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The Sims 4 Demo Impressions

100d ago ... Since its announcement in May of last year, I've been avidly looking forward to the launch of The Sims 4. As some may know, my history with The Sims dates back to the launch of the first game and my relationship with the franchise has been quite the rollercoaster of emotions. Between the greed of Electronic Arts and the crumbling of Maxis, which seems to have been rebuilt, for a while, I wasn't...

EA Access: A Perfect Move

113d ago ... This. Is. Brilliant. Completely and utterly B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T. So in a move similar to Games For Gold for Xbox systems or PS Plus for Playstation platforms, or more accurately Playstaion Now, Electronic Arts have announced EA Access: a service which will not only allow paid subscribers to play a number of older EA licensed games, but promises to give early access to upcoming triple-A product...

The Funomena: When All You Can Make Are Games

117d ago ... It is difficult to predict what exactly Funomena has in store. They’re a team of developers with backgrounds creating games like [i]The Sims[/i], [i]Journey[/i], [i]Noby Noby Boy[/i], [i]Katamari Damacy[/i], [i]Flower[/i], and [i]The Walking Dead[/i] - just to name a few. Things like "kittens", "monkeys", "Origami", and "sunshine" top the team's list of Favorites. They have a logo made of block...

Spacebase DF-9: Most fun had in a vacuum

125d ago ... [b] From Herobyclicking[/b] “Ground control to Major Tom, please revoke early access to this player, “ would be heard over the speakers of the mission control room in my mind whilst I asphyxiated yet another crew of space pioneers. Against their better judgement, base after base has been put in my care. Time and time again I manage to smite the hopeful spacers. I won’t stop. Ever. Spaceb...

EA Has Already Managed to Ruin The Sims 4

127d ago ... Last month, Electronic Arts and Maxis issued a statement informing us that when The Sims 4 launches in September this year, swimming pools and toddlers will not be included. Ryan Vaughan, one of the developers over at Maxis, posted a blog that explains that the two features may be introduced later, though nothing is guaranteed. Understandably, this managed to upset and even enrage fans, raising...
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N4G May Winners!

536d ago ... Congratulations to all the May winners! June contests here: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/cat/521928 Enter to win a PS4: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/cat/521728 Special note to April winners: There has been a snag in issuing these prizes, and I was told that they will be issued this week. COMMENT LOTTERY: 3 winners - a $50 Amazon Gift Card each! Skate-AK brewin coolbeans BEST U...

The Sims 4 & What It Needs to Stay Relevant

541d 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...

Four things I learned from a casual gamer

574d ago ... My gaming experience stretches back into my early childhood. Propped on the trophy-wall of my memory are countless consoles I've owned, countless online lobbies I've conquered, countless adventures I've embarked upon, and all the years of experience that goes along with those. I am a hardcore gamer. I pre-order and I Kickstart. I argue and discuss on message forums. I own more games and game sy...

January to March In Scope, Part 2

575d ago ... Saying goodbye to January and February, we welcome March. It's rather useless to say that March wasn't a busy month for the industry. I had to make Part 2 completely dedicated to the month for that very reason. There were a lot of cheers and a lot of jeers, but the one thing that remained constant was debate. There was a lot of debate among reviewers, gamers, developers, and publishers over som...

Skyrim Journal: Prologue

687d ago ... Author's Note: The prologue to this journal is intended to serve as a brief insight into my discovery of the Elder Scrolls series and highlight the road to it. Subsequent entries will document my experience with TES V: Skyrim. I know for a fact that I was in elementary school (primary school for our UK friends) when I'd originally caught wind of The Elder Scrolls. It was during recess on the...

EA Support and Their Nonsense

724d ago ... † Warning: the following blog post contains a strong opinion and a minor rant. It should be taken light-heartedly. I don't tend to make a habit out of complaining about trivial occurrences, but lately I've found myself growing exhausted with Electronic Arts and their individual "professional support" team. I've had quite a few run-ins with issues stemming from multiple EA titles in which I n...

A Brief Insight into How EA Ruined The Sims

891d ago ... It goes without saying that The Sims is one of the most popular and best selling computer games of all time, but it saddens me to finally admit that the franchise is falling and falling hard. In 2009, some time after The Sims 3 was released in the same year, I noticed a significant decline in quality. In the subsequent years leading up to the present, I noticed a vast increase in nonsensical oc...

E3 2011 EA Press Conference

1263d ago ... Man I was so bored watching the EA Press Conference. Seriously I'm sure everyone else what screaming ZOMGs all over the place but not me. Here's my responses to each announcement. - Mass Effect 3 release at March 6 2012. It's a Galactic War. I'm not a fan of Mass Effect myself but it still looks good. - Need For Speed: The Run. Uses Autolog and implements it in the games story. You get to...

EA = Best Publisher of 2011?

1366d ago ... Electronic Arts, in 2011, are amongst the best of the best. We can draw conclusions upon who will win GOTY but no other publisher has as many AAA games coming out this year except for Sony. I won't be focusing on Sony in this blog however. Firstly, look at the list of EA only games: Mass Effect 2 Bulletstorm Dead Space 2 Crysis 2 Darkspore Battlefield 3 Need For Speed Shift 2 EA Sp...

Types of Gamers

1378d ago ... Ok this is inspired but an episode of "The Game Overthinker"(google it, watch the series) and let me just say that MovieBob is definitely an intelligent and entertaining guy on all of his shows(He also does "Escape to the movies" and "The Big Picture" on The Escapist) and people should go check out his stuff. Let's look at the types of gamers we know and then I'll get to the main point of th...

EA's "online passes"- is this a step too far?

1651d ago ... “Project Ten Dollar”, as it is affectionately known, was a way of curtailing the second hand market that we keep being told severely detriments a number of game companies and market shares. Such triple-A releases such as The Sims 3 and Mass Effect 2 have already featured a one-off code within new boxed copies that grants the bearer magical gifts in the usual form of a future DLC package- effect...
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