individuals with different weapons (hands, baseball bat, shotgun), the tutorial ends. You are then thrown into a surreal...
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A New Hope for Videogame Movies

The relationship between video games and movies is a rock one, to say the least. More often than not game-to-movie adaptions and game fans end up in bitter and unloving relationships that end in nasty divorce. However, just like real life, there is the exception to the rule. Films like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, or Hitman are at least watchable and have received lukewarm reception from the general public, even if they were just loose adaptions of the games. I get it though, it’s hard to stuff 6+ hours of gameplay into a two hour movie. But hey, I can still want more from my video game movies. Fortunately, it looks like Ubisoft is going to try and bridge the gap with the film adaption of Assassin’s Creed. Ubisoft has created Ubisoft Motion Pictures who will be handling their video game film adaptions. For the...
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