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5d ago ... EPISODE 4 In Mario Kart 8, no one can hear you scream, well not online anyway. 1) Ubisoft has confirmed that the definitive version of their upcoming Watchdogs game will be on the Xbox One. They elaborated that these players will have a more immersive experience, considering that the game’s theme centers on paranoia about being monitored 2) As covered in the intro, there is no online c...

Why Mario Kart 8's Lack of Voice Chat Does and Does Not Matter

9d ago ... So Mario Kart 8 has no voice chat feature. Let me be the first to say that this kind of sucks for Wii U players (and technically for me when I get the thing in the future). A lot of people seem pretty upset by this news, and rightfully so. Some people really want to be able to talk to the people they are playing with and that's a perfectly fine criticism. Although, I do feel like some of the cr...

Video Game Music Gone Downhill?

22d ago ... Introduction The point of this discussion is very simple, to raise awareness that music in games has been going downhill for a while now. I will use examples from different eras of gaming. NES, SNES, N64, PS1 and obviously the PC. I will make comparisons to more modern games music but I will discuss about that at the end, first I will make examples that will help me to make my point. Now...

How to fix Sonic the Hedgehog...no, REALLY!

23d ago ... Once upon a time, Sonic went toe-to-toe with Super Mario Bros, one of the most popular videogame franchises of all time. In fact, there was a season when the SEGA Genesis was actually outselling the SNES in the USA and in Japan. This was due, in large part, to the popularity of Sonic the Hedgehog. Since the 16-bit era, Sonic had fallen down. Hard. We're not talking about skinned knees here. We'...

Fans: No Matter What You Choose, You've Won

26d ago ... I love video games; love 'em to death honestly. I've been gaming ever since I was a little baby, playing Mario when I was barely speaking sentences, then Sonic when I was into Saturday morning cartoons, Jak & Daxter in junior high, Halo when I was entering high school and now a little mix of everything in between. Video games are most certainly my passion and certainly hold a very dear place in...

Graphics are Overrated

29d ago ... From the first days of video games (or any other visual media) your eyes are the first things to be treated to what the form has to offer. Graphics have always been the measure to which the common gamer judged a game. Back in the day graphics mattered, but not all that much. All you needed was a visual representation of your character on screen A La Mega Man or Mario, and you were pleased. Your...

Wii U can succeed without muti-platform 3rd party support

29d ago ... Truth be told, Wii U doesn't need mainstream 3rd party games like Grand Theft Auto or the latest Need for Speed to be successful. The Wii U is getting its own exclusives, however they also need exclusive 3rd Party Franchises in which fans can become familiar with. Nintendo has the resources to establish 5 franchises if they were to choose to in my opinion. If I had control over Nintendo right n...

Interactivity and storytelling. Some thoughts.

33d ago ... I have long thought about game design concepts like narrative and interaction. Some have said there is a great divide between story-driven games and game play driven experiences. I'd postulate that there is a nuance that is often missed though. I believe story-based games are also gameplay-based. Just in a different way. Some thoughts of my own; most people would like a game that is inter...

10 Reasons why the Wii U Wins!!!

33d ago ... I am not going to write a "love" letter about Nintendo(though admittedly I do love Nintendo) and I am not going to try and be a "shield" for all the negative outlooks on the Wii U. What I am going to do is simply compile a list of all the strengths and positive things that I (emphasis on the I) see and have found as a Wii U owner... 1. Backwards compatibility-I can't stress the awesomeness...

The Evolution of Video Game Violence

34d ago ... As a child the games I played were often fun, cartoony, and parental approved such as games like Super Mario Bros. World, Crash Bandicoot, Pokémon, Super Smash Bros., and more. As an adult games have changed. While the experiences I enjoyed as a child are still available for gamers of all ages, many games are now about shooting, violence, and gore. What happened and what changed in the mediu...

What is Innovation? And does it matter?

