Orange County's nerd culture doesn't get the hype it deserves. Sure, we may be sandwiched between LA and San Diego, the cities that host literally the largest anime convention and largest comic convention in existence (LA's Anime Expo and San Diego Comic Con, obviously), but there's one thing that neither of those two have on us: BlizzCon.
Today and tomorrow, the best thing to ever come out of the city of Irvine invades Anaheim, and there's a little something for everyone from the craft-ling and cosplayer to the eSport hopeful -- even if you didn't get tickets.
When it comes to writing about video games, specifically Nintendo, it's always fun, because it's a console drenched in memories and nostalgia. Going through old SNES video games, I came across so many forgotten images and sounds that brought back not only virtual worlds and cheat codes but places in my life, friends, moments, my hometown in Massachusetts. Like an image blooming on a Polaroid picture, memories illuminate. And I started to think about the times when I sat in my room, my basement, my friends' house, and I played sports games, RPGs, and racing games for hours with my buddy or my little brother. So, I decided to put together the top 5 multiplayer games for Super Nintendo. But it's not just about graphics and game play; it's an homage to buddies, to games that brought friends closer together and created a strange competitive rivalry. It's about the games that forced N64 to have four controllers.
How can anyone ever forget Donkey Kong Country? How can anyone forget about the old monkey spinning the vitrola in the opening credits? Or how can anyone forget that the giant monkey riding a rhino and knocking the crap out of little gopher-like creatures? The game had a ton of interesting graphics, for the time, and the different colors of the sunny jungle or the dark landscape at night or the purple tint in the rain persuaded viewers that time and weather existed in a virtual world. But what made this game so cool for friends was that you could switch players in the middle of the game. It was a tag-team video game, and if someone died, then you could find the other character somewhere in the landscape knocking around in a barrel. Oh yeah, remember you could actually ride on a freaking marlin? Awesome. How could I forget about that?
Think back to the '80s and '90s and the hours kids spent playing mindless video games on systems that aren now considered less powerful than your cell phone. Whether it was Nintendo, Super Nintendo or Nintendo 64, our generation of gamers were glued to video games like Mario and NBA Jam. While the characters, worlds and gameplay are features often discussed, soundtracks are often pushed to the back and forgotten from nostalgic gamer debates. But when you hear them again for the first time in years, they can bring you back so quickly to a place and time that you'll swear that you have a bowl haircut again and Bill Clinton is still stooping secretaries in the oval office. In the spirit of nostalgia, here is our list of the top five nostalgic video game soundtracks.
Electronic Arts today announced its collaboration with Katy Perry for The Sims. The life-simulation game will feature Perry-themed content and virtual goods such as clothing,
hairstyles, props and furniture. The Collector's Edition expansion pack for The Sims 3 Showtime will be out in March.
worldwide executive of Music for EA, explained the company chose Perry because she'd been popular "for several years." He also said the song "Hot and
Cold" (featured in The Sims 2 series) "became the most popular
Simlish music video to date.
2011 has come and gone, and the year that seemingly slipped right past us was full of major events--some of which may very change the landscape of the video gaming industry forever. Everything from new a new Nintendo console to the death of a computer pioneer was all crammed into the previous year. However, of all the news-worthy events that occurred last year, which was the most influential to the video gaming industry? The following are the 5 most important video game-related news stories of 2011.
It's a time-honored tradition. At the beginning of each calendar year, people from all over the world make resolutions to better themselves. What better time to make commitments to improve your health, ability to save money, and chase your dreams than the start of a new year, right? Whether or not these promises pull through or not, it never hurts to keep a self-improving goal in your sights.
If you're a gamer, then video games probably take up a large portion of your life. Why not resolve the way you live your life as a gamer and the way you enjoy this pastime for the new year? The following are 10 new year's resolutions gamers should follow. More »
If you're a regular OC Weekly reader and a gamer, our video game writer Peter Maiis probably your hero. Our video game columnist consistently gets hundreds of thousands of page views every week with his insightful and well-written blogs. Which ones were the most popular this year? Find out after the jump. More »
It's that time of year again. After drudging through the torrent of great and not-so-great video games that consumed just about every minute of my free time, I've narrowed down what I believe is considered to be the best and worst games of 2011. Which games are considered gems? Which aren't even worth your precious time? The following are the best (and worst) video games of 2011.
It's not easy to make a video game, and it's certainly not easy to make a game that is free from bugs. Developers only have a limited amount of time to exterminate any game bugs and glitches before it's forced to be released to the world, and oftentimes, there will be a few they'll slip out unnoticed until it's too late. Sometimes these bugs are hilarious. Sometimes they're just downright strange. And unfortunately, they can often ruin an entire gameplay experience.
With video games becoming more complicated to develop over time, the bugs that accompany these games will become more apparent....or hilarious. The following is a look at five of the most notable video game bugs and glitches of 2011. More »
2011 has been a rough year for so many businesses. With the way the economy is heading these days, we should expect to see more and more companies go under, and video game development studios are not immune to such sad news. Despite many of them having popular and critically acclaimed games, many game studious are either forced to suffer through massive layoffs or simply close up shop.
Gaming is a harsh business. The following are five of the most notable video game studio closures of 2011. Let's have a moment of silence for these video companies that (mostly) brought us such memorable games. You guys will be missed.