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Archived Since:October 27, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Games: The Gameological Society: The star of Lost Planet 3 breaks down what it’s like to act in a video game

In What Are You Playing This Weekend? we discuss gaming and such with prominent figures in the pop-culture arena. We always start with the same question. Having already worked in short films, commercials, TV, and theater, William Watterson recently added video game voice and motion actor to his performance credentials. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Gameological Q&A: What video game quotes do you slip into casual conversation? 

Welcome to Gameological Q&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. If you have a brilliant question that would make a fun Q&A, send it to brilliantquestions at gameological dot com. For a certain generation, quotes from The Simpsons and Seinfeld have achieved a canonical status in day-to-day speech. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: We playtest 12 board games that have yet to hit stores

The monolith of Gen Con just keeps growing. In 2012, the games convention attracted more than 41,000 attendees to Indianapolis for a four-day weekend, which was a record—at least until the 2013 Con was attended by 49,000 people earlier this month. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: It takes a city-sized robot to bring out the humanity in Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron

In Pacific Rim, director Guillermo del Toro’s movie of big robots and extra-dimensional dinosaur clones, human pilots meld brains using something called a “neural handshake” to pilot their gargantuan mechanical “jaegers.” (Humanity rightly came to the conclusion that German words were the most likely to scare the pants off alien invaders. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Sony mistakenly leaked the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, and it’s phenomenal

Some enterprising Grand Theft Auto fans spent their weekend combing through more than 20 hours of leaked audio containing the music that will appear across Grand Theft Auto V’s many radio stations. While Rockstar, the game’s developer,...Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Microsoft unveils the list of Xbox One launch games, but it still won’t say when the damn thing is launching

The Bulletin is a roundup of a few game-related news stories from the previous week. Microsoft at Gamescom: Release date, schmelease schmate [youtube id=yjbF_rNGR08 width=600] Say what you will about the Gameological Bulletin, but it rarely gets things wrong. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: It has G-men, Cold War intrigue, and space aliens, so why is The Bureau so blah?

Last year’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a great game. It’s great despite—or, more accurately, because of—a complete lack of discernible characters and a resolutely boilerplate alien invasion scenario. There’s no pre-anointed hero, and not much of a story. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: A comics editor from First Second Books shares her heroic effort to curb a Plants Vs. Zombies habit

In What Are You Playing This Weekend? we discuss gaming and such with prominent figures in the pop-culture arena. We always start with the same question. Calista Brill is a senior editor at First Second Books, a New York-based publisher of graphic novels whose catalog caters to all ages with a wide range of subject matter. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: What crash?: 9 influential and groundbreaking games released in 1983

1. Mario Bros. [youtube id=JtBkDA5Jot8 width=600] The year 1983 is often portrayed as the onset of a brief dark age in video games—especially in the United States—and with good reason. A glut of shoddy games, including high-profile failures...Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Saints Row IV is full of shit and deeply honest about it

The day-to-day workings of society are lubricated by lies. You pretend to like your coworker’s new haircut. You feign credulity when your buddy claims that he only watches Swamp People ironically. Video games are greased the same way. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: How a role-playing game for the Sega Saturn explains one of Christianity’s trickiest concepts

Games are often left unfinished. Sometimes they’re too difficult, too vast, or too repetitive to see all the way through to the closing credits. To The Bitter End is The Gameological Society’s look at those endings that are worth fighting for—or at least worth reading about. The Holy Spirit’s a tricky figure to come to grips with. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Grand Theft Auto goes online, finally rendering the real world obsolete—plus more news in the Gameological Bulletin

The Bulletin is a roundup of a few game-related news stories from the previous week. Call Of Duty: Ghosts to bring women to the series for the first time [youtube id=K2uN1gwxM8o width=600] As reported by IGN, Call of Duty: Ghosts will let you play as female soldiers in its multiplayer modes, a first for the series. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: The owner of the world’s largest video game memorabilia collection talks nostalgia and Mario power tools

If it’s true that whoever dies with the most toys wins, then Brett Martin is in the pole position. The Guinness Book Of World Records recently made it official, certifying his collection of video game memorabilia as the world’s largest. Show More Summary

Games: Newswire: Hey, it’s 1983 Week at The A.V. Club

In the spirit of last year’s 1992 Week (minus the flannel and the staff-mandatory Dave Grohl hair curtains), The A.V. Club is taking some time over the next few days to gaze 30 years into the past, devoting a full week’s coverage to the pop culture of 1983. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Gameological staffers share their weekend gaming plans—you can tell us yours in the comments

In What Are You Playing This Weekend?, we discuss gaming and such with prominent figures in the pop-culture arena. We always start with the same question. Matt Gerardi here, your Gameological editor-for-the-week. It’s been a weird couple...Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Spin The Bottle: Bumpie’s Party is a modern twist on the teenage tradition

A roommate stomps all over my feet while the two of us dance a waltz, and then, a friend holds his lips mere millimeters from those of my girlfriend while the two squish an imaginary orange between their faces. This should be the start...Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: The creators of Chad Vader discuss their alcohol-fueled improv show, Beer And Board Games

Building on the success of their hit video series Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager, Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda (pictured above—first and third from left, respectively) have tapped into their other passions to expand their comedy empire....Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team reveals that even in his fantasies, Luigi only exists to make his brother look good

About half of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team takes place inside of a slumbering Luigi’s dreams, which look conspicuously like an old Super Mario Bros. title. Even in Luigi’s wildest fantasies, he’s playing a simple Nintendo game starring his brother. Show More Summary

Games: The Gameological Society: Russians protest a video game for not being realistic enough—plus more news in the Gameological Bulletin

The Bulletin is a roundup of a few game-related news stories from the previous week. Semi-beloved Nintendo character to appear in Super Smash Bros. because duh [caption id="attachment_18833" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[/caption] Let’s all be honest here. Nobody—other than our own Matt Gerardi&mdash...

Games: The Gameological Society: Nintendo gets back to its grimy roots with the lively Pikmin 3

Whether it was handcrafted or created by some serendipitous elemental collision, this much about life is plain: It’s messy as hell. It’s grubby and beautiful and perfect. We came from muck. Nintendo used to know that. The company’s always been good at making fun games, but it forgot how to make dirty ones. Show More Summary

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