Ancient Egyptian themes in Skylanders

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF After seeing how Egyptian mythology is depicted in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series of videogames (see Salvador, 2015), I now turn to another game series: Activision’s billion-dollar toys-to-life franchise Skylanders. The mainContinue reading “Ancient Egyptian themes in Skylanders”

The effect of trolls on Twitch Plays Pokémon

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF In a previous paper, I presented a curious experiment of a fish playing Pokémon, made real and popular thanks to the wonders of the Internet (Tomotani, 2014). The Twitch Channel (Twitch, 2016), which sadly has been inactive forContinue reading “The effect of trolls on Twitch Plays Pokémon”

Over(bird)watch

Barbara M. Tomotani1 & Rodrigo B. Salvador2 1 Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Wageningen, The Netherlands. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen; Groningen, The Netherlands. Email: babi.mt (at) gmail (dot) com 2 Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The video game Overwatch is Blizzard Entertainment’s new hit,Continue reading “Over(bird)watch”

A dendrological note on video games

Thomas A. O’Shea-Wheller School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol; Bristol, UK. Email: to13870 (at) bristol (dot) ac (dot) uk Download PDF Crucial to many an in-game environment, it may be said that trees are the unsung heroes of atmospheric immersion. Long before the advent of modern video-games, writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien keenly recognised their importanceContinue reading “A dendrological note on video games”

The overwatching eye of Horus

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment’s new hit, is a team-based first-person shooter game released on May 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the game, several heroes battle each other in 6×6Continue reading “The overwatching eye of Horus”

The strongest starter Pokémon

Bruno L. Carli Independent researcher, Curitiba, PR, Brazil. Email: brunolcarli (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Earlier this year, an article entitled “Which is The Most Offensively Powerful Starter Pokémon?” (Codd, 2016) caused great controversy on the Internet among players and fans of the Pokémon franchise. This article compared the three classical starter Pokémon, based onContinue reading “The strongest starter Pokémon”

Squids, octopuses and lots of ink

Rodrigo B. Salvador1 & Carlo M. Cunha2 1 Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com 2 Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: carlomagenta (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Splatoon was recently released (second quarter of 2015) for the Wii U,Continue reading “Squids, octopuses and lots of ink”

The biology of giant war centipedes

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Gears of War is one of the best video game franchises out there. Currently, it counts with four entries for the Xbox 360 and a remake of the first game, recently released,Continue reading “The biology of giant war centipedes”

Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Search & Rescue Operations

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF TECHNOLOGY IN VIDEO GAMES In video games, technology has always played an important part (as technological advancements, futuristic technology, lost technology…), often taking a major role in games: the titans in Titanfall, the portal gun in Portal, theContinue reading “Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Search & Rescue Operations”

Egyptian mythology in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona games

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Shin Megami Tensei is a Japanese RPG series famous for its monsters, which are taken from many different mythologies and folkloric legends from around the world. The player can “capture” these monsters andContinue reading “Egyptian mythology in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona games”