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PlayStation & Kickstarter: The Final Solution?

16d ago ... In a recent blog post before E3, I briefly discussed the use of Kickstarter as a platform to get games funded. I have to say, it was either a stroke of luck or intuition where it followed that Yu Suzuki and Sony have opted to use Kickstarter to make Shenmue a reality. I'm a humble fellow, so let's chalk it up to the former and move past it. This, in my opinion, opens up some interesting door...

E3 Thoughts

21d ago ... So another E3 has come and gone, and naturally there's a lot to talk about. E3 has come a long way in the past few years. A few years ago we'd be arguing which company had the least cringe-worthy moments or technical hiccups. Now we actually argue on who had the better conference. Anyway, here's what I thought of each company's performance. ============================= Microsoft: Phil Sp...

Video Games in the Classroom

40d ago ... Video games have evolved as an entertainment medium, and educational values continue to evolve with it. While video games have a lot of controversy for being “junk for your brain” and influential on violent behaviour, there are a myriad of games that can be fostered for educational learning. I will break down the dimensions of how video games can be approached in a classroom to give you an i...

Theory: Assassin's Creed Will Soon Be Scrapped For Watch Dogs

56d ago ... Ubisoft officially revealed Assassin's Creed Syndicate today. The next game in the AC franchise is set in 19th century London and is about Jacob Frye, an Assassin based out of that city. Ubisoft also released a gameplay trailer, which you can see here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKR42Ci000k Now, my opinion on the overall trailer is that it looks great. Combat looks fun thanks to it...

Star Wars Battlefront I Don’t Believe Your Graphics..?

62d ago ... No Campaign Mode / Plus 40 Player Cap So by now we have all seen the amazing trailer of Star Wars Battlefront, what an amazing piece of tech it was, and what an amazing job DICE has done. -But how much of it was actual game play / Yes we know it was using the in-game engine but how close will the actual game-play get to these insane graphics. Well….? Lucky for us some reports have started...

Halo Reach: Fall of a World

74d ago ... I’ve played through the Halo 3 campaign more times than I can count. First, there was the initial solo play-through. Then, it was straight to Legendary co-op. After that came the ‘LASO’ attempts, the achievement collection runs and the painstaking endurance test represented by the infamous ‘Vidmaster Challenge’. And yet, even after all of my jaunts down the Tsavo Highway or fights to stem th...

Tone Deaf: The difference between MKX and it's predecessor

78d ago ... It's been about a week since the launch of MKX, the newest entry in the Mortal Kombat franchise and technically the tenth, and reception seems pretty positive. Sure the micro transactions blow and the season pass is questionable but the roster is great and the gameplay seems to hold up. However, there's definitely been some rumblings that while good, MKX isn't as good as it's predecessor, MK9....

The 7th Generation: A Post-mortem (Part 1)

93d ago ... Technically the 7th gen hasn't actually ended yet, but all three consoles have basically experienced their heyday and the defining games have all been released. The 7th gen was overlong and divisive, but it certainly had its moments. In the first part I will be covering the life and lasting impressions all three consoles left. In the second part I will discuss the direction software makers went...
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Letter from Cat

96d ago ... Dear members of N4G, 11x2, AnimeShinbun, FilmWatch and Techspy; I have decided that my time with HAVAmedia has come to an end, and so April will be my last month with all of you. Christopher will be assuming many of my old duties. This is not a decision made in haste, but one that I think is best for HAVA, my family, and me. Simply, I'm needed elsewhere. :) All the best, Cat ***E...

What The Order 1886 Got Right

121d ago ... I played The Order: 1886 and I like it. It’s not a crime, well, maybe on the internet, but not in the real world. I recently wrote a blog about story in games and as soon as I wrap it up, I find myself playing The Order. All criticisms aside, this game does a lot of things right when it comes to storytelling technique in games. You may not like the story itself or the ending but I do think that...

How VR Ruined Gaming for Me

123d ago ... When I look back on it, I should have seen it coming all along. Im a gamer and have been for about 20 odd years. But what happened 6 days ago changed my life. As I said before, I'm a gamer. I'm also a technophile. I love tech. I currently poured about $8000 into my Media Room. Front and center is my pride and joy. A 106" projector screen. I ended every house tour with a blazing demo of...

A Story about Story (In Games)

130d ago ... Videogames began as a very rudimentary and simple form of expression. Technological and financial constraints meant that programmers and creators worked with severe limitations. One of the earliest commercial successes came in the form of Pong, which comprised of a few pixels (455x262) and simple audio (a few beeps). Combined with the early coin-op / arcade business model, this meant that early...

Nathan Drake, Why Are You So Attractive?

140d ago ... Since the beginning of video game history, we as gamers have always found ourselves attracted to certain video game characters for one reason or another. Even in the 16-bit or 32-bit eras when our fictional protagonists were nothing more than oddly shaped, disproportionate polygons...like Lara Croft, for example, with her oddly chiseled face and breasts so pointy you could lose an eye. Despite...

The Money Grab

147d ago ... In my last two blog entries, I touched on the topics of the Season Pass ( http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/valenka/531688 ) and Dying Light's pre-order bonuses, which were really just early unlocks of poor quality, future content ( http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/valenka/531760 ). For any returning readers, you'll recall some highlights of my Season Pass entry, where I spoke about companies...

You Patreon Me and I Patronize You?

157d ago ... A lot of religious art exists for a simple reason. Artists needed funding and churches were one of the few institutions wealthy enough to underwrite the costs involved in supporting them. Banks and a few other wealthy individuals were also able to pay for these services. In the process, by virtue of the patronage, they dictated the face and definition of art. They decided which techniques were...

Sony need to pull their fingers out and provide a native Media Server ASAP

158d ago ... I was a technological neophyte having just built my first computer so I could play Starcraft 2 at above 5 frames a second. I'd not long since moved into my friends house, who it so happened was an avid Playstation gamer(Dare I say Fan-boy?! But that's a discussion for another time and braver souls than I!). He had let me create an account on his Playstation 3,to play Demon's Souls and suchlike...

Gaming and Education Part 1: My Perspective as Educator and Gamer

159d ago ... This is a topic that often is thrown around, but I wanted to contextualize it. It's not rare to hear many people boast that gaming has educational benefits, but I wanted to really emphasize this for two reasons: I am an educator. I am a gamer. That said, as an undergrad in education, you tend to be surrounded by a lot of people who view gaming differently. Gaming does not have a specif...

Is the only option left for Nintendo is to be different?

185d ago ... Nintendo, while still being a powerhouse when it comes to software and the dedicated portable market, seems to have pigeon-holed themselves into a corner when it comes to console gaming. The downward spiral dated back to the N64 days and Sony's smash entry the first Playstation. It truly was revolutionary at the time. A time when Nintendo had strained relationships with third party publishers,...

When would e-sports show up in Olympics?

192d 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...

Would you play Browser Games?

210d ago ... In recent years, with the development of web technology, type of game has been varied again. There are quite a lot of browser games online, such as Shifu, Nightfalls, Dragon Atlas and Dawn of King. Instead of having to download the application or client of game, we merely need to open a web browser and install a plug-in maybe and then we can start playing straight away. Indeed, compared to m...
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