59d ago ... While some think the Wii U gamepad and Kinect 2.0 are excellent features to the consoles, some think that they should be optional, and follow in the footsteps of the PS4, which supports Off-TV play and motion control separately. I agree and disagree. It was the right move for Sony to let people get more Innovation out of there console at a different price, and simply let us pay a cheaper price...

Random Gaming Memories of Mine

70d ago ... Today I was looking at my collection of games and out the corner of my eye I saw the first game I've ever owned. It's Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Genesis! Now pay close attention to what I said there, first game I've ever owned, not played. The first game I've ever played was Super Mario Bros. So yes Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the first game I've ever owned and I was blown away by it. It wa...

New indie Kickstarter project: Distro Horizons VS Galaximo's Army

75d ago ... I'm not one for plugging Kickstarter projects, but I like the concept for this game so figured I'd bring it to everyone's attention. I will say this however, Distro Horizons VS Galaximo's Army is currently in a pre-alpha build, so much of what is available on the games Kickstarter page is for demonstration and proof of concept purposes only. My blog here is intended to fill you in on some de...

Nintendo Should Revive the Gamecube Controller with Smash Bros Wii U

78d ago ... Super Smash Bros Wii U and Mario Kart 8 are the two premier titles Nintendo is set to launch on the Wii U later this year. In case you haven't heard, the Wii U isn't exactly selling all that well. Nintendo was forced to cut their sales estimates by more than 6 million for the system. Many have written articles with recommendations for "saving Nintendo" and "turning around the Wii U," but I'd...

Nintendo hate is out of hand.

78d ago ... Over the past few years it seems Nintendo is getting a lot of hate and criticism. From claims that Nintendo "releases the same Ip" to "Nintendo games are for kids". Lets cut to the chase, Nintendo releases one major Zelda/Mario/fire emblem/ every other game pretty much once or twice per console. What I want to know is why is it not okay for the big N to do this but is perfectly fine to have a l...

The original Wii the worst thing to happen to Nintendo

82d ago ... A few days ago an article showed up stating that it was Sony to blame for Nintendo failing to entice 3rd party developers to make games for the Wii U. That may or may not be the case but i believe that Nintendo is their own worst enemy in this matter & it all started with the original Wii. Take a trip back in time with me, back to the end of the 6th generation of game consoles. The Sony PS2...

My top 15 games of the generation. #1

118d ago ... Here are the games listed from past entries but what if I did a top 20? 20. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 19. Super Street Fighter 4 18. Infamous 17. Portal 16. Super Mario Galaxy ---------- 15. Tomb Raider 14. Xenoblade Chronicles 13. Dead Space 2 12. Batman: Arkham City 11. Final Fantasy XIII 10. Deus Ex: Human Revolution 9. Gears of War 3 8. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Wi...

Final Fantasy: Beginning, Impact, and Future

131d ago ... Hello, everyone, and welcome to a new blog series I would like to introduce to N4G: Beginning, Impact, and Future. The purpose of this blog series is to look at a franchise's beginnings, its impact on the industry and fans over the years along with its current status, and analyze its future. We will also be looking at what its strengths are in regards to its success. This is HonestDragon bringi...

Fading Nintendo

131d ago ... Nintendo are great game developers and publishers, but bad console platform holders, their games and legacy prop them up. the younger generation don't remember but they used to have a PS1/PS2 like market domination with the original Nintendo system and Later Super Nintendo, that generation I was a big SEGA fanboy but I always looked at my younger brother with envy as he plays his SNES, later...

Wii U: The Power of 2

133d ago ... I bought a Wii U. The console is sitting comfortably in my cupboard, still unopened with a copy of Super Mario 3D World, while I feverishly try to clear my backlog of PS3 games. Once I'm over and done with my PS3 (Dark Souls II being the exception) I can finally well and truly say I am ready to join Next-Gen with the Wii U and the PS4. So let's talk about the Wii U, shall we? The Wii U...
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