ARCADE FIRE #5: October 20 – October 25th


By Kevin L. Clark

Here, we spotlight the movements, mods, and works of art within gaming culture for your ultimate enjoyment. The weekly post is your central point to see just how video games influence the world around us.

The things that gaming engines can do nowadays are spectacular. Full of 1080p HD goodness, there are more and more titles that are helping to create a dynamic shift within the culture. Shoshana Kessock, over at Kill Screen, writes about the new survival adventure game from Mojo Bones. Just in time for the impending season change, Impact Winter finds players scavenging in a world covered in snow after an asteroid touches down on Earth. The idea is creative and clever as the dystopian theme is an extra incentive for why cultured gamers should check out Impact Winter.

Fans of game design will absolutely have a nerdgasm when they check out Mari Shimazaki‘s artwork from the “highly controversial” Bayonetta 2. Kotaku‘s Luke Plunkett shared the finely drawn pieces which also lead to some interesting thoughts behind the art from Platinum Games‘ lead character designer. Without giving too much of the game’s story away, Shimazaki goes over “the colors, accessories, and patterns” chosen for the game. A highlight of the chat is finding out what a few of Bayonetta’s unlockable costumes are.

The burgeoning tech scene in Michigan has been written about extensively the past few years. Gaming is now the latest to make a splash in the Great Lakes state. Scott Atkinson of MLive reports about an event at the Flint Institute of Art that proves that video games are more than just entertainment. The Art of Video Games opens at FIA on October 25th and will run until January 18th, 2015. As players venture through five levels of awesomeness, they learn how the culture evolved from lo-fi tech to fully actualized works of art. There will be an open arcade outside the exhibit and a pre-opening party on Friday, October 24, from 6-9:30 p.m. Parents with children are well advised to let their youngling make a game-themed craft inside the FIA art school. For more information, please click here.

If you see anything that you feel is culturally relevant, artistic in merit, or just all-around cool for gamers — please don’t hesitate to let us know @HaroldGoldberg, @KevitoClark, and @HarryRabinowitz.

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