The Changing Face of Game Demos
Over the past three or four console generations, there have been massive developments, both inside the video game industry and outside of it, that change the ways we consume our video games. Vast leaps in internet technology have made
Yo-kai Watch and Westernization
Following in the footsteps of the old anime favorite Pokémon,Yo-kai Watch has fallen back on a westernized translation in order to appeal to a wider audience. Both its game and anime give the protagonist, Keita Amano, the westernized name of “Nate Adams”. In addition to character names,
Fallout 4 & Gameplay Aesthetics
As the current generation of gamers obsess over graphics, there is something that a more critical player will pay attention to: the gameplay aesthetics. Though aesthetics is normally viewed as visual appeal, game critics often refer to gameplay aesthetics as how a game evokes emotions in its players. How the world of the game makes the player feel. Full Article
How the Most Original Thing About Halo 5 is a Podcast
Halo 5: Guardians is out, and for those who remember the intriguing ads and marketing underscoring unreliable narratives during war, the single player campaign is a bit lackluster. IGN wrote about it, stating their disappointment that the weighty themes of competing narratives and potentially traitorous heroes were isolated to the ads themselves.
YouTube Gamers & Jimmy Kimmel
Not all that long ago, Jimmy Kimmel made some jokes about the new Youtube Gaming site that some gamers, myself included, considered to be insensitive. In response the internet went berserk—I mean, literally insane—with rage. The range included everything from mild insults, to callous threats, and even a few people straight-up threatening to kill the late-night host
Once Upon a Time Review
Once Upon a Time is a storytelling card game with a simple, yet creatively challenging, goal: improvise the narrative of a fairy tale based on a hand of randomly assigned plot devices. On their turn, players narrate the fairy tale off the top of their heads while trying to incorporate their hand of plot devices as key story elements.
Summer Games Done Quick 2015
This is Summer Games Done Quick, also known as SGDQ for those who want to retain the “gotta go fast” attitude that drives this charity event. This annual event, along with its sister get-together, Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), are around not just to showcase the speed-running community but also help raise money for really awesome charities
The Gaming CEO: Memoriam of Satoru Iwata
Satoru Iwata, was a man who loved video games. He loved creating memorable experiences with video games, and most importantly, he wanted to assure the best gaming experience was available to everyone. His never-ending passion, exceptional palate of programing skills, and steadfast leadership permanently defined his legacy in Nintendo's history books.
Skull and Roses
Can you look your friend in the eyes and read them like a book? Can you get in their head and make them question their every decision? Are you ready to watch your friends shake in anticipation and fear as they are forced to slowly reach out their hand and make a choice that could either spell victory or a crushing defeat for them? Let me tell you about Skull.
Blizzard and Strong Female Characters
Like many writers in the same position, Blizzard seems to regularly confuse “strong” with “powerful”. As such, we wind up with many of the same female archetypes, just wielding infinite cosmic power.
Affordable Space Adventures: Developer Q & A
Tired of buying games that don't satisfy your need for a brand new adventure? Thinking about going on a vacation to a city (or a planet) you've never been to before, but struggling to raise the needed funds? Well, look no further, future explorer! The ambitious teams of KnapNok Games and Nifflias' Games have developed the answer to all your problems! Introducing, Affordable Space Adventures!
Dork the Halls: Video Game Hero Secret Snowflake
‘Tis the season of merriment and festivity for many people all over the globe, and a big part of several holiday traditions is giving gifts to loved ones to let them know that you appreciate them. Imagine, if you will, that the Secret Society for Video Game Heroes (which totally exists, I assure you) got together to exchange anonymous holiday presents in the age-old tradition of Secret Snowflake. Full Article
Dork the Halls: Board Games for Bored Families During the Holidays
It’s that time of year when families gather together to celebrate the holidays, and what better way to spent quality time with everyone than to play some board games! We’ve picked our favorite board games for festive family fun, breaking them down into categories to cater to whatever your family enjoys the most! Full Article
Indie Game Revolution
Think back to your childhood: the hums and coin jangles of the arcade, the early weekend morning NES frenzies on the living room floor, and the dread of a save file being overwritten. The newest long-term exhibit at Seattle’s EMP Museum focuses on highlighting the journey that video games have gone through to become one of the most pervasive and exciting media in the world today. Full Article
Shovelry 101: Shovel Knight Review
Shovel Knight has taken the gaming community by storm recently thanks to it’s nostalgia-inducing gameplay, 8-bit graphics, and characters that’ll live on for ages to come. Steel thy shovels viewers, prepare for an in depth analysis of Shovel Kight - Yacht Club Games’s pride and joy.
5 Things We'd Like to See From Mass Effect 4
Happy N7 Day and Keelah se’lai! After the upcoming release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare will be turning more focus toward the fourth installment in the Mass Effect franchise. Not much is known about the game, other than that it is definitely not a continuation of Shepard’s story and that the Mako will be making a long-awaited return; all we can really do is speculate. Full Article
Creating Character: Which D&D Class Would You Be?
Anyone who has played Dungeons and Dragons has had to think a lot about what sort of character to create. You have to decide on your race, your deity, your weapons and armor and, arguably the most important choice, your class. Will you be a fierce druid protecting the wilds or a monk with a body as tuned and practiced as the most complex machine? Full Article
Mass Effect Fancast: Part 3
Get ready! It’s the final installment in our 3-part Mass Effect fancast. This time Tyler, Meagan, and Cody have wracked their brains for the best people to play the ME3 heavy-hitters, plus a few favorites who’ve been around since the beginning.
Mass Effect Fancast: Part 2
We’re back at it with the second installment of the Fanpup Mass Effect Fancast! This time Tyler, Meagan, and Cody have wracked their brains (and the internet) for the best choices to play the squadmates of ME2.
