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Games That Rocked…Jenny Williams’ World – #48: WarioWare: Smooth Moves

In Wii on December 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

Title: WarioWare: Smooth Moves

Format: Wii

Released: January 12th, 2007

WarioWare Box Art

I’m not what you’d call a hardcore gamer. That’s not to say I’ve never played (there was many a month in my childhood when all my father saw of me was the top of my head, as I hunched over a boxy, grey console attempting to line up various descending boxes into neat rows), but they’ve never been as important to me as they have been to some of my friends. I suspect one of the problems is I have quite limited taste in games. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked My World – Poetry Interlude: Coin Opera II

In Poetry on November 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

This is a very special post on Games That Rocked, because there’s a freakin’ book of video game poetry out, and Kirsten Irving, one of the editors and contributors to it, is going to tell you all about it. (It’s the second in a series, and if you want to buy the original – as I have – go here ASAP)

Title: Coin Opera II

Format: Paper and ink. Book, innit

Released: September, 2013

coinopera 2 Small

Many Levels: The Making of Coin Opera II

Thanks to Jon for letting me hijack GTR and deviate from the normal format to talk about a strange and exhausting adventure I’ve only just emerged from. Coin Opera II: Fulminare’s Revenge is an anthology marrying games, one of the world’s biggest and fastest creative industries, with poetry, an artform so low in sales even the biggest publishers make no money from it. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Liam Butler’s World – #46: Rez

In Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox 360 on September 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

Today’s article is by Liam Butler, who runs Angry Flat Cap.

Title: Rez

Format: Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox 360

Released: January 11th, 2002

Rez Box Art

Now then. My name is Liam and a I love a game called Rez.

I don’t use the term ‘love’ lightly. There are plenty of games that I’ve really enjoyed. Plenty of games that have blown me away. But few that I love.

Rez is different. I pretty much wore out my PS2 copy during my teenage years. I wish I’d filmed my adolescent self playing that game, so I could make a montage and set it to the theme music of The Wonder Years.

(Come on, lad. A few of these won’t know what Rez is. Slow down and explain.) Read the rest of this entry »

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