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September Contest Details

1h ago ... MGSV! MGSV! MGSV! Okay, now that I've got that out of the way, hello and welcome to another episode of "How to win an Amazon Gift Card." I'm your host, Christopher, and I'll be presenting you with this month's details on how to... Win an Amazon Gift Card! Now, I hear what you're saying contestants, is this really a scam or can people win? Well, you'll never know until you try! But, no,...

Why Microsoft will win this gen

3d ago ... Since the end of 2013 there has been a fierce battle as to who will rise victorious at the end of this gen of consoles. Visit any gaming forum and you will see a battle like no other between fans of the various gaming consoles screaming as to who they think will win this galactic war. The competition has never been fiercer and thankfully it has been to the benefit of us gamers. The slug fest (i...

Why the Sega Saturn is the most underrated console of all time

3d ago ... I hear all the time how the Sega Dreamcast (Rest in Peace) is the most underrated console of all time. How it did everything right, had the best launch lineup in history and still got no love from mainstream gamers. But I recently bought a Saturn and started playing through it's vast library and I now firmly believe the Sega Saturn overwhelmingly deserves that title. Unlike the Dreamcast, th...

Foxtrots Video Game Reboot-Retellings #1: Resident Evil

6d ago ... Reboot-Retellings? What is this mumbo jumbo you keep spewing out Foxtrot? Why do you constantly write down how this “thing” you’ve made up when you’ve most likely been in the shower or toilet can help a franchise that has either came to an end story wise or has lost its way completely? Well that’s a very good question random N4G dweller and it’s about time I tell at least 10% of N4G who actuall...

Harvest Moon Vs Stardew Valley: the apprentice becomes the master

6d ago ... The original Harvest Moon series - now known as Story of Seasons (series) - first released on the SNES way back in 1996, a time when crazy pants were all the rage and the world was about to be hit by a major disaster... The Spice Girls. For all these years Story of Seasons has been master of the farm simulation / rpg genre, largely due to the fact that no other developer cared enough to cha...

Has Mario Kart Evolved Enough in Recent Years?

7d ago ... Mario Kart is a well-loved Nintendo franchise which first graced us with its presence back in 1992 when it released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as Super Mario Kart. For the first time ever gamers could play as their favourite Italian plumper’s along with their huge cast of friends (and villains) in a fun kart racing experience. This game, much like the side scrolling Super Mario...

Why I fell out of and back in love with Nintendo

10d ago ... Although I was born in the decade of spandex, shell-suits and hair metal, the 80s was also home to the rebirth and boom of the video games console. As a result I have owned many consoles, and had the chance to play many others. Video gaming was as large a part of my childhood as was winding cassette tapes with a pencil or having angel delight for desert, and to this day it continues to play a l...

Lying, Trolling and the N4G Bubble Effect

13d ago ... Firstly, I want to make it clear that this is by no means a direct attack on any n4g user in particular as it is more an opinion on a way of thinking or frame of mind. Due to the topic at hand it is imperative that I utilize direct comments from certain members of n4g in order to bring across the entire point of this blog and draw attention to what I would consider the general issue. With that...

Indie Game Month Studio & Monthly Winners Are Here

19d ago ... Hello everyone! We want to take a moment to once again thank everyone who helped make Indie Game Month the success it was. We had 31 developers who gave their time to share their games with you, 5 different writers who made this happen, and over 4000 comments from you, our users, discussing the games we shared. Without any of you, this would not have happened. But, without our sponsors,...

Will Crackdown 3 Prove Gamer Hypocrisy?

19d ago ... Seems these days there's always a repetitive article on the site about Crackdown 3's Gamescom demo and the cloud compute destruction target for the multiplayer in Crackdown 3. Everyone and their grandmother is turning up their hype meter and turning down their critical thinking based on this demo. What are my thoughts on it? Well I'm just going to say that the lot of you who are foaming at t...

Should bad or mediocre combat in rpg's be excused?

