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Game Over: Facing Failure

In Opinion by Kim Berkley1 Comment

Gamers are no strangers to failure. Hauntingly unsolvable puzzles, platform levels requiring the sort of ninja skills only an actual ninja could possess, bosses who literally rip characters to shreds – we’ve seen it all. The fatal “game over” screen, while dreaded, rarely comes as a surprise. When we play, …

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Nosgoth Preview

In Opinion by Elijah BeahmLeave a Comment

Nosgoth was not the game a lot of people were expecting when Square Enix revealed the next entry in the Legacy of Kain series. Fans were dubious of a new entry being multiplayer-only. It wasn’t until after the game’s alpha was in testing that we learned that this was the …

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Dead Upon Pre-Order

In Opinion by Elijah BeahmLeave a Comment

Pre-orders have become ubiquitous with AAA game releases, and even some indie titles. We see them everywhere now, and it’s starting to get out of control. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a brand new IP, had three different special editions tied together with three different pre-order bonuses. Another brand new IP, …

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Nintendo – E3’s Strong Female Protagonists

In Opinion by Bob Reinhard2 Comments

I’m going to blow your mind right now. Ready? Women. Play. Video Games. I KNOW… I know. Hard to believe, right? At least, I get the feeling it’s hard for the Triple A game publishers to believe. At some point on Monday during E3, after several hours of press conferences …

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Gaming’s Low Standards of Writing

In Opinion by Dominic PrestonLeave a Comment

Video game writing is rubbish. Not all of it, sure, but for the most part, it’s rubbish. And not just big budget, AAA, blockbuster titles – most indie games have rubbish writing too. That means not just rubbish stories, but rubbish dialogue too. The lot. I don’t mean to be …

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“Are Video Games Art?” – Asking The Wrong Question About Games Gets The Wrong Answers

In Opinion by Bob ReinhardLeave a Comment

As video games continue to grow as a medium, we’ve seen them stretched out into every possible direction. We’ve seen games built with the sole purpose of pulling out a few bucks from the wallets of Facebook users. Games presenting cinematic explosions and set pieces for thrills. Mass-multiplayer games breaching mainstream audiences …