ELEMENTARY, DEAR WOHN JATSON: A brief look at an upcoming multi-platform release from Capcom that gathers two Ace Attorney games previously unavailable outside of Japan. The collection, called The Great Ace Attorney, features some interesting localization of characters names. While not unusual in itself, the fact that in Japan a character named “Sherlock Holmes” had to be changed––to “Herlock Sholmes” for release in the United States points to some very strange aspects of copyright law. Andrew dives deep into the mystery.
CUTTING CUTSCENES: Based on an GamesIndustry.biz interview with Weird West narrative designer, Lucas Loredo, who posits the idea that maybe we live in a gaming world that no longer has a need for cutscenes in games. D. Bethel and Andrew dive into the purpose of cutscenes and do their best to answer the question themselves.
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- Frierson, James. “Weird West‘s Narrative Designer Seeks a World Without Cutscenes.” GamesIndustry.biz. Gamer Network Limited, 20 Apr. 2021.
- McDonald, Heidi. “Ed Brubaker has ‘Mixed Feelings’ About The Falcon and Winter Soldier.” The Beat. Superlime Media, 19 Mar. 2021.
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