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My Mom Plays Portal

Features, Games and Gaming

My 53-year-old mother was recently in town visiting me, and while she was here, I decided to have her play lots and lots of video games. Even though she’s not really a gamer, she played Pong and Ms. Pac Man from time to time when she was younger, and when I was growing up, she would play the occasional game of Tetris on my NES. Currently, she enjoys playing Peggle, Wii Fit, and Katamari Damacy (or as she calls it: “The rolly-up game,”) but that’s pretty much the extent of her gaming experience. Because I am not above exploiting my own family for entertainment purposes, I decided to take notes while she played and write about the experience.

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Heinous Crimes Edition (02.13.11)

Games and Gaming, News

Piracy occurs on the big bad Internets, as Crysis 2 gets leaked and spread far and wide through the less reputable channels of the World Wide Web. Also, Ben and I express confusion as to the appeal of Battlestar Galactica, Activision summons the ghost of an old franchise in order to twist it into something new and horrifying, Chell from Portal joins the ranks of female game characters that look like actual women, we alternately defend and accuse gamers of being sexual deviants, more confusion as to what the Hell is going on in David O. Russell’s head, and a new gaming peripheral that’s tailor-made for this podcast debuts. Please, share and enjoy, and contact us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 15 (02/13/11)


Valve’s E3 Portal 2 Videos: All Together Now

Games and Gaming

Some of this is kinda spoilery, so if you’re super-sensitive to that kind of thing, you might want to avert your eyes and/or ask your mom to watch them for you.

Executive summary: everything is splendid and shiny and it looks as if it’s going to be a Real New Game rather than lazy sequelitis-stricken more of the same (looking at you, Bioshock 2). However, if, like me, you’re not all that bright and actually found Portal kind of difficult in parts, it looks like this is going to grind your pelvis to sparkly Breeder Dust™.

One: Wheatley, the Personality Sphere

Two: Excursion Funnels

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