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A Good Debate

In a continuation of my last post, regarding Blizzard's "The Art of Persuasion" quest, Richard Bartle has responded, and I to him, over at the main VGD site. To prevent clutter in the previous post I am posting the discussion here, and wil...

 
 
 

WoW Quest is Controversial?

Kotaku has been following a story (sounds contrived, but itís true!) wherein Richard Bartle ó the man who created Multi-User Dungeons ó has decided to call out a quest involving the subject of torture. Mind you itís not the only torture qu...

 
 
 

Wrath of the Lich King

It's hard to overcome the skepticism that should surround any expansion for an MMO. Presumably any additional content should be more of the same, aiming to prolong the experience. But Wrath of the Lich King is different. Wrath of the Lic...

 
 
 

Nintendo Science

Thatís a big claim, but Nintendoís new Canadian ďBuild your brainĒ ads seem to support the equation. In the ads a respectable looking adult can be seen playing a DS while an onlooker with a tiny head attempts to make small talk. The perso...

 
 
 

Far Cry 2 & Responsibility

While reading Luke Plunkettís Love/Hate review of Far Cry 2 over at Kotaku, this paragraph caught my eye: "I Know That I Must Do Whatís Right Ė While Resident Evil 5 probably wishes it had done things a little differently, Far Cry 2 does a...

 
 
 

On the State of the Industry

While I was browsing the usual suspects for gaming news today I noticed something very ordinary that struck me as unusual Ė a thumbnail of what looked like an N64 era Hulk about to throw a car. Itís a mobile phone game. Business as usual;...

 
 
 

So...Mirror's Edge

I'm just going to go ahead and accept that my excitement for this game will come across as vapid and flavourless, because liking things on the internet makes you a pussy. So instead I'm going to focus on the faults. I was under the impres...

 
 
 
 

The Collective Anticipation

[Cross-posted on Vancouver Game Design] Assassinís Creed was built up to be a period piece, a historical thriller and a look inside the mind of ancient assassin. Gamers were preparing to gear up and step into those medieval shoes. With s...

 
 
 

World of Warcraft is Full of Cylons

Originally posted on VGD Sister Site, Heatwaves & Gamma Rays Iíve been on a Battlestar binge lately, but the reference is perfect. When a Cylon dies their conciousness is downloaded into a reproduction facility and transferred to a new bo...

 
 
 

Breaking Old Habits -- WWII Games

Back when the Day of Defeat mod was the bees knees in the Half-Life community I remember there was a big deal made out of the gun balance. It's expected that a WWII game is going to attract gamers with an eye for history as well as people ...

 
 
 

Games For The Depression

The U.S. economy isn't looking too great right now. Despite the smirking visage of Senator Joe Biden gracing my page here I'm Canadian. That means that should the world devolve into some sort of war torn desert hellscape, I won't be t...

 
 
 

The Grass Is Greener

[Also posted on Vancouver Game Design] Iím not sure what you would call it, but it probably falls under the category of a design philosophy: The grass is greener philosophy. This isnít some kind of official name, in fact it has no standa...

 
 
 
 

Hello Destructoid

I was a bit hesitant to establish anything here on Destructoid. It always seemed a bit childish, until something actually childish happened over at Kotaku. They have no problems featuring some stories I've written, but when it comes to ...

 
 

About Snake726one of us since 5:02 PM on 10.03.2008

My name is Nick Halme and I'm an unemployed game designer in Vancouver who writes too much and gets too little sleep.