Limited Thinking

In this episode, Volcano Bakemeat Radio look at the games that used their limited resources to think outside the box, (and the games that maybe should have have had a few more limits). We also try to imagine how you could make a character-focused RPG with one voice actor and decry a major missed opportunity in Duke Nukem Forever.

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Doing Your Research: 5 Do’s and Don’ts of In-Game Lore

Over the last generation or two, there has been a notable shift in the way video games are written. It’s not just enough for a game to have strong mechanics and pretty graphics. Gamers now demand that their games deliver an engaging story – in particular, one that transports them to a well fleshed out world. The escapist nature of video games has been covered extensively by Volcano Bakemeat, and the easiest way to establish that element of wonder is by making sure your world has interesting, in-depth lore.

We have all experienced strong lore: a universe that you want to jump into and never leave. We all know what house we’d be sorted into at Hogwarts or which side of the Force we would favor. Many of the same elements that make for strong lore in other media also works for video games, yet many games get it wrong.

The way I see it there are five rules of thumb to making lore that pulls gamers in instead of putting them to sleep:

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5 Metal Gear Sequels That Would Be more Interesting Than “Survive”

Everyone knows the story of Konami and the Metal Gear franchise. After removing his name from the title of the MGSV and refusing to let him accept the award at the VGAs, Konami fired MGS auteur Hideo Kojima for reasons that will likely forever remain unknown (although let’s be real, he’s probably a huge pain to work with). This year, they announced their first Post-Kojima Metal Gear game, Metal Gear Survive, in which a group of MSF soldiers get pulled through a wormhole into an alternate universe where they fight zombies made out of crystals.

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5 Video Games that Would Make Excellent Netflix Originals

Back when they first announced their plans to produce their own content, dubbed “Netflix Originals” or “Netflix Original Series,”people were both skeptical and hopeful of Netflix’s ability to deliver. Thankfully, Netflix has proven many times over that they are quite capable of delivering quality programming, with hits like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Daredevil, just to name a few. Continue reading 5 Video Games that Would Make Excellent Netflix Originals

Bowser and the Banshees: What makes a final encounter matter?

Due to the nature of this article, spoilers for Metal Gear Solid 3, the first God of War, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem and Mass Effect 3 follow.

So that’s it. You just finished the final boss. You’re sitting on the couch, fingers still a little tense. You put the controller down to watch the last cut scene, when you realize something is deeply wrong. You don’t care. Why? The battle was tough. You were challenged, but at the end of the day, it was just a battle that was slightly bigger and harder than the other ones before it. And that’s probably the problem.

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