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5:38 PM on 03.07.2012

The Important Wars Take Place Online

Or at least that's what Medal of Honor: Warfighter implies, with the latest news about the game relating to details about how its multiplayer was inspired by FIFA. Caring, sharing, and cross-fertilization across franchises...   read

8:31 AM on 02.02.2012

No, Seriously, Online Passes Aren't Defensible

Events from last week point toward a future where gaming consumers pay for gaming companies’ mistakes. The Online Pass which first started out as an innocent experiment is now blossoming into an industry standard, and as a...   read

6:19 PM on 10.06.2011

Manufacturing Outrage

In the coming days, and with a fall break around the corner, I hope to get to some belated reactions to Gears, my current favorite indie game, and why more games should emulate Dark Souls. For now though, a few thoughts on ...   read

9:08 PM on 08.10.2011

East vs. West: The Numbers Tell a Different Story

Is Japanese gaming really in the rut that everyone suggests? From the front pages to the community blogs to the backwaters of video game podcasting, a loose consensus has formed that Japanese developers have faltered and l...   read

7:42 PM on 07.26.2011

Motion Control: Missing the Point of Video Games

If there’s one thing that has become painfully obvious since motion control first began to proliferate, it’s that video games aren’t just about simulation. Listen to any executive tout the future of motion control and you...   read

4:44 PM on 07.22.2011

Downloadables: Platforming on the Edge

Platforming was one of the orignal video game genres. While some players don't play shooters, and others refuse to touch an RPG, almost everyone has, at some time or another, given one of the many platforming titles out ther...   read

10:38 AM on 07.08.2011

Freedom: Escaping the Console Wars.

"Man is born free," wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "and everywhere he is in chains." The same applies to video games. Players are born free, and everywhere they are in chains. Forced to swear allegiance to one system or anot...   read

3:25 PM on 07.07.2011

Maligned by Materia

Materia is Latin for "material,” meaning "substance from which something is made." It had early metaphysical connotations, used as a sort of base from which all physical matter could come forth. And of course, you equip it...   read

8:32 PM on 07.06.2011

Don't Take Sony's "PSN Pass" Laying Down

I finally got around to playing both Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2, and am loving every moment. Anticipating the third installment due out this fall, I was immediately interested to know about this little news bit...   read

1:32 PM on 07.04.2011

Final Fantasy VII IS Overrated...But Only Sort of

Yes the game is an important artifact, marking an important moment in the history of gaming, but does this make it a lasting title that holds up over time? With respect to its overall importance, of course the game isn't o...   read

4:11 PM on 06.28.2011

Some Gamers Need to Grow Up

There are all kinds of gaps. There's the income gap between rich and poor, the gender gap between men and women; there's generation gap, the race gap, the digital gap, and the education gap. And of course there's the the ...   read

4:29 PM on 06.21.2011

Remake, Remaster, Rehash

Keza MacDonald at IGN thinks video game remakes are great. I disagree...sort of. MacDonald asserts that, “when handled correctly, remakes, remasters and re-releases are an extremely good thing, both for the industry and for...   read

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