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  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition Is Weak Force

    As you might expect from the Star Wars Battlefront blowout coverage today, the game is up for pre-order right now. I came across something interesting today courtesy of a friend: EA is offering a “deluxe” digital edition of its upcoming multiplayer title. Included in the “deluxe”... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Super Smash Bros. Brawl Is My Favorite In The Series

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl is not a bad game. I’m surprised that I have to say that up front, but many Smash fans claim it is, especially now during the revival of Melee’s competitive scene and the release of the fourth Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. Some see Melee as the pinnacle of the... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Bring Back Cheat Codes

    Even though the possibilities in video games are theoretically endless, our activities in them are still bound by rules. You only have so much health. Your gun only holds so many bullets. You can only jump so high. These limitations add structure and tension to the gameplay – but aren’t rules... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Ruthless Reality Of Nintendo’s Friendly Face

    I love Nintendo. Like many who enjoy video games, I have fond memories of holding a Super NES controller and playing Super Mario World, or standing in awe of Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64. Nintendo has created some special memories for a generation of gamers, but it has a darker side that gets overlooked... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – What Is The PS4 Going To Do This Christmas?

    The PlayStation 4 is doing well as the console continues to fortify its foothold this generation, and with exclusive hit Bloodborne just released. But trouble is on the horizon. The are currently no first-party titles officially scheduled for the system during the all-important holiday season. This will... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – We Need More Female Leads In Narrative Games

    Jodie limped along the road, avoiding helicopter wrecks and surrounding debris. A nearby fire hydrant burst into a fountain of water, and flames erupted from the corner gas station. Dirt was smeared across her skin like a warrior's face paint, as she neared a dying officer on the ground. Grabbing... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Battlefield Hardline Premium Typifies Problems With DLC

    Gamers have gotten used to the idea that they might spend more than the initial sticker price on a game. DLC in various forms, season passes, and premium memberships are common, and often just easily ignored temptations – unnecessary for some and a nice thing to have for others. Although there... More
  • Blog Post: This Is What A Terrible Kickstarter Pitch Looks Like

    Update: Kickstarter responded to our request for additional detail on the Plug and Play Console Case project. The company says that it conforms to its rules. "Kickstarter is a platform, and we aim to be as open as we can while making sure projects adhere to a few simple rules," a representative... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Conventional Thinking About Mobile Game Design Isn’t Smart Thinking

    This opinion column from Fireproof Studios co-founder Barry Meade originally appeared in the February issue of Game Informer. In the games industry, we talk about mobile platforms opening gaming to the mass market, but the real accessibility revolution was in the development community. Before digital... 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. We’ve seen a number of well-run campaigns, and it’s important to note that... More
  • Blog Post: Cosmetic DLC Isn’t Evil, And It’s Probably Keeping Game Prices Down

    This week, there has been much hand-wringing over Evolve. It’s not because the game is multiplayer-focused. It’s not even the confusing pre-order/pre-purchase options. No, this week we’re revisiting one of gaming’s most contentious sometimes-issues: day one DLC. Since it began... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – 2015 Is Anyone's Year

    Going into 2014, the PlayStation 4 had a clear advantage. While Sony’s latest console flew off shelves during its launch window in late 2013, Microsoft’s Xbox One couldn't attain the same sales under the weight of a higher price tag and unclear pre-release brand messaging. At the same... More
  • Blog Post: Four Things Sony Can Do To Make A PlayStation Now Subscription Worthwhile

    Today, Sony announced the oft-requested subscription program for PlayStation Now. If you've been waiting to check out PlayStation 3 titles streaming to your PS4 because you didn't want to rent individual games, a Netflix-style buffet option might be up your alley. The plan will launch at $19... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Publishers Should Stop Mistaking Gamer Enthusiasm For Stupidity

    I am guilty. I have pre-ordered games. I have purchased season passes without full details of the contents. I have done these things based on my enthusiasm for the medium and faith in the publishers. That time has passed. As a reporter covering the gaming industry, I have to look at things with a critical... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Valve's Wasted Year

    The beginning of 2014 started well enough for Valve and its initiative to bring Steam fully into the living room with the SteamOS, controller, and Steam Machines. However, with Valve delaying Steam Machines and the controller into 2015, what momentum there was for Valve's plans have dissipated; further... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – In The Wake Of Online Problems, Give Players Something Back

    It’s hard to imagine the frustration of a player tearing off the tinsel of a holiday gift, plugging the console into the wall, connecting all the bells and whistles, eagerly gripping the controller, and then turning on the power to find that that big bundle of gaming nirvana that was just received... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: My Paradoxical Love Of Destiny’s Grind

    For many players, the idea that anyone would still be playing Destiny three to four months into the game’s life cycle seems insane. Peruse any comment thread in a story about Bungie’s open world shooter, and you find your fair share of incredulous gamers, aghast that anyone would still be... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Not Being Able To Pause Cutscenes Is Infuriating

    I had to restart Far Cry 4 six times recently because I couldn’t pause the opening cutscene. As the soldiers appeared with their mirrors to look under the bus in the game’s opening cutscene, my daughter, who has an antagonistic relationship with bedtime, continually demanded my presence.... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Please Accept Our Apologies: DLC Doesn’t Cut It

    A sincere apology can go a long way, and these days publishers and developers have had to say a lot of them to gamers over botched launches. As we're finding out more and more, launch day isn't the end of the game's development. Instead, it's just another step in a title's continuing... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Cassandra Is My New Garrus

    Everybody loves Garrus from Mass Effect. He knows that you need to break some eggs to make an omelet. He understands when you do something he doesn’t like. He’s always on your side. In short, he’s the perfect ally, and I couldn’t imagine anyone better by my side in an RPG. Then... More
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