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N4G December Contest Details

18d ago ... Let’s get in the spirit of Christmas!!! WIN A PLAYSTATION 4! [By Entering the DESIGN CONTEST below] To be entered to win a PS4* you must submit a qualifying entry** to the art contest detailed below. All qualifying entrants will be entered to win and the winner will be chosen at random. That means that even if your design isn’t chosen for printing, you can still win a PS4! *The prize i...

Ubisoft And Embargoes

19d ago ... Had a different, and totally reactionary blog I was going to post but changed my mind and couldn't delete it, so I'm changing it. I'm sure you've all heard of what Ubisoft is doing with The Crew and not allowing any reviews until launch. It follows what they've been doing with their games for awhile now and is completely wrong. I'm a fan of the Assassin's Creed series, always have been an...

Metal Gear Online, Episode 3: A New Hope

19d ago ... What a topical, if irrelevant, title :) Metal Gear Solid, for the most part, has always been about the singleplayer experience. Not until Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, did fans of the series see an introduction of a multiplayer element, and I’d say that it was still just an afterthought when compared to the main game. I had a friend that played the original Metal Gear Online when it came...

Are Multiplayer Features Ruining Games?

20d ago ... A question I've been asking myself lately after the many disappointments of this year. With 2014 almost at a close with only one more month to spare I got thinking back to all the big disappointments of the year, now at first I just assumed like many others believed that these recent disappointments were either because the game was hyped too much where the game wouldn't reach our expectations o...

Gamer Health - Recognizing and Avoiding Seizures

21d ago ... Seizures can be hard to detect. They can be stealthy, like a really good internet troll. When you hear the word seizure, you may conjure an image of tremors, twitching or jerking movements. If you’ve never seen one, check out YouTube, or just think of your friends trying to dance to dubstep. The reality is that seizures can present in a variety of ways. They can occur at various ages for the fi...

Thanksgiving Day and Titan One PS4 Bundle Winners Announced!

21d ago ... I hope everyone had a great day yesterday. We also appreciate everyone sharing what they were thankful for. Now, I have a slight admission to make on my part... we actually had 3 $50 Amazon US gift cards to giveaway, so we had 4 winners! Here are yesterday's lucky lot. === The 3 people who won a $50 Amazon US gift card are: TotallyNotGlenn -- who is thankful for his mom, his colleg...

Lessons from Kickstarter

22d ago ... I’m no great fan of kickstarter. I see in it great potential for the exploitation of a young passionate audience. It’s basically an extreme pro-order with no guarantee of actually receiving the product you want or any product for that matter. Still, many people love kickstarter for very good reasons. It is a good way to see a project realized that may ordinarily not be approved by “the suits” i...

[Closed] Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! What are You Thankful For?

22d ago ... We have three US Amazon Gift Cards. Two $50 and one $25. I'm assuming you might be interested in winning one of them? If so, here is how to enter: 1. Comment on this blog with something you are thankful for. 2. You have until 11:59 PM PST on November 27, 2014 to enter (that's today only). 3. Enjoy the rest of the day with whomever you can. Friends, family, significant others, pets...

Toxicity, the Internet Gamer Community

25d ago ... I've recently become, and been made, aware of the impact the internet gaming community was having on my personal well-being. Long story short, I have many reasons in my life to be happy, yet my attitude is more negative than it ought to be. I've realized that was because I was part of a toxic community. Now I want to say I hold no illusions. I will absolutely not pretend that the gaming comm...

Non-Gamers Do Not Understand Sometimes

27d ago ... To all those people who said that ‘gamers’ are wasting their time with comparing graphics or ‘Who has the better console’ contest, do not really understand us. We are human; we tend to not admit defeat because the console we bought with our OWN money will always be the console we know that is the best choice for us. A slight hint of defeat with either one of those console can cause tons of comp...

