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"Oh hun, such a drama queen."

Regarding Ubisoft's Muck-Up of Watch Dogs

642d 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

690d 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

704d 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

706d 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

729d 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?

740d 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

813d 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

822d 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

842d 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

849d 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

852d 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

866d 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?

869d 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!

881d 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

889d 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...

Grand Theft Auto V | a Fan's Impressions

898d ago ... Warning: may contain spoilers for those who have not kept up with the latest news and videos. Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for the fifth generation in the infamous, controversial, and bloody brilliant sandbox action-adventure franchise. Before I get too far into this, let me first start off by saying that my impressions are not strictly fan-based; I do have some understandable con...

Welcome Back, 47 | a Fan's Impressions

903d ago ... Warning: minor spoilers in the event a reader has not kept up with Absolution videos or developments. It's been a long and boring six years without our favourite bald assassin, and I am irrevocably thrilled that the next instalment in the Hitman franchise is literally right around the corner. I have to say, Absolution is shaping up to be an unforgettable experience for Hitman fans and casual...

Hard Pressed to be Impressed

904d ago ... As we're nearing the beginning of a new year, I begin to wonder if 2013 will bear the sweet fruit of a mind-blowing video game. I often find myself thinking back to this year and considering the rather unimpressive displays I've experienced, my hope is nearly running dry. During my recollection of this year in gaming, I remember only a small handful of games that were able to whet my appetite,...

The Decline of Stealth Games

1054d ago ... One might say that stealth games are a lost cause, mainly because of the fact that the most popular genres in gaming consist of over-the-top action, cinematic style combat, and oversaturated use of a cover system. To that I say rubbish; there is without a doubt a large group of gamers who adore stealth based games and demand an increase of them, including myself. However, when I say "stealth ba...

An Insight into the Controversy of Tomb Raider

1055d ago ... As of late, there has been an uproar of disgruntled and frustrated gamers who have been up in arms about a theorized rape scene in Tomb Raider, the upcoming reboot to the franchise by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. For a brief insight into the plot (spoilers may follow, so please read at your own discretion), Lara Croft along with her mentor, Conrad Roth, and several other sailors aboard the...
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