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Stereotypes in Gaming: Where is the Line?


“I’m like my mother. I stereotype. It’s faster.” – Ryan Bingham, Up in the Air

A few weeks ago I was at a party, and I made a joke to non-white friend based on a certain, less than pleasant racial stereotype. They were not impressed. I did not, of course, mean it in earnest, but that’s by the way. Much as I want to believe, we don’t live in a post-racial world.

I picked up Guacamelee this week and was immediately captivated. Who wouldn’t be? It’s a beautiful looking Castlevania-ish platformer with nimble gameplay. Most importantly, it’s overflowing with charm: charming characters, bad and good, charming environments, charming music, even charming boss fights. If I were writing a review, it would probably be titled: “The Charmingly Charming World of Guacamelee.”

But what’s so charming about it? Read the rest of this entry


PlayStation Network to Get GTA Vice City Tomorrow


Rockstar Games announced that the PlayStation Network will get GTA Vice City tomorrow, January 29. According to Rockstar Games, the system-selling open-world title will be available for digital download from the PlayStation Store for $9.99 starting Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Set in the 1980’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City cast players as Tommy Vercetti, a Liberty City Mobster on an extended stay in the Miami-inspired city after a drug deal goes awry. Tommy’s story is all about him and his new (unsavory) cohorts finding those who tried to stab him in the back and to build his empire as the new kingpin of Vice City. Learn more about GTA: Vice City after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Top Five Anti-Heroes In Gaming

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Everyone loves playing badass characters. Especially badass characters with interesting personalities, stories, and unstoppable revenge on their minds. There’s nothing like a murdered wife, family, or just plain old bloodlust that players connect with to justify all the violence and the kills they perform in their favorite video games. The next five characters are considered good guys; yet when we look at their personalities, their adventures, and what they’ve done (so far), these men can be classified as evil, evil people. Definitely not the kind of people that we should be rooting for.

With that said, it still feels good to be bad doesn’t it?

Check out JTM Games’ list of the top five (evil) good guys after the break.

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