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The Other Problem with that New York Times Article About Gamers

On May 2, 2017, The New York Times stated the following in an article about gamers: This quote was also included in a tweet which was rightly lambasted and laughed at by gamers and people with common sense. Stereotyping is rarely accurate or productive, especially when you're talking about 150 million people. For context, there are about 126…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (PS4)

Video games can—and indeed should—deal with sensitive subjects like mental illness. Celeste and Night in the Woods tackled depression, however including sensitive such topics carries an inherent risk and isn't something to be taken lightly. If the developer doesn’t do its research or messes up the implementation then the illness can come off as a…

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Ubisoft to Create More “Live Service” Games

Ubisoft's latest financial results provide further proof that major publishers are shifting from selling "traditional" $60 games to selling what Ubisoft refers to as "live service" games i.e. ones with recurring revenue streams. DLC, microtransactions, and loot boxes make money and a lot of it. When I was a wee lad, publishers made money by…

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a disappointing follow up to The New Order. The story in The New Colossus features two of the craziest scenes ever included in a video game, and yet for most of its fifteen hour campaign, the story meanders from destroyed city to destroyed city—and then back to the first destroyed city—as…

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Vita)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the follow-up to the crazy but delightful Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. The original had me glued to my Vita the entire way through as I watched an evil animatronic teddy bear force a group of school children to murder each other. Goodbye Despair offers more of the same. There’s a bigger…

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Steins;Gate 0 (PS Vita)

Steins;Gate is my favorite visual novel and I recommend it to anyone. It’s a time travel story that makes as much sense as a time travel story ever can and includes a healthy dose of science to keep everything appropriately grounded. Steins;Gate’s “true ending” felt complete and it never occurred to me that we’d get…

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SteamWorld Dig 2 (PS4)

SteamWorld Dig 2 is a beautiful and charming game with a satisfying mixture of exploration, puzzles, and mildly challenging platforming. The more treasure you collect, the more abilities you unlock, which in turn, lets you collect even more treasure. It’s a simple yet addictive loop that pushed me forward until I beat the final boss.…

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Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4)

With Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft has made wholesale changes to its most popular franchise. There’s a new combat system that feels more like For Honor than Arkham Asylum, side quests with meaty stories like those in The Witcher 3, and a loot system ripped straight from Destiny. You can even hide in tall grass like,…

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Doki Doki Literature Club (PC)

“I can’t tell you anything about Doki Doki Literature Club. Just play it.” “It starts slow, but it’s totally worth it.” “You have to play this blind to get the full experience. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever played.” That is how people talk about Doki Doki Literature Club. Everyone wants you to play the…

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Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC (PS4)

Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the best games released this year. It had a unique post-apocalyptic story told through strong characters and excellent writing, a visually stunning world populated by machines ranging from small animals to massive dinosaurs, and a relatively deep combat system that let you feel like an expert hunter. Horizon Zero…

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy proves two things about the Uncharted series: One, Uncharted games do not need Nathan Drake. Two, Uncharted games do need an overhaul from the ground up. I love most of the characters in this series. I love the writing—which is largely unparalleled in the video game industry—and I love going on…

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

Early 3D platformers don’t stand the test of time. That’s the general consensus and it’s easy to build up a compelling list of examples to prove the thesis. Bubsy, Gex, and Croc all tried to jump into the third dimension and they all misjudged the landing thanks to poor controls and terrible cameras. Playing those…

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The Sexy Brutale (PS4)

The Sexy Brutale is a murder mystery game where the mystery is not figuring out who did the crime, but figuring out how to stop it. It's the first game from Cavalier Game Studios, an independent studio created by former Lionhead Studios developers, and made in conjunction with Tequila Works. https://youtu.be/4YZeHaYobKk In The Sexy Brutale,…

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Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

Horizon Zero Dawn is the first game in recent memory where I’ve been thrown into a post-apocalyptic future and actually believed in the world around me. Horizon places you 1,000 years into the future, when humanity has been reduced to tribal societies, and machines roam the land. The concept sounds far-fetched and yet every minute I…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4)

My first five hours with Mass Effect: Andromeda weren’t just disappointing, they were flat-out bad. I rarely went ten minutes without encountering a glitch such as floating enemies or huge frame rate drops. The characters were dull and their dialogue cringe-inducing. My mission log filled up with pointless fetch quests, and the user interface seemed…

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Battlefield 1 (PS4)

DICE has done something new with its Battlefield franchise and it isn’t about to let you forget it. On booting up Battlefield 1 for the first time, you’re thrown straight into a horrifying single-player prologue that sees you struggling—and eventually failing—to survive against an onslaught of enemy soldiers. It’s a not-so-subtle attempt to demonstrate the…

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (PS4)

Crystal Dynamics gave the Tomb Raider series a much-needed shot in the arm with 2013’s Tomb Raider. Truth be told, it didn’t feel much like the Tomb Raider games I remember from the late nineties, but given the countless failed attempts to move the franchise into the 21st Century, that is perhaps for the best.…

Boss Key Employees Informed of Closure Via a Meeting, Not Via Bleszinski’s Tweet

Rumors that Boss Key's employees found out about the company's closure via a tweet do not appear to be correct. Instead, a company meeting was held shortly before the announcement. On May 14th, 2018, Cliff Bleszinski announced via Twitter that Boss Key Productions, Inc., the studio he founded in 2014, would be closing with immediate effect.…

EA Now Makes 40% of its Revenue from “Live Services”

EA's "live services" revenue represents 40% of its total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2018, with expected growth of 15% in 2019. Most of EA's live services revenue comes from the various "Ultimate Team" modes in its sports games with FIFA Ultimate Team being the most popular and profitable. Outside of Ultimate Team modes, The Sims…

Nintendo Switch Online Will Have Free NES Games and Cloud Saves

Nintendo's paid online service, Nintendo Switch Online, is coming in September, with free NES games and save data cloud backup. Nintendo announced its online service last year but was light on the details. We now know that Nintendo Switch Online is coming in September 2018 and will cost $3.99 a month, with options to buy in blocks…

Microtransactions Return to Star Wars Battlefront 2 in Next Update

Microtransactions are returning to Star Wars Battlefront II on April 18 alongside a new Ewok Hunt mode. Star Wars Battlefront 2’s new update, Night on Endor, brings with it the return of Crystals which are purchased with real-world money. Crystals can only be exchanged for cosmetic Appearances, although the Appearances can also be acquired for…