Jan 132015
 

Who am I, and where is my authority to be making industry-wide claims about the future? Be I a famed soothsayer of legend, or an analyst with greater Neogaf infamy than Michael Pachter? I’m absolutely nobody, in fact, and my predictions should be digested with a suitable amount of skepticism.

In any case, 2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year, and after 2014 disappointed many with a number of titles failing to live up to expectations, we’re really due for a good year. Again, as I said, I’m no industry expert, but the winds of progress blow forward and the scents that fill my nose speak to these possibilities.

1. Nintendo will do great, but won’t dominate.

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Oct 072013
 

sen no kiseki

Do you like mecha RPGs? I’m sure you loved Xenogears and Front Mission, right? Well, another RPG with mecha elements just released! … in Japan.

Another entry in Falcom’s massively popular (in Japan, anyway) Legend of Heroes series, Sen no Kiseki continues Falcom’s conquest of quality story RPGs, a campaign started by Sora no Kiseki. I’m not entirely sure how the mecha works, as it looks like mecha battles may be separated from the regular battles (which puts it more in line with the later Xenosaga titles). However, the inflated health numbers in the mecha battles as well as the melee combat the main character takes part in are very reminiscent of mecha battles in Xenogears.

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Oct 012013
 

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In a day full of great news, perhaps none is as big as Valve filing for a trademark on Half-Life 3.  The trademark was filed on September 29th.  The last Half-Life installment, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, was released in 2007. Continue reading »

Aug 292013
 

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Steam Greenlight has been a great way for small developers to promote their games and have them featured on Steam. Although this is a great service, the rate of games that are eventually greenlit is small. Valve has acknowledged this, and in an unprecedented move yesterday, they greenlit 100 games. 100. Let that sink in a bit. Continue reading »

Jul 172013
 

With actual, salary-earnin’ work picking up into high gear this week, I was unable to find time to play a retro game and talk about this week for The Retrospective. Apologies if you care, but it’ll be back next week. This week, I’m going to take some time to talk about a touchy subject plenty of folks that interact with games on a regular basis.

Where do we draw the line between a great respect for something and blind allegiance to it or its creators? This is something I’ve grappled with for a while, as I, like plenty others I’m sure, realized that my relationship with the games community is perhaps on the bitter side of bittersweet. Too often, a wall of vile, despicable muck blocks the path to constructive discussion. Perhaps this is an internet thing, anonymity and such, but maybe there’s something deeper at work, something far more sinister. Perhaps we’ve allowed our company/product/creator worship get out of our collective hands. Perhaps, it’s simply because we’re lowly humans.

I'm a pro-tier stick collector. Your argument is invalid.

I’m a pro-tier stick collector. Your argument is invalid.

So here is a quick self help guide to making the world a better place for everyone. Whether you just think your PC ecosystem is the bee’s knees and can’t imagine why anyone would play on consoles, or you fancy yourself a skilled Street Fighter player and can’t conceive of any reason to play something that doesn’t involve competition (who needs STORY anyway?), you may hopefully find something valuable here.

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Jul 142013
 

Unlimited Discount Works!

Steam Summer Sale logo

Summer is upon us, and with it the legendary Steam Summer Sale, a sale where almost the entire store is marked down. As we lay with our wallets in wait, what’s the magic behind this crazy ten days of sales?

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