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You Patreon Me and I Patronize You?

1d 3h ago ... A lot of religious art exists for a simple reason. Artists needed funding and churches were one of the few institutions wealthy enough to underwrite the costs involved in supporting them. Banks and a few other wealthy individuals were also able to pay for these services. In the process, by virtue of the patronage, they dictated the face and definition of art. They decided which techniques were...

Sony need to pull their fingers out and provide a native Media Server ASAP

2d ago ... I was a technological neophyte having just built my first computer so I could play Starcraft 2 at above 5 frames a second. I'd not long since moved into my friends house, who it so happened was an avid Playstation gamer(Dare I say Fan-boy?! But that's a discussion for another time and braver souls than I!). He had let me create an account on his Playstation 3,to play Demon's Souls and suchlike...

Gaming and Education Part 1: My Perspective as Educator and Gamer

3d ago ... This is a topic that often is thrown around, but I wanted to contextualize it. It's not rare to hear many people boast that gaming has educational benefits, but I wanted to really emphasize this for two reasons: I am an educator. I am a gamer. That said, as an undergrad in education, you tend to be surrounded by a lot of people who view gaming differently. Gaming does not have a specif...
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N4G GOTY Voting is Live!

5d ago ... You may have noticed that you can now vote! http://goty.n4g.com/ We've held these awards at a point where we expect you've played all the games on the list you really care about. Still, out of courtesy to your fellow N4Gers please keep the discussion below spoiler-free. Here's a bit of an FAQ: 1. How did you end up with these nominees? User nominations! http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/...

The Eighth Console Generation is Weird

5d ago ... So here we are, a little over a year into all of the eighth console generation platforms being available to the public. Though each of the platforms show promise and the games look to be getting better and better, there are some things about this console generation that seem, well, off. Here's a short list of why I think this generation is a bit wacky compared to last. 1. None of the console...

Why So Successful? - How Sony and the Playstation Platform Have Evolved

7d ago ... Last generation, I was able to purchase every major console and handheld, basically fulfilling a childhood dream – to own them all. It was an awesome dream to fulfill as a gamer. The sad part was that most of them became paperweights or dust collectors. As you get older, the time just isn’t there anymore….so enjoy and appreciate that free time while it lasts. I predominantly played Xbox and PS...

Epic Developer Battles Of History

8d ago ... Pardon the lame title, I just really couldn't come up with anything better to be honest. I'm sure many of you have heard of Epic Rap Battles of History. It's a youtube channel that takes suggestions of two figures, used to be historical figures, fictional or real and has those figures engage in a rap battle. Created by Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd, they've become such characters as Hitler vs. D...

Dying Light's [Lack of] Preorder Exclusives

8d ago ... The topic of exclusive content in games has been a two-sided discussion since day one. On one hand, some people find it to be a nice incentive to buy a game on a certain platform or from a certain retailer, while others feel that it is an unnecessary evil that divides the community and allows some players to have access to more content within the game than others. Nine out of ten times, though,...

So, N4G is flooded with spam...

8d ago ... That's right. N4G is flooded with spam. And I'm not talking about spambots, fake users or N4G advertising, I'm talking about the kind of articles that the community has been approving lately. This kind: http://gamecriticism.com/xbox-one-needs-6-games-to-defend-ps4s-huge-lineup/ Now, there is an unspoken rule on N4G that whatever you do before approving an article YOU DO NOT READ IT. You...

The Here and Playstation Now

10d ago ... If including everything available for both the Playstation 2 and 3 at launch, they’d be considered some of the consoles with the most robust libraries during their respective releases. This consideration isn’t due to an explosion of newly-released titles but rather in their focus on providing 100% backwards compatibility at the time. This was a consistent feature for Sony until PS2 compatibil...

Why Don't Gamers Finish Games?

11d ago ... Why don't a lot gamers finish their games, and how many don't finish? How many gamers leave games unfinished? According to Raptr, and Keith Fuller, 9 out of 10 gamers do not finish the games they play. "What I've been told as a blanket expectation is that 90% of players who start your game will never see the end of it unless they watch a clip on YouTube." Red Dead Redemption only has...

Mod Talk: More on GamerGate, Video Games, and N4G Submissions

12d ago ... First, let me say that there's been a lot of discussion on this and it's been very helpful. DragonKnight's blog was a good read and had a great number of replies that showed what people thought on the subject and really got to discussing how far GamerGate has come as it relates to video games, gamers, and the media in general. Having said that, let me get out of the way what the moderators...

Gaming Isn't Positive Anymore And It's Our Fault

12d ago ... For a lot of us, gaming is a pleasant getaway from daily minutia. We game whenever we get the time because, well, reality is pretty harsh and it's a great escape to have time to do something that isn't so productive. Some of us love gameplay, and some of us love a great story, stimulating puzzles, a great scare, an opportunity to be strategic, escape from reality, get competitive, or share our...

Gamer Culture: A Subject As Varied As Gamers Themselves

13d ago ... I'm not going to beat around the bush, this blog is sort of a response blog to the "No more Gamergate articles on N4G" blog posted by Admin Christopher, which you can read here. http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/christopher/531687 I'm not going to go in-depth about the blog so here's the gist of it. Gamergate articles aren't going to be allowed because some have the opinion that it's not about...

Is It Just My Perspective? | The Challenges of the First Person Game

17d ago ... The ways we look at a game are often as important as they ways we play them. Our own two eyes are the most powerful windows that we experience the worlds games developers attempt to immerse us in and the point of view they lend us can wreck or reward a game in a variety of ways. Games bombard us with visual aesthetics between first and third person shooters, from Bioshock Infinite to Uncharted....

What Not To Say To a (Girl) Gamer

17d ago ... It seems (some) guys need a brief refresher on how to talk to gamers that are also coincidentally female. I don’t like to separate genders when talking about gamers because we are all a united group of people who enjoy the same thing, but some of the stuff I’ve heard said to myself and other (girl) gamers is downright rude. Enjoy this list of things frequently said to female gamers with some ve...

The "No N3DS charger" debacle: My theory behind Nintendo's mistake.

17d ago ... UPDATE: Apparently, Nintendo has seen fit to prove my assertions correct: They have done it to cut down on the price, under the assumption that people would keep the charger from their old system, which shows their ignorance of trade-in policies. http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/new-nintendo-3ds-xl-will-come-no-ac-adapter-nintendo-explains/ So, yeah, original post follows, but I now fee...

The Season Pass

17d ago ... Gaming was once a simple concept; as a matter of fact, it was so long ago that video gaming was elementary, it feels more like a blurred memory or a dream you can't quite recall. I remember the straightforward task of heading to one's favourite rental store or video game distributor and finding the game you intended to purchase right there on the shelf. Of course, there were times where one mig...

GamerGate, Video Games, and N4G Submissions

18d ago ... To say that GamerGate is a touchy subject at this time in video games is kind of an understatement. It's a topic that is easily prone to differences of opinion as one's preferred choice in gaming platform, and it is about as likely to generate furor between those who disagree. Having said that, please read the following and understand how we intend to moderate GamerGate news on N4G. N4G ha...
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December Design Contest (PS4!) Winners

20d ago ... Hey, guys! As you may or may not have gathered from my account status or by hanging out at the N4G water cooler, I'm out on maternity leave. But that doesn't mean we can't have design contest winners! (it just means they'll be announced this late ;)) The winner of the PS4 is..... IXA!!! THE CHOSEN ONES: FIVE winners will be chosen based on which entries we (HAVA staff) like best. :) T...
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