Although I initially agreed with the late Roger Ebert’s opinion that videogames aren’t, and can never be art, this game is quickly opening my eyes; quite possibly, they always were. I had planned a long post (or possibly a series) in which I would list the various reasons games aren’t art, and although I still… Read More Review: The Super Shinobi (Sega Megadrive)
Since the advent of video games in popular culture, there have been those that would desire to approach the media in a scholarly and studious manner as one would a science. The study of games is often named as ‘ludology‘ although there seems to be a little contestation as to the actual meaning. Verboten is… Read More Verboten Ludology.
Once upon a time, Sega were struggling to make Mario. It’s true, but the schtick was that they needed their own Mario. They tried with the whole big-eared Monkey-esque Alex Kidd to some limited degree of success, and they tried with some wondrous boy who ran around in fig-leaf pants throwing hatchets at snails and… Read More REVIEW: Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Sega Master System)
Verboten Games shall be running through a series of short posts about games in terms of space-manipulation. Most electronic games are comprised of space in which the player can manoeuvre, and we shall be exploring this and how it impacts on gameplay and challenge. To start with, though: a few definitions that shall be used… Read More Introduction to: Games as a manipulation of virtual space.
The people of the small village of Sand (so-called, because it is located in an arid region with little to look at except for the stuff) find it very difficult to grow food in their area, yet live very close to a mountain that captures enough moisture from the atmosphere to grow vegetation and the… Read More Let me tell you a story.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about tasty biscuits whilst playing games. Not because I’m some greedy biscuit-monster, although that’s not far from the truth, but because I like the game part of games. Yeah, the game part. To explain what I mean, take your favourite game and a pack of your favourite biscuits. Power up the… Read More Gaming in bytes.