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A Brief Insight into How EA Ruined The Sims

1140d ago ... It goes without saying that The Sims is one of the most popular and best selling computer games of all time, but it saddens me to finally admit that the franchise is falling and falling hard. In 2009, some time after The Sims 3 was released in the same year, I noticed a significant decline in quality. In the subsequent years leading up to the present, I noticed a vast increase in nonsensical oc...

Tomb Raider (2013) Pre-Release Impressions

1152d ago ... "Crossroads," the extensive and in-depth E3 trailer for Tomb Raider was finally unveiled and I must say, my faith in the Tomb Raider series has been restored, fully. Although I expressed some paranoia and cynicism in my previous blog on the game, I will admit that while the new footage has undeniably thrilled and excited me, as well as tantalised my appetite, I remain sceptical on certain front...

Lara Croft Redone | a Tomb Raider Fan's Insight

1153d ago ... Even though it feels recent, it's closing in on two years since the announcement of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics' latest project--a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Given the simple, yet appropriate name, 'Tomb Raider,' and with the tantalising and promising slogan, 'A Survivor is Born,' we were told to forget everything we knew about our action heroine, as Tomb Raider was going to be a...

Rescuing Oblivion from the Depths of Dust

1159d ago ... Last night while I was relaxing on the armchair, cup of peppermint tea in hand and turning a page of Live and Let Die, I had an epiphany. It was the overall grim, dark, and uncomfortable setting of the novel that reminded me of the planes of Oblivion in the fourth [canon] instalment of the Elder Scrolls series. Upon realizing this, I made haste to my computer and looked up my games history via...

Selling Games | a Ticked Off Gamer's Rant

1173d ago ... It's completely understandable that game stores need to make a profit to strive, especially in today's economy. With stores like GameStop, EB Games, GAME, and Gamestation, which are the distributors or middlemen for developers and publishers of games, one needs to understand that when companies sell new games, they aren't making much of a profit for themselves, considering that a larger percent...

007 Legends | A Bond Fan's Insight

1174d ago ... In mid-April, Activision unveiled their latest production: their fourth video game to add to the James Bond franchise, 007 Legends. With the announcement, it was revealed that the video game is planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. 007 Legends has been described as a greatest hits compilation, offering a retelling of six different film narratives with a...

"Video games made me do it!" | A Brief Insight to Video Game Controversy

1174d ago ... 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 (PTAs), and even the occasional radio personality who weigh in on controversial subjects and often either rally for change or piss and moan until the cows come home. Without a doubt, one of if not the most controversial topic in the en...

Improve the Online Experience for Everyone

1180d ago ... It was a little over a decade ago when Sony Computer Entertainment announced the newest console to join the Playstation family: the Playstation 2. In 1999 when it was first unveiled, we learned of its many capabilities and how revolutionary it was for the gaming industry, with one particular feature that stood out to a lot of gamers: online multiplayer. It was a first for video game consoles an...

Activision and the One Trick Pony | Musings of an Angry Gamer

1181d ago ... It's without argument and valid doubt that Activision has created a franchise that's most likely one of if not the most renowned and argued-about franchises in the gaming industry. With such, there's always going to be a civil war between gamers; those who blindly praise the game and refuse to, and possibly cannot whatsoever realize the facts about the franchise and those who oppose it entirely...

Top 3 Most Addictive Games

1205d ago ... Having been a gamer for 10+ years, I've had more than my fair share of games that I enjoyed, that I hated, that stood out, that shadowed, games that I couldn't stop playing fast enough and games that I couldn't put down. I decided to share the top 5 video games overall that I found most addictive. These games aren't just games to me, but life experiences that I still enjoy experiencing time and...

New v. Used :: Benefits and Losses

1207d ago ... It's no surprise that purchasing video games whether it be a new, sealed copy or a preowned return, comes with benefits and losses, and it's been prevalent since the beginning of gaming time. To the untrained eye, purchasing new games has its benefits such as included content and everything intact, an undamaged box/disc, and naturally, the fresh smell of unwrapping the plastic sealant. While on...

Preorder Bonuses Already In-Game

1207d ago ... Game companies have always had methods of reeling in customers when it comes to releasing new video games; whether it be launch parties, merchandise giveaways, or even store exclusives. It's usually divided up by GameStop, Best Buy, and even Amazon (the latter excluded from the launch party option) in which each store will promote something that would whet the appetites of gamers, and force the...

365 Days of Gaming - Day 20: L.A. Noire

1271d ago ... I picked up L.A. Noire on release day and I couldn't be more thrilled with such an innovative and deep video game like this one. I don't know what exactly about the game grabbed me like it did, whether it be the in-depth and well developed story, the stellar graphics, the 1940's noir theme, the compelling gameplay, or even the fascinating ability to play a detective. Either way, L.A. Noire will...

365 Days of Gaming - Day 17: NFS Hot Pursuit

1275d ago ... I took a trip to GameStop today to finally pick up Need for Speed Hot Pursuit after selling my unused iPhone 3GS. I was going to pick up either Metro 2033, NFS The Run, or Dead Island, but I decided on just one game for now - no need to get greedy when I still have money to spare. Anyhow, I remember playing the demo and was incredibly impressed with the improvement of driving and general gamepl...

365 Days of Gaming - Day 16: Rant

1277d ago ... I don't know what it is, but any and every game I play today just seems to share the ability of pissing me off without major effort, especially Battlefield 3 and Test Drive Unlimited 2. I started off with Test Drive, working on earning my A3/A2 license to open new championships. Well, for starters, they made the driving school this round damn near impossible thanks to giving me a trashy Mercede...

365 Days of Gaming - Day 15: Test Drive Unlimited 2

1281d ago ... Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a game of many things, including ridiculous flaws that would make one understand why so many were turned away from this game. I won't focus on the flaws though, because even though they're enough to turn off more hardcore, edgy gamers, the game is overall enjoyable. There isn't much of a story to the game; just a bunch of rich kids competing in a racing event called So...

365 Days of Gaming - Day 14: Flower

1282d ago ... Flower is a video game that offers a wonderful change of pace from the common and favoured genres of gaming. From an independent company by the game of Thatgamecompany, Flower is intended to arouse positive emotions in the player, through simple and peaceful gameplay, beautiful and light instrumental music, stunning visuals, and a feeling of accomplishment every time you complete your goals....

365 Days of Gaming - Day 13: NFS Most Wanted

1282d ago ... I was pretty skeptical about this title until I watched my friend play it and decided it was not only worth playing, but worth writing about. I find that Need for Speed honours the illegal street racing theme much better than Midnight Club does - mainly because of the simple fact that gameplay is better, in my opinion anyway. I like the customization in Most Wanted but the driving mechanics cou...

365 Days of Gaming - Day 12: GTA San Andreas

1286d ago ... When I first heard that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was going on sale for Xbox Live Gold members for 800 MS Points, I nearly fell down due to the excitement. After my account was restored to former glory and my Microsoft points returned, I purchased it right away and after a quick 10 minute download, I started to go through an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. Despite the ghetto-gangster...

365 Days of Gaming - Hacked

1286d ago ... On 12 January 2012, my account on Xbox Live was hacked like many others in order for the hacker to use my Microsoft points to purchase content for FIFA '12 for him/herself. I had about 2200 points stolen, so my balance was wiped clean. I had called Microsoft to report this and they started an investigation. Today, I got an email telling me the investigation was complete and that they provided c...
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