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Interactivity and storytelling. Some thoughts.

34d ago ... I have long thought about game design concepts like narrative and interaction. Some have said there is a great divide between story-driven games and game play driven experiences. I'd postulate that there is a nuance that is often missed though. I believe story-based games are also gameplay-based. Just in a different way. Some thoughts of my own; most people would like a game that is inter...

You Know What's Bullshot?

37d ago ... Legend speaks of a time in which a product you were selling had to be representative of the final product at all times. These were the days of the False Advertisement Laws, when consumer interests were protected and you got exactly what you expected and paid for. Those Golden, Halcyon days of Yore have long since perished and in their place, dark days of deceit and the dreaded bullshots have re...

7 Aspirations for Destiny

40d ago ... 2014 looks set to be an incredibly exciting time for the videogame industry. Next to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 edging gracefully into the twilight years of their impressive legacies, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are slowly but surely gathering the pace required to supersede them, and with games like Titanfall, Rust, Hotline Miami 2 and Dark Souls 2 all on the horizon, whatever your fo...

A Top 13 For 2013

40d ago ... The gaming chapter of 2013’s officially one for the history books and with that final note comes the unflinching tradition of the pomp and splendor of the awards that follow. Always one to break with tradition, I take the time to display my very won list, crafted by yours truly appropriate to the year of its debut. Thirteen games for the year of 2013 is the only list I could make in good fai...
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February Contest Winners!

44d ago ... Congratulations to all our February winners! It was a short but sweet month, and I hope you're ready for everything we have in store for March: http://n4g.com/user/blog/cat/all/1 _____________________________ Be my Valentine? DESIGN A VIDEO GAME VALENTINE: You guys are amazing! Be sure to check out the comments on our February blog if you want to peak at the entries. Alas, there w...

3DS: The Moses of the JRPG genre

54d ago ... For those who didn't attend Sunday school or perhaps never saw Prince of Egypt, Moses was a Biblical character who led a few million Hebrew slaves out of Egypt and into their promised land full of milk, honey, and...well, full of not being a slave anymore, too. It's an iconic story in Western culture of how one brave man led a nation to a better place. I figure I might as well get the explan...

Bioshock 1 makes every player out to be a fool no matter what

80d ago ... At the start of the first Bioshock game you crash land in the Atlantic, not properly knowing who you are or why you've crashed. You know you're not quite a 'faceless protagonist' though - you see family photos, you're a smoker. You are meant to be a fixed 'somebody' not just 'anybody'. Similarly, in Bioshock Infinite, you are somebody. you can even see your own reflection early on. In bot...

I Don't Want Games To Be Art

95d ago ... You might be reading that title and taking issue with my saying that. After all, if games can be considered art, then games can have all kinds of themes and expressions that they wouldn't be allowed to have if they were simply a form of entertainment right? Yeah, that's true, but at the same time games being judged as art presents far too many problems and headaches. I am with each and every...

PS4 Shortages, Still? What Gives, Sony?

110d ago ... [[NOTE: I have written a new blog in order to remedy some of the mistakes that I made in this one. This one will stay up for reference, but before you comment about how "dumb" I am, please read the newest blog at http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/darkpower/525739 ]] I’ve been looking for a PS4 now for about two months. Yes, I know we just got past the holiday season, and yes, I know there could b...

My top 15 games of the generation. (5-2)

123d ago ... Here are the games listed from past entries. 15. Tomb Raider 14. Xenoblade Chronicles 13. Dead Space 2 12. Batman: Arkham City 11. Final Fantasy XIII 10. Deus Ex: Human Revolution 9. Gears of War 3 8. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch 7. The Last of Us 6. Red Dead Redemption …and now for my top 5. ---------- 5. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. *2006 Game of the Year*...

Wii U: The Power of 2

134d ago ... I bought a Wii U. The console is sitting comfortably in my cupboard, still unopened with a copy of Super Mario 3D World, while I feverishly try to clear my backlog of PS3 games. Once I'm over and done with my PS3 (Dark Souls II being the exception) I can finally well and truly say I am ready to join Next-Gen with the Wii U and the PS4. So let's talk about the Wii U, shall we? The Wii U...

The Assassination of Assassin's Creed

167d ago ... "Maybe a week, a year later...when you're out on a walk in Prague or wherever and you're talking about your stock prices, not a worry in the world...and then suddenly, you hear the scraping of a footstep behind you and before you can turn around -POP-....darkness." That was Walter White describing an assassination in a delightfully tantalizing manner. What? You expected me to write more a...

Dark Souls II Beta Preview

186d ago ... Well, this is my first blog and preview for that matter. Dark Souls is the third game in the souls series known for its difficult gameplay. Dark Souls II beta second round ended just now and after two hours of playing here is my current opinion of it. When you first boot up the game you are greeted by a terms and condition, to which you have to agree upon. Then information about beta, and...

Sorry, We Can't Be Real Gaming Journalists, Publishers Won't Let Us

212d ago ... This was originally going up on GB but it was declined. -- There's always this struggle... this insatiable struggle between the powers that be and the people at the bottom. In between those two sides is supposed to be a force to mediate how both sides see and react to each other, we sometimes call them news outlets, bloggers or information aggregators. The thing is, while people want the...

Best Games Of This Gen?

227d ago ... As this generation of consoles begins to come to a close, many great games have been released during its entirety. I started pondering about which games this generation were the best. I thought hard and I've compiled a list of games which I personally think are the best of the best. I tried narrowing down all my choices with only ten games. Choosing the ten games themselves was hard but trying...

When darkness took hold on gaming.

236d ago ... It was nearing the end of the 16-bit era with the Saturn and Playstation shedding dark clouds over it. There was no stopping it. Games were going 3-D but it felt like they weren't quite ready to be there. Virtua Fighter and Daytona USA were positives in what seemed like the next step and while I liked the way the games moved and animated I did not like the way they looked. The Street Fighte...

Anor Londo - A Case Study in Level Design (AKA "Staircases and Royal Pains in the Fanny")

245d ago ... (Spoilers - Duh) I'm a big fan of the "D. Souls" series of games. I do very much like the challenge they present and the dark, mystical settings. What I gravely dislike is when it uses these two things in a diabolical manner that wastes the player's time. Unfortunately, this is something that Dark Souls tends to do a little too frequently; Especially in the area/level known as "Anor Londo...

Are we being lied to? (Again?)

296d ago ... Ah E3, that special time of year when boys and girls gather around the interwebs to have their eyes and ears filled with the wonderful and magical sounds and sights of limbs exploding off into space and animated boobs that jiggle in real time physics calculations. Yes, its that time where new games are unveiled like the glorious dawn of a new spring day, titles that sound foreign and strange...

8th Gen - The Death (Finally!) of Corridor Shooters?

308d ago ... The blog picture comes from here: http://memearchive.net/memerial.net/1371/picture.jpg , and I think it's a fitting way to describe the modern FPS genre. I like shooters. I really do, but I've been a bit worn out on them recently. I have my reasons, but chief among them would be how every FPS these days seems to be a corridor shooter. I grew up on shooters like Duke Nukem, Strife, Syst...

Square's Epic Brand: A Final Fantasy 15 Story

308d ago ... The story of Final Fantasy has evolved over the years, each tailored to suit the current worlds graphics. Long ago, in the land of eight bit technology the Final Fantasy franchise was born, into a world filled with side scrolling army soldiers fighting helicopters, or motorcycle games based on how many backflips you could perform before you crashed repeatedly and eventually lost the race. It...
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EU 26 April 2013
AU 26 April 2013
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