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Why difficulty scaling rarely works

As gaming has evolved over the years, games have seemingly gotten easier. A lot of players complained about how the difficulty of the NES days were gone for good. Some developers decided to keep the spirit of difficulty alive, but most inve...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Remember The Heroes

This Memorial Day, I'd like to take a moment from your busy schedules of drinking, barbecuing, and catching up on game backlogs on your day off to acknowledge the real meaning of this holiday. Let us honor the sacrifice of those who have go...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Mafia II...Unfairness

The Mafia is cool. From "Omerta" in the Old Country to the Street Wars in America, The Underground Legacy of the Mafia is one that inhabits the corners of the mind. A society based on loyalty, honour and family, yet also on violence, lies, ...

 
 
 
 

Rant: CheapAssGamer.com

I am sorry for posting twice in one day. I won't post again today or tomorrow, I swear. But I had to get this off my chest while it was still fresh. That's what she said. I first got on to CheapAssGamer.com back in April of 2009. I thought...

 
 
 
 

When did I become my dad?

That I am writing this is an indicator that I have nothing better to do. The objective worth of that statement has no bearing on how wildly its connotation can vary, which is to say that it is both meaningless and polarizing. Neither of t...

 
 
 
 

Bad Things On The Horizon - The New Ace Combat

The new Ace Combat: Assault Horizon game has been bumming me out. Ever since the very first peeks we've had of the game its been clear that they are taking this new instalment in a very different direction from the rest of the series. OK...

 
 
 
 

How to save Zelda from itself.

I thought I'd write this opinion piece as a reply to Jim Sterling's article "The Question: Does The Legend of Zelda need an overhaul?" There are a lot of things I personally want from a Zelda game: fully orchestrated music and full voice...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Great Videogame Music - Heavenly Sword

Originally this was meant to be a list of great videogame scores, but when I realized I had gone well over two thousand words with it, I decided to do this in shorter segments. HEAVENLY SWORD was criticized for its short length and the com...

 
 
 
 

I Don't Want to be a Games Journalist

I'm happy just being a gamer. Let me start by saying that I'm not going to get into a debate about the term "Games Journalist", because that isn't relevant here; you know what I'm talking about. What I seek to do is to describe why being a ...

 
 
 
 

REmake: A love story

The Resident Evil series and I have had an interesting relationship through the years. It's been a long love affair, nine years in fact.The year was 2002; On a whim I had decided to pick up a copy of the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil 1, ...

 
 
 
 

Ode to The Claw

My first successful quest in Monster Hunter was with "The Claw." But let's go back a bit further. My friend had told me about this cool game on the PSP that contained swords and monsters and quests, with amazing graphics to boot. And I ...

 
 
 
 

Fistfights in the Conservatory

Iím just going to keep punching you in the face until I win. Failing that, youíre going to get shot in the stomach. Itís nothing personal, thatís just how we do things around here. Okay, we can talk a little first, maybe even negotiate a pe...

 
 
 
 

CONSCIOUSTOID #1: Orbb, Mynx, and Angel

Greetings fellow Dtoiders! I come bearing Conscioustoid, a series Iíll be trying to keep up with about a lesser known use for video games; academic research. As a graduate student in neuroscience, I have to read many, many journal articles...

 
 
 
 

Final Fatigation: Conceding Franchise Burnout

According to my Gamefly queue, I was shipped Dissidia: Final Fantasy nearly a month ago. I only got around to popping it into my PSP last night, so clearly, I was just dying to play it. I was even more excited when I got through the tutoria...

 
 
 
 
 
 

My Unexpectedly Negative Opinion of L.A. NOIRE

L.A. NOIRE has done something I thought impossible: it has made me look back at the time I've spent with HEAVY RAIN and miss it. Because regardless of David Cage's pretensions of being a filmmaker and his hard-on for himself, HEAVY RAIN wa...

 
 
 
 

Streamtoid - Getting Started

I want to apologize for getting this blog up a few days later than I original said. I have been trying to balance work, socializing, and organizing my ideas to present to all of you. Anyway, let's begin brainstorming over ideas for Stream...

 
 
 
 

It all started with a Break and Enter...

