Console Wars and Conformity

Console Wars and Conformity

Conformity.  It’s a relatively soothing word that rolls off of the tongue, as it should.  Conformity is this idea of fitting in by following a set of rules or guidelines that define what is normal and what is not.  Conformity is that innate voice in your head that see’s a pattern and feels a sense of awkwardness for not falling into place with that pattern.  We all do it, we are practically conditioned to do it.  It would only take…

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I Am Not My Father

I Am Not My Father

Today we get a little personal, but I hope you still find something worth remembering. Though this post is not directly related to my father, a statement like, “I am not my father,” has certain implications.  When we saying something like that, perhaps we are trying to right a wrong, or maybe we are simply trying to live a life outside of that shadow.  Other times we might simply be trying to find a way to live that isn’t like…

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Has Nintendo NX Already Failed?

Has Nintendo NX Already Failed?

“We believe that the NX will recapture a lot of the lapsed Wii players,” – Alain Corre (Ubisoft EMEA Executive Director) “For us, it’s not about specs, it’s not about teraflops, it’s not about the horsepower of a particular system.  For us, it’s about the content,” – Reggie Fils-Aime No matter where you stand, either as a fan or opposer of Nintendo, I think it’s hard to argue with how painful these statements are.  We have an executive director who…

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I’m going to come right out and say it, Zelda: Breath of the Wild gives me very mixed feelings.  It looks like an eastern game with western design, and because of that I feel like I’ll never get anywhere with this game. If someone were to tell you they wanted to re-skin Skyrim with Zelda assets I think most fans would cry tears of joy.  In many ways that is exactly what Breath of the Wild is.  But after digging…

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Developers Are Being Misdirected

Developers Are Being Misdirected

According to Wikipedia Misdirection is a form of deception in which the attention of an audience is focused on one thing in order to distract its attention from another. Our industry has a relatively persistent history of being enamored by peripherals, gadgets, gimmicks, and the like.  We have closets filled with old flight sticks, arcade sticks, Rock Band guitars and drum sets.  We have Wii balance boards, Virtual Boys, and boxes filled with random nick knacks of last years biggest…

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Breaking The Game

Breaking The Game

Dear Game Developers, I don’t play online games of any kind.  The last online game I played was Quake 3, and primarily because this game saw very few changes after launch.  It was also a game that spawned off of my bread and butter; single-player offline experiences.  Quake 2 was a flawed game in many ways, but that is exactly why I loved it so much.  The physics in the game was a particularly interesting topic of discussion.  Most of…

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Admittedly, after typing the subject of this post my mind suddenly went to a different place.  I was reminded of an old show of the same name, but something about that TV series still feels relevant to what I am about to say.  What I am saying is… well…  Curb your enthusiasm! A lot of stuff has gone down lately; most of it frankly is par for the course when it comes to the Internet, but it doesn’t mean we…

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White Heterosexual Power Fantasies

White Heterosexual Power Fantasies

Game design is hard.  Sure, there are a number of easy routes to game design.  We could all say, “Like that other game but 10% more jazz hands..” and it we’d probably expect a certain level of success from that.  After all, who wouldn’t want 10% more of that other successful game that was fun to play and simple to understand?  We could also take the path of, “Like that other game but in space,” because.. ..come on, it’s freakin’…

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The Digital Noise is Deafening

The Digital Noise is Deafening

Paralyzing…  That’s probably the closest word that comes to mind whenever I think about video games these days.  I’m happy to have a mostly empty backlog of games, but it came at a huge price.  I basically took a 2 year sabbatical from buying video games. Needless to say; I’m a little behind the times.  Dipping my toe back in is…  …well.  …paralyzing.  This got me thinking; have we reached a point of too much of a good thing? I…

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The NX Theory

The NX Theory

Out with the Old The popular theory of what exactly the NX will be is some form of hybrid handheld-at-home console.  I’ve struggled to accept this for many reasons: Handheld devices are powered by batteries.  Batteries at this time in our history are trash.  I can’t get through 1 day without having to plug my phone into a charger.  I watch 5 minutes of Youtube and my battery is visibly  dropping percentages of it’s charge.  To think that we can…

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