Category Archives: Video Games

Social Link: Episode 11 – CG Anime Hell

slink 11Yeah, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? After two months of summer business, everyone’s back on the summer laziness wagon, so it’s finally time to get back to podcasting about video games.  Continue reading

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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.

Social Link: Episode 10 – The Genealogy of Donkey Kong

KongFamilyIDK64After a short absence due to school, we’re back to discuss relevant issues in the medium of games, like how the Kong family fits into the Mario canon and whatever happened to Donkey Kong Jr.

Social Link is The Stereogram’s games podcast, featuring our staffers yammering about the latest video game news and releases.

Along with DK, we talk about the new Intel Haswell chips (and why they’re so disappointing), Peter Molyneux continuing to be Peter Molyneux, and Dennis Dyack continuing to be Dennis Dyack. All of your old favorites, right here, right now.

Use this link to download or listen to Episode 10 – The Genealogy of Donkey Kong..

Intro: Donkey Kong 64 - “DK Rap”
Outro: Super Smash Bros. Melee - “Kongo Jungle (Monkey Rap Remix)”

 

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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.

Social Link: Episode 9 – Jojo A Go-Go

slink 8Now with more scheduling shenanigans, more comics talk, and more news than ever before! Continue reading

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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.

Social Link: Episode 7 – Dragon’s Dingus

slink 7We’re looking into getting a dual sponsorship from Bad Dragon Dildos and Capcom. Real is currently working on our Monster Hunter zine: Bad Dragon Dildos and Capcom Present A Real Guide to Monster Hunter. It comes with a free coupon for a dildo in the shape of a gigginox. Continue reading

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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.

From Heaven to Hell: Shin Megami Tensei

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[Warning: this article spoils the entirety of Shin Megami Tensei 1. If you are new to the series or looking for an overview of the series as a whole, read this before this specific piece. It'll help introduce you to the franchise's overarching concepts before seeing their original interpretations as presented in Shin Megami Tensei 1.]

By these names then, and by all the other holy names of God before whom no man can stand and live, and which names the armies of the demons fear, tremble at, and shudder; we conjure ye, we potently exorcise and command ye, conjuring ye in addition by the terrible and tremendous paths of God and by his holy habitation wherein he reigneth and commandeth unto the eternal ages. Amen.” – The Key of Solomon, Chapter VI, translated by S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers

Shin Megami Tensei is a bit of an odd duck in regards to the JRPG genre. Unlike its contemporaries (Final Fantasy V, Dragon Quest V, Romancing SaGa, Lunar: The Silver Star), it isn’t a game defined by its combat and character building nor an intricate, detailed narrative. Outside of the demon collecting, it’s a standard Wizardry-style JRPG, and the plot isn’t intrusive nor the writing especially deep. Very little about it couldn’t have been done on the previous generation of hardware. What makes Shin Megami Tensei notable is its atmosphere; the bleakness hanging over its head and the dreamlike trance enveloping the world. This tone turns what would have been a bland post-apocalyptic hero’s journey into something much more: a journey within the self, where the prize is true happiness and man is beset from all sides by the destructive facets of his mind. This is a game about enlightenment. Continue reading

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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.

Social Link: Episode 5 – We Should Get An IRC Channel

1If you support The Stereogram getting an IRC channel, please leave a comment below. If you have any tips on hosting an IRC server (because I sure don’t know how that works), that’d be great too. Until then, we’re hosted at Rizon here.

I’d rather have a BBS but that’s a ridiculous can of worms in the year of our lord 2013. Continue reading

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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.

Social Link: Episode 4 – John Riccitiello Football

social link header 4John Riccitiello always had those world-weary eyes. The way his hair sat on his head, naturally highlighted and coiffed, was akin to that of an antagonist in a giant robot anime. What a wondrous individual. I still can’t spell his name consistently though. Continue reading

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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.

Social Link: Episode 3 – Church of Anime

social link ep 3Our editor-in-chief is now officially anime-married to Tiki from Fire Emblem: Awakening. You can find their wedding registry here.
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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.

Freedom Ain’t Free: Ace of Spades

ace of spades 1Freedom Ain’t Free is an irregular column for impressions from open betas and Steam free weekends. These aren’t full reviews, and, since these are often multiplayer games, it can be hard to compare their userbases during free periods to their general populace. These are just impression pieces based off of what the developers show off during these free windows.

Ace of Spades didn’t get much press, for a few reasons. It’s easy to look at its aesthetic and dismiss it as merely being Minecraft-with-guns, and it’s also easy to see Runescape developer Jagex’s name on the credits and think that they’re making another simulacratic game to cash in on what’s big at the moment.

Despite these factors, Ace of Spades manages to be a fun, light variation on classic FPS game modes thanks to its focus on terrain deformation. It lacks the balance of Team Fortress 2 and the scale of Battlefield, keeping it from the realm of serious tactical play, but there’s a lot of enjoyment to get out of it in the right modes, with the right people. Continue reading

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About Justin Hutchison

Despite being the youngest member of Stereogram’s staff, Jay was still old enough to cut his teeth on the last arcade in town before it closed for good. (Damned go-kart accidents.) Though he’s a bit of a late arrival to the comics scene, he’s spent most of his life steeped in anime and games of all sorts. Outside of his writing, he makes music as Fatal Labyrinth. He is not a fan of Fatal Labyrinth, the video game.