This War of Mine

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Video games and war are like chocolate cookies and milk. Ever since their original mix the combination has earned millions of faithful fans who enjoy the many different versions of that trope. Gamers have been offered a great variety of perspectives and capabilities. Do you want to be a super soldier? Check out FPS, the mass-produced genre of our times, and you’ll find yourself to be a more capable mass murderer than a whole army. Do you want to be a general? Well, there are a thousand titles that let you lead your troops, use diplomacy and manage every aspect of your (military) state. Even RPGs and action games often use war as their main theme or at least a plot device. There was, however, one point of view that was always mysteriously missing from the big picture. That gap is what This War of Mine wishes to fill;  the war experience of a regular human being trapped amidst the chaos of conflict. Continue reading

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Welcome to Hentai Land: An Interview with LewdGamer

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So far most of our interviews included those we often call creatives. People passionate about design, developing, music, gaming and so forth. They create their own content, putting their best effort at providing us with high quality material. Their importance in our daily entertainment cannot be overstated. There is, however, another group whose contribution doesn’t receive the proper attention. It’s those who review and promote the content available out there, those we use as sources to discover new titles and opinions. They are the ones that help turn new titles into successful projects while preserving past masterpieces. Especially in the underground such efforts are rare and mostly overlooked. LewdGamer, a newly founded  website dedicated to promoting hentai games, wishes to become a digital home for fans of the genre. I asked Ryan, the site’s founder, to tell us more about his interesting project. Continue reading

Heroines of Beauty and Lust: An Interview with Projekt Wolfenstahl

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Even though Japan is considered the dominant producer of erotic art worldwide, slowly but steadily we see more and more Westerners trying to earn a share of the market. One of the newest teams of people devoted to this effort is Projekt Wolfenstahl, a dynamic duo that enjoys creating lewd images and storylines. During this interview we’ve had the opportunity to talk about the past, new projects, hentai and much more. Continue reading

Everything has its own fee: An Interview with Team Galanx

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As regular readers of our blog might have noticed, the majority of the guests in our “Interviews” column have been individuals. In a world where technology offers a wide array of options to artists it’s to be expected that a great many of them would prefer to work alone, completely in control of their product, instead of finding others with similar interests. Team Galanx, the people responsible behind the release of the Konstandin demo, are a great example of what is achievable with team work. It’s not an everyday occurence to come across an indie title that looks like a triple A production, especially in the RPG Horror genre. The game’s quality has grabbed the attention of the gamer community and we just couldn’t miss the opportunity to find out more details about this amazing title. Continue reading

It’s just the end of the world: An interview with Warmer

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One of the reasons video games have become the huge industry that they are is because they provide people with a diverse mix of quality work in different mediums, be it visual arts, programming or storytelling. Music is another form of expression that thrives in the gaming industry, especially among independent titles. The Cat Lady’s OST, an incredible mix of dark and depressing themes, was one of the most pleasant surprises of the last few years. It was through this game that I discovered Warmer, a one man project by Jesse Gunn, and the excellent music this band has produced over the years. A musician who is not afraid to try experiment, a person of strong beliefs and love for his work, Jesse was one of the people I felt that I had to invite on our blog. It’s an honor to have him here.

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Pixelated Dreams & Nightmares: An Interview with Dreaming Games

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One of the opinions I reached during the last half of 2014 is that RPG Maker/Indie Horror RPGs are perhaps the most interesting aspect of the modern video game industry. Perhaps it’s that I am a rookie on the genre, but most titles I have come across so far are very interesting and, despite the low budget and the small number of developers, original. Dreaming Games, a team of three people Accha (artists & producer), Trass (main composer) and Usachii (main vocalist) is among those who seem to have a promising future. They have already released titles such as Painted Heart and -the excellent, if I may say so- Dreaming Mary. Both games have gained the attention of the fandom and I really wanted to have them participate in an interview with us. Despite our many delays, they were thankfully happy to participate and tell us all about their games and their team. Continue reading

An interview with ManlyBadassHero

“Because everyone needs a chibi Manly Badass Hero…” by Carriekrackensbane.

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Video games. They are one of the fastest developing industries of our time, covering a vast field of different themes, satisfying the demand of a greatly diverse audience. The growth of the industry isn’t simply economical. In cultural terms, video games gain an increasingly larger amount of our time, adding new thoughts, words and interests in our daily lives.

Video game commentary, also known as “Let’s play”, is one of the gaming community’s biggest occupations. Why is that? In my opinion, it provides fans with the thing they have always wanted -the ability to experience, talk and share information about video games without any middle men.

To be honest, I am not a big fan of most playthroughs. But ManlyBadassHero, a commentator who focuses mainly on the adventure and horror genres, is among the few people whose commentary truly interests me. From ib to Alien Isolation and from The Crooked Man to Outlast, the titles that he picks up and the way he takes the viewer into the game is incredible. This is why I wanted to interview him for our blog and, thankfully, he was more than happy to participate. Continue reading