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GameCrank: Clogged Pipes–Is Mario Getting Fat?

Patrick

April 30, 2013

  Mario. I think we're fairly well acquainted with him at this point. I'm not going to go over how "Mario" has changed video games and the world over the last 32 years, since that would be boring, obvious, and trite. Mar...

GameCrank: The Perfect Game?

Patrick

January 13, 2013

The discussion over objective quality is one that has rattled my brain for a long time now. On one hand, a part of me wants to fundamentally reject the idea of a perfect game on my belief that there's no such thing as perfect, ...

GameCrank: A Postmortem Wii Retrospective

Patrick

December 17, 2012

So, the WiiU is out. It's been doing okay... I guess. It's still a bit early to judge, so I'll leave my commentary for after the Christmas sales stop rolling in. Then we can talk numbers. For now, I want to take a look ba...

GameCrank: Horror-rific Part 2: A Walk in the Woods and Nothing Else

Patrick

November 12, 2012

Part two of a two-part piece by Patrick Pontes. Welcome back. Modern horror games are suffering because they're letting go of the atmospheric, tension-building aspects of their design and instead focusing on action, combat, and ...

GameCrank: Horror-rific Part 1: What Makes a Good Horror Game

Patrick

October 22, 2012

Part one of a two-part piece by Patrick Pontes. Horror. Every time it's brought up, people try to describe it as a genre of gaming that's either disappearing or making a comeback, but nobody ever says why. The closest thi...

GameCrank: “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” Review

Patrick

March 13, 2012

  Assassin's Creed is the kind of franchise that I originally thought could be fantastic. It was new, it was different, it had the groundwork for a huge, expansive story, and it had gameplay potential. Sure, the origina...

GameCrank: The Right to Feel Awesome

Patrick

December 22, 2011

It's no secret that a lot of games these days are about power fantasy, about putting you in the shoes of some unstoppable, tough-as-nails tough guy who you wish you could be. It's one of the most potent forms of escapism there is: ...

GameCrank: Has Sonic Been Saved? Part 2

Patrick

December 7, 2011

Welcome back. I believe that the Sonic franchise is currently at risk. It's stagnating. While his recent games have been great, they haven't been too bold, and mostly they've just been building off of previous failures. I re...

GameCrank: Has Sonic Been Saved? Part 1

Patrick

November 28, 2011

I've said it before and I'll say it again: introductions to "Sonic the Hedgehog" are pointless. We all know who he is. We all know the franchise has a problem. We all (should) know that his games mostly stink. However, most of ...

GameCrank: Hate the Immitators, not the Creators

Patrick

November 16, 2011

I hate "Call of Duty." I hate "Halo." I hate "Gears of War." Why do I hate them, do you ask? Well, according to popular Internet culture, I'm supposed to hate them because they've "ruined the video game industry". They're "u...

Generic Pep Rally Response #978

Patrick

October 18, 2011

By Patrick Pontes Let's face it: if you attend Hopkinton High School, then you already know about the Pep Rally banning issue. If you don't, then just talk to somebody who does go there if you're truly interested. Now, bef...

GameCrank Editorial: Violence in Video Games

Patrick

June 15, 2011

I want you to do a little experiment. Go to your nearest game retailer--Best Buy, Gamestop, it doesn't matter--and take a look at the game rack. Try to pick a shelf in the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 section. Notice those large le...

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