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The World Is Nintendo’s (If Only They’d Take It)

Thirty years after the debut of the NES, still finds themselves as a leader in the video game industry. That’s an unprecedented position to be in, as all rivals have fallen to their might, and stranger still, Nintendo persists in being the “model” example of many of the best practices of the industry. DLC has […]

Evolve, The Order, And The ‘Impossible’ $40 Price Point

Two came out this month that couldn’t be more different from one another. One is Evolve, the 4v1 multiplayer shooter than has players hunting down a giant alien monster while the game barely even hints at a narrative. The Order is a cover shooter/quick-time-fest that is almost nothing but narrative, with no multiplayer mode in […]

‘Fable Legends’ Will Be Free-to-Play On Xbox One And PC

The most common complaint about Evolve, Turtle Rock’s recently released 4v1 multiplayer-only shooter, is that even if it’s a mechanically sound, good-looking game, it still feels like a free-to-play title. With new monsters, hunters and cosmetic skins for both for sale now and in the future, it seems perfectly tailored for F2P formatting, and yet it still has a […]

New Report Details How eSports Is An Effective Engagement And Marketing Tool

A few years ago when I attended the League of Legends World Championship, I was surprised to hear Riot saying that for as popular as the event was, their massive eSports division wasn’t actually profitable in and of itself. The cost of renting out arenas like USC Galen’s Center and LA’s Center (most recently, Korea’s […]

Arkham Knight’s ‘M’ Rating Shows That ‘Teen’ Games Are An Endangered Species

The ESRB has rated Batman: Arkham Knight ahead of its June release, and the result has surprised even the developer itself. After Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and even Arkham Origins all received “T for Teen” tatings, it seems Arkham Knight has gone a bit darker, and is now branded with an “M for Mature” for […]

‘GTA 5? Online Heists And PC Version Get Firm Release Dates At Last

It’s a little hard to believe that with GTA 5 originally released in September 2013, that we’re just now getting firm release dates for both online heists and the PC version of the game, but here we are. Rockstar has been heavily focused on getting the PS4/Xbox One remastered editions of the game out there, and […]

The PS4 And Xbox One Have An ‘Exclusive’ Problem

The disappointing release of The Order: 1886 has kicked off all sorts of debates and discussions about game length, review scores, ‘cinematic’ gameplay and quick-time events over the past few weeks. It’s a touchstone that can lead to a dissection of many things that ail the gaming industry at present, yet I find myself looking at […]

Blizzard’s ‘Diablo 3? Will Start Dabbling In Microtransactions Again

In an age of near-constant let-downs in the AAA games space, Diablo 3 is a model example of how a developer should react when their game falls flat on their face during its debut. At launch, Diablo 3 was borderline unplayable due to connection problems and an overreaching Auction House that made actual gameplay nearly […]

‘Destiny’ Inches Closer To Raid Matchmaking With New Update

If you’re still playing Destiny at this point, there are three major events you aspire to complete each week. The Heroic Strike, which showers you with Strange Coins used to buy Exotic items from Xur on weekends. The Nightfall Strike, an uber-version of the Heroic that will give you actual Exotic and Legendary items themselves a […]

100 Days After Release, Continued Mourning For ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’

I’m assuming that my own experience with Halo: The Master Chief Collection mirrored that of many other fans. Hardly able to believe the value of four remastered Halo games packaged together, complete with re-released multiplayer modes that defined my formative years, I raced to throw $60 at 343 Industries for The Master Chief Collection. After […]

‘The Order: 1886? Manages To Contain Every Single Kind Of Bad Quick-Time Event

Quick-time events have been something long-hated by the gaming public and press, and even developers seem to only put them in their games reluctantly, unsure of how else to portray  “cinematic” action or drama. And yet, some games do them better than others. The latest Tomb Raider handled action prompts pretty well, using them sparingly, but […]

Report Predicts 80 Million PS4s And 57 Million Xbox Ones Sold By 2019

’s strong start in this era of the video game console wars is going to sustain them for a long, long time, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. By their count, the PS4 is set to continue outselling the Xbox One by about 40% through 2019, and persist in demolishing the Wii U, […]

‘The Order: 1886? Is A Beautiful, Failed Experiment In ‘Cinematic’ Gaming

Gamers will get to play The Order: 1886 for themselves tomorrow, but today the veil drops and the press are allowed to share their opinions about the game, myself included. Ready at Dawn has done an admirable job handing out review copies well in advance, and granting an embargo a full day ahead of launch, […]

Why Is Nintendo Wrong To Be Proud Of Their Metacritic Scores?

has struggled to come up with much good news during their investor briefings over the last few years, with their consoles routinely missing sales targets and the Wii U specifically now the slowest selling major system ever. But they do have one constant, shining beam of light, the quality of their. It’s such a […]

Sony Reaffirms ‘The Last Guardian’ Is Not Dead

I’ve always found things like trademark or domain name registration to be poor indicators of which games are or are not being made, so it comes to no surprise that after a rumor that was purposefully abandoning The Last Guardian trademark, that they’ve come forward today to emphatically state the game still exists, and is far […]

The ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie Has A Release Date, Casts Marion Cotillard

The upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie has been slowly gathering steam for a good long while now, but as of today, Ubisoft has announced that the film has officially begun production, and has a release date to boot, December 21, 2016. Ubisoft has an unprecedented level of influence over the film for a video game studio, […]

‘The Order: 1886? Developer Makes A Flawed Argument About Game Length

Now that Evolve has launched last week, the other major console release of the month is The Order: 1886, the PS4 exclusive developed by Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica, who between them have been responsible for PlayStation’s famed God of War series over the years. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a major game release […]

‘Destiny’ Brings In ‘Guild Wars 2? Writer As New ‘Loremaster’

It may be a slow process, but Bungie has shown an ability to adapt to fan concerns about Destiny with updates to the game. These days, Legendary Engrams don’t turn into Rare items anymore, and as of this week, they’ve added a way to check faction reputation in the inventory screen. There are still a […]

Apple Promotes Strange New Game Type In iOS App Store, ‘Pay Once And Play’

is using their position as a leader in mobile to promote a new kind of game that has the potential to take the scene by storm. has employed their much coveted “Featured” section in the iOS app store to showcase games in a category they call “Pay Once and Play,” which includes a host of […]

SEGA Reveals ‘Sonic Boom’ Is The Worst-Selling Sonic Game Ever

I recently finished reading Blake J. Harris’s book, Console Wars, a fascinating account of the early ‘90s hardware/software race between and SEGA. It’s far and away one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read, and one of the best bits is seeing SEGA try and develop a new character to rival the universal appeal […]

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