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As I’m sure you all know, mini consoles are all the rage these days and everybody’s getting in on the action. Just about every major console has a miniature version now- the most recent being Sony’s PlayStation Classic. Furthermore, there are rumors of an upcoming N64 Classic to be released shortly after. And while I personally dislike the mini-console fad, I can’t help but wonder if there will be a miniature Saturn in the future. After a mini PSX and N64, a Saturn should follow, naturally. And despite my aforementioned disdain for minis, there is a part of me that…


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There’s a better way to sell classic games to players

Let’s face it: miniature consoles are the game industry’s fad du jour, and it’s starting to show. Nintendo has released two products so far, the NES and SNES Classic (and a possible third might be around the corner), Sony just announced its upcoming Playstation Classic, and SNK Playmore recently released the Neo Geo Mini. While the concept of small retro consoles is hardly new (Sega and Atari have been licensing to crappy mini console makers for years), it’s suddenly become hugely popular and it seems everyone wants a piece of the market. On the surface, it makes a lot of…


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Sometimes we don’t think enough about why we love the things that we do. After all, do we really need to know why? The fact that we like or dislike something is really all that matters, right? Well unfortunately for me, the matter of “why” came up recently during a job interview at a game developer. My resume referred to the fact that I was passionate about games (as it should if you’re applying to a developer/publisher), but I never thought about why. As my luck would have it, that’s exactly what they asked, and I rambled an answer out…


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Image by Adi Goldstein via Unsplash

It seems that 2018 may go down as one of the most important years in photography. With the birth of Canon’s and Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless systems (and the subjective perfecting of Sony’s offerings), the industry is experiencing a revolution not seen since the transition from film to digital. It’s an exciting time to be a photographer! However, if you’re new to this art form, 2018 might seem to be one of the scariest times to jump in. After all, besides the aforementioned mirrorless cameras shaking up the industry, there are other offerings from companies like Fuji, Leica, Olympus, and Panasonic…


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“Coffee in Rain” by DA User KiroKaze

There are only two major networks I deal with these days- Instagram and YouTube. Yes, I maintain presences on many more platforms, but those are the big two. And it’s a love-hate situation, too. Perhaps it’s some sort of OCD on my part, but I absolutely can’t STAND having social accounts that go unused. It feels weird- like I’m wasting space or leaving work unfinished. However, I like to keep them because the reality is that content (and creators) differ from network to network. One such example is Deviant Art. I haven’t posted anything there in years, but I like…


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I like making stuff from time to time. And if you’ve followed me for long enough, I’m sure you’ve noticed that yourself. I started by making Deus Ex Otaku itself, as an anime and gaming enthusiast blog. Then I tried making a game, with an accompanying production podcast to go with it. Of course, I had some occasional concept art to go with it, but now I want to create some standalone art, and if possible, maybe even make some merch at the same time.


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Some of the Vita’s best qualities live on in Nintendo’s hybrid console

Dear PlayStation Vita brethren. It’s time to finally let go of our beloved handheld. Believe me, I’m not happy about that either, but perhaps it’s for the best. Sony refuses to show it any love and the games that do get released for it are an ever-dwindling number of indies and obscure JRPGs. Good games, to be sure, but not enough to sustain the system any longer. It’s sad to say, but the Vita’s time may have finally come.

But what now? If not the Vita, then where can we turn for the warm, cozy gaming experience we’ve come to…


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And what it taught me about video games

Every gamer has “that one game.” It’s that special title that first hooked them on a deep, personal level, and made them fall completely in love with video games. Chances are, you’re thinking of yours after having read that; it’s a universal experience that is largely responsible for us being “gamers” in the first place.

With that said, however, it’s also an event that I’ve never really given much thought to until recently. This is because last year I decided to try game development: and what better time could there be to start, right? We’re at a time when nearly…

Martin Vasquez

I’m a writer/photographer focusing on travel and digital culture. Follow me on Twitter @therealvasquez.

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