Hey, did you know that videogames are made by people? It's true! Real, live people with their own unique thoughts, opinions, personalities and senses of humor. Imagine the stories such people might tell… especially when discussing the thing they spent literally thousands of hours struggling to put together.
This, after all, is why movies have director tracks, why books have forewords and why albums have liner notes – discovering an artist's creative process, no matter what the medium, is fascinating. So why don't more games give us that glimpse?
Portal did. Today, we learned that Monkey Island 2 Special Edition will as well. Here are the next five games we'd like to learn everything about...
After pumping goodness knows how much time, energy and capital into their baby, the last thing a developer wants is for it to fade into bargain bins unnoticed. You could tie it to a well-loved motion picture, thus ensuring a pre-existing audience… but what if you can’t afford the license? Then it’s time for what charitable reviewers might call “paying homage!” Here are 20 games that are just really, really big fans of their cinematic cousins… copyright be damned.
Paul WS Anderson is the director of Mortal Kombat (but not the sequel, so, kudos) and the first Resident Evil pic (ditto, though he's returning for the fourth installment). He's also the producer of DOA: Dead or Alive and the development hell-bound Castlevania movie (which he was also going to direct until he left the project for Death Race, which was basically Carmageddon starring the bloke from Crank). He's just announced that after all these movies based on videogames, he finally wants to just out and make the games themselves. So whose footsteps will he be following?
While playing a bit of Spirit Tracks I bumped into a tiny old man named Niko, who’s apparently been a part of Link and Zelda’s watery quests since the Wind Waker days. After that revelation shook its way through my bones, I realized, oh hey, his name’s Niko… as in Niko Bellic!
26 more cases of "Oh, that's interesting" inside!
Puns are awesome. We know this. You know this. Donkey King Kong knows this. That's we've taken our two favourite things in the Solar System, namely games and movies, and mashed them up in the name of good punnery. So prepare to look at the Man With No Name and Tony Montana in a new light, as we blend famous film characters with gaming's finest heroes.
Sometimes really great and really shit things go together like an unhappy married couple who've stuck it out for 40 years. Lollipops and tooth-terrorising drills at the dentist, six pints of lager and a ruinous hangover and, occasionally, rubbish characters and great games. And it's testament to the following titles' awesomeness that they somehow stayed afloat in spite of their hateful captains.
Ever wondered who's bigger out of God of War's Gaia and the Riftworm from Gears of War 2? Of course you have. That's why we've created pretty much the biggest image on the interwebs to showcase the biggest baddies in games and how they match up to each other size wise. Click on either of the preview images below to see the image in all its gargantuan glory.
3D is everywhere. It’s in megaton films with shitty blue aliens. It’s in magazines. Hell, it’s invading the upcoming GOTY version of Batman: Arkham Asylum. So we thought it was high time we start daydreaming about other games we’d love to see in that wacky dimension they call… the third (Duh! Duh! Duh!)
There are strong rumours flying around those webs of the inter variety that Guerrilla
Going to a pizza joint when you were a kid meant two things, Pizza (duh), and playing the Neo Geo Multi Video System(MVS). One nerdy dude has decide to express his love for the big red cabinet the only way he knows how, ironic Nerdcore rapping. Backed by a catchy chiptune track, the comically geeky looking, dude raps about Metal Slug, King of Fighters, Bust-a-Move and all the other classics that entertained us while we waited for the large
Last year, we ran a feature where we turned popular videogames into chocolate bars. The comments on that feature were so choc-full of great ideas, we thought we'd revisit it and give them the same treatment. We've given each contributor a shout-out, so you can tell them how witty and clever you think they are.
And so to the chocolate - which one would you eat first?
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