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  • Blog Post: Opinion – That Fleeting Feeling: Falling In Love With A Game

    I've fallen in love with so many games through the years, and yet it always feels like the first time. There's that moment when a title clicks and you understand its potential and start to dream of the places it will take you. But as you play on, the quests mount and your pattern of play becomes... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – I'm Disappointed In Myself For Forgiving Star Wars Battlefront's Shortcomings

    In the lead-up to Star Wars Battlefront, I was transparent that I didn't think the game was shaping up well . My experience at Gamescom with the then newly announced Fighter Squadrons mode was dripping with disappointment. Everything pointed to a shallow experience that would sell in huge numbers... More
  • Blog Post: Lara Croft’s Survival Instinct Nearly Breaks Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    A couple of days ago I overheard fellow editors Jeff Cork and Kimberley Wallace jokingly say they used Lara Croft’s “survival instinct” ability so much during Rise of the Tomb Raider that they thought they might break their Xbox One controllers. Survival instinct is Rise of the Tomb... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why I’m Waiting To Play Fallout 4

    By all reports, Fallout 4 is a great game . This week, it feels like the gaming world has put everything else on hold to explore the wasteland. Everywhere I look, I see various tips and guides aimed at helping me make the most of my post-apocalyptic experience. All of the excitement makes me want to... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – How Guitar Hero Live’s Microtransactions Sour The Experience

    Music discovery is one of the main reasons I enjoy Guitar Hero and Rock Band. With Guitar Hero Live’s TV mode, FreeStyle Games and Activision implemented a system that requires you to earn on-demand song plays by playing on streaming channels. I was originally excited at the prospect of being forced... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Reactions To Cosmetic DLC Versus In-App Transactions Suggest Double Standard

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered the continuously mounting trend of in-app transactions in full-priced games. Whether it’s the cash-heavy bent of Metal Gear Solid V’s FOB system or something a bit more balanced with earnable currency like Grand Theft Auto Online, the presence... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – I Like The Kinect Because It Enables Me To Be Lazy

    It’s a controversial opinion to share, but it's one I can’t pretend about anymore – I like Kinect. I live in a house of interruptions thanks to my miniature human roommate, and as a result, the Kinect has become invaluable. It’s not its many advertised exercise functions and... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – I’m Sold On VR’s Tech, But Not Its Practicality

    I’m underwater aboard a sunken ship. Rather than swimming and struggling to hold my breath, however, I’m walking effortlessly, shooing away tiny fish with the paddles in my hands. I spend a couple minutes exploring the small space around me before I am surprised to see a massive whale slowly... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Witcher 3's Side Content Should Be A Model For All Open World Games

    If all games were like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, I’d be in a lot of trouble. For the last several months I’ve been staying up late, sacrificing time with my friends and loved ones, and even shirking my household responsibilities in order to play this massive game. I would hate the game for... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – It’s Easier Than Ever To Start Making Games, So Don't Be Afraid To Try

    In the summer after third grade, I enrolled in a class called "How To Make Video Games." After a month of work, I hacked together one minute of original content. My game starred a tiger (an orange square) as he dodged waves (four blue rectangles) in a swamp (green background). With a severe... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Taken King Fixes Destiny's Three Biggest Problems

    Despite Destiny's popularity, it remains a very polarizing game. For every enthusiastic fan, there seems to be another player who quit in disgust. I understand the hate, because I used to be one of the haters. However, sometimes games deserve a second chance, and The Taken King looks to be the perfect... More
  • Blog Post: Hat Trick: How Valve Is Making eSports Magic

    This year, Valve’s The International 2015 Dota 2 tournament commanded an unprecedented prize pool of $18 million, the largest purse in eSports history. Split five ways amongst the winning team, Evil Geniuses, the first-place payout of $6.6 million is around $1.3 million per competitor, not counting... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Funding Kickstarters Is A Gamble, So Stop Making Bad Bets

    Back in 2013, I wrote a brief set of best practices suggestions for project managers considering a run at Kickstarter funding. Since then, much has changed, and the advice I have to offer today is a bit more pointed. This story was originally published on February 18, 2015. We’ve seen a number... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - How Destiny’s PvP Converted A Non-Believer

    I’ve tried and failed to enjoy PvP for ages. If my friends could spend hour upon hour locked in a Battlefield match, I figured I should at least be able to enjoy a round or two every now and then. I’m not exactly sure why, but it didn’t matter if we won or lost; I just couldn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Pre-Order Bonuses And DLC Are Why I’m Waiting To Buy Batman: Arkham Knight

    I have purchased every Batman Arkham game at launch. I finally sprung for the Collector’s Edition with Arkham Origins, and while it’s not the strongest game in the series, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I’m a big fan of the franchise and how Rocksteady has reinvented licensed games. I’m... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Gran Turismo 7 Is Missing Its Opportunity

    I was very surprised that Gran Turismo 7 wasn't announced at E3 last month. I thought it was a no-brainer, not only from how far along I guesstimated developer Polyphony Digital may be with the game, but also for strategic reasons. Apart from gamers wanting to simply play the title, Sony is letting... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Batman: Arkham Knight Is A Brilliant Use Of An Unpopulated Open World

    Batman: Arkham Knight delivers on many fronts, including the best narrative found in the series to date and improvements to the already stellar combat mechanics of Arkham games past. Following the feeling of emptiness of Arkham City’s open world, however, Rocksteady’s use of Gotham City in... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Nintendo Won’t Give Us 2D Metroid And Other Sequels We Want

    Every year when E3 rolls around, analysts and critics start whispering about the possibility that this year could be the year that Nintendo drops a new Metroid game on us. Most years we walk away disappointed, but this year Nintendo actually did reveal a new Metroid title . Sadly, fans still walked away... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Naughty Dog Shouldn't Make A Sequel To The Last Of Us

    I beat The Last of Us a couple weeks ago, but that adventure is still ringing through my head like a brass bell. The game easily sits on my list of the five greatest games from this generation, and yet, I don't think I want to see a sequel. This opinion originally published on July 15, 2013. (The... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Sony And Suzuki Need To Come Clean On Shenmue Budget And Funding

    Last night, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki posted an update to the Shenmue III Kickstarter. The note amounted to an apology for deception regarding the game’s budget and outside investors, including Sony, who invited Suzuki to announce the project during its E3 press conference. It doesn’t go... More
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