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Destructive Creations' 'Hatred' Takes Video Game Violence to New Levels

6d ago ... As gamers, we are not strangers to violence in our favourite forms of entertainment; as a matter of fact, it's present in almost every video game today and a main selling point for the hottest titles. Video game violence has always generated a tonne of controversy, but more often than not, it was discounted as just part of the experience. We saw Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics take the Tomb Ra...

The Crew's Beta Debacle

18d ago ... Last summer, we witnessed the announcement of The Crew, an upcoming racing game spanning across the United States, in an open and persistent world. It was widely advertised as what an open world racing game should be, taking an indiscriminate jab at the Forza Horizon series. Let me just say that for the record, they ought to have kept their mouths shut. Since its announcement, I was looking...

An Open Letter to Microsoft and Square Enix

68d ago ... To: Microsoft Cc: Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics Dear Microsoft, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Considering that this is in fact an open letter, and will be ready by many others, allow me to take a moment to preface this and state for the record that I hold no single platform or console at a higher regard than any other on the market today. I am indeed a neutral party and this is a neut...

The Sims 4 Demo Impressions

71d ago ... Since its announcement in May of last year, I've been avidly looking forward to the launch of The Sims 4. As some may know, my history with The Sims dates back to the launch of the first game and my relationship with the franchise has been quite the rollercoaster of emotions. Between the greed of Electronic Arts and the crumbling of Maxis, which seems to have been rebuilt, for a while, I wasn't...

Lara Croft's Entry into the Console War

72d ago ... Since the beginning of time, there was always a central conflict in between both sides of the proverbial coin. With one grand spectrum at both ends of every cord, there was always one side versus another; man and woman, right and wrong, pro-life and pro-choice, Republican and Democrat, religion and atheist and the list goes on. However, those spectra are typically categorized into life itself,...

EA Has Already Managed to Ruin The Sims 4

98d ago ... Last month, Electronic Arts and Maxis issued a statement informing us that when The Sims 4 launches in September this year, swimming pools and toddlers will not be included. Ryan Vaughan, one of the developers over at Maxis, posted a blog that explains that the two features may be introduced later, though nothing is guaranteed. Understandably, this managed to upset and even enrage fans, raising...

Lesson Learned...the Hard Way

153d ago ... I had originally intended to write this blog with the title 'How Rockstar Managed to Lose a Loyal Customer," but I decided after some careful deliberation that ultimately, the context of this blog wouldn't exactly justify an entire company boycott. Some of you may disagree after reading onward, so feel free to - as always - share your opinions in the comments section. Rockstar Games has alwa...

How to Avoid Annoying Your Gamer

155d ago ... Having to deal with customer support representatives is somewhere at the top of everyone's 'I'd rather lick the inside of a city bus than' list, so it is never truly a surprise when someone's experience with these seemingly mindless drones is worth penning. Whether it be a communication over the telephone, a live chat service or through e-mail, more often than not, a consumer is always either f...

Finding Hope with Grand Theft Auto Online

251d 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

263d 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

265d 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?

279d 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

406d 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

448d 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

496d 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

510d 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

512d 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

535d 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?

547d 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

619d 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...
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