Mario is a cultural phenomenon. Final Fantasy is epic. Resident Evil, Fallout, Diablo... all of these classic franchises will eventually be tossed away, but they won't be stamped with expiration dates anytime in the foreseeable future.
Other franchises started growing mold before they even left the grocery store shelves.
The somehow-less-inspired franchises may sell millions, contain lovable
Gears of War’s Lancer is perhaps one of the finest “default” weapons in any videogame ever. Awesome firepower aside, the Lancer’s gratuitous chainsaw bayonet is capable of chewing enemies into puddles of gore. When we heard that a special bundle was shipping with a battery-operated replica Lancer, we knew we had to have it. Oh yes, it must be ours…
Nobody really expected Lego Star Wars to be as good as it was, or to sell as well as it did, when the game dropped in 2005 - but developer Traveller's Tales surprised us all by turning what should have been the ultimate crappy licensed game into a fun, well-designed runaway hit. Since then, the Lego-game dynasty has grown to include Indiana Jones and Batman, both based on existing Lego toy lines, and both fun despite being essentially
No one really breaks their controllers in a fit of unchecked aggression for failing in difficult games like Ninja Gaiden II. That doesn’t mean we don’t secretly glance at our systems periodically and crave to bash the ever-loving crap out of what we hold dear as some sort of cathartic release. Well, you can’t. After all, gaming is an expensive hobby/lifestyle/deviance.
Dogs may be known to some as simple leg-humping bastards that like to lick your face after chomping on their own feces. But even the most ardent members from the anti-canine camp can’t deny the powerful comfort provided by a dog’s unwavering loyalty and the charm of its waggling tail.
Free customised games machines for rich people, hacked-up old games machines for technical folk and colourful stitching from the knitting needles of online crafters. That’s all in a month’s work for the Nintendo community.
Oh my divided stars and garters, there’s an election going on! And a damn important one at that. Kinda makes you want to know the issues, what’s at stake, which candidate addresses your interests, stuff like that. But golly, all that political jargon bores the shit out of us.
The Olympic games have been over for a week now and you may feel like it's left a big space in your life. In fact, it's now a bit weird to turn on the TV and not see someone rowing or running (or crying). But don't worry – you don't have to wait until 2012 to fill that void again. Why, you can do it all again with the wonder of gaming!
It's the turn of real-life developers to duke it out, dust it up and do each other over like blood-hungry gladiatorial champions. We've taken 16 of the industry's best-known, best-respected and most beautiful developers and smashed them head-to-head in an entirely make-believe orgy of violence. Let the fighting begin!
I was graced with hands which lust to create. I did not choose to live within the both splendorous and torturous tower of artistic wizardry; the tower chose me. I am an instrument of aesthetics, a humble child of Aphrodite.
The world may never fully understand the deep pit of hot coals which glows and sparks with creativity within me, but I must attempt to impart some of my insight to the world. Raise your pencils and feel the passion build within you. Someday you too may be able to draw Mario as well as I.