The general gaming populous seems to be in agreement that comedy is king in point-and-click adventure games. That said, when a serious/dark entry in the genre comes along, it is appreciated by a certain set of discerning gamers. Well set of discerning gamers, prepare yourselves for the splendor of xii games’ latest masterpiece, Resonance.
Resonance begins with a newscast chronicling severe, simultaneous attacks occurring around the world against structures of varied importance. Those aforementioned structures, which are shown throughout the faux news cast, look as though huge bites were taken out of them by something. The individuals responsible for the attack and their reasons for doing so may or may not involve the titular resonance, a new form of tech invented by a scientist that has potential to destroy or help the world.
Confession time: I prefer Robert Kirkman’s Invincible to The Walking Dead. While both works have their merit, I’m much more interested in aliens & superheroes than zombies & human drama. Please don’t mistake my opening statement as an attempt to come off as Mr. Hater of Popular Things; I just wanted you all to know where my head was that as I launched Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: A New Day for the first time.
Did you know that this month, February of 2012 is the 20th anniversary of a very historic film? A film that captured the imaginations of an entire generation with it’s wit and charm. I am, of course talking about Wayne’s World; still considered by most to be the only Saturday Night Live spin-off worth watching. It rose above it’s source material to bring the world an evergreen classic that will delight viewers for generations to come. Schey, right. And monkeys might fly out of my butt.
It also spawned a few video game tie-ins.
Capstone Software was the king of lackluster movie adaptations from 1980 until it closed its doors in 1996 (Note: a business software company now owns the Capstone Software name & their former website). Of the company’s 35 releases, at least 17 were based on previously existing works. Remember L.A. Law: The Game? Surf Ninjas? Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Chess Wars? No? How about our first game this month – Wayne’s World?
The history of video games has been plagued with numerous mediocre titles featuring popular characters, doing things outside their comfort zone. Well okay, they haven’t ALL been mediocre; generally the ones with Mario in the title are worth taking a look at. I can’t say the same for Dr. Robotonik’s Mean Bean Machine or Link’s Crossbow training, though.
Mega Man, a character held near & dear to the hearts of most of the Wing Damage crew, has starred in several lackluster spin-off titles. In this month’s “I Am Error,” we take a look at three of ‘em – Mega Man Soccer, Mega Man Battle & Chase and Super Adventure Rockman.
If you have played any of these titles in the past or have access to play them now, please do and email us or comment with your thoughts. We’ll read your missives on the next edition of the “I Am Error” podcast, which will be available for consumption in just a few weeks.
Shortly over a month ago, the general public was able to feast their eyes on the first edition of my monthly column, “I Am Error.” Those that perused said column knew to expect an accompanying podcast from members of the WingDamage crew approximately one month in the future. Well my friends, we totally delivered.
In this, the first WingDamage-hosted edition of I Am Error, Jonah, Dan and I discuss three instances of not-so-good retro games featuring real-life musicians – Journey The Arcade Game, The Thompson Twins Adventure and Revolution X. We also talk a bit about how real celebrities & musicians are used in modern games.
If you have any thoughts regarding the games we discussed, ideas for future themes, or just random junk you’d like to send us, email us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll also accept any feedback on the theme for next month’s column & podcast, which we announce at the end of the show. Now, download and enjoy!
“I Am Error” is a new feature in which our very own Wesley Johnson will pick a few games along a theme, discuss them here on the site, and then record a podcast later in the month about those games. That’s where you come in! We want your own thoughts on the game either here in the comments or via email so we can discuss them on the new show. – Ed. note
Younger gamers may be under the impression that the world of rock music and video games first met in Guitar Hero. Well, listen here, whippersnappers: that’s completely untrue! Real-life rocknrollers have been appearing in video games since the early 80s. In this month’s “I Am Error,” we take a look at three examples of the aforementioned unholy union – Journey: The Arcade Game, The Thompson Twins Adventures and Revolution X.
If you’ve played these games in the past or have a way to play them now, please do so and email us your thoughts on them. Or you can leave a comment about your experiences below. We’ll talk about our time with each title and yours on a the upcoming companion podcast to this feature.