PodBytes – Episode 23: It’s Time to Play a Game

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Mr. Anderson…No, Wrong Movie…

In light of our last, slightly-less-gaming-focused podcast, we thought we’d make it up to you, the listeners, by not only staying true to our passion of gaming in our discussion this week, but even taking it one step further and actually playing a game live as we record. Introducing our latest segment, BNB Sporcle. You’re welcome, world. Continue reading

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BNBGAMING’s Top Video Game Dorks

Top Video Game Dorks

Bottom of the Food Chain

The games industry produces a never-ending stream of games chock-full of the manliest, muscle-bound macho beefcake, the toughest space marines packing a Star Destroyer’s worth of firepower, and armor-clad knights of the realm, ready to lay down life and limb in defense of chaste princesses. We like games full of action and explosions, so it’s a necessary evil.

But then there are those moments when the above formula just goes completely off the rails, whether intentionally or through some misguided train-wreck of a design decision, and we suddenly find ourselves faced with the weirdest, whiniest, and dorkiest bunch of characters this side of the final Harry Potter movie’s midnight showing. That’s not to say we don’t love them; whether serving as all-important comic relief in otherwise blasted landscapes or being the most memorable feature in what could have been an otherwise bland game, the loveable losers of gaming are as important as any characters. For this reason, today we honor the freaks and geeks of gaming. Enjoy! Continue reading

Top 5: Game Songs

Top Game Songs

Do-Re-Mii

A lot of attention is generally paid to a video game’s graphics – people want to know whether the newest AAA title is taking full advantage of the system’s graphics hardware, and how well game developers can narrow the Uncanny Valley. Fair enough; gaming is, after all, a visual medium (the term video in itself being a strong indicator). Continue reading

Friday Roundtable: Are Games Being Dumbed Down?

Are Games Being Dumbed Down?

Uphill in the Snow, Both Ways

Some of us (relatively) old fogies like to shake our fists and bemoan the way the times, they are a-changin’. According to our campfire stories, the early days of gaming were a time when gamers still had honor, simple two-button controls were superior, and games were still back-breakingly difficult, “the way it should be”. Continue reading

Top 5: Scares

Top 5 Scary Games

Boo!

Horror games appeal to a very specific subset of gamers. Even a gritty thriller tingles the hairs on the back of your neck in a way that can only be appreciated by some of us. While those who prefer a more benign experience scoff in derision, we crave the build-up of terror in a game as much as in a good book or movie. Continue reading

Top 5: Sidekicks

Top 5 Sidekicks

You Got a Friend in Me

The games that we love best are packed to the brim with larger-than-life heroes of every sort and walk of life; from steel-nerved space captains to secret agents and spies on Her Majesty’s payroll, from musically inclined elf boys to chubby plumbers. But what about the unsung heroes without whose aid and assistance no heroic deeds would ever come to pass? Continue reading