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The Nintendo Virtual Boy, Is it Nintendo's Biggest Failure?

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Community college student Palmer Luckey made a splash at CES 2013 with his 3D gaming headset, the Oculus Rift. The buzz was so strong, in fact, that Facebook purchased Oculus in 2014 for the staggering sum of $2 billion. The interesting thing is that this technology is not new news.

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Payday 2: Crimewave Edition Review – Old School Game Vault

PayDay 2 Crimewave Edition Review

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There’s something about a perfect heist that is viscerally satisfying. Some of the greatest films of our time are heist stories – Reservoir Dogs, Heat, and The Usual Suspects. Maybe it’s the thrill of casting off the shackles of society and organized behavior.

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Video Game Achievements & Trophies - Do They Consume You while Playing?

Video Game Achievements And Trophy

One of the biggest innovations of the 7th generation of video game consoles was the persistent metagame of achievement and trophy hunting. Though there were a few limited precursors (Activision in 1982!), Gamerscores originated with Xbox 360 achievements in 2005, but Valve and Sony quickly realized what a smart idea it was and added achievement and trophy systems to Steam and the PS3 in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
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Splatoon – Nintendo Wii U Review - The Old School Game Vault

Splatoon

The Intro:

By their very nature, shooters are all about violence. Usually, the grim, gritty, blood splattered kind of violence. In recent times, however, there have been a whole spate of games which challenge the genre tropes they fall under.

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Retro Video Games: A New Market for Old Classics

Retro Video Games

Many people, even those who aren’t into the current gaming scene, have a certain strong nostalgia for the video games of their youth. You might remember feeding quarter after quarter into games like Galaga and Ms. Pac Man at that arcade next to the mall food court, or maybe your favorite part of going grocery shopping with your mom was that there was a Frogger machine at the store!

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Game-Breaking Glitches: A Video Game Hit List

Game Glitches in 2015

Maddeningly, we’ve all had the experience. You’re progressing through an enjoyable game, devoting your time and being rewarded for it, when all of a sudden there’s a glitch. A glitch that makes it impossible for you to carry on as you were.

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Magicka 2 – PS4 Review – The Old School Game Vault

Magicka 2 – Playstation 4 Review

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Magicka 2 had one of the most hilarious announcement trailers for a game in recent history. It featured an out of work wizard committing blunder after blunder until he saw an ad where wizards were being hired.

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Destiny: House of Wolves – PS4 DLC Review

Destiny: House of Wolves – DLC Review

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Destiny was supposed to be the greatest thing to happen to shooters since sliced bread. It wasn’t. The game featured a notoriously weak story and several critical gameplay bugs, including a loot system that would make Scrooge McDuck wince.

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The Evil Within: The Executioner – DLC Review

The Evil Within: The Executioner – DLC Review

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A large portion of the horror genre is based on shock value. Where jump scares don’t work, horror stories often go to the weirdness well, mining terror out of sheer grotesqueness and/or gore. Occasionally, these efforts work spectacularly and deliver a setting or a character which is truly memorable.

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Ziggurat PS4 Review – The Old School Game Vault

Ziggurat Playstation 4 Review

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Back in the day, ID Software came out with a game called Heretic. It was a 3-D fantasy shooter and developers Raven Software used a modified version of the excellent Doom engine.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Playstation 4 Review

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Review

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Playstation 4 Review, PS4

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

The Intro:

The Witcher series has always been somewhat of an outlier in the RPG genre. Not because the games aren’t great (they are) or because the setting is completely different from every other RPG (it isn’t.)

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Videogames are the best thing to happen to storytelling!

Game Design in Video Games

In 1941, the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges wrote a story called “The Garden of Forking Paths” that was basically a “wouldn’t it be cool” vision of a story that could include all of its different possible outcomes—when a decision was made, the story could follow each of the forking paths that result.

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Here is Why We are in the Golden Age of Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming

For a while there in the 90s and 00s it looked like video games would be a medium in which you could never look back. Video games are a medium tightly bound to its underlying technologies, and with those technologies improving in leaps and bounds, playing a three-year-old game, let alone a ten-year-old game,

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State of Decay Review - The Old School Game Vault

State of Decay Review

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State of Decay sets it up well – your friend isn’t long for this world. You decide it has to be done, so you drive him up to the nearest home you can find. The neighborhood has been ravaged by the zombie plague.

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World War I Meets Valiant Hearts in a Thriller of a Game

Valiant Hearts Video Game

I have killed a lot of digital enemies in my day. I can’t even imagine what my overall gamer kill count and bullet count are—I’ve popped enough related trophies and achievements to know it’s got to be high. Which is why I really appreciated the short, contemplative puzzle adventure title Valiant Hearts: The Great War, which follows four characters through the madness, heartbreak, and tenacity of the Western front in World War I.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China - The Old School Game Vault

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Review

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The McGuffin. At once a potentially infuriating and amazing plot device. Usually, the purpose of the McGuffin is to drive a larger story. Cinema has given us some great McGuffins like the Pulp Fiction briefcase and the Maltese Falcon.

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Mortal Kombat X Review – The Old School Game Vault

Mortal Kombat X Characters

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In 2011, Mortal Kombat finally grew up. Yes, a game that featured more mutilations and blood spatter than ever before, grew up. Our beloved gory fighter took a step up and finally became a game that was worthy of professional competitions.

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Who Wants to Read in a Video Game?

Playstation 4 Bloodborne

Video games are primarily a visual medium—it’s right there in the word itself. But of course they’re more than that, too. There’s the interactivity, of course, and the sound design can really improve or drag down a game…and then there’s reading. 

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OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood Playstation 4 Review

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood Review

Skateboarding is a Blast:

Last year, an unassuming 2D skating game made its way onto PlayStations worldwide. It was called OlliOlli. Almost instantaneously, the game became a smash-hit.

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