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The Eighth Generation of Game Consoles (Edited and Revised)

Which Game Console Will You Buy?

Editors Note: This article was originally written and published on the Play Nemesis Radio Blog November 16th, 2013. This article was edited, revised, and republished on Danopedia on October 16th, 2015

When I was younger my father once told me “Don’t believe the hype,” or was that Public Enemy? Either way the sentiment holds true. Every year we see all sorts of fancy new technological wonders and the marketing that comes along with them. I’ve heard some people describe the modern technology market as Huxleyan. In this case referencing parallels between the disposable attitudes we have towards many of our devices and the works of Aldous Huxley. Though, despite how we treat these technological wonders, they are still considered an investment by many people. This feeling of an investment can be greatly magnified when the device is question is a video game console.  Major video game consoles are only released a few times a decade and which is the best has become a source of heated debate. For decades companies have been fighting to make the latest and greatest video game console to beat out their competition, and 2013 is playing host to two particular power houses in the video game industry. With an unbelievable number of reviews, opinions, and ads across all types of media how can you really be sure which video game console is best suited for your needs?

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Way of the Samurai 3

Dan Plays Games of Questionable Quality

Since I was young I considered myself to be on top of the video game industry on a level similar to Sauron’s gaze upon Mordor. So when I find a game that I’ve not heard of, it’s a bit surprising. Now when that game was, apparently, successful enough to warrant three sequels and it still escaped my all seeing eyes, now that’s impressive. This is the case with what is the incredibly confusing, Frodo Baggins of game franchises, Way of the Samurai 3.

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Metroid Other M

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            Metroid Other M made me want to become an activist. This game ranks with Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball for worst the portrayals of women in gaming. I’d been on a Metroid kick and decided to pick up one of the few Metroid games I had not played. The Metroid series were some of my favorite games growing up and I still enjoy them today. Samus Aran, a power suit wielding bounty hunter performing jobs for the Galactic Federation. Do I really need to say anything else? These games played like a dream and have become a staple in gaming history. I have fond memories of firing my plasma beam at evil space pirates while rolling around in the morph ball. As a sugar fueled child there wasn’t much more I could ask for. Samus was one of my heroes; my nights were filled with dreams of having an awesome power suit just like her. I wanted to save the galaxy from the evil Mother Brain and fly away in my ship. I will always cherish my fond memories of the classic Metroid games. I’m glad it wasn’t until I was in my mid 20’s that everything that had been accomplished with the character of Samus Aran was thrown out the window. Team Ninja managed to accomplish this task with the skid mark on the underpants of the Metroid series that is Metroid Other M. Continue reading

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