The ninth installation to the Call of Duty franchise
There’s no question that games exist to make money. After all, that’s what the point of a product is: to sell units and make a profit. Many franchises over gaming’s history have made countless amounts of money, selling millions of units to consumers of all ages. Franchises like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Gears of War, and Halo. The companies behind these games take time to ensure that their products are not only of top quality, but that they space themselves out appropriately in order to give consumers enough time between their purchases. But what happens when the space between these games is at a minimum?
In that case, you get game franchises like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed. Now, there’s obviously nothing wrong with either of these game franchises. Obviously, some gamers wouldn’t like either of them. First-Person-Shooters aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and not everyone would enjoy a historical based action/adventure game. We’re all different and have different interests. However, there’s no denying the fact that both of these franchises are extremely successful. Every release of a Call of Duty game is met with news on how sales for that game have blown previous titles out of the water. And every Assassin’s Creed game seems to be getting better with every passing year, adding new features, gameplay elements, and continuing the story of Desmond Miles and his ancestors. Despite their success, are we being over-saturated with release after release year after year?
I was riding along in a car with my companion last year during a very heavy rain storm. He exclaimed, “Oh, gross, look out the window!” The road was covered in frogs. There seemed to be a layer of already-squished frogs under the layer that was hopping about wildly. There was no way to dodge these frogs, as they literally coated the entire road. It was a terrible frogpocalypse. I assume that a similar experience inspired the game that is the subject of this week’s song.
The Song: “Froggy’s Lament” by Buckner and Garcia
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Go, Froggy, go!
Ya gotta keep on hoppin’ ’till you get to the top
Go, Froggy, go!
Ya gotta keep on hoppin’; you can never stop!
Go, go, Froggy, go!
The Artist: Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia first started writing silly songs back in the 60s. Though only a small amount of their music is gaming-related, it’s what theyre best known for. They wrote an entire album entitled Pac-man Fever that contained nothing but arcade game-inspired songs (this week’s song being one of the works on said album).
Due to the album’s incredible popularity, it was re-released on CD in 1999. Because Sony Music Entertainment is made up of a bunch of giant tools, they refused to allow Buckner and Garcia access to their original recordings. The re-release therefore contains modern recordings of the songs. Unfortunately, the duo couldn’t find a Mousetrap machine, so that song sounds quite different on the re-release than on the original recording. Screw you, Sony!
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With E3 coming to a close, we’re left with just the screen shots and demos of many upcoming beautiful games. Games so awesome in fact, I can’t help but think of how much graphics have progressed over the years. Hell, even recently. The gaming world is making such huge advances, it’s mind blowing to even the biggest nerd. While I love epic graphics as much as the next gamer, even the ones that tend to make my desktop implode, I do enjoy a nice stroll down memory lane. At the very end of that nostalgic road, is our friend 8bit graphics.
Sure the 8bit hearts and bows have taken the geek world by storm lately, but what about everything else?
Minecraft takes us back to days where guns weren’t scarily accurate, and realistic looking monsters didn’t pop out to give you heart attacks at random points during the game. (Though I won’t downplay the horror that is a Creeper.) For a while 8 and 16 bit graphics were a sign of the past, and while they’ve always stayed in the hearts of life-long gamers, they became outdated. Even the classics were redone and revamped to mirror the graphics of the latest games.
Now it seems we’ve all reached a happy medium between them both. We have our PS3’s set up next to our old Nintendo’s. NES controllers are just as recognizable as Xbox 360′s are. It’s an age where all things are appreciated. Old graphics aren’t a sign that you aren’t up to date, it’s a sign that you still have a love for something that started it all. With the risk of this article making me sound much older than I actually am, I have to say I am in awe of what’s up and coming in the gaming world. Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back, blow on a cartridge or two, and re-live a much simpler gaming experience. As usual, my geeky rant is to be followed with an awesome treasury filled with items relating to it all!
Take a look at these awesome pixelated items.
Jackpot by Tom Preston
I don’t read comics much aside from the occasional manga (well, okay, my son and I read the entire Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z series not long ago, but aside from that). And it really surprised me that I’m not more interested in them, seeing how they combine reading and art – two of my favorite things. But they are definitely an art form worthy of being respected as such. When I create art, I want to create one scene or one story, and then move on to something else. Comic artists have to re-draw similar scenes and panels over and over to help convey their story. I drew a handful of pictures for a story book for my son once, but I don’t think I could draw a whole page of panels.
There are apparently a lot of artists and writers out there, however, that prefer this medium, judging by the plethora of web comics out there. I’ve had the pleasure of perusing these this week and I think I may be reading comics more often now, having found so many awesome ones, like the strip above by Tom Preston. He has a quite a few Nintendo strips as well as original art.
Direman.com is host to several comic strips, with The Adventures of Dave the Direman updated five days a week. Intermixed in this humorous rpg-based comic are strips based on current geek culture such as The Avengers and Diablo. The Skyrim strip below made me chuckle. (Click the pic to see the full view!) Viewing these comics is free, but if you like ‘em, you can help them out by donating through Paypal or clicking on their sponsors.
Voice Commands by David Yun and David Vargas
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