There was no such thing as "pc graphics". The computer was a black screen and you could input text. It was a wonderful invention that made my work day so much easier. No longer did I have to use carbon paper to make a copy of a document ...

 
 
 
 

Things I don't want to see @ E3

So, there a lot of things people want to see @ E3. Here's some worrying trends I would love to not see in the next fiscal year: Final Fantasy VII Remake Burn this idea with fire. Seeing the quality of Final Fantasy products Square has b...

 
 
 
 

Quickposts

Dango

I just now got an email confirming my request to delete my Ubisoft account that I had to make for one I have to copy and paste a sentence back to them for it to be I just wanted to play a snowboard

 
 
Shut Up Ace

A fair Dont look up anything about KH3 There have been some major

 
 
Parismio

Just finished the latest SU episodes and I fanboied so hard Felt so damn happy seeing everyone get their screentime, having their Darn you-

 
 
Electric Reaper

Well, Lawsuitimations web player on my Roku stick has problems, but at least the damn thing On the other hand, HIDIVE is not yet available on Roku, and no way in Hell am I touching Samsungs Smart Hub on my new I miss the old

 
 
JcDent

Nearly half, lol

 
 
xSPLICEDx

What are some games that have influenced yous in ways? For example When I was younger I was obsessed with the THPS series which got me into learning to I also got right into Guitar Hero which led me to learning Guitar and studying

 
 
PhilKenSebben
 
 
Virtua Kazama

So this is my next Lets Play for Next Subscribe to VirtuaKazamaLP on YouTube!

 
 
TheBlondeBass

Im no longer free, since @ScionVyse pushed me to try out the C-sides in My perfect symmetry, ruined! Though Im getting closer and closer to

 
 
Uncle Arena Fighter

Finally beat Gravity Rush Remastered! Was a good time, aside from the last Combat was… well, normally reigned-in enough to just be tolerable, but too many swordfish and projectiles made for a rotten meant to have a 2 n

 
 
Jetter Mars

Looks like the street date for RE2 has been Looks like some people are already posting LPs and Capcom is taking them Watch at your own

 
 
BigDoniel

In these troubled times people should remember what Frank Reynolds had to say about discrimination in the media

 
 
Dangus Taargus

Playing the original Rayman for the first This game is simultaneously amazing and terrible all at There are just as many brilliant levels as there are cruel and unfun Just beat the saxophone Probably not gonna go for all the

 
 
Electric Reaper

Started watching Chaika the Coffin Rockin intro, and that is one interesting sniper rifle, but the premise is so

 
 
hlarge4

I just found out you can watch 3d blu rays on your Currently having a blast watching Wreck-it Ralph in Works amazing

 
 
NeoTurbo

I feel

 
 
Silver twoso

Heres something to fight Im 7 and if you choose anything else youre hitler

 
 
mullon

I want a Telltale style adventure game with a story similar to David Finchers The

 
 
Gajknight

MY BLADE IS UNBENDING! MY FOCUS IS UNPARALELLED! EACH BATTLE I GROW STRONGER! LET US FIGHT WITH HONOUR!

 
 
Tohsaka

Got a 486sx 25MHz with 7MB of RAM and a SB16 Then I made it run

 
 
Uncle Arena Fighter

In celebration of Kingdom Hearts 3s release, I have created a personal repository of dumb KH Theyre gonna spice up my series primer real

 
 
Soulbow

Got a new phone, got a new Lifes been pretty alright Downloaded this to the moon game on the new Played about an hour last I can feel the feels coming but oh my god Im not sure if Im ready or

 
 
PhilKenSebben

So Utopia 9 (fun twin stick roguelite, no one talks about), Save me Tako, and The End is Nigh are all $5 on Go forth and buy

 
 
TheIntern

Geez, look at all this I havent watched an anime since Skeleton guy looks kinda I wonder what this ones about?

