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E3: Boredom and Disappointment

168d ago ... Hey fellow N4G-ers. It has been a while since my last blog, so what better chance to jump in than with an E3 impression blog. Incredibly original, I know. This E3 was a let-down for me. Perhaps we're still in the first-year-of-the-new-gen-dold rums, but it was the first time in a while where I found it hard to get excited, especially after last year's E3 with the skyrocketing hype and drama....

How to fix Sonic the Hedgehog...no, REALLY!

248d ago ... Once upon a time, Sonic went toe-to-toe with Super Mario Bros, one of the most popular videogame franchises of all time. In fact, there was a season when the SEGA Genesis was actually outselling the SNES in the USA and in Japan. This was due, in large part, to the popularity of Sonic the Hedgehog. Since the 16-bit era, Sonic had fallen down. Hard. We're not talking about skinned knees here. We'...

The True Value of VR

248d ago ... Over the past few years, something that was seen as a joke, as a flop (Virtual Boy) a mere decade ago has become a very feasible reality. I'm talking about Virtual Reality. When Occulus Rift launched its Kickstarter, it certainly got a lot of attention. However, I can't speak for you, but I doubted it would become anything significant (see: Ouya). But I was wrong. Occulus Rift has not only begu...

3DS: The Moses of the JRPG genre

279d ago ... For those who didn't attend Sunday school or perhaps never saw Prince of Egypt, Moses was a Biblical character who led a few million Hebrew slaves out of Egypt and into their promised land full of milk, honey, and...well, full of not being a slave anymore, too. It's an iconic story in Western culture of how one brave man led a nation to a better place. I figure I might as well get the explan...

Will "dem casuals" ever buy a console again?

288d ago ... A prevailing attitude in this day and age is that the casual ship has sailed. The Wii was a blip. Smartphones will rule the day. Why would they buy a console when they have a smartphone? Etcetera. But I don't think that's exactly true. I think dem casuals are still a huge, untapped market that is eager to jump back into console gaming. The problem is that the console manufacturers have eithe...

Sony Too™

309d ago ... I'll make this short and sweet (yeah right. I'm always too verbose): We all have favorites. We're gamers, and we're passionate about our hobby. It's only natural to have a favorite. And that's fine. But when your favorite company does something shady, let's acknowledge it. Acknowledging the problem is what allowed the Xbox One to avoid being a completely melted carapace of failure. Ack...

Who needs to leave Nintendo?

313d ago ... The recent Nintendo financial reports have been dismal, just dismal. Instead of posting a 55B Yen profit, they've posted a 25B Yen loss. Wii-U forcast shrank from 9m down to less than 3m, and 3DS sales forecasts – despite selling well – shrank from 18.5m down to 13m. Nintendo has only posted losses two times in their entire history, and both times occurred during the 3DS/Wii-U era. Some...

I am announcing that I am writing a blog post

316d ago ... I wanted to take a moment to announce that I am going to write a blog post right now. The blog post just started. I thought you should know. Silly, right? But don't worry, I haven't completely lost it. Rather, I'm just practicing to be a videogame journalist. What, you hadn't noticed? Bioware Austin just announced they're working on an unannounced game. There's a rumor that Nintendo's R&D...

My 2013 Games of the Year

332d ago ... Only a few days left in 2013, and what a year it was for gamers. For this list, I picked 9 games from across all current gaming platforms. Although it was very difficult to pick only 9 games from this year, there are plenty of games that I haven't even tried yet (GTAV, AC4, Gone Home) which just goes to show how great of a year it was. This list is simply meant to highlight 9 of the very, very...

PS4 vs X1: The Real Battle Is Still Ahead

362d ago ... The PS4 is out! So is the XBox One! The gaming world is on fire! Sales charts and review scores for launch games and "first impressions" and everything in between is slamming the front page of N4G at a startling pace. And of course, plenty of people are drawing allegiances, declaring winners, and pledging their loyalty to their favorite brands. But it doesn't really matter. The real battle i...

Are the PS4's launch games really that bad, or...?

