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Do Games Have To Be Fun To Be Good?

(This was written in response to several articles on Rock, Paper, Shotgun that provided an analysis of Pathologic. Some issues were raised in the comments about whether games have to be fun to be good. I wrote this as a follow up. It origin...

 
 
 

The Glass Bead Network

I have just stumbled across 'The Glass Bead Network' following an email from the web hosts for my blog. They mentioned that one of their employees had been working on this, so I decided to check it out. This really is an intriguing online ...

 
 
 

Why British Press Hates Games

Two leading newspapers in the UK have today published editorials that are damning to video games. The Times and The Telegraph have published editorials by Giles Whitell and Jenny McCartney respectively. The Times article is entitled ‘Video...

 
 
 

Red Alert 2 - Still Rocking!

For some reason EA have taken a mad decision to help set up a new Red Alert 2 tournament! Well all know that the Red Alert 3 beta is going to be coming out soon, so what better way for EA to get everyone excited that by getting everyone pl...

 
 
 

Achivement - Driver Is Dead

So I have just got an achievement in a game. I broke every bone in my body and my driver is now dead. And that got me an achievement. Wow! What game is this, well this is Red Lynx's Trials 2 Second Edition. A little video interlude right n...

 
 
 

PC Piracy - An extended thought

I recently read an article on Eurogamer (link) which deals with piracy and how it should be tackled. It deals specifically in relation to the gaming industry, but it also talks about the music and film industries. The article prompted me to...

 
 
 

Games Industry in the UK - Poltical News

In a recent Press Release from the Department for Culture Media and Sport it has been revealed that the software and computer games sector are the biggest sectors and contribute the most growth among creative industries in the UK. Creative ...

 
 
 

Half-Life Short Stories Interviewed

I must say that I am really getting into this interviewing thing, after interviewing Frank Klepacki the other week (see my real blog) I have had the pleasure of interviewing some of the key players behind the Half-Life Short Stories project...

 
 
 

Red Alert 3

It seems that I was right about Red Alert 3 (also I Dtoid blogged it) as a news post on Shacknews reveals that PC Gamer US has a cover story regarding the game (link) We can be confident in the PC version appearing then, but what about any...

 
 
 

C&C 'Big Announcement' Thoughts

In the latest ‘BattleCast PrimeTime’ from EA (linky) the host alludes to something quite dramatic coming this month for C&C fans. If you buy Kane’s Wrath on the PC, or the Command and Conquer 3 Limited Collection (C&C3 and Kane’s Wrath) yo...

 
 
 

PC Gaming Feature - Introduction

Just a quick note - this is something I am doing primarily on my blog, but I will post bits of it on Dtoid as well to keep you all up to date. As I mention below, if you have any ideas/thoughts on what you want me to cover, just let me know...

 
 
 

Clear Sky - Steamed

In a major coup for Steam, the forthcoming STALKER expansion, Clear Sky will be available for digital download worldwide exclusively on Steam. “It’s great to see a forward-thinking game maker like GCS Game World launching simultaneousl...

 
 
 

Assassinating PC Specs!

Early specs for Assassin’s Creed for the PC have been revealed on the Ubisoft Solution Center. Link. Question What are the minimum system requirements for Assassin’s Creed? Answer In order to play this game properly, your...

 
 
 

Battlefield Heroes - Evo's take

The next step for the Battlefield series has been revealed to tone it down and make it free. Battlefield Heroes has been announced by EA and is being developed by DICE, the team behind the 10 million plus selling Battlefield games. Furthe...

 
 
 

'Tiberium' trailered - my thoughts

So the trailer for Tiberium the upcoming C&C FPS has been released on GameTrailers, what do I think? I'll tell you. Now while I shouldn’t really be too critical what with owning cncnation.net and all, but this doesn’t do anything for ...

 
 
 

ESA targets Politicians

Michael Gallagher, the Chief Executive of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is determined to gain the support of US politicians in an attempt to gain support for the games industry. The ESA, the association represents the big mo...

