My Entire 2020 Video Game Experience

It wasn’t the brightest year but 2020 still shined. I haven’t written in a long time and it’s because I’ve taken a step back to collect my thoughts with patience. I know people say 2020 was a bad year, but it was good to me. I’m grateful that I get to write about my experience […]

The Importance of A Link to the Past

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One of the greatest games of the 16-Bit Era Developed by Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the greatest games of all time. It’s received unanimous praise for its game design, sound, and storytelling. One of the great aspects of the Zelda franchise is that the majority of […]

Shigeru Miyamoto, Video Game Designer

The Walt Disney of Video Games Shigeru Miyamoto is known as the godfather of modern video games and the greatest game designer. Shigeru is responsible for having created iconic characters like Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, and Pikmin. Shigeru has spent the past forty years in the industry developing the most highly acclaimed video […]

Tina Nawrocki, Cuphead Animator

Revitalizing an age-old technique in art and storytelling Tina Nawrocki is one of the animators of Cuphead, one of the most amazing video games of this past decade. Cuphead is a run n gun video game with an art style inspired by the 1930s. Developed by Studio MDHR, Cuphead’s illustration and animation are truly one […]

The life of Satoru Iwata

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One of the most influential programmers and developers in the gaming industry Satoru Iwata is one of the most widely influential and recognized programmers in the gaming industry. In 2005, Satoru became the president of Nintendo and led the company into new horizons. He’s creativity and achievements during his career have left a marking impression […]

Examples of UI Design in Video Games

Types of UI Design in Modern Video Games User Interface (UI) design in video games is communication through visuals. UI indicates to the player what is possible, relaying all the necessary information to understand how to play and navigate the game. When UI design is done right, it improves the user experience. “A user interface […]

Trends in Video Games: The Battle Pass

Premium Membership for Videogames The Battle Pass is a new business model implemented into video games. Players can download and play for free, but they must purchase a Battle Pass if they want to unlock unique content. Battle Passes are subscriptions for video games, similar to how some services like Grammarly or Spotify require users […]

Robert Hodri, 3D artist at ID Software

3D Environmental Artist in the Gaming Industry Robert Hodri is the Senior 3D Artist at id Software. They are among the most recognized developers in the industry, having created first-person shooters like Wolfenstein and Doom. Hodri has had the opportunity to work on both of their recent revival of franchises. Robert studied at the University […]

Impact of 3D Art Direction in Final Fantasy VII

The importance of Art direction in Final Fantasy Final Fantasy is one of the most widely recognizable Japanese role-playing games of all time. For over thirty-three years, Final Fantasy has helped define many aspects of the genre: deep storytelling, addictive combat, and quality content. Most recently, on April 10, 2020, Square-Enix released the Final Fantasy […]

The Hero’s Journey: Zelda Ocarina of Time

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The Hero’s Journey of Link from The Legend of Zelda For this week’s assignment in Principals of Game design, I’ve been asked to research and write the hero’s journey from my favorite stories. The Legend of Zelda video games will always be my favorite, and I wanted to apply Link’s hero’s journey to this assignment. […]

Akira Toriyama, Game and Manga Artist

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The creator of Dragon Ball makes concept art for games Akira Toriyama is one of the most acclaimed Japanese manga and game artists. Toriyama’s illustrations have a signature style that’s instantly recognizable upon a glance or distance. Akira’s most notable works are Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest, and Chrono Trigger. Akira became the wealthiest […]

Nintendo Direct Announces Mario’s 35th Anniversary

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Celebrating over three decades of fun To celebrate Mario’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo announced a couple of new video games, content, and toys featuring Mario through a Nintendo Direct. Mario has been Nintendo’s longest-running and one of the most critically acclaimed video game franchises of all time. The Italian plumber has come a long way from […]