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The Past, Present and Future of Control (Part 1)

7d ago ... The controller has basically been around since the conception of the video game. It’s taken many forms: keyboard and mouse, joystick, fightstick, flightstick, racing wheel, and numerous gamepad designs. Some of these peripherals only work with certain types of games, while some of them work with every type of game. Some are quite better than others, but all gives us --the players-- what we desi...
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[CLOSED]PAX HD Launch Party: Win an iPad Mini, PS4 or Xbox One and up to $225 in Amazon Gift Cards!

29d ago ... Update March 27: The game is now finally available for Android (see link below), and we have added a PS4 to the random prize draw - plus you can now also choose between an iPad Mini, Xbox One and a PS4 if you win the Top Score Contest. Get your entries in by April 4 by commenting with your best score and you could be the lucky winner of a PS4 and more! HAVAmedia (N4G) collaborated in the dev...
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January Contest Winners

71d ago ... Congratulations to the first winners of 2014! February contests are up here: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/cat/525981 COMMENT LOTTERY: Prize: 4 winners, a $50 Amazon Gift Card each! BattleTorn Pandamobile TheBurger29 theXtReMe1 BEST USER BLOG: 
Prize: 5 winners, a $50 Amazon Gift Card each! EyePawd "On Youtube monetization, creator's rights, and who exactly is a content creat...

Memoirs of a Senior Gamer: Ye Olde Arcade

83d ago ... So here's how this is going down, your father thought it would be good if you two spent some time with me. Suppose he wants yous to learn some wisdom from an old timer, heh lord knows he never did! Now I don’t like either of you and I'm sure as hell you don’t like me. You give me any lip and you’re on denture duty. Repeat offenders clean the bed pan. Understand? You there, not you the chubby on...

Am I Having Fun? An Industry Retrospective...

182d ago ... I was born in the early 70s, amongst the days of the LED handheld games and home Pong systems. Amongst the Ataris, Colecos, Intellivisions and Segas, arose a hobby that I enjoyed so immensely. I could be taken away to other worlds to accomplish unworldly things. I could be a superhero, a knight, a robot and a sports star all on the same system. There really wasn't talk of graphics, because grap...

The Videogames Industry: How far we've come.

193d ago ... Way back in the late 80's early 90, when videogames were first becoming popular as a entertainment medium, who would ever have guessed that the videogames industry would come as far as it has today? It is after all arguably the greatest, most popular and profitable entertainment medium around right now. My reason for writing this blog is in order to discuss the high points of the videogame i...

Indie and its future, but you wouldn’t know anything about that…

217d ago ... Indie has always been a fascinating genre with me. I know its not technically a genre but, I feel as if we are at that point in gaming where it kind of is. More or less, whenever I hear someone talking about an Indie game, its usually in the context of it being an Indie game instead of arcade, or action, or RPG, and so on and so forth. I recently went to PAX Prime and among the many things I le...

Why PAX now lives up to the name of their greatest controversy.

218d ago ... The Penny Arcade Expo! That’s really all you have to know in order to get at what I’m probably going to talk about in this piece, and sadly, it is a piece that I really do not want to have to talk about, because this is something that we, as gamers, should be above by now. We should be above these childish acts, and respect each other for who we are. To understand and respect that when someone...

In-flight Entertainment Gets Its Game On

231d ago ... The quality of games available in-flight has traditionally been extremely limited. In a market dominated by early-release Hollywood films and the latest TV shows, in-flight gaming has so far failed to take off. Until now. Games specialist GUE Tech, and in-flight entertainment provider IFE Services, are responding to the estimated $76bn industry by pioneering in-flight gaming on commercial fl...

Kickstarter: Good or Bad

261d ago ... Indie development is on the rise. The Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, 3DS and Wii U are suddenly finding an unbelievably uncanny amount of indie games heading to their growing libraries of games. Microsoft has recently opted to completely (and suspiciously) 180 its decision on "no self-publishing" for developers on their new Xbox One platform. And yet indie devs are still easily overwhelmed by...

Xbox One self publishing to be what people expect?

267d ago ... Today information leaked on MS enabling self publishing for indie games on the Xbox One and that no developer kit would be needed and the console you have at home can be used. Now initially that sounds great and people on the internet seem to be happy about this, but there is one thing that might make the news less great. On the Xbox 360 we already have the, probably not well known, XBLIG or...

Fifa 14 or PES 2014 Which Will be Better?

284d ago ... Throughout the years PES and Fifa have always been battling and since the 1990s both games have been fighting for supremacy in the soccer/ football gaming world. There are fans of both games that argue continuously about the more supreme game. Many even widely agree that PES was the superior title on all generations prior to the current generation of platforms. The current-gen was dominated by...

X1 and DRM: It's already been tested profitable.

313d ago ... As far as DRM and borrowing games goes, Microsoft already has this in place whenever you purchase a title off of Xbox Live. They have been practicing this since XBLA started. The arcade games and On Demand titles require DRM so you cannot copy them over to another Xbox 360 in your house and play the full versions unless you also have your gamertag with them. Then if you didn't transfer the lic...

Mario's Legacy and Where the Plumber Should Head Next

420d ago ... Video games have come a long way since Ralph Baer first created Pong. The industry has given us as gamers beautiful, graphical, artistic games that have taken our breath away. They have woven incredible stories and powerful emotions into a game. They have also made game that started as simplistic 8-bit arcade games, and re-invented them in new innovative ways. One of the greatest examples of...

Realism in Gaming

425d ago ... Obviously, at the very beginning, everything is simple. The first movie ever documented was of a man sneezing. The first stories were drawings of men hunting animals on cave walls. And people start out as a single, simple cell. This immaturity and simpleness is also true with video games. From the simplistic beginnings of Pong sprung an entire industry devoted to making games as intricate and r...

Shoy Schot! nui Press Release

547d ago ... Virtual Gaia Games is proud to introduce Shoy Schot! nui, an electronic card game. The game will release Sunday, December 29th, 2013 to all PC user for free! Shoy Schot! is an additive, console-based, strategic card game created in C#. Starting out as a simple minigame about flipping cards and gaining ownership over the game board it soon blossomed into a full fledged card game with a mega t...

A Brief History of Time(d Exclusives)

689d ago ... As E3 2012 approaches, there has been a lot of talk about "timed exclusives". Much of the talk has been negative towards one console manufacturer in particular. Reading comments on N4G, one could be led to believe that it's an "evil business practice", deserving of ridicule and scorn. Looking back at gaming history however, we will see that timed exclusives have been an integral part of near...

Some wounds never heal.

727d ago ... When I think of gaming as a kid in the late eighties a rush of nostalgia rushes over me. The beginning of great franchises, some we still play to this day. Going from arcade games were the main goal was to score as many points as possible, to games with story lines and endings and using a directional pad for the first time. With that said the rush of goodness is always accompanied by some fr...

365 Days of Gaming - Introduction

836d ago ... I've been a gamer for about twelve years now and I was never one to really sit down and reflect on my experiences. Well, courtesy of N4G, I've been influenced by the community to appreciate gaming for what it is; I've come to realize it's not just a thing to do, a hobby if you will, but a lifestyle. I can't begin to count how many games I've played, albeit it on the Nintendo 64, Playstation, Xb...

Bad things come with 3's

886d ago ... When it comes to Call of Duty anyway. Cast your minds back to Call of Duty 3, the game that went one to many with the WW2 theme. When you look at Modern Warfare 3 it suffers from the same problems. I've played COD since the COD1 days on PC and everyone since. Not all have been gems but COD3 and now MW3 are 2 outright stinkers. The problem with MW3 is its too similar to MW2, I started i...
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