In the early days of video games, developers relied on instruction manuals and promotional material to flesh out a story. The technology of the time simply wasn’t up to the task of mapping out a complex world. Oh sure, players could discern that a mustachioed man needs to run and jump through a world of bricks to save a princess, but the full details of Super Mario Brothers would be delivered through an instruction manual (along with cartoons, comics, and cereal boxes).
These days, the awesome power of technology has provided developers the means to tell a game’s narrative through cut scenes, spoken dialogue, and animated backstories. To the mutual delight and dismay of players everywhere, many games will force the plot through linear set pieces and unskippable moments that ensure the story is properly conveyed. Virtually no details are left out in the exposition-heavy titles of the 21st century. But not every game needs to rely on these methods to ensure a good time. Continue reading The Whole Story
Just like that, we’ve hit Incoductic’s dirty thirty. Joshua is back in proper form after a sudden outbreak of busy happened upon him and he had to step away from the mic and into the real world for a hot second. Joining him this week is his brother and fellow gamer, James B. Boss. Check out the sibling geek fest as they discuss Free Comic Book Day, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, gear up for the release of Godzilla, the upcoming Big Wow Comic Fest and cower and wince at how these two could not be mistaken for ANYTHING other than brothers. Also, feel free to marvel at James’ impression of Bane. Seriously, it’s pretty good.
Another year, another successful day of free comics. Since 2002, the first Saturday in May has been a special time when anyone who walks into participating stores walks out with special comics at no charge. My local shop was a packed house from the start of the event. A line filled with men, women, and tons of kids in superhero costumes wrapped around the store, each of them eager to scoop up some free comics.
Most of the bigger companies had special issues of their series available for pickup. Most notably, Marvel had several tie-ins to their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. However, plenty of non-superhero comics were also ready with free issues. Adventure Time and The Simpsons, Smurfs and Grimm Fairy Tales; even the Power Rangers had a comic at no charge! But as most of our regular readers would assume, I was there for the video game comics. Continue reading The Spoils of Free Comic Book Day!