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"Why Can't ______ Be ______?" Discussing The Representation Cliche

31d ago ... When deciding to write a blog, many times the inspiration or even the reason for writing the blog comes from watching a youtube video, or reading some article that makes me feel like commenting on its topic. Today is no exception. I was watching a video on youtube from a Romanian youtuber named veemonro and he was discussing an article written by Ben Kuchera titled "Wait, Why Can't Link Be A Fe...

3 things that could make Fallout 4 the best Fallout yet.

31d ago ... In case you have been locked in a vault for the last few months, Bethesda will be at E3. This has got many people excited as it could lead to the much awaited announcement of Fallout 4. But E3 is still months away and we can only hope for an announcement, but we can also speculate. What could make the beloved Fallout franchise even better? As a fan myself I've thought long and hard and I've com...

Re-innovative games.

32d ago ... Today I would like to present to you some of the games that changed the way we play right now. Games that did not invent a certain mechanic but rather improved upon it and was an inspiration to most games we play now ( hence the word re-innovative) Regenerating Health: Halo 2 (2004, Xbox) Some people credit the original “Halo" for introducing the generating health to the video game world...

Why Video Game Development Is Hard (With A Sidenote On Why It's Easy)

35d ago ... With GDC (Game Developer's Conference) over, it's a good time to step back a look at what awesome things have happened... but that's not my job anymore! Instead, I get to bring you something even more interesting! Thoughts! Feelings! Opinions! Even better yet, they're thoughts, feelings and opinons on something that I have experience in myself! Game Development. An Art that has existed ever...

Game length vs Value.

36d ago ... The definition of gaming varies from someone to the other, some people consider gaming a free time killer, some consider it a hobby and some consider it a necessity of life. And each type of those people looks for something different in a game, some just want something fun, easy, and makes them feel relaxed, others look for a challenge or a hardcore experience that makes them feel good about t...

The Sony Reformation

36d ago ... We know them as a hardware company, but over the past few years, Sony has been slowly transitioning away from hardware and towards being a service type company. Many factors are at play here. In the TV and computer markets, they were outdone by competitors who could produce for far more cheaply. The strong yen did not help them in being competitive overseas either. In their other portable elect...

Buying a Work in Progress

37d ago ... Once upon a time, when you bought a console or game, you knew what you had in your hands. You had a finished product. A definite and contained experience for all time to come….or until the cartridge disintegrated. Things have certainly changed since then. The PS3 I bought at launch is a far cry from the one I have on my table next to me. Even my games change over time, especially the online com...

Life after Vita

37d ago ... I really want another handheld from Sony – from the looks of things, I’m in the minority (a very small minority at that). The dedicated gaming handheld space has taken quite a step plunge since their lofty heights since the last generation. The culprit is most likely the growing handheld and tablet market. Nintendo seems fine despite all this thanks to their software lineup and the variety of p...
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Hot Topic

39d ago ... This is a re-post from a blog I wrote for 11x2, but I think you may find it useful! -Cat ___________________ I struggled with this. What would be the most truly cringe-worthy title for this blog? I hope you're satisfied. There have been a few earnest inquiries about submissions and their heat lately, so I wanted to cover a few things. First, how does the heat algorithm work: a. uniq...

Video Calling on the PS4. Is it coming soon?

41d ago ... A new show called "Powers" just launched today. Fans of the comic book were excited to hear that Sony had teamed up to publish the show, and members of Playstation Plus were excited to hear that they would be receiving the entire season free. Excited by this show and the hype around the comic series I hop on my PS4 this morning and watched the first three episodes, sadly I have to wait weekly t...

Hotline Miami 2 | Everything you need to know

42d ago ... When Hotline Miami launched back in 2012 it shocked the market with it’s stylish execution of fast paced top down action, trippy music, and an engaging plot. The talented team at Dennaton Games is at it again for this year’s release of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. As the final game in the series, hopes are high for Dennaton to deliver on another exceptionally bloody adventure. So, let’s take...

Illbleed: A Forgotten Classic with a Forgotten Spirit for Game Development

42d ago ... Recently I've been revisiting the classics of the survival horror genre, which is only now returning to its roots after over a decade of misrepresentation. Having played all the Silent Hill's and Resident Evil's countless times, I sought out some of the obscurities of the genre, and that leads us to Illbleed, an anomaly within an anomalous genre. There really is nothing like this game, it both...

The GDC Has Gone Full Feminist And Can't Be Taken Seriously

43d ago ... It's time, once again, for another one of "those" blogs. A blog in which I share how ideology, -ists, and -isms, are digging their way into the gaming industry the way a Ceti Eel burrowed into Chekov's ear in Star Trek the Movie 2: The Wrath of Khan, eventually wrapping itself around his cerebral cortex and making him completely vulnerable to outside suggestion all while causing immense pain....

What The Order 1886 Got Right

43d ago ... I played The Order: 1886 and I like it. It’s not a crime, well, maybe on the internet, but not in the real world. I recently wrote a blog about story in games and as soon as I wrap it up, I find myself playing The Order. All criticisms aside, this game does a lot of things right when it comes to storytelling technique in games. You may not like the story itself or the ending but I do think that...

The Sims 4 | History is Repeating Itself...Again

43d ago ... It comes as no surprise that video game developers often form a pattern when it comes to an extensive franchise under their sleeve. Activision likes to release a new Call of Duty installment every year, Rockstar Games likes to push boundaries and parody modern culture in Grand Theft Auto, Volition likes to make each Saints Row installment more and more over the top and Electronic Arts likes to...

My Impressions of Hatred and the Fiasco Surrounding It

44d ago ... Hatred. A strong word to be sure, but a word associated nowadays in the video game industry with a game of the same name. The game in question was one that saw a near instant removal from Steam because of the controversy over the game's premise. After seeing the first initial trailer for Hatred, I can understand the apprehension many people have. It's violent, vitriolic, and somewhat uncomforta...

How VR Ruined Gaming for Me

45d ago ... When I look back on it, I should have seen it coming all along. Im a gamer and have been for about 20 odd years. But what happened 6 days ago changed my life. As I said before, I'm a gamer. I'm also a technophile. I love tech. I currently poured about $8000 into my Media Room. Front and center is my pride and joy. A 106" projector screen. I ended every house tour with a blazing demo of...

The Future of 007 in Gaming

48d ago ... "When is the next James Bond game being released?" my mother asked this evening during dinner. In seven months, it'll have been three years since 007 Legends launched, the last installment in the James Bond video game franchise. It was a question that I have been asking myself for two years, since Activision lost the Bond license after having acquired it from EA seven years prior. It's also a q...
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N4G GOTY WINNERS!

48d ago ... Here they are, the N4G GOTY winners as chosen by YOU, the N4G users! That's right, all nominations and votes come from registered N4G users! Thousands of votes were cast and here we are, the games of 2014: News Story of the Year LizardSquad DDoS on PSN/XBL Best Voice Acting Trey Parker, various, South Park: The Stick of Truth Most Replayable Super Smash Bros. for WiiU Best New VG...
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February Contest Winners!

49d ago ... Congratulations, everyone! The $50 COMMENTS - FOUR WINNERS, a $50 Amazon gift card each: WizzroSupreme oasdada cl1983 TheUpbringer BEST USER BLOG: 4 winners, a $100 Amazon Gift Card each! Abizzel1, Nintendoom Series: http://n4g.com/user/blog/abizzel1/all/1 coolbeans, Tired of this Schmitt Episode VII: The Non-Argument Reawakens [Parts 1+2]: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/coolbe...