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

4d 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 b...

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

4d 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

7d 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?!

9d 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

14d 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

20d 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

26d 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)

40d 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)

69d 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

70d 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

76d 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

77d 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

82d 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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February Contest Winners!

83d ago ... Congratulations, everyone! The $50 COMMENTS - FOUR WINNERS, a $50 Amazon gift card each: WizzroSupreme oasdada cl1983 TheUpbringer BEST USER BLOG: 4 winners, a $100 Amazon Gift Card each! Abizzel1, Nintendoom Series: http://n4g.com/user/blog/abizzel1/all/1 coolbeans, Tired of this Schmitt Episode VII: The Non-Argument Reawakens [Parts 1+2]: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/coolbe...

A Story about Story (In Games)

86d ago ... Videogames began as a very rudimentary and simple form of expression. Technological and financial constraints meant that programmers and creators worked with severe limitations. One of the earliest commercial successes came in the form of Pong, which comprised of a few pixels (455x262) and simple audio (a few beeps). Combined with the early coin-op / arcade business model, this meant that early...

Tired of this Schmitt Episode VII: The Non-Argument Reawakens [Part 2]

89d ago ... [Continued from Part 1] There’s been two key examples—limited to my recent memory—that most would scratch their head over. The first example being Ubisoft’s damage control of Assassin’s Creed: Unity running at 900p and 30 fps (that wasn’t even locked) across both 8th gen platforms. While the console parity is another argument that’s fair to make, the excuse Ubisoft used for that frame rate...

Tired of this Schmitt Episode VII: The Non-Argument Reawakens [Part 1]

89d ago ... This whole frame rate debacle seems to have picked up a lot of heat for a number of reasons. First, the seventh generation had some aesthetic changes made by key developers that opted for a lower-framerate experience. One key example of this spoken in interviews was Insomniac Games’ Mike Action coming out about the studio’s mid-gen decision to focus on developing games at thirty frames per se...

Nintendoom: Part 4: Changing the Future

90d ago ... And now the wrap up. We have a console in place with solid specs and a great price of $249. We have a handheld with more than acceptable specs and a great price at $149. And with backing from Disney, those specs. could be pushed a bit further without taking too much of a loss or increasing the price for the consumer, and fund more developers which ultimately means more games. So what’s the...

Nintendoom: Part 3: Specs., Price, and Performance

90d ago ... First and foremost the console has to be more powerful, but most importantly, easy to develop for (something all developers benefit from). The PlayStation 4 is the perfect example of giving developers, the gamer, and the community what they want, and reaping the rewards for it. At $199 - $249 the console can’t be a powerhouse if it launches between 2017 - 2018, but at worst it should be on pa...

Nintendoom: Part 1: Re-shaping the console

91d ago ... It's a new year, and time for a new blog, so let’s get right into it. Nintendoom. “Is this the end of Nintendo”, “Is this the end of Handhelds”, we've heard all this before, but looking at the state of the Wii U, and it's understandable why this topic comes up. The Wii U is currently performing worse than the GameCube which is considered a failure sales-wise amongst the gaming community, esp...
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