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Games that Deserve Their Own Movies

6d ago ... Movies based on video games have a poor track record these days. The movie industry doesn’t always care to produce quality movies based around some of our favorite games. Though, we gamers always seem to want to see our favorite video games turned into a movie. But why make them if Hollywood always ruins them? Of course, there is always a possibility could turn out very bad, but I’ll take those...

Exclusive games and how we should view them

20d ago ... The term exclusive has changed somewhat in the industry. It used to mean if you could only get that game on one particular platform it meant exclusive. While this is true the lines have been blurred over the years for various reasons. I recall Aaron Greenberg from Microsoft used to use the term exclusive even if the game was coming to the PC. In fact titles like Bioshock had 'only on Xbox and W...

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

41d 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....

My Impressions of Hatred and the Fiasco Surrounding It

42d ago ... Hatred. A strong word to be sure, but a word associated nowadays in the video game industry with a game of the same name. The game in question was one that saw a near instant removal from Steam because of the controversy over the game's premise. After seeing the first initial trailer for Hatred, I can understand the apprehension many people have. It's violent, vitriolic, and somewhat uncomforta...

QTE's and Cinematic Games Aren't Going Away

47d 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...

How Alienated can the game industry become for a gamer?

59d 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,...

Forget Law & Order: SVU. I'm Proud to be a Gamer

64d ago ... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had some serious gall recently. In their attempt at scripting a fictitious narrative regarding harassment within the gaming community, the show's writers concocted one of the most disgusting and misleading portrayals of gamers I have ever seen. To say that I was angry would be an understatement. To say that I can now look at that episode as a lazy attempt from...

GamerGate, Video Games, and N4G Submissions

94d ago ... To say that GamerGate is a touchy subject at this time in video games is kind of an understatement. It's a topic that is easily prone to differences of opinion as one's preferred choice in gaming platform, and it is about as likely to generate furor between those who disagree. Having said that, please read the following and understand how we intend to moderate GamerGate news on N4G. N4G ha...

The GamerGate Harassment Stories the Media DOESN'T Want You to Know About.

109d ago ... You know, it’s hard to believe that a movement is not about misogyny and hatred and pushing females out of the industry when all you get to hear out of the media that has been implicated in the GamerGate saga is the cherry picked stories that they use to vilify an entire group. How many times have we had Brianna Wu, or Zoe Quinn, or Anita Sarkeesian, their issues they’ve had with trolls and...

When would e-sports show up in Olympics?

113d ago ... Today a story about “video games and Olympics” was published on the BBC news website. According to the story, the creator of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft claimed that competitive video gaming (e-sport) should be included in the Olympic Games as video games are well positioned to be a spectator sport. With the improving quality and technology of video games, now this has become a huge indust...

Personal Identity And Gaming

120d ago ... This blog is one that asks you a simple question. When playing games, do you identify yourself as the character you play, or do you simply take on the role of the character you are playing with all of their own unique traits and characteristics? To understand more of what I'm talking about, it would do you some good to watch these 2 videos that reference a study that states that most gamers...

Remasters: You're Doing it Wrong

123d ago ... This generation, we're getting more than a handful of remasters. No really, as thin as game cases are these days, you probably wouldn't be able to hold them all in one hand comfortably, gamers with original XBOX Duke controller hands withstanding. Anyway, we've been getting a lot of them these days and it's gone from mild to shamefully shameless. Granted, the lot of them have been remasters...

Comparing the first year of the 4 PlayStations

129d ago ... For this blog I'm going to be looking at the first year of all 4 PlayStation home consoles after they were launched in the USA, comparing their launch titles as well as their first year games. If I missed any USA first year titles, please let me know in the comments below. I'm trying to be as comprehensive as possible. I'm writing this blog mostly to remind myself why I have stuck with Sony...

Lessons from Kickstarter

142d ago ... I’m no great fan of kickstarter. I see in it great potential for the exploitation of a young passionate audience. It’s basically an extreme pro-order with no guarantee of actually receiving the product you want or any product for that matter. Still, many people love kickstarter for very good reasons. It is a good way to see a project realized that may ordinarily not be approved by “the suits” i...

The Video Game Crash of Today.

156d ago ... The video games crash of 1983, or know in Japan as the Atari shock did not make the future of the video games industry look promising. I’m sure the majority of us know about this of some sort. The industry was rising at a rapid rate and it was easy for anybody and everybody with some knowledge and know how to make video games for many consoles that where on the market at the time. At the top wa...

Cloudy Days and the Silver Lining of the 8th Console Generation

174d ago ... With the 8th console generation about a year into all consoles being out in the wild, many of us are excited about the future these machines hold for our entertainment. There's a lot going on and a lot that's happened recently, so let's talk about some disappointments that have upsides. Every cloud has a silver lining and I love being optimistic about the state of the industry, so here are some...

Phil Fish Was Never Cut Out for the Gaming Industry

179d ago ... You can't really go on any given video game website without hearing the name Phil Fish. That's right everyone, I'm going there. For today I will be tackling one of the most outspoken and downright despicable figures to ever show up in the gaming industry. To be honest, I have been quietly seething with much anticipated fury to be able to finally write out my impression of Phil Fish. With all th...

The Better Quality Control

207d ago ... The games industry seems to have a knack at ‘asterisking’ certain old sayings. “Any publicity is good publicity*. *This doesn’t always apply for the video games industry.” Another ideal like “less is more” is another one that’s seemed to be slowly eroding in truthfulness (only for the games industry) when I began considering it as an old-guard mentality for content curation. Thanks to digit...

How the PS Vita Changed My Gaming Life

208d ago ... Introduced me to the Indie Ecosystem The PlayStation Vita has a handful of AAA games, but as you probably know, the system is overflowing with indie titles. Before I owned my Vita, I had never been too heavy on indie games. But thanks to the massive amount of 'free' titles I received via PlayStation Plus, that changed quickly. I would soon be in the mists of spectacular games like Guacamelee...

3 Platform Future: Sony + Conlusion

243d ago ... Sony has made all the right moves with the PlayStation 4 thus far, and the PlayStation brand is the strongest of the big 3 when considering all time console sales. There’s little for me to comment on regarding Sony’s future in the gaming industry. Their $380 million dollar purchase of Gaikai, and upcoming features such as SharePlay on PS4 shows their future in the gaming industry is in the...
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