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PlayStation Experience is Not E3. Stop Treating it Like It Is.

65d ago ... Many gamers here and pretty much all over the place are walking away from Sony's keynote disappointed. Everyone perceives excitement and disappointment differently, but gamers in general seemed disappointed. Why? Reasons vary. Let's talk about why it disappointed: it had little in the way of big announcements (honestly, the Call of Duty/Battlefront news was pretty boring to me), VR wasn't exact...

December Contest Details

71d ago ... Hello everyone. Hope everyone has gotten some good games to play during the month and into the new year. The news about video game sales during Black Friday is a great sign of how well the industry is doing, at least financially. So, how would you like a chance at some money to further help improve those financials? Well, let's see what contests we have for the month. . HOLI-KU Like...

A Broken System Part 4: Preorders

72d ago ... Part 4 of A Broken System, a video series looking at issues with the games industry. This time we're looking at the culture of preorders and why it's a problem. Full script and video below. ................................................................. Something that I have mentioned throughout my videos has been a culture of preorders and how it’s contributing to problems within the g...

A Broken System Part 3: Multiplayer Game Reviews

99d ago ... Part 3 of my video series taking on issues in our gaming industry, this time looking at multiplayer games and the complications that arise when reviewing them. Watch the video for the full piece. Full Script Multiplayer games have always existed, in fact some of the first video games in history were multiplayer. In the beginning games really just had to be fun and entertaining. It was...

The horror of losing gaming’s treasured history

102d ago ... After E3, Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show, and other pressers have concluded, we finally get a comfy holiday season to sit down and play games…for a short while. Then, it’s back to early PAX conferences, game developer’s conference, that tech-focused CES which sometimes has game news, you get the picture. The point: there’s a lot of focus being put into looking ahead into the future of where this i...

Raiders of the Lost Art

105d ago ... As a media junkie, I simply love the fact that I live in a time where any film and any song I want is at my fingertips. The usual suspects of YouTube, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon etc ensure all those films and songs that I cherish will be preserved till kingdom come, or till the internet goes kaput. When you think about it though, its quite a testament to these services that we have the ability to...

A Broken System Part 2: Review Embargoes

106d ago ... In this culture of pre-orders and broken games publishers are placing more stringent review embargoes on reviewers. What do you think, are review embargoes good or do they only serve to hurt consumers? How do we fix this issue? Check the video for the full piece. Full script In my last video I talked about how broken games don’t always stay broken and the conundrum that it presents for...

Why the Sega Saturn is the most underrated console of all time

166d ago ... I hear all the time how the Sega Dreamcast (Rest in Peace) is the most underrated console of all time. How it did everything right, had the best launch lineup in history and still got no love from mainstream gamers. But I recently bought a Saturn and started playing through it's vast library and I now firmly believe the Sega Saturn overwhelmingly deserves that title. Unlike the Dreamcast, th...

In an alternate universe somewhere.

190d ago ... I've been doing a lot of looking back at decisions made in the games industry. I've read the "Console Wars", "History of Service Games", "Mega Drive/Genesis collective works", and also Retro Gamer magazine that's usually at the local Barnes and Noble. Also I still have a nice pile of Gamepro, EGM, Sega Visions, and Nintendo Powers dating back as far as 1989. The books I listed are great read...

Thank You, Satoru Iwata

200d ago ... The news has struck from this month that Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata passed away. The sudden and heavy feeling of loss has not only been seen from Nintendo, but the entire video game industry. Death is a hard subject to talk about. It's hard enough when the person who passed away is someone who played a significant role in your life. For many gamers, Satoru Iwata was present for many of their gam...

SNOW Preview

208d ago ... [b]From Valenka[/b] It’s no secret that open world titles are beloved experiences in the gaming industry for many reasons, but primarily, they give players the freedom to explore a large, living and breathing virtual world. In the 21st century, these grand, open world experiences were famously embraced in series like Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row and Elder Scrolls and can be frequently found...

At a Glance: Luis Antonio

209d ago ... [b]Luis Antonio[/b] is an industry veteran who has worked with Rockstar, Ubisoft and is currently working with Jonathan Blow on [i]The Witness[/i]. In his free time he has developed Twelve Minutes out of his love of point-and-click games. https://twitter.com/facaelectrica [b]Twleve Minutes[/b] is a game about putting together a mystery and finding a way out of living a loop that is... t...

An Interview with Luis Antonio - Part 1

209d ago ... [i]Coolbeans talk to Luis Antonio, developer of Twelve Minutes, about his past experiences in development, why he wanted to make Twelve Minutes, his inspirations, and when and how he expects the game to be released.[/i] [b]Coolbeans:[/b] Before Twelve Minutes, what previous experience have you had in the games industry, as far as role and what games you’ve worked on? [b]Luis:[/b] I starte...

At a Glance: Image & Form

210d ago ... [b]Image & Form[/b] were a part of last year's Indie Game Month and showed off their game SteamWorld Dig, a now successful game across a bevvy of consoles, including last month releasing on Xbox One. As usual, Image and Form is comprised of a zany crew of developers who just want to make good games and still are figuring out what they want to do when they grow up. http://imageform.se/ [b...

At a Glance: Dodge Roll

211d ago ... [b]Dodge Roll[/b] is an independent game studio in the DC Metro area. Made up of five fellow industry veterans, they came together to make games with a mission to create fun and challenging games. [b]Enter the Gungeon[/b] is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gung...

At a Glance: PixelNAUTS

218d ago ... [b]PixelNAUTS[/b] is an independent developer out of Canada that focuses on building fun, unique, and beautiful games. Comprised of veterans in the gaming industry, their goal is to make amazing games, nothing less. [b]Lost Orbit[/b] puts you in control of Harrison, an astronaut who is working his way home. As he journeys home, he'll face peril across four solar systems and will come to re...

A Light Discussion: An Interview with Ben Archer

221d ago ... [i]Ben Archer, VP of Bishop Games, discusses the start of their studio, the story of Light Fall, inspirations, and their plans for release.[/i] [b]coolbeans:[/b] Being a new form-up studio seems like a really exciting venture. Has anyone on your team worked in other game studios? [b]Ben:[/b] David, the lead programmer, has been working in the industry for more than 5 years now. Before Bi...

At a Glance: Process Games

223d ago ... [b]Process Games[/b] is a small studio out of Norway comprised of industry fellows who joined together to enter a competition and stayed together to finish development of their first game afterwards. With a goal to create games they enjoy playing themselves, the team is about to release their first title and is already at work on their second. [b]Agents vs Villain[/b] is already an award-wi...

Kickstarter Continues to Confuse

226d 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,...

Hypocrite, the New Word for "Gamer?"

234d ago ... With the games industry seemingly at one of the highest points in years and more games than one could ever conceivably play, one would think that all gamers would be brimming with joy. Sadly, this isn't the case, and the only thing brimming is flamebait and hypocrisy. Sadly, as with previous generations, these people are no longer the minority, they have become the overwhelming majority, especi...
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