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Secrets behind successful multiplayer - part 1

27d ago ... Foreword by the author: I apologize for spamming to promote my blog post a couple of weeks ago. That will never happen again. Call of Duty's multiplayer is no e-sport . It’s not even a solid foundation for long-term play . At launch , there’s hundreds of thousands online . Two weeks later, it quickly fades down. Advanced Warfare isn’t likely to change that (but there’s still a chance). How m...

How to play games on multiple monitors

147d ago ... Multi-monitor configurations today are not rare, yet many game developers seem to ignore this fact. Some of them do this intentionally like Blizzard who doesn’t want multi-monitor computer owners to take advantage over those who have only one monitor. Others simply don’t bother much about this issue. When you play games on a system with two or more monitors, such a game usually locks the mouse...

Captain Obvious Versus Random

512d ago ... As usual, with any and all apologies to the real Captain Obvious. Wherever you are... Yeah, just some musing and conclusion - predictions? - on recent events and subjects. ----- PS4 Preview: Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Overall Sony hit it out of the park with the PS4's announcement. It wasn't perfect however largely because third party devs such as Square Enix presented nothing new during...

Diablo III and the Future of Single Player Games

724d ago ... One of the most anticipated games of the decade Diablo III is released, almost 10 years after its predecessor but it carried a sort of a restriction, one that requires users to be perpetually connected to the internet if they wanted to explore the hellish dungeons or slay the demon overlords in Diablo III. Many a user has complained about DRM that has been implemented in several PC games. Assas...

Experiencing the Diablo 3 Beta

826d ago ... Blizzard has done nicely and very specially for the Diablo 3. As a sequne, Diablo 3 has kept what attracted us in Diablo 2, as well as improved to be much exciting and different. Blizzard has always successed in showing off its high standard. I've gone through the Diablo 3 beta lately, and would like to share my experience with you. I have to say that in Diablo 3 the scene is designed to sho...

How Testing Ruined Gaming

1128d ago ... Dream Job? You may think that being a tester would be a dream job for any gamer. While that is the case for some of you, think about what you might be giving up in exchange. Take a moment to consider how breaking the illusion games have created for you can have a great impact on how you perceive and enjoy gaming for the rest of your life. All That Work Do you remember the euphoric sens...

The Secret World - Is it going to fail or succeed

1214d ago ... It`s Funcom`s new baby allright. They came up with a teaser a year ago, it didn`t mean much other than knowing that they are making another mmorpg. Well, for me they gained a lot of credit with Age of Conan. It was a new IP from a new company trying to out compete a giant - Blizzard - . Sure, Age of Conan failed in the long term, or let me rephrase it by saying it didn`t meet the expectation...
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NPD: January Sales

1253d ago ... Via the NPD Group: January 2011 sales are down 5% from January 2010. Total US Games Sales reached $1.16B, versus 2010's 1.228B. Video games sales totaled $1.18B in January 2010 and are down 4% for $1.14B. Hardware sales: An 8% shift downward to $324.0MM. Software sales: 5% decline to $576.0MM Accessories saw a 6% rise to $235.1MM That brings the total software sales down 6% fr...

The era of "World of Warcraft" is coming to an end

1270d ago ... Surely, many of the almost 12 million players won't agree with me. But in a way, I sincerely hope that I am right. World of Warcraft is surely great for the beginner, it is great for those who want to relax and do things randomly. One instance here, an easy raid there. Gather some materials for that, and so on. World of Warcraft is great in many ways, but its biggest flaw is how repetiti...

Open letter to Blizzard

1321d ago ... Well this is more of an open post than a letter but it is about World of Warcraft so indirectly it is aimed at Blizzard. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for years, on and off. First time I entered WoW was back in 2005 and I was very excited from watching my friend play whenever I could. It was really fun and over the years I ended up with 4 lvl 80 characters, a Paladin, a Hunter, a Death...

4 Pokémon You Should Consider

1431d ago ... We all know legendaries are the strongest thing out there in the Pokémon world, and no one like to lose... so in terms, most teams are filled with Palkias and Dialgas, but lets take a look at a few Pokémon out of the 400+ that you should consider. Now these aren't the best Pokémon for the job, but they aren't bad. That being said, it's more of a different look at strategy's other then... who's...

Top 5 most important PC developers/publishers today

1458d ago ... Remember , I'm basing this list on which developers or publishers are important to the industry TODAY, not 10, 20 - 30 years ago. 5. Blizzard - WoW, SC2, that's all. That's why they're 5. These games are enough to get into fifth, but I don't really think it deserves this spot. I'd LIKE to put EA above Blizzard, but because Blizzard ARE PC-exclusive, I'll keep 'em here. 4. Deep Silver - A...

The Effect of Anonymity on a Game's Community

1474d ago ... Checking my email, I see a notification that some one replied to my Battle.net forum. I can't wait to read the intelligent, moving posts that will attempt to urge me away from my non-excited stance on Starcraft II. Instead, I am met with ten messages that could be summed up by combining the acronyms 'STFU,' and 'FUUU,': "STFUUUUUUUUU!!!" A response that shouldn't have been surprising in the lea...

A Look Ahead...July 2010

1486d ago ... If you take a look at my preview for Ruffian Games' sequel to the 2007 hit Crackdown, you'll no doubt probably guess I'm somewhat excited about the 9th July release date of Crackdown 2 for the Xbox 360 which will expand on the original in a number of ways, not least the fact it hosts many more superpowers, additional weapons and plenty of vehicles. You can also choose to team up with three othe...

Take-Two: Wishing they had a second take? Also, The Lost.

2035d ago ... Take-Two has definitely seen better times. As we all know by now, EA fought a long, eventually losing battle to attempt to buy Take-Two earlier this year in the wake of the earthshattering Activision-Blizzard merger. However, the mix of good and bad news for the company continues. In their annual report, Take-Two revealed that the company spent $11 MILLION of their own during the attempted EA t...
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