373d ago ... Over the past few days, gamers around the world are filled with glee now that the PS4 is available on store shelves. And many more gamers will be filled with glee once the Xbox One launches in about a week. Over the past year, the game industry has harped about how PS4 has superior hardware, how the Xbox One has superior online, how the PS4 has superior first-parties, how the Xbox One has a sup...

Phil Fish: And Something of Value Was Lost

486d ago ... So, that's all, folks. Phil Fish left the game industry, cancelled his game, and that is that. Some might say "good riddance. Nothing of value was lost. What a crybaby". Others might be upset at the loss of Fez II. But what caused all this? Most people who know the indie game scene know about Phil Fish. He's very outspoken, very rude, and very full of himself. He's received a lot of hate whi...

PS4 RAM gets a downgrade?

488d ago ... Today's big story is the rumor that Playstation 4 is reserving 2.5 GBs of its RAM pool for the operating system and multi-tasking features, leaving 5.5 GB of RAM for game functionality. The internet, of course, is a-frenzy with speculation and fear and naysaying and all sorts of pleasantness. Now, the source of the rumor is a Mr. Leadbetter of Digital Foundry, the same person who claimed the...

Xbox One + NSA = nothing. But it'll still hurt Xbox One.

503d ago ... For months, the Xbox One has been getting slammed, but now that the DRM has been axed, some of the other details of the system are being brought into the forefront. Namely, the requirement of the Kinect camera. Of course, it didn't help that the exact same day Microsoft announced their DRM and 24-hour policies on June 7th, another news article broke regarding PRISM, a program conducted by th...

Time-traveller: It's 2006 and Sony's gonna win!

507d ago ... Hey everyone, my name is Dedicated to Gamers. I know we're all excited about the next generation of consoles but I wanted to bring everyone back down to earth and talk about the Xbox 360, the Playstation 3, and the Nintendo Wii. Now, these are just my personal predictions, but I'll do my best to support them with facts. I really think that Sony is going to go for another landslide victory. T...

Xbox 720 might be this-gen's hate magnet REDUX

512d ago ... Nearly three months ago, before E3, before the May 21st reveal, before the Xbox One DRM reversal, I wrote a blog titled "Just wait: the Xbox 720 might be the hate-magnet this next gen" (here: http://n4g.com/user/blogpost/dedicatedtogamers/521522 ). I detailed how Microsoft has set itself up to be the gaming media's new whipping boy. I didn't realize just how right I'd be. Now, as...

They're just a business. They don't love you.

521d ago ... Now that we're in the thick of the 8th generation of gaming, the console wars are in full swing. This is going to come off as a bit of a rant because the topic at hand is something that really annoys me. Over the past several weeks, we've been dealing with the Xbox One nightmare, a nightmare from which we've only groggily woken up from (after MS reversed their DRM policies). In the midst of...

We Finally Won with the Xbox One

525d ago ... http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update You've all seen me rant and rave against the Xbox One. Here I am, gleeful to admit that Microsoft had a heart to (somewhat) change. It's true. Microsoft announced today that they are reversing some of the controversial decisions with the Xbox One. Of primary importance is their decision to axe the 24-hour check in, the region lock, and all of their used...

8th Gen - The Death (Finally!) of Corridor Shooters?

533d ago ... The blog picture comes from here: http://memearchive.net/memerial.net/1371/picture.jpg , and I think it's a fitting way to describe the modern FPS genre. I like shooters. I really do, but I've been a bit worn out on them recently. I have my reasons, but chief among them would be how every FPS these days seems to be a corridor shooter. I grew up on shooters like Duke Nukem, Strife, Syst...

Why Sony won E3 (it's not why you think)

533d ago ... 25 years from now, on the brink of the next-next-gen, people will be asking one another in hushed tones "I wonder if so-and-so will pull a Sony like they did with the PS4..." History was made yesterday, and it's for a very simple reason: gamers won. For the first time in years, a multi-billion dollar company paid attention to the heart's desire of gamers everywhere. Plenty of fantastic games we...
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