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We're back with another weekly installment of Gamnesia's Game Clash! Every Monday we pit two video games against each other, and the winner is decided by your votes. This week, to coincide with all of the hype surrounding the Super Smash Bros. leaks (here, here, and here), I've decided to go with a Smash theme.

The original Super Smash Bros. for N64 was a smash hit (I'm not even sorry for that one) and an instant classic. Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube was a fantastic game that has an intense following of competitive players to this day. Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii focused a little less on the competitive aspect, but aimed to crank up the pure fun, and sold almost as many copies as the previous two games in the series combined. Which Smash is your favorite, and why? Cast your vote and join the debate!

Yesterday I asked our viewers about their thoughts on DLC in our weekly hot topic poll. I was happy to see some diversity in your poll responses and your comments, and now it's my turn. Each Saturday I'll be writing a response piece to our Friday poll, and today I'll be talking about how DLC can benefit both the player and the developer if it's done correctly. I'll be using the upcoming Zelda game for Wii U as an example, as the Zelda series is my favorite, and it's also pretty much new to DLC. Can a series that has spanned nearly three decades without DLC be made better with it? I believe so. Hit the jump to check it out!

News never sleeps, and we at Gamnesia are always looking for a few new members to join our team! Ideally, we'd like to see upwards of two or three diligent, eager writers who can post at least two news stories every day—but we're incredibly flexible with that time commitment for anybody who's willing to lend a hand.

Having experience as a writer and a gamer always helps, but one of the things on which we pride ourselves most here at Gamnesia is providing bright up-and-comers with an opportunity to write without the need for a formal background. So whether you're a professor with nine published essays on the botany of the Mushroom Kingdom, or just a high school student looking for a fun extracurricular, we'd love to see you to apply today!

Speaking from experience, now is a perfect time to get into the swing of writing. For students, writing a story or two is a great way to take a quick breather from homework without getting too distracted, and having this sort of published experience can look really good on a college or job application. And as you'll hear from staff testimonials in the comments, we love what we do and working here is a ton of fun!

On top of the usual notices, we're also looking for someone who can devote their time to keeping our Facebook page active with images, quotations, fan art, and anything else for gamers to enjoy. So if you have experience promoting social media and want to join the team, by all means please do!

What are you waiting for? Fill out an application today! We look forward to seeing you in the staff!

We're back with another Game Clash, the new feature here at Gamnesia where two games go head to head and our readers vote on the winner, and we've got quite the Rare matchup for you this week. Rare Ltd., or Rareware, created many of the best-selling games in the N64's lineup, including some of the most beloved 3D platformers of all time. Donkey Kong 64 took the classic sidescroller to a whole new dimension, and was a critically-acclaimed success. Banjo-Kazooie starred an all new cast of characters and became an instant classic itself. Which one was the better game? You decide with your votes!

We're back with another Gamnesia Weekly Recap (potentially our last text-based one before we switch over to a video recap format!), and it's our most packed one yet. All this week Gamescom has been happening in Cologne, Germany, with press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, EA, and Konami, and a steady flow of news and trailers from other companies as well. If you missed out on any of the top stories, you can find them right here in our Weekly Recap by clicking below!

Yesterday, I introduced a new weekly segment here at Gamnesia where every Friday I release a poll on a complicated, controversial, or just popular topic. Then each Saturday, I'll respond with my personal thoughts on the subject, welcoming alternate points of view from our readers and basically opening the floor up for open debate. My first hot topic poll asked viewers "should Nintendo release mobile games?" Unsurprisingly (most Nintendo fans I know tend to be averse to change), over 50% replied that Nintendo should not ever release any games on mobile platforms under any circumstances. 

As a generally traditional gamer, I understand the distrust of the mobile market as a gaming platform and the stigmas attached to it. Inferior products, shoddy controls, annoying advertisements, microtransactions, and other problems plague many mobile games, but I object to the idea that this is how it has to be. The mobile market is rapidly expanding, whether traditional gamers like it or not, and developers and publishers are directing more and more of their attention and resources towards it. Someone needs to step up to the plate and do mobile gaming right. If anyone can do that, it's Nintendo.

“One myth, countless stories, FINAL FANTASY XIII. The New Tale of the Crystal. Like the Light that shines through the Crystal, the universe shines with multicolored content.”

So reads the online description of Fabula Nova Crystallis, the mythology driving the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. It speaks of the heart of mythology: disjointed and fleeting snippets that can be hard to understand on their own, but together make a beautiful whole. That is precisely what a mythology is: a collection of stories.

Female protagonist: must be sexist, right? Wrong!

We live in a society constantly on-edge for potential discrimination. No longer is it “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” it’s “Baa, Baa, Rainbow Sheep.” No longer is it the black sheep of the herd, its just the odd one out. Even innocent Gollywogs have become controversial. 

When it comes to considering video games as offensive on discriminatory grounds, let us remember to always take a step back and a moment to think. Let us always consider intent and context thoroughly before pointing the accusatory finger. 

The issue of discrimination is a very real and a very serious one, but claims of what constitutes discrimination these days are often as ridiculous as the very idea of a rainbow sheep.

Lightning Returns likes it clocks

I run among the busy townspeople as I pass the Clock Tower, but I’m not in Clock Town. I gaze up at what the citizens refer to as a moon, but I’m not in Termina. The on-screen clock counts down to doom, but this isn’t The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, it’s Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and I’m running through Luxerion gazing up at the Ark.

An earlier article published at Zelda Informer heralded Final Fantasy X-2 as the Majora’s Mask equivalent of the franchise. Psdeisgnuk described the piece as “bringing together two much-loved and much-maligned games in [a] way few have realized.” That “way” being as more spiritual counterparts than literal ones.

Whereas Majora’s Mask and Final Fantasy X-2 find similar ground by being sequels that are largely alien to their predecessors, Lightning Returns strikes much more direct and literal parallels with the 2000 Legend of Zelda title, as popular opinion is apt to point out.

Welcome to the first ever edition of Game Clash! This is a new feature here at Gamnesia where we'll be pitting two video games (sometimes from the same series, sometimes from different ones) against each other with you, our readers, casting your votes to decide which is the better game.

For our first ever Game Clash we're going Zelda, pitting SNES classic A Link to the Past against the recent 3DS title A Link Between Worlds. A Link to the Past is seen by many as the definitive classic Zelda game, and its influence is still felt today. A Link Between Worlds is its spiritual successor and the first game in Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma's quest to "re-think the conventions of Zelda." Which is the better game? Hit the jump, cast your vote, and join in the debate!