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  • Blog Post: Opinion: Don't Say The M-Word

    There's a new four-letter word in the industry that has some players denouncing developers and publishers and avoiding games like they've been afflicted with some kind of leprous plague. Like other maligned buzzwords before it, if you're dismissing a game out of hand because of a single term... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Why I Don't Want To Collect Things Anymore

    Whether it was Mario collecting coins for points, Banjo collecting musical notes to progress, or Rayman hover-jumping at that lum that was just out of reach, collecting has been one of most-common mechanics in video games. While there will always be a place for coins, fruits, and various power crystals... More
  • Blog Post: Should Titanfall Have Been Free-To-Play?

    The competitive free-to-play online multiplayer environment plays host to a number of huge titles, from League of Legends and Dota 2 to World of Tanks. With Titanfall’s lack of single-player content and focus on multiplayer, would it have benefitted from a content and monetization model similar... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – There's No Shortage Of New IP On The Way

    Complaining about a lack of new IP is a favorite pastime of gamers, and the undercooked launch lineups of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One served up plenty to gripe about. If you're still bemoaning the industry's lack of new IP, however, it's time to find something else to whine about;... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Ambition Isn't The Problem With Battlefield 4, It's The Execution

    At E3 last week, we spoke with DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson about the problems that faced Battlefield 4 for six months following its October 2013 launch. We expected to hear about server problems (of which there certainly have been some), but according to him and EA CEO Andrew Wilson, that’s... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – E3 Is A Crossroads For PlayStation Vita

    Every three months, we get a brain dump of financial data from most publishers. We see what’s done well, and what might have underperformed. What isn’t said is often just as telling as what publishers put in the spotlight. Sony released its troubling year-end financials today, and as you... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Microsoft, Kinect, And The Wisdom of Flip-Flopping

    Following the recent announcement that Microsoft will be selling a $399 version of the Xbox One that doesn't include the Kinect, many are citing this as another example of Microsoft "flip-flopping," as it did when it dropped the Xbox One's always-on DRM features. They're absolutely... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Video Game Heroes Need A Greater Range Of Emotion

    How many video game character have you ever seen cry? Video game characters often express powerful emotions, but they're usually shaking their fists at the heavens, not wiping tears from their cheeks. In fact, many gamers can probably count number of times they've seen a video game character... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: It's Time For Zelda To Change

    Several years ago, in the minutes before I was shown Epic Mickey for the first time, a representative from Disney Interactive told me Mickey Mouse wasn’t a relevant character in the world of entertainment anymore, and his image was that of an old, out-of-vogue cartoon character that most kids didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Nintendo’s E3 Plans Target The Wrong Audience Again

    This morning, Nintendo announced its plans for E3 2014. Like last year, the company has decided not to hold a press conference. It’s doubling down on that approach this time, and won’t even hold a show floor briefing for media. Last year’s plans were executed horribly, with a clunky... More
  • Blog Post: Where Is The Playoff Spirit In Contemporary Sports Games?

    The game changes when teams enter the playoffs. The stakes are higher and players can finally see the championship, a goal their team has been fighting for all season, in reach. Whether it's hockey's coveted Stanley Cup or the NFL's Vince Lombardi Trophy, every player in their respective... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Losing The Star Wars Expanded Universe Isn’t Bad

    Like many people, I absolutely loved the original Star Wars films. I was so enthralled by the universe that George Lucas created that I wanted more of it, and that’s how I stumbled into the Expanded Universe. The continuing adventures of Luke Skywalker, not to mention other characters from the... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Guitar Hero’s True Legacy

    Growing up in small-town Alabama, country music regularly came blaring out of jacked-up pick-up trucks in the high school parking lot. Music that wasn’t “current” or “mainstream” didn’t get much air time. This was fine by me. In junior high and the early years of high... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: The Difference Between Story And Fiction

    I’m a big fan of rich fictional backdrops to a video game. Even when those features aren’t necessarily central to the potential of the action or gameplay, I find myself hungering to know more about the world behind the game – the role-playing gamer and fantasy novel-reader in me enjoys... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Industry Needs More Shooters

    Series like Call of Duty and Battlefield dominate the market, but recently the gaming community has been gripped by a disturbing new trend – people complaining that they want to play more than just shooters. However, there's a reason games with guns have always been – and will always... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Phil Spencer’s Xbox One Challenge At Microsoft

    Microsoft's Xbox division has had leadership shakeups stretching back to before the Xbox One came out , but gamers have to be relatively happy now that Phil Spencer, former Microsoft Studios vice president, is the head of Xbox . Spencer says that the company needs to put games front and center, but... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Three Reasons Why The Stick Of Truth Succeeds

    When South Park: The Stick of Truth was delayed from December 2013 until last week, Ubisoft made it clear that the game didn’t meet quality standards . That red flag led me to skepticism that Obsidian would deliver the kind of experience fans of the show have been waiting years for. I have rarely... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – If It Ain't Broke

    The video game industry is changing, and like most industries, it generally favors the companies that are willing to change along with it. New platforms and audiences have required game makers to seek out alternative methods for turning a profit, some of which have bled over into the mainstream market... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Going Down With The Ship

    Earlier this year I wrote that I was done looking the other way when RPGs take too long to get rolling . Too many overlong tutorial phases and drip-fed storylines have burned me out. At the end of that article I mentioned I was looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, hoping that it didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – We Don't Need Video Game Movies

    Hollywood has been trying to crack the code of what makes a great video game movie for over 20 years, with little to show for it. Maybe it's time to acknowledge the truth: Film adaptations of video games serve no purpose. Since the abysmal Super Mario Bros. released in 1993, the film industry has... More
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