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Other Places Videos Celebrate Iconic Game Settings From Portal 2, Dead Space, And More

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In any science fiction movie or series, the setting almost always becomes a character in and of itself. Whether unfolding on a distant alien world, a claustrophobic starship, or an alternative version of our own place and time, science fiction needs to provide a world that feels unique and real, so that whatever story is unfolding feels believable and engaging.

For video games, this is all the more true. With games, you’re not just watching a story unfold on the screen, you’re immersed in it, experiencing it, and the best games make you feel that you truly have been transported into a different world. The catch-22 of that reality, however, is that we often miss out on the details of those elaborate game worlds because we’re too busy running, gunning, or driving through it, full speed ahead. YouTuber ultrabrilliant’s “Other Places” series of videos aims to rectify that, providing beautiful tours of some of the most unforgettable game worlds out there, accompanied by thematically appropriate music from each game’s composers.

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Dead Space, Mirror’s Edge, And More Available In Pay-What-You-Want Charity Game Bundle

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DeadSpaceWhat’s better than cheap games? Games that donate your payment to charities such as the Human Rights Campaign and the American Cancer Society! That’s the concept behind the Humble Bundle, which serves up a selection of games, lets you decide how much you want to pay for them, and then redirects a portion of your payment to charity. And this time the money that goes to charity is bypassing the pocketbooks of Electronic Arts and Origin, a bullet point sure to put an evil glint in the eye of many an EA hater.

The new Humble Games Bundle has several noteworthy science fiction titles in the bunch this time around. You’ll get the excellent original Dead Space, the less-excellent Dead Space 3, the underrated but frustrating as hell first-person platformer Mirror’s Edge, and Crysis 2: Maximum Edition, which I don’t have anything pithy to say about because I haven’t played it. If you’ve never given Dead Space a chance, it’s worth throwing down some cash in and of itself, all the more so since some of said cash will go to one of several worthwhile charities.

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E3 2013: Mirror’s Edge 2 Trailer Confirms Sequel For Next-Gen Consoles

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Mirror’s Edge is one of those games that enthralls and frustrates in equal measure. A first-person platforming/free-running game is already an odd concept, since it doesn’t give you the sense of your surroundings and your avatar’s body that a third-person view does, resulting in many a fall and lots of profanity here in the Wharton household. Still, the game was visually gorgeous, and when you actually got in a rhythm and the game was working the way it was intended to, it gave you a thrilling sense of movement and spectacle. In spite of not being an out-of-the-park hit, a sequel has been rumored for years, and now the new trailer above has confirmed that Mirror’s Edge 2 is indeed in our not-too-distant future.