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Gaming has recently fallen into the traps of dogmatic allegiance, a sort of hero worship that puts several creators, companies and even certain franchises up on a level beyond criticism. Anyone that offers resistance is deemed either desperate for attention or someone that simply doesn't "get it." When Shakespeare is pointed out for his blatant melodrama, it's dismissed; when Spielberg is accused of commercialism, many film experts scoff; and when Suda 51 is called to task for poor game design, gamers around the world unite in a loud proclamation of "Punk's Not Dead!"

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DW, how do you feel about Ico and Shadow of the Colossus? Both games are, in my opinion, very experimental pieces of art, but I know not all gamers love them as I do.

And you all realize this is the third video game review has published in four weeks, right?

27 February: Eternal Sonata

12 March: BioShock

19 March: No More Heroes

And next week we'll get another in the form of Lost: Via Domus.

Hopefully this is the start of a trend on!

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I wasn't a huge fan of Ico at first, but it's definately a game that gets better the more you stick with it. I think, that in about 10 years or so, people are going to look back at it as a groundbreaker, and I don't mean just because it was visually different. The way it was able to stir up emotions through such a simple formula set it apart from everything out at the time, and most of the stuff out now.

Shadow of the Colossus was just all kinds of awesome. Great atmosphere, great original concept, and unlike No More Heroes, it didn't spend the entire game patting itself on the back for its innovations.

It's pretty easy to figure out why those two get mentioned the most whenever gaming as an artform is discussed, but that's not to say that a lot of other games aren't worthy of the same sort of analysis.

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