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Finding Hope with Grand Theft Auto Online

63d ago ... For those who follow my contributions or those who keep up with daily blogs, you'll remember my submission two weeks ago where I discussed Grand Theft Auto Online and its dwindling fun factor. I'm proud - and very surprised - to admit that today, I've discovered a newfound appreciation for the online community and I'm finding hope with Grand Theft Auto Online. Rockstar Games released a new c...

Breaking News! GTA Online Isn't Fun Anymore

76d ago ... Well, I already know what most of you are thinking. You're either rolling your eyes or pursing your lips at a potentially inane opinion regarding last year's most anticipated title's online component. I must confess, despite the headline, I still play Grand Theft Auto Online regularly, but more often than not, I find myself yawning after about half an hour. Grand Theft Auto Online simply isn...

N4G 'Gamer Type' Quiz

77d ago ... A study conducted at Cambridge College - directly north of Boston, Massachusetts - determined that not only do video games provide psychological stimulation, but that there are four different types of gamer personas that individuals embody; sometimes one more than another, sometimes a mixture of any or all of the four and sometimes strictly the same persona. In 2013, Dr. Ort-Meyer (docket NC...

GTA Online: Rockstar's Aim - Misguided or Target Locked?

91d ago ... In recent events - as some of you may already be aware - there was an outbreak of exploits within the virtual world of Grand Theft Auto Online, the subsidiary of Rockstar Games' award-winning fifth instalment into the Grand Theft Auto series. One of these exploits included glitched farming, which allows players to continuously garner significant amounts of Reputation Points, which allowed them...

The Great 9/11 Grand Theft Auto V Leak

219d ago ... Social media outlets such as Reddit, the GTAV Net forums and YouTube were exploding tonight with hype, the screams of a thousand school-girls and the understandable frothing of the loins when someone, somewhere, somehow obtained an early copy of Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar Games' upcoming, highly anticipated instalment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise has been undeniably on everyone's radar s...

Regarding Ubisoft's Muck-Up of Watch Dogs

261d ago ... Yesterday, a trailer showcasing actress/comedienne Aisha Tyler's cameo appearance in Watch Dogs was released. For some, Tyler's appearance was nothing to blink twice over, while for others, footage showcasing her character could not come fast enough. Now, I'm sure most people are wishing it never came at all. The [unfinished] video showcased Aisha Tyler walking down a street in the more busi...

You're Not Helping

309d ago ... I'd like to start this off by saying that this blog is not intended to implicate or highlight any specific person, but the gaming community as a whole. Furthermore, I'm writing this in an amused tone of voice and not a completely serious one, so please take it with a grain of salt. I've been a gamer for approximately fifteen years now—give or take—and a troubling, recurring theme in the gami...

Generation Eight: Consoles, Controversies and Concerns

323d ago ... It is perfectly understandable that gamers are starting to worry about what's coming in the next generation of video gaming. For a short time before Sony announced their upcoming console, the PlayStation 4, gamers have panicked and celebrated over rumours of backward compatibility, online service carry-overs, the preowned game market and online passes. The excitement started to simmer down as e...

The Sims 4 & What It Needs to Stay Relevant

325d 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...

Let's Talk About: Grand Theft Auto V

348d ago ... It should be no surprise that a company like Rockstar Games - which knows no boundaries when it comes to quality, innovation and pushing the proverbial envelope - is able to craft such an [in]famous series that has been running on a lifespan of sixteen years and counting. Dating back to 1997 with the franchise's debut release of the PlayStation, Windows and MS-DOS title, Grand Theft Auto was on...

Rebuttal: Is the quality of games declining?

359d ago ... ⇌ Author's Note: Please note that this is not a personal attack of any kind. It is merely a respectful counter argument. Thank you. ⇋ It's not an uncommon opinion that the quality of video games today is declining and there have been a plethora of theories as to why and how. I've heard some people claim that developers would rather try to impress you with a cinematic blockbuster hit with lit...

Sound Familiar? | A Recapitulative of Voice Acting

432d ago ... It goes without saying that voice acting is a crucial element in video games today. In previous generations, it was overlooked if voice acting wasn't up to par with the rest of what the game has to offer - it commonly took a back seat in importance compared to gameplay and innovation. Today, voice acting is just as important as a solid storyline and immersive gameplay to create an ultimate virt...

In Defense of Xbox Live

441d ago ... Author's Note - 3 February 2013: In light of recent comments, I think it's prudent to state that while I am certainly satisfied with the Xbox Live service, I can perfectly understand why others do not and feel that even after what's been said and done, the $5 per month price tag is unjustifiable. That is your opinion and you are welcome to it, but please do not force it down the throats of othe...

Lara Croft is Back | a Tomb Raider Preview

461d ago ... Tomb Raider is a game that is undeniably on the radar of most, if not all gamers by now, whether it be in lieu of interest or because they’re waiting to see if it lives up to the expectations set for it. Regardless of the reason, Tomb Raider is for the first time since the late 90s, a game that’s close to number one on the lists of the most anticipated and most discussed video games to be relea...

Skyrim Journal: Volume I

468d ago ... The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of few games that I was not readily able to put down for quite some time after starting a playthrough. I found myself completely enthralled and immersed in the game and it was a rarity to catch me playing anything else within the subsequent months. However, like with all games that I find myself infatuated with, there is a cool down period in which I’ll play e...

Skyrim Journal: Prologue

471d 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...

Video Game Decline | a Gamer's POV

485d ago ... It cannot be denied that this year in video gaming has been disturbingly lacklustre, with a small handful of the occasional high points that inevitably faded away as if it never happened. In an article written in October by Zacks Equity Research, video game sales have declined for the tenth consecutive month in September. According to market research firm NPD, U.S video game store sales slumped...

Are Video Games Truly To Blame?

488d ago ... The short answer: no. Video games are not the issue and have never nor will be the issue when it comes to real-world murders, massacres and tragedies. As many of you are well aware, with anything in the entertainment department, there's a cult of concerned soccer moms, congregates of Parent-Teacher Associations, and even the occasional radio personality who weigh in on controversial subjects an...

It's the Little Things, Man!

499d ago ... As a gamer of about fifteen years, I've documented my experiences with video games, the industry, and naturally anything involving my favourite form of entertainment. With that being said, where I've also matured quite a bit since I was four years old--or at least I like to think so--I've grown to have more understanding and patience; so when a company nonsensically leaves out a detail or eleme...

EA Support and Their Nonsense

508d 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...
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