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The Order: 1886 has the Potential to Be Something Great

When I first saw the E3 trailer for The Order: 1886, I was absolutely ecstatic. I have a very particular weakness for the aesthetic of Victorian England (though not the […]

When I first saw the E3 trailer for The Order: 1886, I was absolutely ecstatic. I have a very particular weakness for the aesthetic of Victorian England (though not the colonialism and the living conditions), so the lush visuals and smoky skylines of The Order: 1886’s alternate timeline London immediately caught my attention. An additional allure was the idea of fighting werewolves, territory that is surprisingly not very well trod by gaming at this point. (VtM: Bloodlines still has the scariest werewolf fights, let’s be honest). My anticipation grew with videos of gameplay, as running away from scary things while trying to shoot at them is a lifetime hobby of mine. My excitement just continued to increase, especially given how much I loved the design of Isabeau D’Argyll, and my curiosity about the world building the game would provide to explain the technology and mythology of their alternate London’s reality.

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Everything Old Is New Again (Again) In The HD Release Of Resident Evil.

Resident Evil HD is just like the Gamecube release of Resident Evil but even prettier so you should all buy it. Wow, that was easy. Who’s up for Red Robin’s […]

Resident Evil HD is just like the Gamecube release of Resident Evil but even prettier so you should all buy it. Wow, that was easy. Who’s up for Red Robin’s for lunch?

(Editor’s Note: Jerry we’ve talked about this)

Fine, fine.

In the year 2002, Resident Evil was still considered both a commercial and critical darling and were waiting for the fourth installment, which would not shake the gaming world until three years later. At the time director director Shinji Mikami would pause throwing out games and starting from scratch to go back to basics. And thus was released Resident Evil for the Gamecube, often called REmake by its fans, which retold the initial story of the first game. It wasn’t simply a port of the game like the Gamecube releases of Resident Evil 2 and 3 were. The game was completely reworked. The puzzles were more complicated, the game was bigger, the mansion looked prettier, and the voice acting… well, in Capcom’s defense have you seen the rates union actors require?

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Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords mourns the death of innocence.

Death of innocence and loss of hope are not exactly new aspects to the Game of Thrones world. It’s very fair to say that in fact, they’re at the core […]

Death of innocence and loss of hope are not exactly new aspects to the Game of Thrones world. It’s very fair to say that in fact, they’re at the core of the yarn that Martin has been trying to spin for more than two decades. When the Game of Thrones show is at its best (Season 3, for my money), Game of Thrones perfectly portrays that sense of loss and trying to rebuild a world that has long faded away with nothing but dreams and ideals. Sadly, the show has fallen to its own excesses and has lost a lot of what it has to say about people, instead becoming a complicated soap opera that doesn’t seem to go anywhere interesting most of the time.

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Long Live The Queen Is The Pretty Princess Simulator You’ve Always Wanted

Princesses aren’t uncommon in video games. It’s pretty safe to say that princesses have been in video games for only slightly less time than video games themselves have existed. Most […]

Princesses aren’t uncommon in video games. It’s pretty safe to say that princesses have been in video games for only slightly less time than video games themselves have existed. Most of the time you are saving them. Games like Mario and The Legend of Zelda feature this all-too common story hook. Everyone agrees these games are great but it doesn’t give the princess much to do (though I guess Zelda got to be a ninja and a pirate so maybe she doesn’t count) Sometimes you’ll get to actually play as the princess. She’ll join our heroes, go on adventures, and maybe even bust a few heads. These games, however, are not about what it’s like to be a princess. Princesses don’t lie around all day waiting for someone to rescue them and very rarely do the go charge into battle against armies of orcs. Being a princess holds responsibilities, duties, and the fate of an entire nation depends on you.

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When You Play the Game of Thrones, You Win or You Die. (Hint: You die.)

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” That particular saying is bandied about so frequently nowadays that I’m worried it’s actually permanently engraved into my skull, […]

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.”

That particular saying is bandied about so frequently nowadays that I’m worried it’s actually permanently engraved into my skull, taking up valuable space I could be using to remember details about taxes and other Important Adult Skills. So as I eagerly fired up Telltale’s latest endeavor, Game of Thrones, that particular line was ringing in my ears. ‘I’m going to be fine’, I reassure myself. ‘I’ve read the books and seen the show, I know these characters better than they know themselves. I can be clever. I can be cruel to save my own life. I’m gonna rock this.’

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November Spooktacular! You Should (Not) Be Playing: Horror Games popurri

Hello and welcome back the Brain On Airwaves podcast. It’s been quite a while since me and Jerry could sit down and talk about things and stuff but we were […]

Hello and welcome back the Brain On Airwaves podcast. It’s been quite a while since me and Jerry could sit down and talk about things and stuff but we were constrained by Real Life, the cruelest of all mistresses.  Either way, we managed to sit down and talk about one of our very favorite topics: horror design in video games. And we got a special guest, Liz!, to join us and hear our shouting about things.

Hope you have a nice sunday and, of course, that you don’t stop being spooky because of a silly date in the calendar.

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(Twitter: Juan: @JuanConde11 | Jerry: @sonofaether)

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The Original Resident Evil Is Still A Great Game.

