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

23h 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)

15d 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

18d 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

43d 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

45d 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)

52d 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?

62d 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

69d 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?

79d 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

80d 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

81d 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?

107d 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?

115d 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?

133d 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...

On the evolution of Grand Theft Auto

158d ago ... Grand Theft Auto V is now playable from a first-person perspective. That is, Grand Theft Auto, a series that’s as equally notable for its original birds-eye viewpoint as it is its current third-person stance, can now be viewed through the blood-shot eyes of its frenzied protagonist for the very first time. To see how we’ve made it this far is to recollect the gradual yet incredibly realiz...

Finally Connecting with the Kinect in Mass Effect

172d ago ... Premise: I enjoyed a game more with Kinect than without it. Yes, seriously. Yes, this title was just too good not for me to use. Yes, I am terribly late to the party with all you cool kids in your current gen swag. Yes, I am still messing around with last gen hardware, the likes of which no one really liked anyways and is agreed to be vastly improved in function, ease and UI in its...

Does Pixel Count Really Matter?

196d ago ... Smell that? Yep, it's that magical time of year for games to come out. A show of the games having the latest tech, the evolution of gameplay, and of course the endless bickering between people over trivial things. Tis the season I suppose, but a rather interesting piece has come out over the latest iteration of the Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed Unity, coming only to current-gen and...

Digital Overspending

213d ago ... More and more, gamers are going the digital distribution route for their games. While it certainly is a convenience and often a deliverer of great game bargains, there are a few things that I feel need to be pointed out as a matter of consumer interest. For some, it may prove to be insightful, but at the very least, I hope you find it to be interesting. Digital downloads, by their nature requir...

The Master Race - Who Really Wins

233d ago ... My first blog on N4G will be my way of breaking down this on going argument between console gamers, otherwise referred to as peasants, and the PC gamers, the self proclaimed master race. Its worth noting however, that both of these terms are created by PC gamers themselves, if only by the minority, as PC has such a great community in all genres I wouldn't dare tarnish just how great it is. Also...

This has only just begun, remember the Super Nintendo.

239d ago ... I usually wake up every morning and the first thing I do is check the N4G website. I am looking for news on new games, the next batch of free games with the Games with Gold program, and new apps added to the already impressive amount available to Xbox One owners. When I spot a new post that catches my attention I click on it immediately and begin reading. Usually Xbox One related articles are t...
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