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Best Top Digger Truck Kids Games For iPad & iPhone

October 16, 2012 – 10:44 am | Comments Off

There are a couple of great truck games on the iPad you might enjoy for your kids that I wanted to share. As far as construction truck and Schoolbus games for kids go, these are …

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It’s Crate Hate

Submitted by on March 12, 2007 – 9:03 pm2 Comments

Think the wooden crate has been overused as an object in video games over past decades? So does Game Almighty. They’ve written a two-page tribute to a static box that seems as if every Game Designer out there uses as a filler for voided space. Game Almighty recently reminisced on the games of our time and the crates that filled them – like Robocop 1988; which I too owned on the Genesis. I don’t remember the crates in that game, but oh wait I get it, they’re so overused we’ve become desensitized to the crate. I do agree though, the crate has got to go. Remember “A Gamer’s Manifesto” on Pointless Waste of Time? The top-20 things hated elements of video games? Well #14 disses the crate, too. Here’s a quote from the latest crate-hate article:

“…You were everywhere. In every house, in every dungeon, in every castle and sewer. I could touch you, open you, explore your contents, and never once did I find a health pack or ammunition. Instead, I found far more worthless items like a paint brush and ceramic dishes, street clothes and worthless notes. But sometimes, just sometimes, you‚Äôd hold‚Ķmagic.”

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  • Stephen

    I think it makes sense to use crates in the right context. For example, in the first Neverwinter Nights campaign, there were parts that took place in a warehouse, and crates made sense. Of course, those crates were also out on the street… and in the castles…

    Metroid Prime has crates too, and once again, in some instances they make sense, like inside the hold of a ship or at the military camp in the beginning of Prime 2. Prime 2 made alien crates that looked like pods, but they still were all over the place, and it didn’t make sense.

  • D

    Old Man Murray did it better many years back. I direct you to gold.