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Wii U: The Power of 2

289d 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...

The Let's Play Phenomenon

330d ago ... Today I want to talk about the cultural phenomenon that is the "Let's Play" and how important I feel it is not only for gaming as a culture but also for the industry. First of all, what is a "Let's Play"? Well for those of you not already in the know, basically a Let's Play in regards to "video games" is a video in which you watch another person play through a video game, usually whilst offe...

Sony always plays the waiting game.

389d ago ... I'd like to start this story with my experience with the PS3. I didn't get it during launch since my parents didn't have a spare $600 to burn at the time. Mind you I was 12 around the time of PS3's launch. It wasn't until March 2007 that my father happily took me to Gamestop to purchase a $600 60GB PS3 and a copy of Resistance: Fall of Man the only notable title available at the time besides Mo...

You're Not Helping

461d ago ... I'd like to start this off by saying that this blog is not intended to implicate or highlight any specific person, but the gaming community as a whole. Furthermore, I'm writing this in an amused tone of voice and not a completely serious one, so please take it with a grain of salt. I've been a gamer for approximately fifteen years now—give or take—and a troubling, recurring theme in the gami...

I'm done being polite, this is no longer just a silly 'console war'.

462d ago ... I'd like to start of by saying I struggled finding an image for this blog so instead I used an image from the Mega Drive/Genesis title Alien Storm. In the picture we see gamers as the dude electrocuting the dubious ideas of game developers, in the face. Anyhow... The term console war is stupid. The fact is the people involved in them are even more stupid. They are inanimate objects. They...

The Sims 4 & What It Needs to Stay Relevant

477d ago ... When Maxis originally released the first entry of a world renowned franchise thirteen years ago, the video game industry was taken by storm with this new and innovative take on simulation gaming. The Sims was greeted with critical acclaim and two years later, it became the top selling PC game in history. It was a success in many ways and it attracted casual gamers (almost 60% of them being fema...

On Sony And PS4 DRM

478d ago ... Not surprisingly, anyone (especially me it seems) that voices any dissent against Microsoft's draconian DRM and surveillance practices is met by the storm of anti-Sony, pro-MS, advocates of anti-consumerism/privacy violations that make up the Microsoft fanboys of this site. It is a true statement of fact that everyone has the right to do with their own money anything they choose, no matter h...

Hey, bro, can I borrow your game?

481d ago ... While we still don't have every bit of info and we're still being told to "wait for E3", the firestorm caused by the Xbox One announcement is putting a lot of doubt in people's mind. Specifically, people are worried about game ownership. Will we OWN our games? Will we be able to freely sell, lend, rent, or switch our games to another system, or will there be a system in place that tells us what...

Nextbox: More Popular than PS4

530d ago ... ...and that's what Microsoft wants. The old adage: "No publicity is bad publicity" rings true for Microsoft as a result of the latest round of rumours regarding the next Xbox requiring an internet connection in order to play. Microsoft, without having spent a dime on a flashy presentation (or actual technology), have gotten the entire gaming world talking about the successor to the Xbox 3...
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February Contest Winners!

561d ago ... Congratulations! SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the difficulties we've encountered with winners receiving the emails from Amazon with their gift codes, we're going to have prizes issued via your Contest Ticket. This will eliminate a step or two (like providing your email) and hopefully save headaches. I will still need you to confirm US, UK, or CA Amazon store, or if you receive your prize via Pa...

Vita and Wii U. Failures how exactly?

608d ago ... The new year is here so I decided to make my first blog post. Perhaps a controversial topic but (as you can probably guess by the title) I would like to call in to question the "journalists", analysts and forum posters who insist they are doomed. I am defending both. Not one or the other. Both have received equal and unfair scrutiny where they don't deserve it. All over you see forum posts a...

Is the FPS dominance stamping out creativity?

685d ago ... As most people know (assuming you've been gaming for the past 4/5 years), the FPS genre has really taken off in the past few years thanks to the initial success of Call of Duty: 4 Modern Warfare back in 2007. Following the game's success, we have seen a yearly release from the series, numerous successful - and unsuccessful clones as well as various spinoffs from big-name competitors. So, due to...

Lara Croft Redone | a Tomb Raider Fan's Insight

840d ago ... Even though it feels recent, it's closing in on two years since the announcement of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics' latest project--a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Given the simple, yet appropriate name, 'Tomb Raider,' and with the tantalising and promising slogan, 'A Survivor is Born,' we were told to forget everything we knew about our action heroine, as Tomb Raider was going to be a...

Demos Worth Downloading Part 2

841d ago ... Thanks to all for the approval of Part 1, I've gone ahead and added part 2. As with Part 1, these mini evaluations are an effort to be as objective as possible but some bias may seep through.I appreciate any and all feedback. I hope this is helpful ----------------------------------------------------------------- Game: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations Available O...

Rescuing Oblivion from the Depths of Dust

846d ago ... Last night while I was relaxing on the armchair, cup of peppermint tea in hand and turning a page of Live and Let Die, I had an epiphany. It was the overall grim, dark, and uncomfortable setting of the novel that reminded me of the planes of Oblivion in the fourth [canon] instalment of the Elder Scrolls series. Upon realizing this, I made haste to my computer and looked up my games history via...

E3 2012 Preview: Better than Last Year?

864d ago ... E3, a highlight on many gamers' calendar and one that never fails to deliver immense hype and speculation in the pre build speculation area beforehand but based on the last couple of shows, 2011 specifically, the show has failed to deliver in terms of unpredictability and shock value. The big three, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are gearing up again to showcase what they think will be their p...

Are Gamers Killing Creative License?

903d ago ... The hailstorm that came from ME3's ending was unprecedented. I can't remember the last time I saw a unified mob of gamers shaking their fists at something so vehemently. While some (like me) understood why things happened the way they did in that game, there are many, many others who feel as though they've been cheated and from a consumer's standpoint, that is the worst feeling a buyer (even mo...

Why Best Buy is the best game retailer

927d ago ... So I'm sure many of you have heard of @gamer magazine aka Best Buy's answer to Game Informer. Well it is no only and answer, but a flat out stomp. Content-wise Game Informer has the edge, but @gamer magazine is a magazine for gamers, written by gamers. It reads like a mix between gaming website and your techy / gamer friend. But that's not why it's better. Once upon a time Game Informer...

365 Days of Gaming - Day 2: Skyrim

988d ago ... I have to admit my disappointment in my lack of restraint. I told myself that I would garner 100% completion (or close to it) of Skyrim before I started up a second playthrough. However, I couldn't help but treat myself to experiencing the game from the start earlier than planned. This time around, I decided on a male Wood Elf by the name of Volpe Lachance, a nod toward Lucien Lahance of Oblivi...

Captain Obvious vs Commander Sheppard

1071d ago ... (Preferably Fem-Shep in a game of strip poker, but I digress.) With the usual, since this is my third blog entry baring the title, apologies to Captain Obvious. This one is a long time coming. Ever since Final Fantasy XIII-2 was announced as both an attempt to correct game mechanic issues with FFXIII, and a direct continuation/expansion of XIII’s story. Something(s) which has caused major...
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