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Hollywood has produced tons of stellar adaptations. The Godfather was translated beautifully from Mario Puzo’s novel. Driving Miss Daisy hit no speedbumps in its move from stage to screen. The Avengers turned the comic book series into a pop-culture juggernaut.
When it comes to games, though, film studios have yet to find the magic formula. That hasn’t stopped them from trying.
My daughter is completely in love with it and gets upset if I play without her, which poses a problem when you happen to review games for a living. My wife is in charge of paying the bills each month; at some point, she’s going to notice the hefty assortment of Toys ‘R’ Us charges on our credit card statement. The “it’s a write off!” excuse might not fly.
The ESRB isn’t just the gatekeeper of what can and can’t appear in a video game. It’s also proven to be a helpful tool for parents, a shield against those who wish to demonize an industry, and a thorn in the side of game makers hoping to reach the biggest audience possible.
It turns 20 on Tuesday, and while vidoe game ratings are now ubiquitous, that wasn’t always the case.
Adored by players from the moment it was announced in 1998, the system was truly ahead of its time. Even today, on the 15th anniversary of its debut, the Dreamcast has a fan base more loyal than many modern systems.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be happening.
The Final Fantasy XIV-themed Eorzea Cafe, which opens tomorrow, is shaping up to be a high-class establishment that blends haute cuisine with an environment evoking the spirit of the game. A yellow light, meant to simulate the sunset in the city-state of Gridania, permeates the cafe.
The numerous Game of the Year honors that Sony’s post-apocalyptic adventure The Last of Us took home in 2013 (including one from us) weren’t just because of the game’s tense gameplay. The story – and the phenomenal acting by the cast of voice actors – was just as good.
So if you missed last night’s one-time live performance of selected parts of the game by that same cast, you owe it to yourself to take the time to watch it now.