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SteamOS is an OS (and Many Other Helpful Bits of Easily Accessed Info)

339d ago ... How can people possibly get this confused? It is in the name. Steam*OS*. But apparently some people still think that it's a streaming service because they somehow skipped down the official Steam article on the subject to selectively read a portion about its streaming abilities. Fear not, I'm here to provide some clarity. First of all, SteamOS is an operating system. I know, it sounds mo...

It Isn't Easy Being a New Indie Developer

351d ago ... I've wanted to be a part of developing games since I was about 13. Me and one of my best friends would always come up with game concepts in our free time, drawing covers for our games of insane ambition. As I got older, I started considering other careers, but it all came back to game development. I couldn't afford a great university (I was a ~3.6 GPA student with above average SAT scores, b...

PSA: Be Very Careful with Who you Choose to Support on Kickstarter

353d ago ... Kickstarter has a very interesting, pleasant premise; let gamers choose to fund the games that they want, allowing developers to create without needing a publisher. However, the idea isn't without its pitfalls. Many projects get cancelled and there is a lack of obligation for developers to follow-through. Luckily, there are steps you can take to increase your odds of backing a true winner....

Anor Londo - A Case Study in Level Design (AKA "Staircases and Royal Pains in the Fanny")

380d ago ... (Spoilers - Duh) I'm a big fan of the "D. Souls" series of games. I do very much like the challenge they present and the dark, mystical settings. What I gravely dislike is when it uses these two things in a diabolical manner that wastes the player's time. Unfortunately, this is something that Dark Souls tends to do a little too frequently; Especially in the area/level known as "Anor Londo...

Consoles Will Never be like Steam

387d ago ... Still drinking Kool-aid that Microsoft is not even selling any longer, many people are under the impression that the Xbox One as it was originally conceived was an excellent idea. A handful of people think that with DRM, Xbox One would have managed to lower prices and have better sales. The prices would even be on par with Steam. But the fact of the matter is that Xbox One was never going to...

The "Sexism Debate" Would be Accepted if...

410d ago ... Sexism has become a very tricky issue in the gaming world. Not just as an issue itself, but also as a debate of whether gamers are ignoring it entirely. Many gamers do pawn it off quickly, but perhaps not entirely by their own fault, considering the way that the debate is so often poorly framed. With proper frame and a focused debate, the issue could be accepted and discussed fluidly - as lo...

Let the Hypocrisy Flow

444d ago ... Xbox One doesn't have backwards compatibility? No biggie. Ps4 requires payment to play online? I wipe myself with $5 a month! Xbox One has mandatory installs? Whatever, man; Halo! I read a blog by DedicatedToGamers a few days ago, in which he said (in summary) 'I'm not afraid of a console with bad policies, I'm afraid of the gamers that accept them'. I must now concur with grave prejud...

"Rumors" and Blame: The Downplay of Xbox One DRM Criticism

447d ago ... It would be too much to expect for fanboys to not (poorly) play head games with absolutely any criticism that bestows their favorite system, I suppose, but that doesn't mean that it isn't bothersome reading such excuses. Xbox One has become a veritable punching bag over the last few weeks, but it would be a lie to say that it doesn't almost deserve it; Being the first system with console-wide...

Greenlight Falls Short

478d ago ... What better way to benefit both a distributor and its customers than to let the customers vote on games to be added to the service? Theoretically, gamers choose the most deserving games that they want to pay money for and the distributors put up the most likely to be purchased titles. It's a perfect idea. At heart. In practice, it's shaky. There are over 1300 Greenlight games. 1300. Wh...

(Parody) No BC: Why I Refused to Buy SNES, N64, the Gamecube, and Now PS4

498d ago ... I am absolutely outraged. Appalled! Another system has chosen to not have Backwards Compatibility. That is completely unacceptable and practically unheard of! The PlayStation 4 will not be playing copies of previous Playstation games. They make excuse after excuse, but we know better than the developers of the system, am I right!? A Ps3 chip would probably only cost them 3 cents to incl...

