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"Indie game dev, Videogame writer, Game enthusiast, Guitarist,"

Console exclusivity and gamer hypocrisy

14d ago ... The big news to hit the Internet recently, is that Capcom's newly announced Street Fighter V will be exclusive to the PS4 and Windows PC. The mere mention of yet another high profile 3rd party IP getting the console exclusivity treatment has caused outrage amongst gamers. More specifically the Xbox crowd, who are outraged that a game from such a popular, previously multiplat franchise will b...

IGI (A new Indie gaming website) IndieGoGo project

224d ago ... This is a update from my last blog post, announcing my IndieGoGo project IGI. Our Kickstarter project ended the other day, but that doesn't mean we've given up! We've re-launched our campaign over on IndieGoGo! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indie-game-informer/x/6319141 For those of you aren't aware, IGI is intended to be a one-stop destination website for indie gaming news, re...

Indie Game Informer Kickstarter project

230d ago ... Hey everyone, it's been a while since I last posted a blog. I've been really busy lately with my Kickstarter project for a indie gaming website called Indie Game Informer (aka IGI) If you like, please check out the IGI Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1927038843/indie-game-informer Since the project will be coming to a close soon I thought I might share it with yo...

New indie Kickstarter project: Distro Horizons VS Galaximo's Army

324d ago ... I'm not one for plugging Kickstarter projects, but I like the concept for this game so figured I'd bring it to everyone's attention. I will say this however, Distro Horizons VS Galaximo's Army is currently in a pre-alpha build, so much of what is available on the games Kickstarter page is for demonstration and proof of concept purposes only. My blog here is intended to fill you in on some de...

Gamers, Start Holding Publishers And Developers Accountable

331d ago ... Many of you may have noticed a few story's here and there regarding Microsoft and Machinima getting caught trying to "bribe" popular video game related youtube channels (basically asking them to not say anything negative in regards to the Xbox One) I know this is pretty much "yesterdays news" but I'm bringing it up again now so we can avoid any knee jerk reactions. It's no secret that certai...

5 fun Christmas themed games to put you in the holiday spirit

362d ago ... The holidays are here and Christmas day is all so near. It's that time of year again, when we all like to spend quality time with friends and loved ones, exchanging gifts, eating good food, being merry and playing video games! And to that end I've compiled a list, and I've checked it twice, of 5 Christmas themed games that are fun, interesting and/or utterly bonkers. These games are sure...

The farce that is current video game journalism

406d ago ... Hello everyone, I just want to get something out of the way first before diving into the topic at hand. Unfortunately I won't be contributing to N4Gs user blogs or reviews section quite as frequently as I have been. This is due to me recently having been taken on to write articles and reviews professionally, I won't announce where that is here but if you're interested in following my recent wor...

The 5 best Horror games to play this Halloween

415d ago ... You really can't beat a good ol' Survival Horror game, cautiously wandering the lonely, creepy, creaking corridors, pre-emptively cringing as you open a door or turn the corner, and conserving your health items and ammunition for whatever unspeakable horrors may lay waiting just ahead. Of course none of these moments match the sheer terror brought on by actually coming face to face with the stu...

The Let's Play Phenomenon

422d ago ... Today I want to talk about the cultural phenomenon that is the "Let's Play" and how important I feel it is not only for gaming as a culture but also for the industry. First of all, what is a "Let's Play"? Well for those of you not already in the know, basically a Let's Play in regards to "video games" is a video in which you watch another person play through a video game, usually whilst offe...

What defines a video game and does Beyond: Two Souls challenge our preconceptions?

426d ago ... What is a "video game"? When you hear the term what do you personally expect? And to what extent of your own pre-conceived notion of what a video game is would you allow to be challenged? These questions and more are the main topic for this blog. Being able to simply define something like say a book or a movie makes explaining what they are easier, but it can often lead to conservative th...

The pros and cons of console exclusivity.

428d ago ... There's a debate that often arises amongst gamers as to whether or not console exclusive games are such a good idea anymore, seeing as how many who purchase only one console will inevitably miss out on the exclusive games only available on another. It's also reasonable to argue that (in theory) many developers may be receiving only a fraction of the profits they might have earned had their game...

The videogames industry: The decline of innovation and the rise of replication.

433d ago ... "Innovation", innovation is a word you hear thrown around quite a lot in the videogames industry, either coming from publishers and developers who claim to be striving for it, or from gamers who complain about the growing lack of it. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about innovation in regards to videogames? The fact of the matter is, the term itself is capable of covering a broad spect...

The Videogames Industry: How far we've come.

440d ago ... Way back in the late 80's early 90, when videogames were first becoming popular as a entertainment medium, who would ever have guessed that the videogames industry would come as far as it has today? It is after all arguably the greatest, most popular and profitable entertainment medium around right now. My reason for writing this blog is in order to discuss the high points of the videogame i...

Mighty No.9: The rebirth of a classic.

445d ago ... Mighty No.9 (touted as the spiritual successor to Megaman) is the first project currently in development by indie videogame company "Comcept" founded by the legendary and highly influential videogame developer "Keiji Inafune" best known for having created such popular titles as Megaman, Megaman X, Onimusha, Dead Rising and has also had his hand in many other popular games to come out of Capcom....

How the publisher imposed status quo and gamer ignorance helps deprive the industry of growth.

451d ago ... Every one of us has our preferences when it comes to certain videogame genres, sub genres and artistic styles, but it seems these days many gamers out there are under the mistaken delusion, that certain games (especially games that they dislike) are somehow inferior to popular AAA releases and/or games that they happen to find enjoyment in playing. This mistaken perception can end up causing ma...

Capcom failing: Shelved IPs and wasted potential.

455d ago ... As most of you are likely already well aware, recently news has come about that Capcom are in a bit of trouble financially, it's nothing too desperate right now but the news of their less than desirable situation was enough to cause many to question the companies future in the games industry. So how did Capcom, a company with a great many IPs under it's belt get into such a mess? Well hopefully...

Enemy obstacles and player progression.

461d ago ... Enemy obstacles and player progression. Throughout videogame history, the player being required to kill enemies in order to make progress has been a popular and recurring gameplay mechanic, since videogames were first popularised sometime in the late 80's, and is still being used in the vast majority of modern day videogames till this day. Throughout this blog I will be referring to this gamep...

Next gen: Here we go again

466d ago ... So here we are again, another "next gen". I'll apologise right now if I don't seem very excited at the prospect of another decade of pointless bickering between various factions over which is the most technologically advanced plastic box, or whose faceless company they've pledged their alleigance to is the least out of touch, monopolative and money hungry. The thing is I guess, is that I can...

Modern Videogames: The Reality Complex And Fantasy Fall Out.

471d ago ... For over 25 years now videogames have offered all of us an escape from what can often be considered, a boring, dreary and mundane existence (aka "reality") So then, why is it that so many of us care so much about videogames being realistic? I mean what's so special about "realism when videogames have the potential to offer us a world of infinite possibilities beyond the limits of our reality?...

Gamer rage: Verbal abuse vs constructive criticism.

483d ago ... The complain culture that has become rampant in the videogames community, and how it lends itself (often unknowingly to those contributing to it) to undermining our right to legitimate criticism, is a subject that I've been wanting to discuss for a while now. For quite some time now we have been hearing reports and have often witnessed for ourselves, the comments made by the increasingly voc...
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