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Reminder: Console devs can and will rip you off

74d ago ... Firstly, slow clap for Microsoft separating Xbox One from Kinect, finally. Not a sarcastic clap, I'm talking honest, building-up slow clap from movies after somebody makes a big, heroic speech. Now, in no universe is this not a good thing. For Microsoft or gamers. The Kinect was not the future. I don't think we're going to like motion control until it's done in conjunction with a holo-deck....

Facebook: the "hero" Oculus needs, not the one it deserves

114d ago ... Now that some of the dust has cleared with this one, I thought I'd briefly make my case on why Facebook buying Oculus Rift isn't that bad. Brief preface: I HAVE actually donned the Rift to play some student-made games at my college. I see potential, but not the next step in digital entertainment. I probably WILL get one myself, but only because the thought of a space-sim with one of those th...

Beyond, Hackers, and Naked Celebrities

278d ago ... (If that title sounds like I'm just grabbing for hits, you have not been following the news with Beyond) Well, this is different and interesting! Is it strange that I’m excited to talk about this? I just find the differences between developer’s ideas and what the players get to see really fascinating. Throw in one of the more interesting moral quandaries of our digital age, and you have a...

Sega, please don't half-ass your localization like this

318d ago ... And this goes to pretty much any company being stingy with localization. Three weeks ago, one of the best console music games that doesn't involve plastic instruments finally landed stateside. You probably don't know because Sega hasn't done anything to tell people. It's called "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F," The FIFTH game in a series based on the digital singers, "vocaloids." You want a qu...

Gone Home helped me realize what a “game” is to me (and now I don’t like it)

345d ago ... This blog’s been a bit of a journey. It started as a post on game length, pacing and dollar-per-hour value, but I came to a pretty major revelation as I wrote it and decided to flesh that out here. Firstly, let me state that I’m not meaning to badmouth Gone Home here. In fact, I recommend it… as soon as it’s 50% off on Steam. It doesn’t need to meet MY definition of a game. I just thought w...

Addicted to controversy

358d ago ... For those of you coming on the internet for the first time in over a year, first off, I'm really flattered that you read my blog first. That means a lot to me. Secondly, I should fill you in that gaming has "come under fire" some might say, with accusations of sexism, left and right. Most recently, this has happened with "Dragon's Crown," which features a character that is rather ludicrously...

Why are we defending the Dead Island bikini corpse?

561d ago ... (This is my second attempt at writing on this, while the issue is still fresh. I threw together a hastily-written, poorly constructed blog entry last night with way too much caps lock. I looked at it this morning, and thought I must have been crazy. I'm truly grateful for the honest feedback I received on that, I slept off whatever craziness got into me, now let my try to tackle it with a bit m...

Let's talk about Assassin's Creed 3's ending (SPOILERS, duh)

633d ago ... I know you can read this bit on the main page so I'm gonna write a bit until I think I'm past it. Obviously, again, spoiler warning. Okay and I think that we are now just about in the clear. Gonna type just a bit more here. How you all doing? Who you voting for? I'll tell you one thing, I am certainly not voting for that jackass named- and I think we're good. "Hey, is this another blog where...

The WSJ Borderlands 2 Review and the standards of criticism

675d ago ... So about a week ago, we were treated to a review of Borderlands 2 from the Wall Street Journal. It was kinda negative, but, even worse, it was flat-out ignorant that not all shooters are trying to be COD. Rather than just laugh at the author for liking COD so much, I think it's important to slow down and just talk about what we need to expect from a critic. (Please bear in mind I've yet to p...

"I've had it with your disingenuous assertions!" - The ME3 Anti-Rant

868d ago ... I wasn't gonna get caught up in this debate, but if I don't get it off my chest, I'm gonna go crazy. And if I'm gonna write it, I may as well post it. I was optimistic in my demo impressions article about a month ago, and when I got ME3, I got just about everything I wanted out of it. It tied together explosive action, deep tactics and customization, and a emotional story full of gut-wrenchi...

ME3 Demo: Single Player Impressions - Why RPG and Action games aren't enemies

898d ago ... I'm really, really trying to avoid discussing games that haven't actually released anymore. Partially, I'm just not seeing the point. I've played plenty of games that don't seem that special until you've seen how all its parts come together in the way it's actually meant to be played. Persona 4 and Catherine come to mind. Good games can be hurt by previews as we see them online *cough*Singula...

Some Criticism for LA Noire

1135d ago ... Okay... E3's over, PSN's back up (even if my free PSP games are lost to the void because of a programming error a high school freshman studying BASIC would have picked up on) and the Rapture didn't happen. Now unless Battlefield 3 devs announce something like having one less texture in the PS3 version or something of equal earth-shattering importance, I should be able to make a post stay up on...

Games I love (and the little questions that drive me bonkers)

1200d ago ... We all have things that we love, but with a little thing about them that drives you nuts. Kinda like an otherwise adorable dog with an ugly, distracting rash from licking itself. Here are some games I feel the same way about. "Why the HELL aren't we using magic?" - Lots and lots of RPGs Let's get an obvious one out of the way first. It isn't so bad when characters regularly don't use life-s...

Why are story-driven games so family-unfriendly?

1248d ago ... The impending release of LA Noire and the recently announced-for-US Catherine got me thinking. I love to talk about how games are an art form and about the glories of interactive story-telling, especially to my parents and non-gaming family. So why are there so few of the shining examples I can play beginning-to-end in front of my family? Think about the games you own that tell a great stor...

2010: The year of crap endings

1303d ago ... Is it just me, or did a lot of game endings suck this year? (last year, whatever) I don't expect incredible endings from every game, but usually the AAA titles should be decent. Yeah, we got Red Dead's very meaningful and arguably taboo-breaking finale, and the epic suicide mission in Mass Effect 2. Hell, in Bayonetta you get to punch God into the sun. I'm freaking catholic and I thought that...

My first (and probably last) twenty minutes with Band Hero

1712d ago ... The most baffling game I have ever played... not made in Japan. So it's like, you know, 50th overall.
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