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Welcome to Indie Game Month 2015!

14h ago ... Tomorrow begins our coverage of 30 different Indie Developers. Each day we will highlight a single developer and their soon-to-be-released or recently released game. Content each day will range from game previews, developer interviews, and even the occasional developer blog. Along with the content about each developer and their game, we will also be running contest each day and throughout...

Indie Game Month Contest Details

16h ago ... Welcome to July. July is a special month for us here at N4G. It's that one time of year where we don't just link to the news that other sites provide, but we try our best to create it. If you were here last year, you know what that means. If you weren't, well, let me tell you. Each day of July, starting tomorrow, we will be posting interviews, game write-ups, guest developer blogs, and...

Kickstarter Continues to Confuse

1d 11h ago ... Kickstarter operates on a very simple premise – give me the money I need so that I can make the product that you want. The product that no one else wants to make. It was gaming that catapulted Kickstarter into the limelight. A legendary developer by the name of Tim Schaffer wanted to make an old-school point and click adventure game that nobody supposedly wanted to fund. So, he asked his fans,...

My Top 3 Most Anticipated Games from E3

2d ago ... Every year E3 sets out to fulfill only one thing, provide a stage on which to show us gamers, media and marketers exactly what games and peripherals we have in store. Many years, E3 comes and goes and leaves nothing more than a slight level of excitement. This year though, I personally was absolutely floored. It seemed that not only was there an amazing amount of content, but it was quality con...

Should Games Ever be Re-reviewed?

3d ago ... Games today are different than they were two to three generations ago. Before the modern era of day one patches, hotfixes, and releasing “broken games” at launch, games used to ship to much simpler fanfare: a developer would work and toil on a game, iron out bugs to the best of their ability, print copies of the final game, and be at the mercy of reviewers and fans. One shot. One kill. Ofte...

Mod Talk: A Few Notes on Submission Rules

20d ago ... Hello everyone. I am in the process of doing many a thing, one of them working on putting together some blog posts that will expand on and explain further our rules as they relate to submissions and comments. Sadly, I do not have all my time to devote to just this, so they are not ready yet. But, I wanted to step in here and make some clarifications on a few items we've recently had a lot...

Are Developers Getting Lazy or Did the Current Generation Arrive too Early?

20d ago ... As someone who started gaming back when Atari was a big deal - I've owned almost every single machine to come out. It was no shock to my wife when the latest Xbox and PS4 came out that I was right there on day one money in hand to pick up the latest shiny pieces of gaming joy. At first - my enthusiasm for the new systems was at an all time high but has since begun to wane with indifference w...

No Man’s Sky Really Sounds Like A Breath Of Fresh Air?

41d ago ... It's not like other games we have played before, this one somehow seems really different. You know, I have to tell you something, I can usually tell when a game is going to be good right from the second I see the trailer, the last game I was over the moon like this for was, the last of us. I just knew it was going to be something special. And I made that call before all the reviews and be...

How Can The Elder Scrolls Get Away With This, CD-Keys?

41d ago ... ***Update*** -The developers have come out and stated what you see below. /But it has not been stated that you will not need a key for your ESOTU Online account/ Which is needed to sign into the game and play online - Until this is cleared up I will remain on the fence. -But they have stated, "The physical console version of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited does not require a one...

As the Sun Sets in the East

45d ago ... One on the greatest disappointments of the 7th generation of consoles was, for me, the decline in Japanese AAA development. When Nintendo revived the home console market all those years ago, they were not the only ones to benefit. For years after that, even when Sony entered the fray, the Japanese game developers were the foundation of console game experience. As a consequence of that, we in th...

Reaction: Konami Heads to Mobile Gaming. Really?

47d ago ... That's the reality of it everyone. Konami is officially going toward mobile gaming. No more will they release games on console, PC, or handheld devices. Gamers can expect that Konami's new vision for the future is unquestionably reliant on the mobile gaming market. That being said I just have one question for my fellow gamers: Does anyone else here think that they are utterly insane? Konami....

Titanfall 2

51d ago ... First time poster, long time Titanfall fan [>300hours] here. With Titanfall 2 being recently announced. I keep hearing the following suggestions for what Titanfall 2 needs: more customizations, single-player campaign, more guns and titans, more pilots and less AI grunts,etc. While not bad suggestions, I feel they demonstrate a deep misunderstanding of what titanfall is and a desperate attempt t...

The Nintendo console I really want to own

58d ago ... Besides the legendary NES, and to a slightly smaller extent the SNES, every Nintendo console since these two beasts have been a letdown IMO. When the PS1 launched, Nintendo lost most of its relevance with the exception of the portable market where, to this day, remains king of the hill. The only successful console since the SNES was the Wii for entirely different reasons. You and I know that....

The Right Targets

64d ago ... Video games cause violence. We have so many individual cases of people who play video games that have committed acts of violence so there must be some undeniable connection there. There are probably a lot of viewers of this piece, if not all, that have a thing or two to say about that kind of sentiment that was at one time bandied about in official US congressional hearings; in fact, perhaps...

The 7th Generation: A Post-mortem (Part 2)

77d ago ... For me, the 6th generation was characterized by a massive variation and innovation of software in a short time, while the 7th generation is the complete opposite. The 7th gen defined regression in almost every genre, and did so over the course of 8 years. Some were hit harder than others, but I can’t think of many genres that truly improved over this time. Let us all take a moment to remember t...

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

106d 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...

The Sony Reformation

107d 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...

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

114d 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....

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

114d 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...

The Future of 007 in Gaming

119d 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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