The side-scrolling platformer is a video game genre that seems as transcendent as video games themselves. No matter how many times I sit down to one, the subversive nostalgia is immersive and instantly accessible. With the indie title landscape rapidly filling with creative titles like Guacamelee, Shiftlings, and Ori and the Blind Forest, those who enjoy this style of game have plenty to choose from. Fans of classic platformers like Metroid and even a newer title like Rayman Legends will gladly find a rich and innovative home in Ori and the Blind Forest. Continue reading
A GUEST POST BY CODY WOLF
Blow in the Cartridge.
I don’t think you can accurately put your finger on why the gaming industry has changed without thinking about how the world has changed since video games were first introduced. I live in America and things have changed quite drastically since then. Our culture now accepts gamers, and gaming represents a very large part of our culture. The industry has blown up. More money is spent on gaming than music and movies combined. It is the number one form of entertainment in America for most households. Continue reading
With titles like Child of Light, Never Alone, and Ori and the Blind Forest, beautiful side scrolling games are becoming a well-established genre in the indie universe. The movement of a side scroller is subversively nostalgic with old school games beneath as a distant but powerful memory. And the trend of this classic genre is alive and kicking with another new and innovative title on the horizon. Continue reading