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Insult Swordfighting: Quiz: The Citizen Kane of games
"Which game is being called the Citizen Kane of games?" This is why I love Mitch Krpata.
games  videogames  ohvideogames  mitchkrpata  citizenkane 
june 2013 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: The loneliness of the support gunner -- Video Game Reviews and Rants
"My energy is flagging and he is disappearing over a rise. I wonder: Had he even known I was there? Had I imagined our moment of shared transcendence? And I wonder: Will no one take my ammo?" Battlefield is often like this, which is why it's frustrating, and why it's brilliant.
battlefield3  games  teamwork  mitchkrpata  writing 
january 2012 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: Limboned -- Video Game Reviews and Rants
"The puzzles [in Limbo] aren't brain-busters, and even though you die a lot, it always puts you right back where you started. It's just so capricious. It never bothers to set limits or rules for the world you're in. Its sole concern seems to be killing you for no apparent reason. Instead of asking you to apply what you learned from your previous deaths, the game keeps changing the rules so it can kill you again. It's as though it's making things up as it goes, like a rambling first draft that could use a good revision."
mitchkrpata  limbo  games  puzzles  learning 
august 2010 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: Games of the decade: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time -- Video Game Reviews and Rants
"Then, after the Prince topples the evil Vizier and rewinds time, back to before the Sands destroyed everything, it's as though they've never met. When we realize that the Prince has been talking to Farah all along, and not to us, it is a perfect storytelling moment: funny, surprising, achingly romantic. I don't remember if Farah falls in love with the Prince after that, but I did." Mitch writes about Sands of Time in his end-of-decade list. It's still, I think, my favourite game of the decade.
games  sandsoftime  princeofpersia  mitchkrpata  writing 
december 2009 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: It's not called "Rock Band: The Beatles" for a reason -- Video Game Reviews and Rants
"I've developed a habit of delivering a drum solo at the beginning of every Rock Band track -- just a little wailing away while the song cues up. It's a way of making the songs mine. You can't do that in The Beatles. Hit a drum pad before the song starts, and nothing happens, because that sound isn't on the original recording... More important, it's the game's way of making sure that you don't dare mess with perfection! I'm not a huge fan of that attitude. Past -- and, technically, current -- Rock Band games are about engaging with the music on an equal level. This game, though, is a ball-washing of the highest order. Maybe the Beatles are more deserving of such treatment than any other band, but I don't think any band deserves that treatment. Not now that I've seen the alternatives." Mitch Krpata on his problems with Rock Band: The Beatles.
rockbandbeatles  mitchkrpata  games  music  creativity  improvisation  writing 
september 2009 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"It will [violent metaphor] you." Mitch has seen one too many press releases, methinks.
games  press  pr  e3  mitchkrpata  writing  funny  humour 
may 2009 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: Sackboy's lament
Mitch just isn't inspired by user-generated content, no matter how charming a core game might be. The comments thread on this one is really good.
mitchkrpata  littlebigplanet  ugc  games  creation  balance  testing 
november 2008 by infovore
Insult Swordfighting: Gamestop.com User-Submitted Previews: Left 4 Dead
"Oddly, although Left 4 Dead only comes out today, Gamestop.com has already switched from their previews to reviews. You'd think that wouldn't be enough time for their users to appraise the game. You would even think that they'd want to play the full game before trumpeting their thoughts and throwing around phrases like "game of the year." You would be wrong." Mitch is harsh but fair.
mitchkrpata  reviews  left4dead  games  internetpeople 
november 2008 by infovore

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