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Was There A Video Game Renaissance?

3d ago ... I am constantly thinking about the history of the video game industry. It seems like many articles on N4G are written by "journalists" that either ignore history completely for the sake of hits or simply aren't old enough to remember it. However, I was there for its humble beginnings. I can recall fondly when I told my mother that I wanted an Atari 2600. Being a single mother, and a teacher wit...

My Thoughts About Writing For Gaming News Sites

7d ago ... What I'm about to say is said purely in the spirit and intent of observation, and is said with sincere humility, not arrogance or pride. Whether or not you agree with what I say in my blogs, the fact remains that my blogs do tend to stir up conversations, heated ones at that. Due to many of my blogs, and the fact that 50% of the people who read them hate me for them, and the other 50% love m...

Is Innovation in gaming dead?

13d ago ... There was a period in gaming history when developers consistently sought out new and fresh approaches to making games. Some games were so great it changed the face of gaming. Games such as: Metal Gear Solid, Grand Theft Auto 3, Gears of war, and 2K5 football not only pushed the boundaries of their perspective genres, but also became measuring sticks of sorts. When a new fresh game hits the scen...

The unceasing issue regarding real-world violence and videogames

17d ago ... It’s a murder sim, it’s a this-or-that destructive influence, and on and on and on. I’m sure you know how the accusations go by now. There’s no other topic that’s been done to death quite like videogame violence and its supposed link of playing a casual role in real-world violence. How could it not be when both those inside and outside the industry have continuously dissected mountains of re...

Magazine Nostalgia: An Interview With Guy Écrivain:

22d ago ... I recently had the opportunity to chat with Guy Ecrivain, the former editor and chief of Press Start Gaming Monthly. PSGM notable for breaking some of the biggest gaming stories in the 90’s was a forerunner on how the industry was to be covered. In my interview with Guy we talked about video game coverage of old, its present state, and possible future. PH: Pleasure to meet you Mr. Ecrivain,...

The True Value of VR

24d ago ... Over the past few years, something that was seen as a joke, as a flop (Virtual Boy) a mere decade ago has become a very feasible reality. I'm talking about Virtual Reality. When Occulus Rift launched its Kickstarter, it certainly got a lot of attention. However, I can't speak for you, but I doubted it would become anything significant (see: Ouya). But I was wrong. Occulus Rift has not only begu...

Indie Game Stories #1 How People Look At Indies

25d ago ... Introduction This is a series of “stories” on the game industry and other various things that we have to go through, if you want to be an indie developer I heavily suggest reading these. If you’re not but are interested in what’s going on in it then read, but if you have no interest in gaming whatsoever then please leave. Just like with everything else I do, I base everything on facts and n...

Why DLC sucks

25d ago ... Now I know the title of this is going to immediately ruffle some feathers. I am also aware that most of those feathers will be of NEW gamers. When I say new I mean any gamer who started his/her career with the PS3 and Xbox 360. You see Downloadable Content didn’t rear its ugly head regularly until the aforementioned gaming machine made their debuts. Downloadable Content (DLC) was in theory an e...

From Then Til Now: An Amazing Gaming Journey

35d ago ... I feel lucky to be one of those to say I have been around since the dawn of gaming. Born in the early 70s, I got to see the beginning of what would become one of the most sought after hobbies in human history. Something shared by those, young and old. An industry that was born in peoples basements and garages, to the multi million dollar corporations listed on the stock exchange. From crude 10...

Use it or Lose it?

37d ago ... Are used games a friend or an enemy to the industry? For that matter, what are they to you? At first glance, the issue wouldn't seem like a relevant topic for the next gaming generation following players' apparent victory in favor of used game support for next-gen consoles. Scores of gamers reveled in Microsoft's astounding 180 on their previous used game restrictions for the X-Box One and t...

Am I Blinded By Nostalgia?

38d ago ... Folks, I have a confession to make: I'm a hopeless nostalgic. It's true. Every time I pick up a game, I always think to myself, "Hmm, is this as good as I remember it," or rather, "I bet it's not as good as the previous." No matter what original or continuing franchise I happen to get into, a certain attitude of perspective goes into it based on my previous gaming experiences. I can't help but...

7 Aspirations for Destiny

41d 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...

Why Episodic Gaming Is Worth Tuning Into

42d ago ... Few audiences can recall a more thrilling sight than the words of “To Be Continued” gracing their televisions. There’s simply little that can compare to the nervous excitement of your favorite show leaving you with that all too intense cliffhanger to eagerly await the week after. Why shouldn’t we get more feelings like that for our video-games? In spite of its rarity, episodic content is not...

Yesterdays Games Are Todays Corporate Cash Cows, A Thank You To Indie Developers

43d ago ... Have you ever been playing a game and just stop to think, this game really isnt any different than the games I played last gen, or the gen before? Sure, the visuals may have improved, but the gameplay hasnt changed. Call Of Duty hasnt evolved, it is just prettier. The same could be said for 99% of games released in the past 10 years. Very little innovation, just repetition. It seems the game in...

3DS: The Moses of the JRPG genre

55d 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...

FUN Censors TotalBiscuit's Guise Of The Wolf Review

60d ago ... Well, here we go again, only it’s Day One: Garry’s Incident times ten. Many people on N4G would at least have an understanding of who TotalBiscuit, AKA The Cynical Brit (real name John Bain), is. His YouTube channel, The Cynical Brit, is probably THE PC gaming channel on YouTube, with well over one million subscribers and a very large fan base. He commentates a lot of Starcraft 2 and MLG eve...

An open letter [of thanks] to Indies on Wii U...

62d ago ... This is something that has been rolling around in my mind for quite a while, now, but for ages, I haven't really had a push to deliver it in any solid form on any place where most devs could see it, like on a public forum. The recent delay of Watch Dogs on the Wii U has given me that push that I needed to finally come out and say what I should have said since I first bought Nano Assault Neo....

A "Back In The Day" Kinda Blog

80d ago ... Taking a look at the gaming industry today, you couldn't say that there was ever a time that it was bigger; at least demographically. In many ways, it's a good thing that gaming is as big as it is today. There is still a stigma about it, but it carries far less weight than it used to. Many differing themes and styles exist, all coming from new minds with new ideas and new ways of improving on t...

Reading: A Friend You May Have Lost Touch With

89d ago ... Let me preface this blog saying that if you fit into the descriptions that I'm going to make in the blog, don't bother to comment because you're just wasting everyone's time. In fact, if you're one of those people that sees only what they want to see, then leave now. You won't enjoy the blog, no one will enjoy your comments, you'd be better served looking for something relevant to your tastes....

I am announcing that I am writing a blog post

92d ago ... I wanted to take a moment to announce that I am going to write a blog post right now. The blog post just started. I thought you should know. Silly, right? But don't worry, I haven't completely lost it. Rather, I'm just practicing to be a videogame journalist. What, you hadn't noticed? Bioware Austin just announced they're working on an unannounced game. There's a rumor that Nintendo's R&D...
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