For Halloween I love to revisit old horror favorites so the past few days I’ve been revisiting the initial game of a classic franchise that has sadly become a shadow […]

For Halloween I love to revisit old horror favorites so the past few days I’ve been revisiting the initial game of a classic franchise that has sadly become a shadow of its former self: Resident Evil. It seems difficult to explain the phenomenon of Resident Evil during the PlayStation 1 era to someone who wasn’t interested in video games then. (or maybe just wasn’t old enough) It feels like you’d lose them when you said that one of the biggest games of the era was a horror game. Add that everything about the game from the controls to the inventory to the cramped corridors you find yourself in works counter to how modern gaming works and it just makes things worse. The story is sparse and poorly delivered with voice acting and dialogue so bad they became one of gaming’s earliest memes. The sequels and remake improved upon the formula until Resident Evil 4 completely rewrote it. (a game that Shinji Mikami had remade three times from scratch) There’s a temptation to dismiss the game as a relic only fit for its time: a fossil that has aged poorly and the series to be lauded for how far it moved away from the original formula.

Well strap yourselves in, because I’m going to tell you why the first Resident Evil is still a solid horror game. Its undeniable its sequels and remakes were clear improvements (though the spinoffs have all been varying levels of awful to unplayable) its hard to deny that the games were all built upon a solid foundation that paved the way for five more games until Resident Evil 4 changed everything. Hey, I never said the numbering of these games made sense. Read the rest of this entry »

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#Gamergate, or how I learned to stop worrying and finally speak up against female harassment

The last few weeks have been a tough reminder that we live in a society where people are not allowed equality. It’s also been an even colder reminder that for […]

The last few weeks have been a tough reminder that we live in a society where people are not allowed equality. It’s also been an even colder reminder that for all the talk of living in “the future”, our society in general (and our lawmakers in particular) have not advanced to keep up with the societal change that the internet brings up. For those of you who aren’t in the know, Anita Sarkeesian was threatened for her work (again) but this time, the man (or men) behind it managed to get a hold of her address, thus raising higher concerns than the usual rape/death threats that come with being a female media commentator on mediums perceived as part of “nerd-dom”, such as video games or comics. As well, Zoe Quinn was accused of having sex with a reviewer to get favorable reviews, even though this reviewer did not even write any articles on her remarkable work.

I’m a man. There’s no way around that, I don’t think. So normally, I keep my comments in regards to stuff like “Gamergate” (incidentally, a title that reflects how utterly entitled the people perpetuating this are) to myself or friends, because I’m afraid of screwing up or speaking out of turn. Fears that come from my own personal feelings on, say, white people taking up the fight for me or my own as a man of color. But while I’m always infinitely questioning of white people speaking on race, I constantly question myself while speaking on gender because I am heavily privileged as a man. In fact, I can write this article without fearing repercussions because why would I be attacked? Worst case scenario, people will question me and engage with me in “reasonable” dialogue (read: pseudo-objective nonsense meant to obfuscate) but I won’t get threatened or verbally attacked, probably.

But the fact is, that so many women in the business are (probably and righteously) angry and they can’t speak outside of appropriating their peers’ words, if at all, or in private conversation because of  the nature of the internet (and the twittersphere specifically) as so widespread that it is no longer like shouting at the void. Or at least, not an empty void but a void filled with deafening misogyny. And I may be a man but I’m also a brown man from Colombia living in Canada. While I’ve been lucky and I haven’t been faced directly with the dangers that entails I am also acutely aware at every given moment that if I speak out of turn, that if I do something that society doesn’t deem right for me to do, I would be put back in my proverbial place. And that’s the sort of fear that women like Anita Sarkeesian or Zoe Quinn have to beat every day in an environment where they’re constantly threatened by man-children who have access to resources that allow them to make veritable threats.

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Nerdstock Introductory Episode: Meet the team

Well here we go guys. It’s time for you to meet the team behind this madness. Get to know Chris, Anne, Allison, Juan, and Jerry as we spend a bunch […]

Well here we go guys. It’s time for you to meet the team behind this madness. Get to know Chris, Anne, Allison, Juan, and Jerry as we spend a bunch of time talking about who we are and what we love. Or we would have if out love of discussion hadn’t kept getting in the way. Anyway, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. There will be an audio version coming shortly as well for those of you who don’t want to sit in front of a youtube video for an hour and a half.

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Welcome to the New Nerdstock

For those of you who don’t know Nerdstock was once a thing I did dedicated to my love of comics. It was something that mattered to me but in the […]

For those of you who don’t know Nerdstock was once a thing I did dedicated to my love of comics. It was something that mattered to me but in the end it didn’t work out. I couldn’t find my niche. I lost the passion and I started to write about things I didn’t care about it a way where it sounded like I didn’t think they were pretty much crap. It was then I decided that maybe it was time to stop and reevaluate how I wanted to go about using my internet. Well, cut to a couple years later and a better understanding of who I want and what I want from geek culture, and here we are. A newer and hopefully better Nerdstock.

Joining me in this party are a fantastic group of women writing about the things that we love and the issues that surround them. Covering the news that WE care about, not just vomiting up press releases and other such nonsense. Limiting myself to comics was I think my gravest mistake last time because what happens when that passion starts to fade? I turned more attention to helping Plastikitty succeed than I did on my own site. This isn’t a comic book site anymore. It’s nerd culture in a nutshell. Reviews and features around film, gaming, comics, animation, and literature. We care about all of these things and we want to share that passion with you, the people who decide to stick around and read this here place.

So with that out of the way, welcome to the new and improved Nerdstock, where passion is our tool. Sorry we’re still working on a slogan.

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