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"Oh, what a month...what a lovely month!"

Force Fading

60d ago ... I grew up on the tail end of a nebulous timeline in regards to laying claim to “my Star Wars.” Well-known directors of Hollywood and my dad could bring up their memories of seeing the original (pre “Episode IV-A New Hope” inclusion) for the first time in theaters back in the day; past that, the early 80’s continued with successive sequels and spin-off cartoons. The only media from that era I...

The Right Targets

93d ago ... Video games cause violence. We have so many individual cases of people who play video games that have committed acts of violence so there must be some undeniable connection there. There are probably a lot of viewers of this piece, if not all, that have a thing or two to say about that kind of sentiment that was at one time bandied about in official US congressional hearings; in fact, perhaps...

Beanman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Perspective)

129d ago ... This feels like a pinch-me moment as I type out the following: a few of the most heavily hyped AAA blockbusters, whose advertisements were undoubtedly plastered all over big gaming sites during their release, have recently received some rather underwhelming reviews scores. Some of the most popular victims would be Destiny (1) and The Order: 1886 (2). And while the results are currently undete...

Tired of this Schmitt Episode VII: The Non-Argument Reawakens [Part 2]

156d ago ... [Continued from Part 1] There’s been two key examples—limited to my recent memory—that most would scratch their head over. The first example being Ubisoft’s damage control of Assassin’s Creed: Unity running at 900p and 30 fps (that wasn’t even locked) across both 8th gen platforms. While the console parity is another argument that’s fair to make, the excuse Ubisoft used for that frame rate...

Tired of this Schmitt Episode VII: The Non-Argument Reawakens [Part 1]

156d ago ... This whole frame rate debacle seems to have picked up a lot of heat for a number of reasons. First, the seventh generation had some aesthetic changes made by key developers that opted for a lower-framerate experience. One key example of this spoken in interviews was Insomniac Games’ Mike Action coming out about the studio’s mid-gen decision to focus on developing games at thirty frames per se...

Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Impressions

164d ago ... Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s (MCC for short) online launch woes had brought with it a heaping of disappointment and rage among many gamers, including this writer. Out of that ire and contempt from those circumstances came some amelioration in having the opportunity to take a gander at where this series will be going as far as multiplayer is concerned. And while I currently can’t see my...

The Here and Playstation Now

189d ago ... If including everything available for both the Playstation 2 and 3 at launch, they’d be considered some of the consoles with the most robust libraries during their respective releases. This consideration isn’t due to an explosion of newly-released titles but rather in their focus on providing 100% backwards compatibility at the time. This was a consistent feature for Sony until PS2 compatibil...

The Better Quality Control

309d ago ... The games industry seems to have a knack at ‘asterisking’ certain old sayings. “Any publicity is good publicity*. *This doesn’t always apply for the video games industry.” Another ideal like “less is more” is another one that’s seemed to be slowly eroding in truthfulness (only for the games industry) when I began considering it as an old-guard mentality for content curation. Thanks to digit...

A game by any other name

416d ago ... The ongoing issue about defining what is or isn’t a video game is one discussion I’ve been compelled to typically avoid in the past. It was only a few months ago while reviewing Proteus that I bothered to actually dedicate any effort on the topic—which may have been ill-fitting and detracted from the review altogether as I look back. And while anyone who may have seen that particular piece wi...

Fettered by Fun

434d ago ... The word ‘fun’ is attached with gaming culture to a rather excessive degree. For roughly thirty years, the simple feeling of amusement or the quality of being enjoyable has been the key, oftentimes only, focus on the creative side of developing video games; even development books have been crafted into understanding and harnessing fun. Think about that: for as long as most of you, the audienc...

The unceasing issue regarding real-world violence and videogames

486d ago ... It’s a murder sim, it’s transmitting school shooting instructions to your brain, and on and on and on. I’m sure you know how the accusations go by now. There’s no other topic that’s been done to death quite like videogame violence and its supposed link of playing a casual role in real-world violence. How could it not be when both those inside and outside the industry have continuously dissec...

Other aspects to examine in game reviews

500d ago ... Despite this new blog being attached to the same focal point as my previous ‘Tired of this Schmitt’ submission, there’s not really that same level of annoyance present for these aspects of game reviews. Whereas before I was just getting tired of seeing the facile responses of some in the game community demanding perfect objectivity within all game reviews so as to strip any tangential facets (...

Tired of this Schmitt: Super Bombad Reviewing?

521d ago ... I suppose it would be best to open this blog up with a comic strip I got a short laugh from: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/critical-miss/10860-The-Evolution-of-Games-Journalism Out of the several areas gaming journalism has continually been under scrutiny over, the one I find the most fascinating to dive into would be game reviews. From the grand conspiracies about...

Since the Nintendoomed hype train is still in the station…

539d ago ... So, according to some on the internet, Nintendo is in a lot of trouble and there’s a lot of hoopla surrounding what they’ll do next after their most recent earning report was shown to be quite disappointing. This topic and the so-called “Nintendoomed” hype that’s shrouded the company has made the rounds in many places already, but I still had an interest in making a blog about it because I’ve...

Taking a macroscopic look at micro-transactions

548d ago ... I initially had this topic more geared towards being just a light-hearted rant in the vein of a Christmas-themed carol or children’s story for the December contests, but perhaps it’s for the better that I dive into this on a more serious note the first time I’m presenting it. Even though I’ve seen this new nickel-and-dime scheme in recent console titles, I wasn’t really hot and bothered by it...

Baby’s First Roguelike (N4G Review)

576d ago ... A surprise is what it was. Getting the opportunity to make another official review for an indie title and then suddenly realizing that I can’t recall ever having any involvement with another roguelike before which would allow me to compare and contrast my experience with those titles to Sword of The Stars: The Pit (SOTS) and the Mind Games expansion. Despite the fact that I’ve dove into what...

Tired of this Schmitt: The Clone Admiration

612d ago ... “The term ‘clone’ has been a hot word in the gaming industry for a long time. The process for identifying one is simple: the gamer views a newly-released game that pushes the genre forward-or possibly creates a new genre altogether, perceives later-released franchises within that same genre borrowing ideas from the originator, and then call it a clone of said originator.” This is part of the...

You’d be ment4l to miss out on this game (N4G Review)

640d ago ... Anyone that’s even remotely aware of the indie game scene can certainly tell you the platformer genre is one of the most saturated out there. With sixty dollars being such a tough sell for those nowadays and the success of titles such Braid acting as one of many igniters for a plethora of similar games—and probably the birth of gamers on the internet misapplying the term “pretentious” on a whi...

Tired of this Schmitt Episode VI: The Return of this Dame Argument

641d ago ... You know things are about to go down when I have to uncursify two words in the title. I can understand the annoyance any poster may have in seeing this topic being brought up again since it’s been a reoccurring discussion for almost the entire year of ‘13. The reason I still feel obliged to attempt my first official igniter into this ongoing sexism debate is simply because it’s become rathe...

UPDATE: Dare to go down the rabbit hole? (N4G Review)

750d ago ... I find it rather peculiar how the protagonist’s chief anxiety in the beginning of Daedalic Entertainment’s “The Night of the Rabbit” slightly mirrors my current gaming situation. For him: the threat of repetitive tasks in school looms overhead as his summer vacation nears its closing; for me: the risk of several shoot-y titles that interest me overwhelming what little freedom I have in my gami...
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