• Designing Around F2P

    Free-to-play has always been the biggest lie you could find in a gaming term. There is nothing that takes developers, publishers, running servers, or downloads...

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    Free-to-play has always been the biggest lie you could find in a gaming term. There is nothing that takes developers, publishers, running servers, or downloads that can truly end up being free. Free-to-play is only a phrase that means the consumer does not have to pay for a game’s package, and gets it for free....
  • EA’s Full Spectrum Takes A Step Forward For LGBT Gamers

    The video game industry walks a social tightrope.  Games are held to a ridiculous amount of scrutiny from both sides of the political spectrum, with...

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    The video game industry walks a social tightrope.  Games are held to a ridiculous amount of scrutiny from both sides of the political spectrum, with controversies erupting over issues like race, gender, violence and sex.  Electronic Arts has taken a beating over many of its games, especially titles like Mass Effect and Dragon Age where...
  • Weekly News Roundup – DEC 16TH

    This week was full of plenty of rumors and some welcome news: Valve is reaching out to gamers to establish some kind of GameFAQs competitor,...

    This week was full of plenty of rumors and some welcome news: Valve is reaching out to gamers to establish some kind of GameFAQs competitor, the Assassin’s Creed series may have another game in development already, and Bioshock will be receiving a reversible cover. If you’re a millionaire (or maybe just a little rich), there’s...
  • A Look Back on 2012

    2012 was the first year that I entered into both game journalism and game development, and it’s allowed me to see plenty of things in...

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    2012 was the first year that I entered into both game journalism and game development, and it’s allowed me to see plenty of things in a new perspective. As a journalist, part of the job is finding issues with games and reporting on them—but as a developer, a lot of these issues are obvious mistakes...
  • Top 5 Stocking Stuffers

    Christmas is on the horizon, and if you’re stuck trying to figure out what to get a gamer friend or relative, fear no more. Here...

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    Christmas is on the horizon, and if you’re stuck trying to figure out what to get a gamer friend or relative, fear no more. Here are several games, all between $15-30 new, that could brighten up someone’s Christmas. 5) Skyrim If someone doesn’t have Skyrim by now, they’re missing out and know it. Skyrim is...
  • Will SimCity’s Launch Change Anything?

    I was there at 12:01AM on March 5th for the launch of SimCity.  I excitedly waited at my computer to receive an email from EA...

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    I was there at 12:01AM on March 5th for the launch of SimCity.  I excitedly waited at my computer to receive an email from EA Origin to confirm my purchase code and start my download.  To kill time, I scanned the SimCity forums to see if other people were waiting like myself.  There was a...
  • Five Winners and Loser of March

    March has become one of the biggest months of the year in the games industry.  Between two major trade shows, the biggest spring releases, and...

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    March has become one of the biggest months of the year in the games industry.  Between two major trade shows, the biggest spring releases, and huge announcements March has become thirty days worth circling on your calendar.  This past March had all the regular ingredients and provided numerous topics to talk about.  So what were...
  • Tablets and Gaming

    I’ve touched on this before, in fact I reference it quite frequently. And I’m glad to see that a great deal of people feel the...

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    I’ve touched on this before, in fact I reference it quite frequently. And I’m glad to see that a great deal of people feel the same way about it. The Tablet. There is just something fundamentally acceptable about the Tablet. It seems to slipped its way into many homes, even with a somewhat hefty price...
  • FIFA 13

    FIFA 13 Just like Emile Heskey’s infamous “shot-that-went-out-for-a-throw-in” shot, the FIFA franchise has always been just fractions off the mark when it comes to hitting...

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    FIFA 13 Just like Emile Heskey’s infamous “shot-that-went-out-for-a-throw-in” shot, the FIFA franchise has always been just fractions off the mark when it comes to hitting its ultimate targets (although not in any financial sense…) When the games’ approach was re-envisioned in FIFA 09 and then again later in FIFA 12, it was met with an...
  • Electronic Arts May Be Terrible, But Not the Worst

    The buzz is abound yet again, as for the second year in a row, Electronic Arts is continuing on strong in The Consumerist’s “Worst Company...

    The buzz is abound yet again, as for the second year in a row, Electronic Arts is continuing on strong in The Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America” poll. Last year’s win is attributed to some of their poor decisions, such as their always-on DRM for PC games, the fact that their Origin network exists, shutting...