What do you do when the industry you’re usually covering for your job basically shuts down? For this week’s episode of Entretiens journalistiques, Oliver Sachgau talks about his experience as a journalist forced into lockdown.
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Crank that PC speaker sound up, dust out that keyboard and get ready to go back to an era where simpler 2D action-platformers had to compete with juggernauts like Doom. Secure your mullet and your mustache, remember your top-level CIA training and fend off the mutant hordes in Bio Menace.
Did someone said Full Motion Video? A pure product of the 90’s, full motion videogames were a technological leap that came to life when CD-ROM drives became more popular – and more affordable – for the consumer market. To take advantage of all the possibilities offered by these 700 megabytes of space now available, games included real actors and real video sequences… Usually with a terrible result.
Who said that life should be boring during a pandemic? While the world is in lockdown, the time is right to go back to an era where video games could revolutionize the industry, or disappear without a trace, all this from a single CD, or even from a floppy disk. Welcome to SVGA, a show about retro gaming in all it’s glory – and horror.
What makes a « heavy » or « grand » strategy game player happy? Is it a thick rulebook? A pleathora of units? The historical accuracy? And what are the rules to create a « good » strategy game? Enthusiasts, gamers and developpers don’t always see eye to eye on the topic.
Soul-crushing crunch time to be sure to launch a new game on time; the risk of being fired once a project is complete; the multiplication of microtransactions in full-priced games while locking important features behind a paywall… The videogame industry is not living its brightest moment, but a new publisher, Modern Wolf, aims to set some new standards.
Avengers: Endgame is not for just anybody. This movie is for the souls who watched every movie on opening night, and for those who rewatched them again before every major event. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is the movie event of the year. It’s a love letter to the diehard fans of the past decade, and it works. It’s the perfect ending to an anthology of wonderful stories.
Shazam! is the newest entry in the DC Movie Universe. After a series of bad to mediocre movies, DC realized that the biggest criticism they faced was the level of grittiness that caked the sides of their films: coated of broodiness, globbed with self-doubt, and void of smiles and lightheartedness.
Movies based on real events have a difficult task ahead of them: they need to keep the integrity of the event, but still tell a compelling story. If done poorly, it’s either a boring movie, or full of lies. Stockholm, a film by Canadian director, Robert Budreau, tells the story of the Norrmalmstrog robbery; this movie is a complete fictionalized version of the event that took place. Though Ethan Hawke’s performance is captivating, Stockholm is an ultimately flawed movie about relationships, and survival.
Will you triumph at the head of the Allied Forces? Or will you unite the world under tyranny, for the glory of the Reich, the japanese Emperor or the idea of a New Rome? Strategy fans and Axis and Allies afficionados could scratch that grand strategy itch with the upcoming Axis and Allies Online, developped and published by Beamdog.