Category: Video Games

Are video games art?

http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6895146/yay-or-nay-are-videogames-art

I frequent collegehumor.com quite a bit. I mostly go to find random, funny videos because I am easily amused (obviously). Anyway, I came across this video that asks the age old question: Are ______ art? In this case, are video games art?

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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

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I have been trying to find the time to completely play through the new Call of Juarez. I decided to give a little post of what my thoughts have been so far about the game.

First thing’s first: this game doesn’t do anything different then what you would expect from a shooter. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It centers around its main character, Silas Greaves, who recounts his history of bounty hunting real iconic wild west criminals. This game is highly enjoyable. The gameplay is quick and easy and doesn’t use any fancy tricks. Being a big western fan I enjoy playing any game in this setting and Call of Juarez is just that.

So if you are looking for just a fun game to go through and at 14.99 I can say there is some fun to be had here.

Sony has one upped Microsoft in the new gaming console “war”.

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Sony has done something right so far in promoting their highly anticipated PS4 console and that’s by marketing it as what it is, a gaming console before anything.

“The most important thing we need to make sure we do, at least initially, is that we all agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers,” said Hirai. “If we miss that part than I don’t think we get the initial establishment of the console.”

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said at this year’s All Things Digital conference.

Microsoft has been pushing their new Xbox One console as an all-in-one entertainment console to much backlash from dedicated gamers.

Your move, Microsoft.

– Kristen

I may no longer support Microsoft…

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As you all may have seen, we have posted a few of our thoughts on the Xbox One. With more and more of the information trickleing out as we lead up to E3, I find myself drifting away from the Xbox fandom I used to have.

The price point so far has been rumoured to be at $770 or close to it. I also can’t get behind the idea that Kinect is always on. The first big mistake was Microsoft letting go of almost every exclusive franchise with really only Halo, Forza and Gears left and I could really care less about those franchises anymore. So needless to say, I am excited to see what the PS4 will be bringing to the market this year at E3.

Let’s see how this will play out.

-Andrew

It’s Fridayyy!

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Hello all you lovely people! It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the weekend! But it also means it’s time for us here at Aural/Visual to say THANK YOU! To all our lovely followers.

It has been a great week and we hope to continue to bring you guys some informative and entertaining posts to check out.

We’ve been busy here thinking of new ways to interact and keep things interesting. We are currently working on a logo to help brand our blog and also working on video components featuring reviews and game play of new video games and film reviews.

So that’s how I’m spending my weekend. (Aside from my real job. Yay, adulthood!)

We love feedback and would love to hear from you all! Tell us what you would like us to review or talk about.

Email: auralvisualreviews@gmail.com

Thanks again for all the love and tell your friends!

E3 2013 – Top games to watch

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With E3 just around the corner and all 3 next gen consoles finally on the table, it’s time to look at what games we should be excited for.

Here is just a short list that I know I will be keeping my eye on once E3 comes around:

Watch Dogs came on everyone’s radar last year at E3 but we only got a tiny glimpse of what the game is about, so we can expect this year we should get a ton of new information. For me, I am just excited about a brand new IP.

 

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The newly announced Arkham Origins seems to have everyone in a buzz already. Being a big fan of the first two installments of the series, I was taken by a surprise to see they were going with sort of a prequel this time around.
The big news and the coolest aspect to me is the ability to play back and forth from Bats to Deathstroke in similar fashion that we could in Arkham city playing as Catwoman.

For me I know it will be pretty cool to take control of Deathstroke in a game.
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Grand Theft Auto V is almost here with its September release, but we can still expect to get a ton more juicy details of the game at E3.
Being an avid GTA fan any information about this game has been good information. The difference in this installment being we take control of three main characters as opposed to one singular main character. Should be interesting to see how it all plays out.
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Beyond Two Souls is another game that has been strongly on my radar. From the quantic dream the makers of Heavy Rain, comes a new installment in there cinemaesque video game. It has already got great recognition as a film as well as a game. We can expect to see some great performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. For me being a massive movie buff as well as a gamer, blurring the lines between games and movies has been very exciting as it is akin to the old “choose your own adventure” books I read growing up. But now we can finally take control of a film and see how it plays out.
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I know we already made a post about this, BUT… (IGN Article)

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http://m.ca.ign.com/articles/2013/05/22/kinect-will-be-available-on-pc-eventually?

I just read this on my IGN app and unlike my boyfriend, I wasn’t able to watch the reveal, so I’m getting all my info from various sources.

Anyway, I have three things I already am not liking about the Xbox One, that are outlined in the article:

1) Next gen Kinect will be available on PC in the near future. WHY?

2) Previous Xbox hardware such as controllers and the first Gen Kinect will not work with the new console. Awesome, so all controllers that I currently own can’t serve as back ups and are essentially obsolete when my current console goes down.

3) Kinect must be plugged in at ALL times in order for the console to work? It will always be on, even in the dark, watching your every move and hearing every sound? Cool, so then someone will eventually figure out how to hack the system and possibly creep on you…

I know I’m taking that last one a little to the extreme but come on folks, anything is possible.

Might I add, motion gaming is only fun if you’re drunk and EVEN THEN it gets old really fast. Or if you’re a child.

With that said, maybe Microsoft shouldn’t force their customers into using hardware they may never or simply don’t want to use. If there is one thing we humans love to have, it’s having options. GIVE US SOME.

The only way I’ll consider purchasing he new system is if they revamp Killer Instinct.

Maybe I’m being too critical and maybe I should wait to get more info on the Xbox One, but as of right now I am a little iffy about it.