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Many pundits like to wax philosophical about the decline of the Japanese game market, especially noting how JRPGs just aren't as popular as they used to be. Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, however, offers a more radical ...
Shadow Hearts is one of my favorite RPG series, but unfortunately the general public didn't quite agree. At least, not enough of the public to stop developer Nautilus from falling apart and publisher Aruze from pulling out of...
How curious. A patent has been dug up by Internet sleuths that suggests Sony may be working on a universal controller that would work with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. According to the patent, this controller would be...
Here's an interesting little fact that doesn't have that much to do with videogames, but just enough to be posted. Saudi Arabia uses videogames as part of its program to reintegrate terrorists in to society. It seems the exac...
While mainstream media outlets rally the braindead public against so-called "realistic" videogame violence, one comic book writer has gone in the opposite direction -- criticizing videogames for not being realistic enough wit...
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With its complex narrative and serial killer storyline, there's no denying that PS3-exclusive Heavy Rain will be a thoroughly adult affair. Developer Quantic Dream has no intention of marketing this game to kids, and boss Dav...
David Houghton is one of my favorite videomgame journalists; he's got an great analytical eye, and he knows how to express his excitement without coming off as insincere. It figures that he would be the one to make me interes...
According to a NeoGAF post from a Visceral Games employee- "It is a shame that no one bought this (Dead Space Extraction). As much as everyone made fun of Frank Gibeau's 'experiment', it will actually influence the SKU p...
Videogames often get criticized by out-of-touch old cranks for causing violence and encouraging aggressive behavior, so it's very interesting indeed to see that one man, who could rightly be regarded as an expert on serenity ...
Following on from the Shadow Complex debate, the question is being raised as to whether or not games are becoming more accepting of homosexuality and gay issues. Gay publication The Advocate asks if games are getting gayer an...
It's become very en vogue to rail against cutscenes, claiming they break the flow of gameplay and do the interactive medium a disservice, but at least one writer believes otherwise. Rhianna Pratchett, whose last writing credi...
Valve's Gabe Newell has been moving his hands around in very fast, repetitive motions in a room full of people. By that, I of course mean that he's been practicing sign language, and is looking at how to implement it in video...
In an attempt to stave off impending closure, Midway Newcastle spent its last month working on and, more importantly, pitching Necessary Force to potential buyers. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful, and the company was cl...
We've been speaking with Chris Avellone, lead creative designer on the intriguing spy-themed RPG, Alpha Protocol. We've all heard by now that Alpha Protocol will be following in BioWare's footsteps by providing us with some &...
The subject of story in videogames is becoming more and more of an interest to me, so when I had a chance to speak with Chris Avellone, lead creative designer of Obsidian's upcoming spy RPG Alpha Protocol, I had to ask what a...
"Moral choice" is one of the hottest buzzterms used by game developers these days, with titles such as BioShock and inFAMOUS proudly boasting that their storylines feature complex narratives where actions have conse...
You know, I'm all for criticizing those who attack videogames. Anti-game lobbyists are one of the core subjects I write about here at Destructoid. However, that doesn't mean that every single person who briefly mentions gamin...
Entertainment Consumers Association president and all-round nice chap Hal Halpin has penned his monthly column for Industry Gamers, talking about the importance of perception and how the general public have been allowed to th...
With the PSPgo, it's very clear that Sony is planning to seriously compete when it comes to digital entertainment. In order to do this, iPhone App creator Russel Black has strongly advised that Sony embrace the non-game, and ...
Flower and Fl0w developer Jenova Chen has been discussing mature content at the Develop conference in Britain, claiming that videogames need much more of it. Of course, he's not referring to what we commonly think of as matur...
[I had no idea that a Cblog on the subject of difficulty was written, or that it would get promoted. Now you get to read two articles on the same subject.] Difficulty in videogames is a subject that crops up often. Retro fans...
Videogames have been accused of unnecessary violence, racism, sexism and homophobia in the past, but this is the first time I can remember someone warning that games could become too politically correct. First Amendment lawye...
Sony's UK managing director Ray Maguire has written a very interesting column over at MCV, discussing the recent Change4Life controversy, and how the games industry itself has perpetuated a negative stereotype in the past and...
Ask any hardcore gamer what they think about the games industry's tendency to rehash and follow the latest trends with no thought to striking out, and you'll likely find that most of them will be against such an idea. A vast ...
Square Enix, the once-proud home of many classic videogame tales, believes that videogames can surpass film and theater as the most effective means of storytelling. The opinion comes courtesy of Star Ocean: The Last Hope prod...
While the moral scaremongers would have you believe that isolating children from any and all violent media is the only way to adjust them to our perfect and violence-free society, one writer has boldly suggested the opposite....
Andy Serkis -- who became a household name after bringing The Lord of the Rings' Gollum to life -- has criticized games for having no heart. Serkis feels that with games becoming such a huge medium, their storytelling aspects...
According to a new British-backed Taiwanese study, videogames can be a contributing factor in rising stress levels and anxiety in young people. So, not only are they solely responsible for school shootings and rapists, they c...
I am sure that everybody, at some point in their lives, has been playing a videogame and suddenly found themselves questioning the sexual preferences of the characters involved. Ultimately, one finds one's self asking the fin...
British entertainment retailer HMV is going to enter the pre-owned market by accepting trade-in deals for its products. The scheme, known as Re/Play launches this Friday across 160 stores. It will sell all current console gam...
The UK is launching its first ever National Videogame Archive in a bid to preserve the history of interactive entertainment. Nottingham Trent University spearheaded the move, working together with the National Media Museum in...
Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software, believes that the length of a videogame is irrelevant without the "feelings and experience." He shared his notion that we shouldn't put so much weight into how long a ...
It looks like those big-hearted guys and girls who helped raise close to $12,000 dollars for the Child's Play charity last month with the Mario Marathon are at it again.This time, they've teamed up with Cameron Banga and the ...
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences president Joseph Olin has recently stated his belief that game reviewers are lazy, relying as they do on numerical scores, game comparisons and rushed play sessions to hit their mark...
Fifteen game studios, in association with Tiga and ELSPA, have united under the Games Up campaign banner to put pressure on the British government to give tax breaks to the games industry.The industry was accused of not voici...
Turn on the TV and you have every chance of seeing some pundit attacking Grand Theft Auto IV. With the game being released a week ago, the usual moral crusaders are up in arms about the bad values it teaches and the terrible ...
When I spoke to Jack Thompson, he was pretty confident that his "side" of the violent games debate had already won. He spoke with the belief that common consensus was on his side and that one day, we'd all be saying...
The Sun is not a newspaper in which one could expect to find a sensible opinion, especially when it comes to videogames. I must confess, however, that I was quite pleasantly surprised when I opened up a colleague's copy at my...
Well this puts a smile on my face. After suffering endless crap from the likes of The Times and The Daily Mail in their war on videogames, one UK newspaper has actually made good and stood up for our favorite hobby on the mai...