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Nintendo Switch Trailer Analysis and Reaction

I can hear the furious typing of so many bloggers as I write this, but boy is this a fun part of a console’s life cycle. There’s nothing but potential ahead, and the newly christened Nintendo Switch looks like it has plenty...

 
 
 

The Pitfalls of Open World Game Design

We’ve recently seen the release of the very ambitious Mafia III and the reactions have been… wilting. From the reviews I’ve read and the gameplay I’ve watched, the game opens strong but lacks any ability to car...

 
 
 

Bloggers Wanted: Some of My Old Gaming Rituals

My gaming life once contained a fair few rituals, full of annual or semi-annual replays of favorite games, but these days I just don’t have the time. What I’ve been keen to do recently is keep one game on a slow burn that I...

 
 
 
 

"It's like Dark Souls!"

Chances are you've heard this comparison made too many times, and you've probably made it yourself a fair amount, I know I have. By now it’s mostly met with eye rolls for the unoriginality and laziness of the comparison, after al...

 
 
 

How about a Resident Evil Reboot?

All the talk of Resident Evil 7 has stirred up in me some ideas about the series. A lot has happened over the years with Capcom’s old survival horror franchise changing its skin a few times and now it looks set to do so again in ...

 
 
 

Response to Anthony Burch's Hype Article

This one's been in the hopper for long time, about as long as Dtoid oldster Anthony Burch's essay on hype in gaming culture that was posted back in June. Burch basically outlines why hype is responsible for a lot of the notoriously neg...

 
 
 
 
 

"Dear Mantic Games" from the Dismal Jesters

Former Dtoid staffer Jam Starling once ran a spin-off podcast that was essentially a continuation of his old Podtoid show. It ran for a short while but they managed to grab the attention of some corporate sponsors in that time by draft...

 
 
 

Uncharted 4 Multi-player Still Doesn't Nail It

I know most people probably dismiss the Uncharted multi-player modes and focus on the story and set pieces featured in the single-player campaign. But for me this series was able to deliver well on both the single- and multi-player fr...

 
 
 

Dark Souls III As Capstone and Primer

  It's now a long and illustrious series, that of the famous Souls line of games from From (from-from!). Much and more has been said about this series and Dtoid's own Chris Carter has published a very fine and fulsome review. So a...

 
 
 

The Ingredients to a Good Souls Game

First off, I've heard some early commentary about the upcoming Dark Souls 3 from those who have played and finished the game. It was all very spoiler-free, but I won't be taking their comments into account in this post. What follows is...

 
 
 

Trackmania Turbo and You

Welcome to Trackmania! "Isn't that some racing game?" It -- well, kinda! I mean, yes it is, but not like you might be expecting. With the recent release of the most polished and console friendly entry in the long running series, Trackm...

 
 
 

The Player's Place: Interactive Story vs Role Play

It's one of the silent categories of videogaming and it's one of the most mutable properties of a game, it's also one of the most indirectly commented upon aspects of a game. I'm talking about how a game treats the player within the na...

 
 
 

Smash 4 Match Analysis, Sets 1 & 2

Since I play a whole bunch of Smash 4 online throughout the week, I figured I'd put some of that toward a productive purpose. In the following videos, you'll see some random 1v1 match-ups in For Glory that I played. They're a best of t...

 
 
 

Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta Impressions

I'm an Uncharted 2 multiplayer vet, let's get that out of the way first. I know a lot of people come to this series for the really impressive single player campaign, and all the goodness contained therein. And I don't blame those people, ...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

That Old Miyamoto Quote is Outdated

"A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is bad forever."  This quote, or some variation of it, has been bandied about on the internet attached in comment sections to news stories about delayed games for years now...

 
 
 

"Poké-Holmes"

[In Podtoid Episode 233: "Anal Siege 2: Analectric Boogalanal", Jim suddenly breaks into a rendition of the Pokémon theme song about Jonathan Holmes. This was shortly before the moratorium on "anal talk" because it was starting to ruin Hol...

 
 
 
 

Blind Spots: Great Games I've Never Played

Everyone likes a nice digestible list! Quite simply, it's a list of some high profile and critically lauded games I've just never played, and some reasons (excuses) why I haven't. Some might be games I've attempted and dropped very shortly ...

 
 
 

Does Art Deserve Our Loyalty? (and other musings)

I'm going to try to tackle a broad subject today, it touches on the tips of a few icebergs, but my goal is just to get some discussion going (I think that's the best use of this space, anyway). To start, I'm going to lay down some groun...

 
 
 

Is Fallout 4 a Disappointment?

It was game of the year discussion time once again, and boy has this been a year. With no shortage of games to play that means there's even more to talk about when narrowing down games to fit into articles meant to generate a lot of site ...

 
 
 

Metroid: Isolation

Hey all. So recently I was listening to the latest Retronauts episode about the early Metroid series, and toward the end the panelists began speculating about what they wanted to see in a new game in the long-neglected series. It got...

 
 
 

"Hooking Up The Wii U"

[Sterling on Holmes struggling to set up the Wii U from "Podtoid 227.5 Wii U Launch Day". A particularly hilarious Jim story.]I'm seeing a woman with horn-rimmed glasses -- this is how I'm seeing you -- a woman with horn-rimmed glasses work...

 
 

About Dr Melone of us since 10:58 PM on 01.31.2012

Hello, curious browser. I've been a reader of Dtoid for several years now and continue to enjoy the unique sense of community around these parts. I think I'll stick around, if ya don't mind.
 
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