The Outrage Cycle - Click, Rage, Repeat

28d ago ... I’m staring at a submitted article entitled “PS4 vs Xbox One: Sony’s in Trouble, Not Microsoft”, right next to it is another entitled “Microsoft's Xbox One Is Looking Like a Lost Cause”. I know it’s going to be nonsense. I know that this is an elaborate troll for hits. I can predict the content and I can predict the response in the comments. I’ve been here before. I’m one click away from a sens...

Celebgate and Gamergate: A New Culture War

28d ago ... Do you know what happens when you listen to people who say "GEEZ, you all need to stop talking about people like Anita Sarkeesian and stop giving her attention. They'll just go away and this will all be over if you do"? You get this http://blogjob.com/oneangrygamer/2014/11/gamergate-interest-groups-want-to-take-online-harassment-to-senate/ “Celebgate and Gamergate: A New Culture War.”...

I teach through gaming (What gaming has taught me).

29d ago ... I have the most rewarding job in the world. I teach. I teach students of all levels, of all ages and of all backgrounds. I believe that students are equalized and thrive on a leveled playing field once they come across a teacher who understands their differentiated needs. A common foe in a Language Arts class is different reading skills, ranging from low, on target, to below proficiency....

Blood & Blade Giveaway

30d ago ... To celebrate the release of Blood & Blade on the Google Play store, IGG is hosting a special Giveaway and has provided us with 500 keys for you to claim. The key, when redeemed, will grant you 200 gems to use in game. To claim one of the keys, PM me, cgoodno: http://n4g.com/user/home/cgoodno . I will then PM you back your key. Redemption Instructions: - Download Blood & Bl...

Why The last of Us Should Not Have a Direct Sequel

31d ago ... *This blog contains spoilers for the last of us* The Last of Us is one of the most successful games in recent memory, with lifetime sales above 8 million, and near universal praise from critics and consumers alike. Both Sony and Naughty Dog know this, and undoubtedly this has led to talks of a sequel. While nothing has been officially announced, Neil Druckmann, the games director, has pre...

Anita Sarkeesian: Not Playing With a Full Deck

31d ago ... From my open letter to the gaming media to my impressions of the controversial career of Phil Fish, we now bookend the core of my blogs regarding certain people attacking gamers with arguably the most despised opponent of video games since Jack Thompson. Her name is in the title and bears no introduction. We all know who Anita Sarkeesian is. We know what this woman has accomplished. She is infa...

Why I fell in love with Sony.

34d ago ... There are many reasons I am a self proclaimed Sony fan and there are many reasons. Some of the reasons I will outline will seem insignificant, and to most people they will be, but they became huge considerations when writing and when I considered selling my Xbox 360 just to purchase a PS4. Other reasons are reflections on Sony and the way they run their business. These reasons give me confidenc...

Why we can forgive 343i and certainly not Ubisoft

34d ago ... I write this in response to the likes of those who write and agree with articles like this http://gamerant.com/rushed-video-games-bad-launches/ As a gaming community, we tend to get in an uproar very quickly and typically for poor reason. We then go on to whine about whatever it is that set us off, and then make fools of ourselves by writing articles with little sense, like one Brad Jones of...

Managing that Holiday Debt

36d ago ... The holidays are a wondrous celebration of the birth of capitalism - at least that’s what my accountant tells me. Each year we are compelled to undo all the hard of the past year as part of some social obligation that surprisingly has its own propaganda piece entitled “A Christmas Carol”. Everybody hates a scrooge, even the Scrooges hate each other. Don’t surrender to the herd just yet though,...

On the evolution of Grand Theft Auto

36d ago ... Grand Theft Auto V is now playable from a first-person perspective. That is, Grand Theft Auto, a series that’s as equally notable for its original birds-eye viewpoint as it is its current third-person stance, can now be viewed through the blood-shot eyes of its frenzied protagonist for the very first time. To see how we’ve made it this far is to recollect the gradual yet incredibly realiz...