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Peter Mai

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    5 Most Important Video Game-Related News Stories of 2011

    ​2011 has come and gone, and the year that seemingly slipped right past us was full of major events--some of which may very change the landscape of the video gaming industry forever. Everything from new a new Nintendo console to the death of a computer pioneer was all crammed into the previous yea ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 29, 2011

    Peter Mai, the Best Weekly Culture Writer You've Never Heard Of

    Meet our video-game blogger extraordinaire

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Top 10 Video Game Posts of 2011

    Flickr user Rad Jose​If you're a regular OC Weekly reader and a gamer, our video game writer Peter Mai is probably your hero. Our video game columnist consistently gets hundreds of thousands of page views every week with his insightful and well-written blogs. Which ones were the most popular this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    The Best and Worst Video Games of 2011

    ​It's that time of year again. After drudging through the torrent of great and not-so-great video games that consumed just about every minute of my free time, I've narrowed down what I believe is considered to be the best and worst games of 2011. Which games are considered gems? Which aren't even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    5 Video Games With the Worst Bugs of 2011

    Wrong kind of bug, Link!​It's not easy to make a video game, and it's certainly not easy to make a game that is free from bugs. Developers only have a limited amount of time to exterminate any game bugs and glitches before it's forced to be released to the world, and oftentimes, there will be a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    In Memory: 5 Notable Game Studio Closures of 2011

    Dead Space 2​2011 has been a rough year for so many businesses. With the way the economy is heading these days, we should expect to see more and more companies go under, and video game development studios are not immune to such sad news. Despite many of them having popular and critically acclaimed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    PS Vita's Six Most Glaring Flaws (So Far)

    ​I can't wait to buy the PlayStation Vita. Considering how much mileage I got out of Sony's previous handheld, the PSP, it's a no-brainer that the Vita will be of great use to gamers on the go like me. The device can play games that look almost as good as the PlayStation 3, and compared to Nintend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    2011's Best Black Friday Video Game Deals

    ​Hey, we all know that video gaming is one heck of an expensive hobby. Considering the daunting amount of great games that are have been released within the past three months, your wallet is going to be begging for mercy if you decide to purchase all of your games at retail price. Luckily for game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    5 Video Games That Help Put Me to Sleep

    ​If you are like me or any of the 60 million Americans out there, then you have trouble falling asleep at night. As a gamer, I find it especially difficult to catch some shut-eye at night, since most games out there are meant to be thrilling and get your heart pumping.However, I've been a gamer lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Five iOS Games That Made Me Ignore This Year's Greatest Games

    ​It's that time of the year again. During the tail end of each other, video game developers release their biggest games in order to catch the high potential of sales during the holiday season. This can be a great or daunting time for hardcore gamers. On the plus side, there are a ton of great game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Analyzing CATHERINE's Symbolism, Themes and Social Commentary

    ​Atlus' Catherine isn't like any other game out there. The game touches on many topics that are typically uncommon in video gaming. In a world of video games that have stories that simply involving shooting people in the face, Catherine's real-world and mature themes are a refreshing change of pac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Top 5 Strangest Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat Clones

    ​After games like Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat came and revolutionized the fighting game genre, video game publishers around the world saw one thing: money. In an attempt to jump onto the cash-filled bandwagon, just about every video game developer made a fighting game. Some were great. Som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Guns, Video Games, Rap Music, and Sumo Wrestling: Coverage of the Call of Duty XP 2011 in LA

    ​The Call of Duty XP event took place over the Labor Day weekend, with publisher Activision making some huge announcements regarding their next money maker game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The event, of course, was filled with gaming tournaments, major announcements regarding Modern Warfare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Every Nerdy Reference in Goldfish's "We Come Together" Music Video

    ​Clearly inspired by classic gaming, artist Mike Scott animated the music video for the South African band Goldfish's song, "We Come Together." The video is saturated from beginning to end with video game and nerdy pop-culture references, and it's difficult to find a frame of animation that doesn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Top 10 Video Games Based on Eating

    ​Food: It's one of the most important basic needs of human life. Human beings and just about every living being on Earth can live without any luxury, but cannot survive without food. We celebrate food. We spend large amounts of money on food. We explore diverse cultures through the food people eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Three of Nintendo's Awesome Japanese Services That We Will Never See

    ​Recently available to Nintendo 3DS owners--of Japan and Europe, for now--is the Nintendo Video service. The service is expected to release "Nintendo-approved" 2D and 3D content to the 3DS with cartoons, comedy clips, and even music videos. Working alongside another application known as SpotPass T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Five of the Strangest Food Items in Video Games

    ​Food: It's an essential part to sustain most living beings, and it is no exception to the world of video games. Since the very beginning, food has been an integral part of video game design. Items such as pixelated health packs, hearts, and fruits have been iconic items that heal players and can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Top 10 Musical Moments in Video Games

    Aerosmith's Revolution XThis week, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place in Los Angeles, drawing fanfare and hype across the gaming world. The three-day trade fair is open to only vendors and developers, but it provokes the kind of suspense Apple fans feel before a major Steve Jobs annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    E3 2011: 8 Reasons Why You Should be Excited As Hell

    ​The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is right around the corner, and the entire video game industry is focusing its gaze on what surprises the world's biggest gaming convention has in store. This year's E3, however, is going to be one of those really big, exciting ones that come come around eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    PlayStation Network Hacked: Everything You Should Do To Protect Yourself

    ​It's been well over a week since Sony shut down the servers for the PlayStation Network due to the "internal intrusion" that exposed the personal information (and possibly credit card numbers) of over 70 million members. Although Sony says that they are "working around the clock" to re-build and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Video Game Characters and Their Original Designs

    LEFT: concept design for Bioshock's "Little Sisters", RIGHT: the final design​Creating an original video game character is a long, difficult process. Many of the characters that we have grown to love, in fact, had to undergo numerous design changes before their look becomes finalized. The Big Dadd ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 30, 2010

    'Congratulations On Your Recent Death!'

    A list of lists from our Heard Mentality blog's culture coverage

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Record Stores Hold Nationwide Vinyl Sale on Black Friday; Here's a Handy List of Local Participants

    John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyFingerprints Record Store​A few weeks ago, the people behind Record Store Day announced their plan to host "Back to Black Friday," where indie music stores will be carrying exclusive and limited vinyle and CD releases by Metallica, U2, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbre ... More >>

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