the artistry and psychology of gaming


Castle Tower B (Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance)

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Oases of Beauty | 0 comments

May 2012 is Alternate Reality Month on Oases of Beauty. This entry looks at the Castle B version of the Castle Tower from Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, an Action-Adventure for the Game Boy Advance.

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Crystal Castle (Castlevania: Belmont’s Revenge)

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Oases of Beauty | 0 comments

December 2011 is Monochrome Month on Oases of Beauty, making the statement that color is not necessary for beauty. This entry takes a look at the Crystal Castle from Castlevania: Belmont’s Revenge, a Platformer for the Game Boy.

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The Top 10 Games That Remember They’re Games

Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 in From the Archives | 1 comment

Alice Kojiro is frustrated with today’s colorless, yet overly garish, melodramatic world of gaming, and celebrates games that remember a simpler time.

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Super Mario Bros. Crossover

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011 in Gaming on the House | 1 comment

Like something pulled right out of the collective dreams and aspirations out of every child alive in the 80’s, Super Mario Bros. Crossover pulls together 8 classic characters from the NES library, and pits them all against…

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I Wanna Be the Guy

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Gaming on the House | 0 comments

I Wanna Be the Guy (IWBTG) recalls the age old story of The Kid, who takes his “Cape of Hero” and “Very Small Gun” that he received from former Grandfather the Guy, in order to reach the Dungeon of Doom and defeat The Guy in order to become The Guy.

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