Confession: Although I have no desire to ever make a videogame, I love videogame design. I love who the medium of videogames can use its interactivity to lead the player, educate the player, and emotionally control the player, especially when its not done overtly. Even when a game doesn’t have literary elements — i.e., a story with its own themes and allusions and such — I still think games can be art simply in the way they interact with the player.
So I love this video from Egoraptor explaining in the nerd rant-iest way possible about why he considers Mega Man X a pinnacle of game design. Warning, though: His stuttering, over-excited shtick can be a bit obnoxious, and he keeps it up for all 20 minutes (it would be better suited to a 5-minute video) — if you can’t handle that, I totally understand. It’s still worth it to me, though, for the way he shows how Capcom’s game programmers make sure the player knows everything he/she needs to know without ever once throwing explanatory text on the screen. They do it purely with game design, and even if you don’t think it’s art, I hope you’ll agree it is an art — an art that definitely seems to be lost nowadays. (Via Nerd Bastards)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.