Wii U's Performance is Not "New Console Jitters" or "Just like Ps3"

511d ago ... There has been plenty of articles that have had some not so positive analysis of its (granted) short life. Some articles have taken it too far with verbal illustrations of "doom" for the Wii U, but let's not let that justify extremes on the other end, claiming that Wii U is in no trouble at all; Wii U is in a tight spot and is NOT suffering from "typical" new console jitters. Some would hav...

Some of the Reasons for New Lara's Praise Are a Bit Disturbing

533d ago ... The new Lara Croft is now upon us. She's less sexy and experiences things a little differently this time around. She's praised as a massive improvement, in large part due to her appearances. She's "sensible" now. Smaller breasts, no short-shorts, no cleavage...but what makes the opposite of those not sensible? If a real woman can make the conscious decision to wear short-shorts and show...

There's Nothing "Wrong" With the Gaming Community

587d ago ... Everywhere you look these days, things are sensationalized. The television news stations have discovered that they need flair and fear to keep audience attention; a scary story about babies reacting badly to a vaccine is told to the viewer that it will be told coming up....then told again....and again....and again. They retell stories of violence until some people develop an irrational view o...

Why Microsoft Should be (and probably is) Afraid of Steambox

593d ago ... Steambox is more than just a new system for playing games. In fact, something much more important about Steambox is what worries Microsoft. Steambox runs on something called Linux. Linux is an operating system, much like Microsoft's Windows, except it's open source, meaning that it's free and anyone can make their own version and distribute it if they have the technical know-how. It's oft...

PS3 Nudging Ahead of 360 DOES Matter

593d ago ... It isn't about the console wars. Playstation 3 pulling itself ahead of the Xbox 360 in sales means more than throwing wadded up sales charts at each other (though the Playstation fans have handled the lead in the HD console race with a lot more maturity). The importance behind this event is the implied principles. While the report is technically unofficial, the Ps3 and 360 have been neck a...

Stillborn Articles

597d ago ... Something incredibly unfortunate has come to my attention. While perusing the pending articles section and approving/reporting/tracking articles, I noticed that many articles are being passed with 0-40 degrees. That doesn't seem horrible at first glance, until you realize something that does to them as they enter the front page. As articles with less than 50 degrees enter the first page......

Sony's Anti-Used Patent is Nothing to Panic Over

601d ago ... When Sony patented a means of linking games to systems so that they couldn't be sold again, people positively flipped. They feared that the "PS4" would implement it. They feared that "PS4" would be absolutely doomed using such a practice. I suggest to them, however, that they partake of a chill pill. The first point is implementation itself; will it be used to stop the used? Well, has ev...

Farewell, "Good For a Wii Game"

644d ago ... When you consider a game, how do you judge it? Maybe you start by considering the genre and whether that fits your tastes? Maybe you consider the value behind the title and its offerings? Perhaps you account for visual flair? But have you ever asked "Is it good considering the platform?" Something that I found all too common in the way Wii games were judged in reviews and otherwise was...

Haters VS Superman 64

857d ago ... Superman 64 is perhaps the most unappreciated work in video games history. While many have branded it the "worst game ever", it's quite clear that many failed to truly understand and enjoy the Man of Steel's epic adventure into virtual metropolis. Far from the worst game ever, Superman 64 has a strong story and great challenging gameplay. The first barrier that casual Mario players couldn'...

Why I Can't Tolerate Competitive Online Play

870d ago ... There's nothing inherently wrong with competition. Competition allows ideas and forms to be matched, compared, and improved. It creates changing challenges. And it can bring lots of entertainment for reasons of sport and companionship. That said, I can't stand online competitive multiplayer. I don't hate competition itself; I wasn't the kid to take his ball and go home when s/he didn't w...
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