ARCADE FIRE #14: January 5 – January 10th

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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 first week of the new year is now behind us and we’re gearing up to showcase the best and brightest from 2014 with our impending 2015 New York Videogame Critic’s Circle Awards. We’re truly ecstatic to showcase all of our nominees for your perusal and pontification. Without further ado, we now want to introduce you to just how charitable games could be in the form of Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones. The red shirt sophomore joined his fellow football players in a visit to a group of kids at a local hospital on Thursday. Part of those activities included a game of EA Sports’ NCAA Football. If you thought that the soon-to-be National Champion competitor would’ve taken it easy on his pint-sized opponents, you’re sorely mistaken. His opponent, who was playing as the University of Georgia, couldn’t stop the potential MVP who played as himself and finished 17-of-19 for 395 yards, adding 209 rushing yards on 12 carries and scoring seven total touchdowns. Will that happen in real life, we doubt it, but who said charity had to be easy?! Highlights can be found here.

Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing might not be culturally relevant or added to any national gaming museum, but it is a video game. Albeit an awful one, but according to Alex Navarro, he has a sordid history with the game which he wanted to explore for mass consumption. In addition to breaking the game without much hassle, the game’s readme file is a pile of garbage. If you even tried to play Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, chances are that you didn’t stay too long with the tile. Coming back to our site we will reward you all with an unmitigated look at the worst games of 2014 for your commentary and enjoyment. Peep the rest of Mr. Navarro’s pained experience with the game by clicking here.

em>Dota 2 is a great way to prove who is a gamer or who is just on the fringe. Any discussion is akin to hearing two guys arguing about Marvel comics. In a new news post by Kill Screen Daily, data engineer Joe Kelley compiled all the elements that changed in the game over the past two years. Using data and statistics from datdota.com, Kelley graphed the “changing rate at which different heroes were being picked or banned from play in professional matches.” The results were interesting. With over one hundred characters for players to choose from, Batrider was one of the most used personas in the game, while Warlock was virtually untouched. We have a link out for the results 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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