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How I learned to stop worrying and love Digital Distribution.

4d ago ... A lot of negative things have been said about Digital Distribution, and I happen to agree with most of them. Many say that it represents an erosion of consumer rights. You cannot re-sell your digital games. You cannot lend them to another (well, not easily and not without significant risk). If the platform you bought your games on suddenly disappears, so does your right to access them (more tha...

Why Konami needs to leave.

5d ago ... As of right now Konami's upcoming Silent Hill game being made with the combined efforts of Hideo Kojima & Guilermo Del Toro is cancelled, this news shows a very clear sign that Konami no longer has any business in the games industry and needs to pack up it's things and leave. This isn't a rant made by an upset fanboy raging at the company for cancelling a game he wasn't looking forward to, t...

Why I no Longer Finish Games

8d ago ... Just 10% of those who play games actually finish them. This has always been a rather curious and somewhat unbelievable statistic for me over the years. Games are quite expensive as a piece of entertainment and so I’ve always found it a bit strange that people would walk away from such a significant investment of time and money. I mean, after investing $60 and a couple hours on a game, why walk...

Halo Reach: Fall of a World

9d ago ... I’ve played through the Halo 3 campaign more times than I can count. First, there was the initial solo play-through. Then, it was straight to Legendary co-op. After that came the ‘LASO’ attempts, the achievement collection runs and the painstaking endurance test represented by the infamous ‘Vidmaster Challenge’. And yet, even after all of my jaunts down the Tsavo Highway or fights to stem th...

Life & Death in Los Santos

26d ago ... There has never been a hero within a Grand Theft Auto story. Tommy Vercetti, Claude, Carl Johnson, Niko Bellic…all of them, by definition, were anti-heroes, people who sought a fair, just end via way of unfair, unjust actions. And in keeping with the calculated brutality of their methods, as well as a desire for peace beyond the crystalline snowstorms and the bloody resolutions was inherent...

Game length vs Value.

49d ago ... The definition of gaming varies from someone to the other, some people consider gaming a free time killer, some consider it a hobby and some consider it a necessity of life. And each type of those people looks for something different in a game, some just want something fun, easy, and makes them feel relaxed, others look for a challenge or a hardcore experience that makes them feel good about t...

QTE's and Cinematic Games Aren't Going Away

62d ago ... It's Monday, I've been up for about an hour and a half as of the writing of this blog, and I decided I'd check out my youtube subscriptions to see if there was anything good to start out the day with. I saw a video from AVGN, Angry Joe reviewed The Order 1886, and Jim Sterling did a Jimquisition about Cinematics. All in all, some good videos. Angry Joe and Jim Sterling coincidentally ended u...

900° Online Services Are Currently Unstable

72d ago ... So I'm sure many of you here on N4G are tired of the many clickbait articles involving sign-in issues, friend list issues, or just general network errors happening on your console(s) of choice, I know that I am. It happens almost weekly lately on N4G and seems to have become more of a Fanboy melting pot filled with comments of "see this is why i play on X console" or "this is why Y console is s...

How Alienated can the game industry become for a gamer?

74d ago ... How Alienated can the game industry become for a gamer? Before 2006 gaming wasn't much of an active role for me, there was plenty of other activities that seized my mind that at the time I wouldn't even believe or even fathom the idea that after picking up an xbox360 it would turn into my own lifestyle. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I had a good 400 bucks to blow at gamestop,...

The UnFair Trial Of The Order: 1886 Campaign's Length, Is 5+ Hours Too Short?

75d ago ... Like you, I was a little disappointed to see this, but only because the game is looking so amazing. And in-case you missed it there was a Youtuber who uploaded the entire game, his account has since been deleted, but among a lot of things we learned, one of them is that the game is only 5.5 hours, depending on how you play. Are we gamers becoming too jaded, I mean are we expecting too much f...

For The Love Of Life - Part 2

78d ago ... Since my last Valentine's Day special blog got such an enthusiastic reaction from Cat, I'd thought I'd give it another try this year. However, I realize I'm limiting my options severely by sticking to the same rules as I did last year, so instead we're going with a different theme: Unconventional This valentine's day, we shall examine the more unconventional stories about love in videogam...

Gaming and Education Part 1: My Perspective as Educator and Gamer

94d ago ... This is a topic that often is thrown around, but I wanted to contextualize it. It's not rare to hear many people boast that gaming has educational benefits, but I wanted to really emphasize this for two reasons: I am an educator. I am a gamer. That said, as an undergrad in education, you tend to be surrounded by a lot of people who view gaming differently. Gaming does not have a specif...

The "No N3DS charger" debacle: My theory behind Nintendo's mistake.

109d ago ... UPDATE: Apparently, Nintendo has seen fit to prove my assertions correct: They have done it to cut down on the price, under the assumption that people would keep the charger from their old system, which shows their ignorance of trade-in policies. http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/new-nintendo-3ds-xl-will-come-no-ac-adapter-nintendo-explains/ So, yeah, original post follows, but I now fee...
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December Design Contest (PS4!) Winners

111d ago ... Hey, guys! As you may or may not have gathered from my account status or by hanging out at the N4G water cooler, I'm out on maternity leave. But that doesn't mean we can't have design contest winners! (it just means they'll be announced this late ;)) The winner of the PS4 is..... IXA!!! THE CHOSEN ONES: FIVE winners will be chosen based on which entries we (HAVA staff) like best. :) T...

How Video Games Changed My life

112d ago ... There is no doubt that we as gamers are affected and changed by video games. This issue most of the times blows down to the discussion that whether video games will turn gamers to racist pedophiliac rapist mass murderers or not, and it’s usually between people who know nothing about video games and those who do. I have nothing to add to this discussion, so this is not what I’m talking about. Ho...

N4G December Contest Winners! Well, Most of Them!

117d ago ... Congratulations to (most of our) December winners! Our January contests are here: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/cgoodno/531638 First a note about the December Greeting Card Design Contest (which includes one lucky PS4 winner), there is still more decision making to be had with these items and the winners will be announced and notified later than usual. While we wait for more decision ma...

Is the only option left for Nintendo is to be different?

120d ago ... Nintendo, while still being a powerhouse when it comes to software and the dedicated portable market, seems to have pigeon-holed themselves into a corner when it comes to console gaming. The downward spiral dated back to the N64 days and Sony's smash entry the first Playstation. It truly was revolutionary at the time. A time when Nintendo had strained relationships with third party publishers,...

Gaming Under Relative Adversity

131d ago ... The holidays are a time to spend with you loved ones, the ones nearest and dearest to your heart – PS4, XB1, 3DS, PC etc – whatever your poison. Every year, I have grand designs to use my little free time to put in some serious gaming, particularly of the RPG variety. However, year after year, I have my quality time invaded upon by; you guessed it – my relatives. No, I don’t care about what yo...

RANT: PS4/Xbone Fight Fans are Getting Screwed

142d ago ... Warning:First Thing's First, English is not my first language so don't expect amazing grammar and spelling here. Yes, as the tittle says, PS4,Xbox one Fight Game Fans are getting Screwed and bad! I love Fighting games but anyone that is serious serious about them know that using a Fighstick is the main way of playing them but there are a couple of problems with this on these PS4/Xbox one...

Fight with your Dragon for Dragon Atlas

152d ago ... Dragon has long been one of the most popular themes for video games. Especially in those Western cultural based ones, "dragon" is often the important element in terms of the storyline and gameplay. What is special for this time is that there is a browser game which has also used "dragon" as its theme and feature. So let's take a look at 37Games' Dragon Atlas. The storyline of this game is base...
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