Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekly Link Round-Up

An early link review this week, full of approval, sorrow, and laughter. We'll start out with the sad faces first to get it out of the way:

- Guillermo Del Toro feels pretty slighted by video games right now. He's had 2 titles in development go under, and now he's not sure if he can attempt it again. He spoke with IGN regarding the fall of Silent Hills and his vision with Kojima.

"What we wanted to do with the game – and we were very much in agreement on this – was to take the technology and make it as cutting-edge as we could in creating terror in the house. The idea was very, very atmosphere-drenched."

Because of this mess with Konam, Del Toro doesn't feel like he can go back to games. They will be a medium he will not conquer after the unexpected changes.

- On the lighter side of things, Geek.com released a list of 11 video games that are good for couples to play. And for once, the list is good. Really good. I questioned a game or two, such as Nidhogg, only because they may breed resentment when you kick your boyfriends ass. He may pout about it for a few days.

But as a whole, this a strong list, including well known, Triple A titles, to independent developers. If you haven't played Monaco yet, I highly recommend it. It's a top-down sneaking game where you can play as one of 4 character types. Your goal is to win the heist for each level without getting caught. It's simplistic game play is well balanced with the stylized art, so you feel more involved in the action then you would anticipate.

The suggestion for Borderlands 2 is also great, but your partner needs to have a childish sense of humor. There's no way to avoid it.

- This last one will have you shaking your head at the utter failure in editing. Which is why it's so darn funny. The Nottingham Post released an op-ed by one of their staff writers, on the Top 10 Retro Games. If you're fooled by the images, I was to.

Whomever the editor was in regards to the digital content failed at it. Miserably. Most of the images do not properly reflect the content on the list. Final Fantasy 9 for Final Fantasy 7? Pokemon Sapphire for Red/Blue? Metal Gear Solid 2 for MGS1? And the images used for GTA3 are a modified version of a "fan remake" done through photoshop.

A 5 second Google search would have yielded better results. Way to go Nottingham Post. We will laugh at your failure today.

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