Michael Zack

Hello there. My name is Michael Zack. I’ve been gaming for well over 20 years now, ranging from table top RPGs to almost any video game you can imagine. I approach video games and the video game industry with a critical eye and give a fresh perspective to my readers.

First Look: Mass Effect 4

BioWare released an official trailer at EA’s press conference, presenting concept art and overarching ideas for their next Mass Effect game.

What Should We Expect at E3 2014

E3 2014 is just around the corner. Sony is looking to put a very strong showing, as their booth will have an astounding seventy games. This is on top of the many game announcements they will be making. Microsoft has a customer-friendly gimmick. All you have to do is put in a request here and Microsoft will try to interview that person (assuming your request is picked). It’ll be pretty obviou...[Read More]

First Impressions: A Story About My Uncle

I had a chance to play a demo of A Story About My Uncle a couple of days ago and I wanted to share my thoughts on it. It’s actually a pretty good game, though it feels a little incomplete. A Story About My Uncle is a jumping puzzle game. The player has a number of tools to help them move along the terrain, including power jumping and a tractor beam/grappling hook.

Tomodachi Life: Why Was This Even An Issue?

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Nintendo recently came under fire over a video game of theirs called Tomodachi Life. A gamer, Tye Marini, wanted to have the option of having gay marriage in the game.

Satoru Iwata Confirms Nintendo’s Difficulties

Nintendo‘s troubles were made apparent with the release of their earnings report on May 7th and 8th. The company posted a staggering $457 million loss for the 2013 fiscal year. Nintendo gave two reasons for this loss.

ET Comes Home: Destroying The Myth

The excavation of  a New Mexico garbage dump captured the imagination of the world for a brief moment when an ET cartridge was unearthed. The excavation was paid for by Microsoft and is part of a documentary about trying to find where Atari buried the hundreds of thousands of cartridges.

The Gameboy Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The Nintendo Gameboy was originally released in Japan on April 21st, 1989. This week marks its 25th anniversary. The Gameboy was Nintendo’s second most successful piece of hardware of all time, selling 118.69 million units. The only piece of hardware that Nintendo sold more of was the Nintendo DS at 153.98 million units. Far more impressive than the hardware sales is the software sales. 501....[Read More]

Fun Promotion Ideas For Mario Kart 8

About a month ago, Nintendo teamed up with Pennzoil to host a cart race at SXSW 2014 to promote Mario Kart 8 (also called Mario Kart Wii U). It was a pretty creative idea!

Pixel Trip Studios Announces Its First Game: The Breakout

Keiji Inafune, creator of the Mega Man franchise, recently noted that Kickstarter will help revolutionize video games as a whole. It opens the doors to for everyone, from experienced developers to independent programmers. The playing field is leveled, allowing donors to support projects they want to come to fruition. Inafune believed these games wouldn’t be made with profit in mind. Rather, ...[Read More]

Nintendo and EA: Hinting At Hidden Tensions

The community manager at Frostbite Engine put out several tweets for April Fool’s Day, poking fun at Nintendo’s Wii U. Curiously, EA’s COO Peter Moore tweeted an apology over it almost immediately.

Shocking News on the new Mario Bros game!!!

According to sources close to Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata, Nintendo has been testing the market to see if Nintendo fans want their favorite franchise characters in more mature roles.

A Nintendo Fan Video You Must See!

A few years ago, there was a contest called Nintendo Short Cuts. It was a chance for fans to make short films about Nintendo games. You can look through YouTube for them. They are all incredible. One of them in particular caught my eye. It’s on one of my all time favorite games: Punch-Out!!!

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