Comic Time!

TRU_blog_portraitThe other girls call me old school.  I love games like Tetris, Dig-Dug, Rampage, Pac-Man, and Frogger.  They’re simple ideas, easy to learn but hard to master.  I don’t expect a compelling story from them, just a fun hour of play.  I’ve been disappointed too often with half-assed plots and two-dimensional characters in mainstream game releases.  If I want to be engulfed in a good story I read a novel.

So when I watched Eve play through The Last of Us I wasn’t ready for my emotional response.

!!SPOILER ALERT!! 

The main character loses his little girl within the first ten minutes of the game.  This is not a new concept to games.  In fact, the plot line of the father figure losing his child in order to set him off into a heartless, killing spree has been beaten to death in the game world.  The difference in The Last of Us is how the main character progresses.  He is given charge of another young girl 20 years after losing his own.  This is what drives him, not the murderous rampage of an empty soul like so many try to convey, but a man trying his best to atone for something he’s felt guilty about for years.  It’s nice to have a game that respects players enough to utilize mature issues, feelings, and relatable circumstances…even if it does have a killer fungus.

Matt Lees does a very well thought out, if not a bit long, review on The Last of Us. 

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TRU Facts: Pac-Man

TRU_blog_portraitPac-Man is one of the great games of our time.  We’ve loved it, emulated it, tried to recreate it again and again.  People have gotten rich from playing it, and people have spent their very last quarter trying to make it to that next level.  It’s an important part of game history but also human history.  Here is an infograph I put together to honor the little yellow guy.    -TRU

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TRU Facts: 2012 Gamer Demographics

This is the first year that The Entertainment Software Association included mobile games in their numbers.  The average ages saw a big change in the percentages from 2011 to 2012 because of this.  And the ratio of female to male players is getting closer and closer to even every year.  But I’ll let you read the numbers for yourself.