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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


Top 5 Most Anticipated PS Vita Games of 2013


Other than a strong launch, the PlayStation Vita struggled through most of 2012. Not only did the system not have a “Must-buy” title, it was competing with smartphones, tablets, and the Nintendo 3DS with its expensive $249 price tag. Thankfully, the Vita is looking to bounce back this year with a varied lineup of games (including a highly-anticipated first-party, first person shooter) and and new apps to keep gamers coming back to Sony’s flagship handheld.

With that, let’s begin our list of the top 5 most anticipated PS Vita games of 2013! Read the rest of this entry

PAX 2012: Best PlayStation Vita Game

Earlier this summer, Gamescom brought about huge news of upcoming PlayStation Vita games; however it was at PAX Prime is where gamers really got their hands on some of the most highly-anticipated games for the handheld. Players could try the platform-heavy Guacamelee, the 8-bit open-world mayhem of Retro City Rampage, the online cooperative gameplay of Ragnarok Odyssey, and of course, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.

In this article, I’ll discuss what I think were the best PlayStation Vita games at PAX. I’ll also talk about my pick as the Vita game of show. But before I begin, here are some honourable mentions: