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  • Blog Post: The Worst Artificial Barriers In Video Games

    Even the most open-world experiences in video games must restrict the player in some way. If you could go everywhere right away, what would be the point of progressing? Sometimes a barrier makes sense, like a locked door in need of a key, or a wall too high to climb. More often though, you have to suspend... More
  • Blog Post: Cult Classics – Alan Wake

    Despite being a big fan of Remedy’s Max Payne series, Alan Wake’s announcement floated by me relatively unnoticed. I’m thankful the game grabbed my attention during a Microsoft press event, or I may have missed out on a great action game with a heavy dose of mystery. The warmly received... More
  • Blog Post: Live-Action Web Series Roundup

    Since Lou Albano first donned Mario’s blue overalls in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, gamers have had a fascination seeing their favorite digital worlds realized in live action. With the launch of the webisode series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, we’ve collected several first episodes from... More
  • Blog Post: Max Payne: The Story So Far

    For those of you gearing up to play Rockstar’s upcoming crime thriller Max Payne 3, we’ve prepared this primer on the plots of the first two games and a look into what's coming up in the third. Whether you’re new to the series or a veteran looking for a refresher, this is everything... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Play Alan Wake's American Nightmare

    Reiner and I were both big fans of the sometimes frustrating, always intriguing dark mystery introduced in the first Alan Wake in 2010. Now Remedy has released a new downloadable game starring Wake in a new setting. Join us for a quick tour of the creepy locale of Night Springs. In this video, we jump... More
  • Blog Post: The Good, The Not So Good, And The Ugly Of Today's New IPs

    New intellectual properties are a dangerous business. A lot of time and work could lead to massive success and assured future prospects in the world of video games. Alternatively, it could lead to catastrophic failure and a scramble to make up for lost time. New IPs aren’t necessarily rare. They... More
  • Blog Post: Lights, Camera, Action Button

    No, this article isn’t about how L.A. Noire’s expressive facial animations and multilayered story have blurred the line between film and game. Rockstar’s 1940s saga makes an appearance in this article, but it’s only to stress that video games are becoming more and more similar... More
  • Blog Post: When Advertising Invades Video Games

    It seems in-game advertising is becoming increasingly prevalent these days with product placement for anything from men’s deodorant to soft drinks. Whether humorous or out of place, these advertisements provide an alternate revenue stream for developers to help offset increasing production costs... More
  • Blog Post: It’s A Living

    Today, we in the United States celebrate the advances made by our nation’s labor movement. Or we just look forward to the chance to have a parade. Regardless, it’s Labor Day. With that in mind, we wanted to celebrate the work that our virtual citizens do. All too often, we focus on those... More
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