Gallery: The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

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Nintendo — The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

Gallery: “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time”

In the 1980s video games were being thrust into popular culture. Nintendo, originally a playing card company formed in 1889, had been venturing into the electronic era  since the mid-70s. From the early “Game & Watch” handheld games to the arcade cabinets that supported their early hits such as “Donkey Kong” and “Super Mario Bros.” Nintendo swiftly established itself as one of the leading video game production companies out there.

At this time video games mostly featured titles where the goal was to earn “high scores” as opposed to completing a story. Nowadays video games navigate players through narratives as the problem-solve their way through the story. A lot of that is thanks to Shigeru Miyamoto.

Shigeru Miyamoto sought out to focus more on gameplay with “Super Mario Bros,” and even more ambitiously with “The Legend of Zelda.”

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Essay: Don’t Follow the MPAA or ESRB rating systems too closely

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The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) slapped the upcoming game “Batman: Arkham Knight” with a M (Mature, 17+) rating for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, and Violence.

In a full interview with IGN, Sefton Hill (founder of Rocksteady) said “..From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind. We never did that in the previous two games… We just felt that this is the story we really wanted to tell… I’m not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out… I don’t want to be oblivious to that fact. It would have been wrong to water down the game and deliver a story we didn’t believe in to keep the game ‘mass market’ or enable it for more people. We feel that’s the wrong way to go about it. We said we love the story and we don’t want to jeopardize that.”
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2015 M10 Award Winners

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A lot of M10 Award categories were really close this year. 2014 was a great year for movies, video games, and television shows alike. In the end “Boyhood,” “True Detective,” and “Dragon Age: Inquisition” won the top 3 prizes.

See all our winners below listed along their competitors in bold.

Best Film
Birdman
Boyhood
Citizenfour
Goodbye to Language
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Nightcrawler
Selma
Under the Skin
Whiplash
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SideNote: Will “Evolve” have limited replay value?

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My friends and I had a wonderful time playing the “Evolve” Beta earlier this month. The graphics seem strong, the control scheme seems fair, and (although there wasn’t in the Beta) there seems to be a lot of variety in monsters and in characters alike.

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2nd Annual M10 Award Nominations

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Here they are! Last year we started compiling our own award nominations based on user reviews and critic reviews. We have some excellent contenders for films, video games, and television shows.

In FILM “Birdman” leads the way with 10 nominations, “Inherent Vice” follows with 7 nominations, and “Boyhood” with 6.

In TELEVISION “Game of Thrones” leads with 12 nominations, “True Detective” with 9 nominations, while “Fargo” and “The Knick” tie with 8 nominations.

In VIDEO GAMES “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and “Child of Light” lead with 4 nominations.

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Analysis: Escapism – A Closer Look

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On the most basic level, humans are biologically selfish. Physically our body builds immunities. Through natural selection we have a temple that is designed to protect us from illness. What about mentally or emotionally? We are biologically selfish because our brain doesn’t just try to protect from physical harm, but also emotional harm.

For centuries humans have found emotional solace in company. Our sexual partners, our family, and our best friends for example. When a mutual connection is made, it’s not selfish, just two humans easing each others emotional needs.
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Hypothetical Casting: Sony’s Super Mario Bros. animated movie

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Among the Sony hacked (not leaked) e-mails was the unintentional public announcement of a Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

A natural choice would be to just use a lot of the video game voice actors, and we found that most of the time that was the best choice. But we’ve drawn up some alternatives to who could do the voice for the main characters in the Super Mario Bros. movie.
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SideNote: Managing Expectations

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The most peculiar thing about “Interstellar” coming out hasn’t been its lukewarm 73% on Rotten Tomatoes or that it came up short to “Big Hero 6” in the box office over it’s opening weekend, it’s the apologetic reaction from fans of director Christopher Nolan, most of which defended the film even before its release.

“Interstellar” isn’t the first movie to fall victim to hype. But its worth discussing how a person’s reaction to the film is almost set in stone before they even see it. I have always liked Nolan’s films, but since I’m trying to offer an objective opinion on a blog I try to clear my mind of any good, or bad, expectations before watching a film. The same goes for games and television shows.

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Analysis: Nintendo wins 2014

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What a bizarre year for video games. Was the first year of the next generation a success? Well, it was different.

Nintendo probably has the greatest story here. Back in March we wrote about their struggling profits and what a world without Nintendo may look like after unveiling their new console – the Wii U. BBC news had reported that Nintendo executives took pay cuts, in the 20-30% range, including president President Satoru Iwata who took a 50% pay cut after disappointing sales of the Wii U.

All of these projections implied a bleak future for one of the eldest video game company. So it feels refreshing to make an easy case that the Wii U had the best exclusive titles of 2014.
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SideNote: “Destiny,” “Borderlands,” and the endless grind

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MMO video games have become more popular in the world of console gaming. “Destiny” is a more recent installment that received many mixed reactions. The problem? Well the words “repetitive” and “grind” often came up.

Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to pop in, or even buy “Destiny” yet. Instead I’ve jumped back in time and purchased a cheaper copy of “Borderlands.” Halfway into “Borderlands” and… there are some issues.
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