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Extra Credits: The Hero's Journey, Parts I & II

Extra Credits has an interesting two-part discussion about the hero's journey, a concept explored by Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Thatgamecompany's Journey is the game example featured here (along with The Legend of Zelda) but this seems to be a concept exploited in all entertainment genres.

Extra Credits: The Hero's Journey, Parts I & II

Gamecritics.com Podcast Episode 80: System Sellers?

Have you ever bought a system for one game? That's the question we discuss this episode. We also hear about Brad's trip to the Retro Games Expo, and talk about Torchlight 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Tokyo Jungle and more. Also, Richard contemplates putting on water skiis. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "Shark Man" Naik, and Dylan Collins

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Sleeping Dogs Second Opinion

Solid but Brings Nothing New to the Table

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HIGH Wei Shen's impeccably rendered muscular torso.

LOW Karaoke.

WTF Lucy Liu and Emma Stone's characters have only minutes of screen time.

Gamecritics.com Podcast Episode 79: PAX and The Walking Dead Episode Three

In this episode, Brad is freshly back from PAX Prime and gives us the low-down on what he saw there. We then go into a huge, spoiler-ridden discussion of The Walking Dead Episode Three. Don't worry, we tell you before we start talking about it. Stop being paranoid. With Chi Kong "Mr. C" Lui, Brad "Richie" Gallaway, Mike "Potsie" Bracken, Richard "The Fonz" Naik and Dylan "Arnold" Collins.

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Sleeping Dogs Review

Woken Up

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HIGH Dominating the street races with my Velocita.

LOW Flipping a mission-critical van when I was two feet away from the destination.

WTF Why did Activision cancel this game again?

Gamecritics.com Podcast Episode 78: Games, Glorious Games!

Tonight, we talk games. Lots of games. Sleeping Dogs, Risen 2, Darksiders 2, Papo & Yo, Spec Ops, Way of the Samurai 4 and so many more! We're back and in full force, ladies and gentleman! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard "Children must be taught to draw from birth" Naik, special guest Jeffrey Matulef and Dylan Collins.

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State of Decay Preview

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Before PAX Prime opened its doors, there were a few events happening in Seattle. One such event was a preview for an upcoming XBLA/PC game called State of Decay. The developers, Undead Labs, were kind enough to extend an invitation to see the Alpha build, and I was glad to accept.

Dawnguard... or Yawnguard?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim—Dawnguard Screenshot

I just wrapped up The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimDawnguard DLC last week, and as someone who's not a Skyrim fan at all, it… wasn't too bad.

Second Skin Review

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Second Skin is a 2008 documentary by Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza about MMO players' "second skin"—their avatars and virtual life. While looking at those into titles like World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Second Life, and others, MMO players' lives seem like an easy target for humor, Second Skin manages to avoid that.

Dragon's Dogma Review

Needs Mayo

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HIGH The final battle with the Dragon.

LOW Walk back to Bluemoon Tower? I just $&*#!@ came from there!

WTF Who keeps leaving explosive barrels all over the kingdom?

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