I was such a mark for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 that as soon as it was announced, I knew I was going to own it. I didn’t need to see the trailer, the roster, any of it—just the name. MUA (and the X-Men Legends games, and Marvel Heroes when it was active) just… hit that sweet spot for me. Gauntlet-style play, Marvel (more specifically, X-Men) characters, powers and combos, I’m here for it. Every time. (more…)
Do you like extremely specific catalogues of minutiae in video games? Well, you’re in luck! Check out the The Video Game Soda Machine Project, which is a blog collecting the appearance of vending machines selling soda in video games. This is absolutely something I would not have thought of cataloguing, but it completely makes sense: soda is in itself a part of pop culture, and how developers and designers choose to depict it in their games can say a lot about their views on both the product and the culture around it. The list is pretty comprehensive—I had no trouble finding multiple posts for DCUO, a game I once spent too much time playing. (more…)
It’s September—though many of us have left our academic lives behind us, there is still something wonderful about back-to-school season, so let’s talk about learning in games! (more…)
Melissa Brinks is Sidequest’s editor in chief, co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast, author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, and an aspiring beekeeper. She once won an argument on the internet, and tweets at @MelissaBrinks.
What is PAX?
I’m not asking that in like…a high school report sense, but an existential one. Am I PAX? Are we all PAX? I don’t know. Did you know that at PAX you could play a demo of Solasta: Crown of the Magister? I do, because I got many emails about it. A fun fact about me is the more aggressive a PR person is, the more likely I am to not engage. I am petty and filled with spite. (more…)
Hello, It’s Nola, and I’m here to get YOUR game on. Why am I so selfless and amazing? Why have I done you this kindness? I am as mysterious as I am magnanimous. (more…)