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26d 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

36d 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

43d 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

44d 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

44d 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

45d 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

46d 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

53d 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

56d 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

58d 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

61d 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?"

70d 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...

Compelled to Collect

92d ago ... Human beings love to collect things and that’s no great secret. Our enthusiasm for collecting has even become a form of entertainment itself in the form of the TV show “Hoarders”. It would really be awesome if they found someone who was hoarding DVD copies of that show. That would be sublime. In videogames, the theme of collecting is pervasive. We want to collect all the coins in Mario, we wan...

Reaction: Konami Heads to Mobile Gaming. Really?

107d 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....

"It Meets Our Quality Standards" - General Rant About PR Nonsense

114d ago ... I saw some articles over the past couple of days talking about things like the new Assassin's Creed game coming out this year, Sony's DS4 controller issues, etc.. and a common phrase keeps popping up in my head. Whenever consumers voice complaints about the overall quality of a product, doesn't matter what the industry is, 90% of the time the PR response will be something along the lines of "We...

Why Konami needs to leave.

123d 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...

Games that Deserve Their Own Movies

140d 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

154d 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

174d 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

176d 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...
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