 
 
 

More on possible TF2 changes

This thread has popped up on the Steam forums detailing possible changes to the Soldier and to the Pyro in Team Fortress 2. The thread poster got in touch with Robin Walker concerning Pyro point scoring and the Rocket Launcher for the Soldi...

 
 
 

Left 4 Dead...summer or not?

So the latest word on Left 4 Dead is that it is due for a late Summer release, Shacknews said this is to be August/September BUT Turtle Rock the devs are as well now know working on Valve Time...which is notorious for being slower than rea...

 
 
 

Chivalry is not Dead

Chivalry Is Not Dead...great fun and well worth a play! You may have heard of it before but ah well :P I'm ripping the following from my blog (with necessary link corrections) as I want to play it again! Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun I h...

 
 
 

Gamasutra investigating Portal

Gamasutra have an article up here featuring extracts from an article three of the brains behind Portal did for the Game Developer Magazine. A really interesting read despite only getting a couple of extracts from the full article. On the c...

 
 
 

Viva Pinata (PC) Review

Read on for my review of Viva Pinata for the PC. This is my first properly published piece of work on the web. You can find the link to the piece in all its glory at the end of the review. Viva Pińata has finally arrived on the PC nearl...

 
 
 

Mafia 2 Dev Take-Two'd

In the latest batch of gaming take over the Mafia 2 developer, Illusion Softworks has been bought up by Take-Two and has been labeled 2K Czech. CVG How many more gaming take-overs can we expect to see in the coming weeks? My money is on ...

 
 
 

European game charts

The latest European and UK game charts have been released by Next-Gen.biz. In the German and Spanish charts the DS, Wii and PS2 are all clearly dominating proceedings, with only one PC game and one PS3 game featuring in the charts while th...

 
 
 

I've gotten somewhere...

It seems that my 'portfolio' or whatever you want to call it has just taken a big step forward! I have been taken on at 411mania to work and write in their gaming section. Now this is only a small thing, though admittedly much bigger than ...

 
 
 

New Games for Windows games

The 'Games for Windows' labeling system used by Microsoft for PC games is expanding (according to Kotaku and CVG) by adding nine new titles to the list of games that have taken Microsoft's approach towards PC gaming. The full list of games...

 
 
 

Lets eat Pikachu!

According to Kotaku everyone can now grab a bite to eat of their favourite Pokemon...Pikachu! The following blurb is stolen right from under Kotaku's noses! De-licious! Here's a box of "Pokémon Ningyou Yaki" (Pokémon Doll Fried) manjuu t...

 
 
 

Making of Dust and Dust2

Someone on the halflife2.net forums earlier posted links to the site of the guy who made Dust and Dust2. On it he has an article on his creation of Dust and of Dust2 They were pretty interesting reads if I may say so myself and well worth...

 
 
 

Where are all the Dtoid reviews!

I should be doing a 2000+ word University Report. Instead I am browsing Dtoid. During my browsing I stumble across the Dtoid reviews section (linky) and notice that no new Dtoid reviews have appeared since last year! Ok, well the 12th of D...

 
 
 

Kane and Lynch first impressions

Finally Kane and Lynch finished downloading from Steam! I am having a lazy day today and thought that after playing some Viva Pinata and before starting some Gears of War I would give the game that was at the heart of the Jeff Gerstmann sc...

 
 
 

Team Fortress 2 Invades Germany!

The latest news from Valve is that Team Fortress 2 is going to be available in Germany for FREE this coming weekend! The following comes from my news post on halflife2.net -------------------------------------------------------------------...

 
 

About Evoone of us since 2:14 PM on 12.03.2007

List of websites i'm involved with:
evo-gamer.com my new hub for everything I do
411 Mania is where I write
halflife2.net catch me posting news and reviews here
Tiberian Dawn a C&C3 mod I do PR stuff for

Also...cocks?
 
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