 
 
LoneMak

Got my wings over the I am so happy, sometimes, with Just controlling the fighter is a challenge in itself, but rewarding when you get Ill be hearing missle,missle,missle,beep,beep,beep in my sleep for a

 
 
Shoggoth2588

In addition to finding the bad Screwball missions, Im finding a lot of bugs in the Spider-Man DLC Things like input lag seem common but I glitched out a mission somehow and had to abort it and In the base game, 1 enemy spawn in a wall

 
 
JPF720

Ive been seeing such negativity surrounding Travis Strikes Again that I thought Id chime Completed the game, took me around 18 hours, had a great time! Some actually brilliant parts in Will play it all again, gimme that

 
 
Nathan D

I never really payed attention to the protagonists in past Ace Combat games, but something about how AC7 handles Trigger gets me totally invested in playing as One of the most interesting uses of a silent protagonist in a

 
 
jaygerbomb

1999 Me: LOL, no I dont play Pokemon - Im not in Me: Kids, get off the Switch - its my turn to play

 
 
MrPopadopoulis

So I picked up YIIK anyway, despite the bad review last Im having a good deal more fun with it than Kevin did, and its definitely a very unique/special game, but oh boy does it have

 
 
NinjaSpeed

Happy 20th anniversary Super Smash Bros! The amount of hours Ive had playing these games alone, with family or friends is

 
 
Electric Reaper

Thats all of Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!! It was pretty good and better than I expected, but it would have been nice if it got a 2nd

 
 
Lex

Hope this one will be better than the last Also bring it to PC as an apology for New Gundam I dont care for no G Fighter but no X is kinda a let Still kinda

 
 
NinjaSpeed

I was wondering do we have a DTOID Master Birthday List like the Contact list? If not, I could make a blog so we can keep People can comment their birthdays here if you want BUMP!!

 
 
Dangus Taargus

Sick day I decided to play a lot of games: Air Combat, Ace Combat 3, Pilotwings64, Aerofighters Assault, Chopper And I just got the AC 2 3DS remake in the mail, and Im 5 mission Notice a trend? Lots of AC7 (and 5) next?

 
 
homeoftheblues

*Searches up Kingdom Hearts on my librarys fuck what am I doing

 
 
Marcel Hoang

I never thought I’d actually make builds around Warframes rivers but then again I spent all day yesterday grinding out a Stradivarius death machine with a 200% multishot/125% cold damage

 
 
Michformer

Happy Quebec Flag Day, you lovely your handling of linguistics may be quirky at best, but that hardly takes away from your eclectic the Maple Leaf and Union Jack will always bear a special place on my

 
 
CaimDark Reloaded

80s overwhelmingly Murder rate:10 per 100k 2019 a lot less Murder rate: under 5 per But sure, we brown savages are the ones making great white America

 
 
Pixie The Fairy

Ive made it known I didnt really like the Blue Mage armor much, but I think this updated look is a little Zatanna, a little Velvet Room and a little There actually a more JoJo-ish hat to be hat, but I cant afford it right

 
 
Shut Up Ace

#BossFightoftheDay Darkside is the first boss of Kingdom Hearts and is used to show just how bad these heartless can Being big isnt all that great though as his attacks are slow and easy to He still hits like a truck (continued in comments

 
 
travolta

My new work I no longer work from home, so I brought some home to my new office

 
 
MeeGhoulz

guys! Just in case you havent seen this link in the

 
 
Shoggoth2588

OK! I found a really bad Screwball challenge in DLC I wouldnt mind the stealth challenges as much if they werent I found one that supposedly doesnt have a time limit and its still ass

 
 
dephoenix

Ive decided, in an effort to try to get more games off my backlog, to try and beat at least one game for every console I own by the end of the I already got the Switch and DS out of the way with Gris and Trace So 2 down 20 more to

 
 
PLANET P1SS 69

Well fuck Time for Darling in The Franxx, NBA, and inebriation

 
 
Zer0t0nin

ItS getting lost a bit in the shuffle of Ace Combat 7 and the RESI 2 Remake (and even Indie stuff like Pikuniku) but this releases tomorrow and Ive been REALLY excited for

 
 
Boxman214

Every day that the government is shut down, this should be I also find it an appropriate song for civil rights day,

 
 
Games and Stuff

So heres a question, anyone remember Numb3rs?

 
 
Silver twoso

Most played port? Favorite? Probably bayo 2