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Inside a North Korean video arcade. FUN IS MANDATORY REPORT ANYONE NOT HAVING FUN IMMEDIATELY.

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Mandatory Fun

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Important Internet Opinion: Call of Juarez Gunslinger

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I’ve played through most of old-west unreliable-narrator on-rails pistolero party Call of Juarez Gunslinger. I am now prepared to tell you all of the things you need to know about it.

Q: Is it pretty?

Oh, hell yeah, it is pretty like a sunset. It is so pretty that there were more than a few times when I just stood there, you know, virtually, taking in the beauty of the Rugged Western Vista, rays of buddha peeking over some craggy peak, flocks of birds wheeling in the middle distance waiting for a birdy bandit buffet in the trail of corpses I was inevitably going to leave in my wake. The world is spectacular and edges just the right amount into magical realism, and the graphical fidelity, with a powerful enough computer machine, is as good as you’ll see anywhere for current-gen games. Here, marvel in the prettiness:

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Mr. Steven’s Review of Shank

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Mr. Steven’s the butler in “Remains of the Day”

As it is the case with these things, indeed, any thing which one might think on and analyze, and, in doing so, create a montage, an eclectic collage, if you will, of themes and and motifs, I’m not sure a cohesive whole, a singular zeitgeist could, indeed, should, be taken from it.

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Masterpiece: Robotron 2084

“It’s no wonder that many of us often find solace in the high-concept games of the classical arcade era, that beautiful time in the 1980s when Pac-Man was god and Defender was thought to be too damn confusing. There is one game that towers above even those in my—admittedly minority—opinion: Robotron 2084.”

I could not agree more.

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Toru Iwatani's sketches for the original Pac Man

A sketch for the Pac Man maze

Professor Toru Iwatami, the creator of Pac-Man, recently traveled to The Netherlands to speak at the Festival of Games in Leeuwarden. Along the way, on the bus, he produced a folder from his briefcase, inside it the original sketches for Pac-Man.

Toru Iwatani shows the preliminary sketches for Pac Man

Sketches for the Pac Man character

In terms of game design, this is Michelangelo’s Creation of Man. Except that Mike never traveled to Leeuwarden to receive the Guinness prize for most installed coin-op games.

Via Control. Pics by Sandra Pompe.