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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

Why Are Simulation Games Fun?

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Welcome again one and all, ladies and gentlemen, Sim and Mii alike. This is The Roost, and today we will be talking about what exactly makes simulation games fun. With the insane success of games like Simcity, Goat Simulator, and Tomodachi Life, we have to wonder why? What makes simulating life [whether it be of people, goats, or airports] such an interesting concept for a game? I mean aren’t games supposed to be a way to escape life?

Welcome once again to the Roost, we’ve been covering video game console history recently so you’d think we’d be doing it again. Nope! I’m sick of history so instead lets talk ideology. Welcome to The Roost, and this is an examination of the Ms. Male Character, the Smufette principle and the relationship between the industry and women.

Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00

Narrative Pacing: The Oddity of Games

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After playing Dragon Age: Origins, enigma muses on the difference regarding narrative pacing of games as opposed to other forms of media.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

The Roost: The History of Xbox

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Welcome, once again, to The Roost. Microsoft, computer software company, multibillion dollar name, Bill Gates. This is the story of how the company responsible for one of the biggest operating systems of all time broke into the gaming market, and how they would succeed where the likes of Atari and Sega would fail.

Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00

Impressions: Dragon Age Origins

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Enigma finishes his playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins and has a lot to say about it.

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

The Roost: The History of Playstation

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Hello one and all, and welcome once again to The Roost. Many of us know about the big three of Wii, Xbox, and Playstation, but did you ever wonder where Sony even got the idea to make a game console? I mean they’re a company that made VCRs and TVs why would they get into the game business? Well believe it or not it all started because of Nintendo. This time on The Roost we look at the beginnings of one of the big 3, the Sony Playstation series.

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

Impressions: Vagrant Story

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Enigma plays Vagrant Story and talks about his feeling on it.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

Sef's Infamous Game Gallery: Mario's Time Machine

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It seems that Bowser, the king of all koopas, is at it once again. His attempts to melt all of Antarctica with a ton of industrial strength hair dryers failing, Bowser wondered how else he could take over the world that we live in.  Then, the evil king got an idea: Time Travel!

Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00

The Roost: A History of Handheld Gaming: Part 2

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Welcome back to The Roost and our retelling of the history of handheld gaming. Last time we covered the early LCD games, Atari Lynx, and the beloved Game Boy line of handhelds. This week we’ll be going over the Nintendo DS family and Sony’s line of handhelds in as much depth as I can. We can’t start from the beginning this time, so we’ll start from the year 2004.

Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00

Kingdom Hearts 2: Why Does It Irk Me?

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Enimga discusses some of the more negative aspects of Kingdom Hearts 2, and how they may have set the tone for the rest of the series.

Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00

Impressions: Murdered: Soul Suspect

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Enigma goes into his thoughts and opnions on Murdered: Soul Suspect. Does it stand a ghost of a chance, or is it haunted by its flaws?

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00

Character Analysis: Aiden Pearce

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Enigma explains why he feels that Watch_Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce is a complete sociopathic monster.

Monday, 09 June 2014 00:00

The Roost: A History of Handheld Gaming: Part 1

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Welcome once again to The Roost. I’d like to apologize for my tartiness this week, I had some technical issues on my end before I was able to finish this piece. Now that we’re back in action I’d like to ask you: What do you think of when you hear the word “gaming”? A new console? A high-end computer maybe? What about your old Game Boy sitting in the corner of your room? Well, that’s the topic of today’s article, what came before the Game Boy and the massive success of handhelds after it. But if we’re going to talk about the Game Boy, we should go back to the beginning.

With so much being said about video games and the claims being thrown around of their supposed side effects, is there really any proof that they have an effect on anyone at all? Baruti has the answer.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Sef's Obscure Game Gallery: Ristar

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In the furthest expanses of our universe lies the solar system of Valdi. This system is comprised of six planets, each with their own life forms and unique culture. At the center of this galaxy is a nebula of stars where the guardian of this system and his son, Ristar, live. Everything was as it was until a dark shadow was cast along the planets. The evil space pirate, Kaiser Greedy, has decided that Valdi will be his own universe. To accomplish this deed, the tyrant used his mind control abilities to take over the rulers, allowing him full control over the system. On the tropical planet, Flora, the king and his followers gather at the shrine of the guardian. He makes a desperate plea for help right before Riho, one of Greedy’s minions, snatches him. There was one thing that the leader did not count on when he made his plea. The guardian of the system was kidnapped and taken prisoner. The plea, however, did make its way to Ristar. Knowing that both his dad and the galaxy were in danger, Ristar takes the wish and slings his way to planet Flora.

 

Monday, 26 May 2014 00:00

Impressions: Transistor

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Engima expresses his thoughts and opinions on Transistor, the hot new release by SuperGiant Games, the makers of Bastion.

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

The Roost: The Future of FPS Games

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This is a topic I’ve wanted to get to for a while now, but I had to wait and see what would become of Titanfall before I could make a good estimate as to where FPS games were going. Now that it’s popularity has sadly died down, I believe it’s finally time to talk about the direction I expect to see FPS games going in the next few years.

Enigma makes the bold claim that Final Fantasy X-2 handles faction gameplay better than Skyrim.

Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

The Roost: Why Do Video Game Movies Fail?

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Hello and welcome once again to The Roost. Video game movies, we all dread them, mostly because they’re just not good. It almost seems like something about our medium just doesn’t get along with movies. But it has to be deeper than that doesn’t it? How can a video game series as beloved as Mortal Kombat spawn such a bad movie, or a movie like Harry Potter be turned into such a sub-par experience when turned into a game. Today on The Roost we’ll try to find the answer.

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