Nintendo Doesn’t Own Gaming Videos

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In a move that has shaken the ever-growing Internet gameplay community, Nintendo has recently started flagging YouTube videos containing gameplay content from their vast library of interactive titles, a group of games ranging from classics like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda to more modern titles like…well, New Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. After becoming a YouTube partner and registering their copyrights on the website’s database, Nintendo began flagging content containing certain amounts of recognizable footage from Nintendo properties. But instead of forcing the video creators to take their work down, a move Sega pulled previously regarding some of their classic titles, Nintendo opted to place ads on the videos in question, meaning that Nintendo… Read More →

Finding Dory: More Cautious Than Optimistic

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In a move that many people thought may have been a late April Fools’ Joke, actor and comedian Ellen DeGeneres announced that not only would she be returning for the hotly anticipated Finding Nemo sequel, but also that it had an official name: Finding Dory. According to information from Ellen and director Andrew Stanton, the movie will feature returns from many characters, including Nemo, Marlin, and the tank gang, while the story will take place a year after the original and follow Ellen’s character Dory as she reconnects with lost family. Finding Dory is set to be released in late 2015 and, while many people are quite excited about the project, I have sadly found nothing but reason to be… Read More →

Never-Ending War: The Reality of Samus Aran

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NOTE: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR METROID: OTHER M Video games are a spectacular outlet to allow the mixing of reality and fantasy into intriguing and enduring experiences that frequently stand the test of time and allow individuals to mold and shape their ways of life. And, more than many others, the Metroid series fits in perfectly with this idea, taking what we know to be true in the real world and twisting it with a bit of science fiction. While the series as a whole has generated mostly positive acclaim by both gamers and critics alike, the most recent installment – Metroid: Other M – has drawn a lot of harsh criticism for what I feel Team Ninja and… Read More →

Video Game Remakes: Nintendo, You’re Doing It Wrong

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Though I may be in the minority among more dedicated gamers, I absolutely love video game remakes. From earlier examples like the Super Mario All-Stars pack to more recent HD bundles, I’ve consistently found remakes to be a great thing for both gamers and the video game industry. Aside from the occasional lazy one, remakes offer an invaluable service to both new and old fans of a title. Old fans get the chance to re-experience a game in better quality, reliving all the fun without the worry of dated graphics or sound due to hardware limitations, while new gamers get to enjoy some great games they missed for whatever reason without having to deal with that financial and aesthetic hassle of… Read More →

Snubtastic: Who Should Really Win the Oscar

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Part of Our Academy Awards 2013 Features Thanks to its voting demographic and political undercurrents, the Academy Awards have become notorious for nominating and awarding what many people consider to be the wrong films. And, though a highly subjective matter, there is a strong consensus that every year there are a few films to get “snubbed” of awards they deserve. That’s not to say that the Academy is malicious or mindless, of course. After all there are plenty of places where they do make the right choices, and even some of the wrong choices they made were to give worthy people who never got an Oscar their due, even if the specific film in question wasn’t quite up to snuff. But still, just like… Read More →

Dexter’s Rude Reveal

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Earlier this week Cartoon Network did something incredibly awesome and surprising. Through their channel-sharing partner Adult Swim, the popular animation network released Dexter’s Rude Removal, an infamous episode of the classic cartoon series Dexter’s Laboratory that was known for two things: being filled with expletives and having been seen by almost nobody. And, now that it is out to the world, the episode itself did not disappoint. Though it was all censored, sadly, the short is incredibly funny, fits right in with Dexter’s cannon and, indeed, contains a great amount of bleeped-out expletives and uses them to the episode’s advantage. While plenty of people have found reason to complain about the short itself I, for the life of me, can’t. I… Read More →

Disney Infinity: No Girls Allowed?

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It is by no means bold for me to say that I love Disney. The House of Mouse, despite its many problems, holds a special place in my life and has ever since I first started watching things like The Aristocats with my grandmother as a tiny little kid. To this day seeing the Disney logo before a movie can send pleasant chills down my spine even if the movie itself doesn’t hold its own next to the studio’s classics. This is one of the things that led to my curiosity, excitement, and trepidation about the upcoming Disney Infinity, a new gaming project from Disney Interactive. Following a similar concept to the Skylanders series from Activision, players will be required… Read More →

Consolation Prize: Pokemon and Wii U

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Though many spectacular-looking first-party Nintendo titles have already been announced or are on everybody’s mind, there’s no doubt that Pokemon is among those left to speculate over. Following the track record of previous home consoles, Pokemon games that aren’t on a handheld have been vastly hit or miss. And, unlike their portable counterparts (Ranger and Mystery Dungeon included), some of them don’t follow a formula at all. So what does this mean for the upcoming Wii U and it’s relationship with Pokemon? Let’s start off with the elephant in the room and, coincidentally, what I don’t want to see on the WiiU: a main series Pokemon title following the recently-released Black Version 2 and White Version 2. While it may be a… Read More →

A Sony Fan’s Thoughts on Wii U

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I’ve had a rich history with Nintendo and their products. As a kid I had most of their consoles, especially ones from their GameBoy line, and they were the only real gaming device I had access to. However, despite that, I simply didn’t enjoy most of the games for them. I was still a gamer, though, and once GameStop began offering trade-in credit for used titles, I traded in my Nintendo products and purchased the original PlayStation. I’ve been a Sony gamer ever since, and have had no regrets. I still kept up with Nintendo, however, enjoying the GameCube (their latest console at the time) and its solid titles like Super Mario Sunshine and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, it… Read More →

New Gameplay Styles Wii U Should Explore

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With the Wii U’s launch date creeping ever closer and Nintendo being…well, Nintendo, many gamers are still wondering what exactly their new, heavily hyped GamePad can or will do. Having recently played with one myself, I have to say there are some pretty interesting possibilities for Nintendo and other developers if they choose the right types of games to utilize it. With the Wii U having three possible controller options, that being the classic Wiimote and Nunchuck combination and the new GamePad and Pro Controller, Nintendo needs to be careful about how they controller use for each game. Luckily for the Big N, having a second screen and control surface isn’t virgin territory. The successful DS line of systems has been around for eight years, giving Nintendo… Read More →