• The Timing is Right for the Return of Half-Life Games

    Valve has been rather silent on the Half-Life front since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two in October of 2007. Half-Life is one of...

    Valve has been rather silent on the Half-Life front since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two in October of 2007. Half-Life is one of the games that has helped to redefine gaming and show that you can do a lot more with a game than just point, click and shoot. The Half-Life games have...
  • How Next-Gen Consoles Could Lose Ground to PCs

    This topic is a bit of an odd one, because really, PCs are losing a lot of the marketshare that they used to have a...

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    This topic is a bit of an odd one, because really, PCs are losing a lot of the marketshare that they used to have a stranglehold on for years. When you think about it, what else would you use to browse the internet, check your bank account, read your email and check your Facebook on?...
  • Should We Be Able to Sell Used Digital Games?

    While it might seem like common sense that you can’t sell something that doesn’t physically exist, the option of selling used digital content obtained through...

    While it might seem like common sense that you can’t sell something that doesn’t physically exist, the option of selling used digital content obtained through services such as Steam or IndieCity is heavily debated in places like Germany. After a German court ruled that the trading of used software licenses is legal—and that the author...
  • Kickstarter Focus: Spatial Flux

    Playing like a space-age Oregon Trail, Spatial Flux aims to deliver a text-based adventure with high-quality backgrounds and pixel-based sprites for a retro feel in...

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    Playing like a space-age Oregon Trail, Spatial Flux aims to deliver a text-based adventure with high-quality backgrounds and pixel-based sprites for a retro feel in a modern game. The game will be released on Mac, Linux, PC, and several mobile platforms. The project is a collaboration between several different studios, although the project is being...
  • Senators Continue to Threaten First Amendment

    Unfortunately, it’s that time of the month when we talk about violence and video games again. In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that there...

    Unfortunately, it’s that time of the month when we talk about violence and video games again. In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that there was no proof violent video games increased violence in minors, and yet here we are not two years later with a national study on the very same relationship. Funded by...
  • Kickstarter Focus: Homesick

    Homesick is reminiscent of both Dear Esther and Fatal Frame—the beauty of the environment plays a crucial role in the player’s experience, while it can...

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    Homesick is reminiscent of both Dear Esther and Fatal Frame—the beauty of the environment plays a crucial role in the player’s experience, while it can just as easily betray them. It is an adventure game that is inspired by Monkey Island and Myst, and hopes to bring cutting-edge graphics to the genre along with its...
  • Top 5 Game Spin-offs

    There’s no questioning that the majority of high-profile games are made up of sequels, spin-offs, and unoriginal stories—however, this is far from a new thing,...

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    There’s no questioning that the majority of high-profile games are made up of sequels, spin-offs, and unoriginal stories—however, this is far from a new thing, and sometimes can bring out amazing games. Here are five spin-off games that took on a life of their own after their success. 5) Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Pokémon Mystery Dungeon...
  • A Closer Look at the IllumiRoom

    Microsoft recently revealed their latest innovation to go alongside the Kinect—IllumiRoom. It extends the field of vision outside of the television and projects it onto...

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    Microsoft recently revealed their latest innovation to go alongside the Kinect—IllumiRoom. It extends the field of vision outside of the television and projects it onto the walls, furniture, and whatever else you have in your game room. Although there were a few odd behaviors in the demonstration and stills, it seems like a sound product...
  • Weekly News Roundup – JAN 6 2013

    Happy New Year, everyone! This week has been very busy and plenty of holiday arts and crafts projects are surfacing. The Pokémon lego builds are...

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    Happy New Year, everyone! This week has been very busy and plenty of holiday arts and crafts projects are surfacing. The Pokémon lego builds are pretty cute, but the Big Daddy one sort of trumps them. We finally have official, solid proof of the next Xbox in the form of an E3 counter from Microsoft,...
  • 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...