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The 7th Generation: A Post-mortem (Part 1)

28d ago ... Technically the 7th gen hasn't actually ended yet, but all three consoles have basically experienced their heyday and the defining games have all been released. The 7th gen was overlong and divisive, but it certainly had its moments. In the first part I will be covering the life and lasting impressions all three consoles left. In the second part I will discuss the direction software makers went...
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Letter from Cat

31d ago ... Dear members of N4G, 11x2, AnimeShinbun, FilmWatch and Techspy; I have decided that my time with HAVAmedia has come to an end, and so April will be my last month with all of you. Christopher will be assuming many of my old duties. This is not a decision made in haste, but one that I think is best for HAVA, my family, and me. Simply, I'm needed elsewhere. :) All the best, Cat ***E...

Am I Really You? Discussing Silent Protagonists

32d ago ... Happy April Fools everyone. Hope you didn't get anyone hurt with your pranks; or maybe I should hope that you did considering the skill in pranks has continuously dropped year after year. The last blog I wrote was discussing why iconic characters like Link should be left alone and not subjected to gender/race politics especially when the benefits are either unquantifiable or negligible to th...
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March Contest Winners!

32d ago ... In March, we celebrated the luck of the Irish with lots and lots of random draws! Each winner was chosen at random from the eligible entries in the category. April contests are over here: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/christopher/532326 Congratulations! The $50 COMMENTS: 4 winners, a $50 Amazon gift card each! Ikki_Phoenix addictedtochaos annoyedgamer Crazyglues BEST USER BLOG:...

April Contests

33d ago ... Hello Spring, and hello to a chance at some Amazon gift cards! The $50 COMMENTS- SIX WINNERS!: Each comment you make on N4G during April on any story, blog, user review, forums - ANYTHING = 1 entry. Comment 13 times? 13 entries. 42 times? 42 entries. I think you get the idea. Prize: 6 winners, a $50 Amazon Gift Card each! Disqualified if you pick up a restriction during the conte...

Adventures in the DIY-verse: Let's Paint!

33d ago ... This is the first installment in a little series discussing my exploits in console modification, maintenance, and everything else in between. My ultimate hope is to spread some knowledge and help you avoid all the mistakes I made as a beginner when it comes to DIY. As the title states, the first topic I want to bring up is the scary, yet ultimately simple task of painting a console. You've s...

Remasters, remakes and realities (Of game makers)

34d ago ... Which comes first, the games or the gamer? Every console launch sees a struggle play out between game-maker and gamer. Gamers want to see a quality library before they take the plunge on a new console. Game-makers want a sizeable audience at the ready for the game that they just spent $30 million dollars and the last 3 years on. HD gaming and multiplayer features served to greatly increase expe...

Exclusive games and how we should view them

35d ago ... The term exclusive has changed somewhat in the industry. It used to mean if you could only get that game on one particular platform it meant exclusive. While this is true the lines have been blurred over the years for various reasons. I recall Aaron Greenberg from Microsoft used to use the term exclusive even if the game was coming to the PC. In fact titles like Bioshock had 'only on Xbox and W...

Beanman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Perspective)

41d ago ... This feels like a pinch-me moment as I type out the following: a few of the most heavily hyped AAA blockbusters, whose advertisements were undoubtedly plastered all over big gaming sites during their release, have recently received some rather underwhelming reviews scores. Some of the most popular victims would be Destiny (1) and The Order: 1886 (2). And while the results are currently undete...

That nagging feeling.

43d ago ... Change will always give rise to conflicting emotions. When Nintendo announced their mobile plans, many were enthused. Some were investors who see it as a way forward for the company towards the greener pastures of mobile gaming – which will hopefully make more “green” for them. Some wiser fans recognized that for Nintendo to remain game makers, they had to expand and adapt in order to survive...

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

44d 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.

44d 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.

45d 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)

48d 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.

49d 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

49d 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

50d 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

50d 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

52d 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?

54d 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...