19d ago ... I've played a number of rpg's in my day but it seems that the majority of them have mediocre to bad combat mechanics. This thread will mostly focuses on Western rpg's since I have little knowledge and have played only one JRPG. Sometimes I wonder whether these developers purposefully did this or they don't put enough time fine tuning the combat of their games. I find people's reasons a...

In an alternate universe somewhere.

28d ago ... I've been doing a lot of looking back at decisions made in the games industry. I've read the "Console Wars", "History of Service Games", "Mega Drive/Genesis collective works", and also Retro Gamer magazine that's usually at the local Barnes and Noble. Also I still have a nice pile of Gamepro, EGM, Sega Visions, and Nintendo Powers dating back as far as 1989. The books I listed are great read...

August Contest Details

31d ago ... Hello! Now that Indie Game Month is (mostly) over, it's time to get back to our usual contests. Or is it? This month we have one contest. One contest with ten (10) potential winners. We're trying something a little different this month. Something that allows you to do what you always do for a chance to win one of ten $100 Amazon Gift Cards. So, how does this work? THE $100 DO WHAT YO...

Enter to Win an Amazon Gift Card

31d ago ... Today we have two US$50 Amazon Gift Cards. Enter to win one. How to enter: 1. Comment on any and all of the stories we have running today from our IndieMonth account on Joakim Sandberg! 2. Your comment should discuss the article you’re posting on. http://i.imgur.com/XcuDm7M.png [b]Today's stories:[/b] - At a Glance: Joakim Sandberg: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/indiemonth/53483...

At a Glance: Joakim Sandberg

31d ago ... [b]Joakim Sandberg[/b] is a long-time developer out of Sweden who has developed various games in the past. He is now working with Bifrost Entertainment to finish Iconoclasts, a game that he's been working on for over five years. http://www.bifrostent.com/ [b]Iconoclasts[/b] is a Metroidvania game about a mechanic, Robin, who uses her wrench to fix various things for others. Unfortunatel...

An Interview with Joakim Sandberg

31d ago ... [b]Alpha:[/b] With me today, all the way from Sweden is Joakim Sandberg! He is here today to answer some questions we have about Iconoclasts, a sidescrolling Metroidvania-like action, puzzle, and platformer. At least, I think I got that right! Can you better try to give us a sales pitch as to what Iconoclasts is, in terms of the story and gameplay? [b]Joakim:[/b] That's a good, quick summ...

Iconoclasts Alpha Impressions

31d ago ... [b]From -Alpha[/b] Iconoclasts fantastically blends elements of action platforming, adventure, puzzles and boss fights into something that feels special and memorable. Even after playing the alpha, which you can download for free on http://konjak.org/, Iconoclast’s memorable and charming music, story, and writing remains in my mind. The first notable thing about Iconoclasts has g...

At a Glance: Clever-Plays

32d ago ... [b]Clever-Plays[/b] is a video game studio specialized in developing quality games on PC and mobile, targeting mature hardcore players. http://www.clever-plays.com [b]Leap of Fate[/b] is a hardcore action game in which you play a powerful mage facing a twisted version of reality. Do you have the skills needed to survive the trials, and forge yourself a new fate? [b]Available on Early...

An Interview with Mattieu Bégin

32d ago ... [i]Lou “herobyclicking” Adducci talks with Mattieu Bégin with Clever Games about Leap of Fate. They talk about the game’s setting, making games for both tablet and PC and comic books. [/i] [b]Herobyclicking:[/b] Let’s talk about the mix of magic and technology in the modern age in Leap of Fate. What is the origin of this game? [b]Mattieu:[/b] We really wanted to create a narrative setting...

Shadow walking your way through Leap of Fate

32d ago ... [b]From Mattieu Bégin, Co-Founder of Clever-Plays[/b] When we started designing Leap of Fate, we thought real hard about how to define our gameplay. What would set the game apart in the eye of the player? The answer lies in our tagline; "the hack-and-slash rogue-like". It's a mouthful, but it does reflect very well what the game is: a mix between the room-based, intense burst of combat fr...
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