This is Big Boss calling – The best and worst boss battles in videogames

This is a great article that I think really captures what actually MAKES a great boss fight in gaming, and what can make them fall flat. A great read!

In case you missed it end of level bosses are back in a big way. With the success of Bloodbourne and the Souls series, the struggle, that existed since videogames began is alive and well. But what bosses do you remember most and why? Let’s take a longer look at some of the best and worst.

What is an end of level boss? A boss In our daily working lives, could be defined as someone who makes us act differently from how normally would. You could say they are someone we have to get past to succeed or at the least have freedom. Sound familiar? Think of what you enjoy doing in a game. The enjoyment is not usually from taking down a cruel and unfair boss, it is from the design of the level and normal step-by-step game-play. Bosses range from imaginative, do or die encounters, that are the crescendo…

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DYING LIGHT Zombies Not Laughing at Techland April Fools Gag

An excellent idea for some April Fools fun! I love when developers are willing to have a bit of fun with their users!

Another Castle

Techland, creators of the early 2015 blockbuster success Dying Light, have announced today that they intend to celebrate April Fools with a bit of in-game fun.

Dying Light players who dive in on April 1 will find themselves with a tainted batch of Antizin, the antidote designed to prevent the spread of the zombifying infection. This “bad batch” is said to have some unexpected side effects and players will be able to exploit them, with hilarious consequence.

These side effects, as listed in a video on the Dying Light YouTube channel, will include “uncontrollable fits of violence”, “excessive strength and aggression”, “persistent muscular tension”, “severely altered motor skills” and an “obsessive compulsive need to kick stuff”.

What exactly does this mean for Dying Light fans? Basically, you’re a Super Man zombie fighting machine. And for one day only, every attack will send zombies careening from rooftops and flying…

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BlindSpot is Back! – Return from the Dead

Video games are a wide world. Its an amazing experience for so many different people. However, the experience of video games isn’t the same for everyone. @RealBlindSpot is a legally blind gamer and he recently re-launched his channel; which covers everything from gaming to everyday life through his eyes. Think its interesting? I sure do! Check out his YouTube channel: The Blind Spot Life and his relaunch video below! Be sure to like/share the video as well as let me know what you think!

– Dan (@Kapd_)

Beyond the Cape: Batgirl and the State of Women in Comics

This is a very eloquent post. Its a long standing tradition for women in comics to be dehumanized based on their gender in the way that male heroes never are. I’m not sure if its their way of trying to make these characters more relatable to women, because that’s a serious and very real threat to their lives (that popular media tends to treat too lightly). However, it always seems to be something that only the women experience. Killing Joke/Knightfall is a great example of this.

The Nerds of Color

by CG | Originally posted at Black Girl in Media

[Trigger warning in these posts for mention & discussion of: sexual violence, molestation, rape, and violence against women]

Fiction always reflects the cultural temperature of the times. This could be a good thing, and sometimes be a great thing. But most of the time, it leads to us uncovering not so pleasant parts of our society. Comics have always been an accessible part of that cultural narrative, as their mix of visual and written storytelling have led to them being embraced by fans for decades. Comics and superhero culture are very much at the center of dictating societal norms.

So when we have instances of dictating women’s dress, allowing for female oppression and violence against women for book sales, the issue goes beyond just the individual books or characters in question. It’s about questioning the system that we’ve allowed for…

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Dan’s Top 10 Boss Fights in Video Games

Boss Fights have always been used to mark important milestones in gaming.  Originally they were used to mark the halfway or final challenge in an individual level.  As time has gone on, they’ve transitioned to more of a storyline milestone, since games have become less based around a strict level organizational style.

Sometimes a boss fight is simply another challenge between you and the next level/story event. But sometimes, boss fights can be truly amazing. They can be an incredible experience. Forcing you to use every tool at your disposal, or feature mechanics that really make an impression. When you finally overcome the fight, you wish you could turn around and do the fight all over again. When coming up with this list, I stuck to only one boss per game series to make it more interesting. Obviously there are some game series that are known for their incredible boss fights (*cough* Metal Gear Solid *cough*), and I really wanted to spread the love! It should go without saying, but there will be SPOILERS ahead!

Without further ado, here are my top 10 boss fights in video games: Continue reading