• What Code Hero’s Failure Can Teach Major Developers

    Developers from the popular Kickstarter project Code Hero recently revealed that the team had run out of money. This was after several of them had...

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    Developers from the popular Kickstarter project Code Hero recently revealed that the team had run out of money. This was after several of them had quit higher-paying jobs in order to work on what they thought would be an educational project—and now that they aren’t earning any money whatsoever, they’re having a lousy December, to...
  • Kickstarter Focus: Deozoa

    Deozoa will be a monster-catching game released for iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux, and—most interestingly—the Ouya. Although it pitches itself as a game in the...

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    Deozoa will be a monster-catching game released for iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux, and—most interestingly—the Ouya. Although it pitches itself as a game in the same genre as Pokémon, you only pair one creature per character, and the battles are not one-on-one combat. It resembles a more typical RPG, although its battles seem to be...
  • Kickstarter Focus: Full Bore

    Looking like a combination of Terraria and the digging minigame of Okami, Full Bore is one of the most polished games on Kickstarter at the...

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    Looking like a combination of Terraria and the digging minigame of Okami, Full Bore is one of the most polished games on Kickstarter at the moment, and they even have a demo available as proof of their current investment in the game. With a sharp but simple pixel art style and solid gameplay mechanics available...
  • Don’t Waste Time Hating on DLC

    Downloadable content obviously has its downsides, and I myself have repeatedly pointed to it as a huge problem for the industry. It seems like a...

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    Downloadable content obviously has its downsides, and I myself have repeatedly pointed to it as a huge problem for the industry. It seems like a way for developers to quickly cash in or milk a successful game to death—and that’s all true, in most cases. However, DLC is nothing new, and we’ll probably never see...
  • The Cave is the Return of the Kings of Adventure Games

    There aren’t many games that are slated for 2013 that really have me all that excited, sadly. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be some...

    There aren’t many games that are slated for 2013 that really have me all that excited, sadly. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be some really good games and that there won’t be some games that I love, because there will be probably a ton. There was one game that I was really excited over,...
  • Thomas Was Alone

    Thomas Was Alone looks like a typical platformer. You pick it up, jump around with a few retro-style sprites, and eventually beat the game. But...

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    Thomas Was Alone looks like a typical platformer. You pick it up, jump around with a few retro-style sprites, and eventually beat the game. But what distinguishes it from all those other games out in the indie market is its distinct narrative tale as you move through the game. Thomas Was Alone mirrors what made...
  • Games Should Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

    With all of the talk about violent videogames and if they possibly are harmful to children or cause certain people to be aggressive, I think...

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    With all of the talk about violent videogames and if they possibly are harmful to children or cause certain people to be aggressive, I think that now is as good of a time as ever to maybe slow things down a bit and take a look at the other side of gaming. You know the...
  • Where Can Greenlight Go From Here?

    The first ten Steam Greenlight approvals have been announced on its official site! I recognize a few of these gems—especially McPixel, which traded a free...

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    The first ten Steam Greenlight approvals have been announced on its official site! I recognize a few of these gems—especially McPixel, which traded a free copy of the game for fanart before its release—while others are less familiar. Either way, it shows that Steam Greenlight has succeeded in its endeavor to crowdsource the voting process...
  • Elder Scrolls Online BETA Preview

    WARNING: This review will wholeheartedly document the journey of a complete and utter noob. So the time has come… the next stage of BETA testing...

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    WARNING: This review will wholeheartedly document the journey of a complete and utter noob. So the time has come… the next stage of BETA testing for The Elder Scrolls Online has gone public. I must admit, this was a game I’d not particularly reconnoitered with interest over the year – partly because MMO’s aren’t my...
  • Kickstarter Focus: Arakion

    Arakion looks very similar to Bastion, except it is rendered in 3D and has more traditional RPG elements (a party system, complex skills and character...

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    Arakion looks very similar to Bastion, except it is rendered in 3D and has more traditional RPG elements (a party system, complex skills and character customization, and so on) that make it unique. The game itself is a story-driven first-person RPG that focuses on character customization and town building. However, it does differ from typical...