Mass Effect Fancast: Part 1
Rumors of a Mass Effect movie have been passed around the internet for years, with varying degrees of credibility. Naturally, much speculation has occurred regarding who would play Shepard and their team of soldiers and misfits. We here at Fanpup would be remiss if we didn’t do a little speculating of our own, so we bring you our own Mass Effect fancast. Full Article
Dungeon Defenders Eternity Review
Dungeon Defenders Eternity is the latest release from Trendy Entertainment, a unique mix of action and tower defense gameplay. Ultimately, it’s a more definitive version of the original Dungeon Defenders release. As with the original, it’s true visual discoball of a game. Colors are absolutely everywhere. It’s bright. Full Article
5.0 First Impressions: A D&D Preview
I know the 5th edition rules of Dungeons and Dragons have been in open beta for a long time and there’s a chance that for some of you, nothing in the new Players handbook is a surprise. However, for the rest of you who, for one reason or another, didn’t follow 5.0’s development, there are some first impressions of the new game. Full Article
PAX Prime 2014 Demos
Fanpup got to play a lot of amazing games at this year’s PAX Prime. Developers from around the world brought their A-game to show demos and gameplay footage from the most anticipated unreleased games of 2014-2015. Here’s what we thought.
11 Tali'Zorah Fan Concepts That Are Better Than the Game
I will admit through all the hubbub surrounding the ending of Mass Effect 3, the thing that made me most angry was the reveal of what Tali’Zorah looks like under her mask. Here are some fan concepts that would have been better than what we got in the game. Full Article
All that Dungeons is not Dragons: A Look at Some Other RPG Systems
As an avid fan of tabletop Role Playing Games, I am no stranger to the infamous Dungeons & Dragons. As the first published RPG, D&D has become a household name synonymous with slaying orcs and consuming snack-food with friends for hours on end. Full Article
BioWare, Romance, and Character
Recently, much attention has been paid to Ubisoft re: lack of female player characters. The internet community is standing up for inclusion and criticizing what should be completely unacceptable behavior. However, another story has been making its rounds much more quietly. BioWare has announced that some romance options in Dragon Age: Inquisition will be restricted based on the player character's gender. Full Article
We <3 Boardgames
Here at Fanpup, we love board games. Like... a lot. There is nothing better than gathering a group of friends, maybe some beers (if you're legal!), and playing games for hours on end. We don't want to brag, but some of us even consider ourselves tabletop connoisseurs. Lucky for you, we've decided to share a bit of our vast knowledge so that you can have fun playing some of the board games we love. Full Article
Discrimination in Competitive Gaming
Controversy recently erupted when it came to light that the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) would not be allowing female players to participate in the same competitions as male players. This decision was purportedly made in an attempt to legitimize online competitive gameplay as a real sport, in the same league as football and baseball. Full Article
See You Around, Wolf
In 2012, I was convinced that Telltale Games had created the perfect video game based off of a comic book with The Walking Dead: Season One. Now, after seeing the stylized fairytale-noir world of The Wolf Among Us, I can honestly say that Telltale has far exceeded their previous work, ultimately perfecting this format for games based on comic books. Full Article...
Women Scare Ubisoft
Ubisoft just can't catch a break. Their angry white men are in jeopardy—both those who are in the games and those who play them.
Fanpup's E3 Roundup
E3 is a video game lover's Valhalla. It's a treasure trove of exciting news and updates about pretty much every major game for the upcoming year. Naturally, we love it here at Fanpup. A few of our contributors have gathered some info on some of (in our opinion) the most promising games that got the E3 treatment.
Countdown to Tamriel: Elder Scrolls Online Beta Review
Last weekend, Fanpup contributors Maddy, John, and Kayla were fortunate enough to get access to the Elder Scrolls Online beta. Players have been asking for a multiplayer Elder Scrolls experience for years, so to finally dive into an almost finished game was a lot of fun! For those of you who didn’t get a chance to play, check out our review! Full Article...
Twitch Plays Pokemon First Journey Concludes
For those of you have been able to stay away from the internet for the past few weeks, you may have missed the beginning and climactic conclusion of the first iteration of the internet phenomenon that is Twitch Plays Pokémon. Full Article...
Standby for Titanfall: Impressions From the Beta
Titanfall, for the uninitiated, is a multiplayer first-person shooter coming out for Xbox One, PC, and Xbox 360. It focuses around parkour-style movement on foot and heavy-hitting mech combat in the eponymous Titans. Since I recently had the chance to participate in the Xbox One beta, I thought I’d share my impressions. Full Article...
Leveling Up: A Player's Guide to Pen-and-Paper RPGs
Pen-and-paper roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons and Shadowrun are one of the nerd community’s oldest and most beloved ways to gather, play, and share in our mutual interests. However, for those just venturing into the wide world of pen-and-paper RPGs, the experience can be overwhelming or intimidating. Luckily, we're here to help. Full Article...
Nintendo Nostalgia: N64 Games We Still Play and Love
The Nintendo 64 was a big part of many gamers' childhoods. To celebrate that, and take a walk down memory lane, we've complied a short list of some of the most popular and beloved N64 games of all time. Full Article...
Review: Firefly the Game
I just got Firefly: The Game as a Christmas present, and it was probably the one I was most excited about. I’d been looking forward to the release since I found out about it, and when I discovered that it was going to be out in time for the holidays, I knew exactly what I was going to ask for. Full article...
Making a Character that Makes Sense: A Guide for RPGs
Creating a character for a tabletop roleplaying game can certainly be a challenge, especially if you are new to the form. This article will help you through some of the more difficult aspects of character creation, and offer some tips and resources for people looking to create characters with depth. Full Article...
Check out our cosplay gallery from PAX Prime 2014.
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