Drew Scanlon of Cloth Map has released the first part in a series exploring video game culture in Brazil. His first video, “Brazil’s Video Game Gray Markets“, explores how a political dictatorship in the ’70s and ’80s influenced the path for video game production and consumption in Brazil.
Cloth Map‘s Drew Scanlon explores Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone through the eyes of video game interactions. He compares the real life experiences of a real life post-apocalyptic wasteland to scenes in games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and The Last of Us.
A Strange Feeling
Throughout the video, Scanlon tries to pinpoint why he feels strange, whether it’s the radiation or something else. “When we entered an apartment complex,” he says, “I couldn’t put my finger on why it felt so strange until I realized it’s odd to be walking through a large building and feel a breeze.”
Cloth Map released a 360 degree video of California Extreme, one of the United States’ largest arcade and pinball expositions. On a computer screen, you can click and drag the mouse in order to look in a 360 degree arc around the camera, as well as up or down. On a phone, you can move the phone to look around. The video also supports Google Cardboard.
Drew Scanlon, founder of Cloth Map, walks with Steve Lin, founding board member of the Video Game History Foundation. They look at various machines while Lin explains eye-catching videos.
In August 2015, VICE released a video called “Pinball: From Illegal Gambling Game to American Obsessions”. The video was part of VICE’s series called American Obsessions.
The video includes interviews with Zach Sharpe, President of the International Flipper Pinball Association; Walter Day, referee for and founder of Twin Galaxies; Roger Sharpe, known as “The Man Who Saved Pinball”; and Michael Schiess, founder of the Pacific Pinball Museum.
The video also covers the history of pinball and how it was banned in major US cities because of gambling. Roger Sharpe managed to prove that pinball was a game of skill (not chance), thus decriminalizing it in many US cities. Decades later, Schiess had to talk with his city council in order to get pinball legalized for his museum. Near the end, Zach Sharpe competes in a pinball tournament at the Chicago Pinball Expo.
The video was recently shared on VICE’s Facebook page, which brought this to my attention, and I wanted to share with the Maze Rats readers!
NoClip has released their newest series of documentaries on Final Fantasy XIV (2010, 2013). FFXIV is an MMORPG that had a bumpy launch and received a large backlash from the gaming press as well as fans. In an effort to maintain their reputation, Square Enix opted to completely recreate the game from scratch over the course of three years. This documentary uncovers why the game underwhelmed their fans, how the company responded, and how they went about saving the franchise.
Danny O’Dwyer interviewed several key members of the Final Fantasy XIV dev team, including English Language Localization Lead Michael-Christopher Koji Fox, Engineering Team Leader Hideyuki Kasuga, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda, and Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida.
Ben Pack has interned at Giant Bomb when they were a wholly owned company under the umbrella of Whiskey Media. He started in 2011 and talked about it on a blog post at Sidequesting. Pack is an Editor and has already been featured in Quick Look’s for games such as The Signal from Tölvaand The Surge.
Abby Russell is an Associate Producer and sat in with the regulars of The Giant Beastcast in Episode 103.
Last week, IGNreleased a press release announcing openings for the positions of “Associate Editor – PC” and “Associate Editor – Gameplay” along with several marketing, engineering, and quality assurance positions. The position of “Associate Editor – Gameplay” will focus on covering speedruns, esports, and “highly skilled casual players”. For Maze Rats readers who are more interested in gaming communities and personal interest stories, this position specifically will be following. The press release also mentions that IGN is always looking for new freelancers.
IGN started in 1996 as Imagine Games Network. In 2005, IGN was purchased by News Corp for $650 million (source). In 2011, IGN Entertainment acquired UGO Entertainment (owners of 1UP.com) from Hearst Corporation (source). In 2013, News Corp sold IGN Entertainment to Ziff Davis (source). Ziff Davis was known as the publishers behind Electronic Gaming Monthly and ZDTV, a cable channel that eventually became Tech TV and then G4. News Corp is known for owning FOX News, among others.
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The first video by gaming documentary series Cloth Map will be about Ukraine, specifically focusing on Kiev. In the video, Drew Scanlon talks about exploring the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown on the nation’s culture, but he also says that an entire culture can’t be defined by a single event, so he wants to see what else Ukraine has to offer. Scanlon also discusses the Eurovision Song Contest, which he has tickets for and will attend, although it’s unclear if this is part of the documentary.