Before we start, let’s get one thing straight: Don’t blame Casual Gamers for wanting to have fun. You don’t blame an invasive species for flourishing, and consequently ruining an ecosystem, you blame the vector by which it invaded. In this case, the vector is super publishers throwing Gamers under the bus to chase the casual dollar.
“Casual Gamers are not real Gamers!” is something you’re likely to hear around the internet. Some brush it off as elitism, others trolling, and more still fully believe it. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s true: Casual Gamers and Gamers are different species entirely, similar to how Red Pandas are not related to Giant Pandas. There are two primary, irreconcilable difference that separate Casual Gamers and Gamers: Continue reading How casual gamers are indirectly and objectively ruining gaming for gamers →
Nintendo has been killing it with their new characters and designs since the start of the Nintendo Switch Era. Their designs have always been consistently good, but in the past four months they’ve introduced no less than 15 characters that have gone over extremely well, with Minmin, Twintelle, and now Marina going viral. Of their long list of great new characters/designs, only Link and Zelda were characters that existed before the Nintendo Switch’s release. Continue reading Nintendo is killing it with their Switch Era characters →
Today, video games are everywhere, yet very few of them stand out or remain relevant just a few weeks after their release, let alone an entire year. With that in mind, let’s take a look at games that have not only stood the test of time, but have remained at the top of their genre for decades. Continue reading Top 5: Games that have aged well →
With Doomfist hype rearing it’s head once more, and Terry Crews teasing us yet again, all eyes turn to the Savior/Scourge/Successor of Numbani. Given a recent leak that the next big patch, 1.13, is titled “Doomfist / Summer Games,” is pretty safe to say it’s not crazy to do some speculation. Although, what do we really know about Continue reading Amid the latest rumors, we speculate way too hard on Doomfist →
In light of the rumoured development of a Warcraft 3 remaster, it seems the original game deserves some time in the spotlight. When it comes to games that defined a genre, most would look to Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, or Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. However, despite being relegated to the shadow of World of Warcraft, Warcraft 3 and its expansion changed the modern gaming landscape as we know it. Continue reading How Warcraft 3 changed the gaming landscape →
I, like most people born in the late nineties, have never played the original Fallout games. For me, the franchise began in 2008, when Bethesda released the Washington DC-based third installment. Between that and Obsidian’s 2010 offering, New Vegas, not to mention the liberal helpings of DLC both games have, there is nothing short of a metric crap-ton of replay value.
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Now that Metroid: Samus Returns has been announced, I took the opportunity to correct one of my long standing mistakes. I’m ashamed to admit it, but until recently, I’d never finished a single classic Metroid game in my life. I was scared of Metroid as a child, the original Metroid II was impossible to find in my town by the time I had a Game Boy, and Super Metroid was too expensive to buy, but too open ended to complete as a rental (pre-internet). It wasn’t until Metroid Prime that I had maturity and money at the same time, and could indulge in a fresh Metroid experience. Continue reading Examining Super Metroid, or how I define Timeless →
In the lead up to E3 2017, many Nintendo and fighting game fans were expecting to see either an enhanced port, in the vein of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, or an entirely new entry for the Super Smash Bros series on Nintendo Switch. On the surface, it seemed like a logical idea: The new Smash amiibo are finally coming after a lengthy wait, and if Pokken Tournament was getting a DX version, then certainly Smash deserved one. However, while Smash is definitely coming to the Nintendo Switch, there was never a chance it was going to be at E3. Continue reading Why Super Smash Bros was never going to be at E3 →
Turn back the clock two years and a few days. Bethesda had just finished their first ever full E3 press conference, BE3 2015. They’d live streamed shows before, sure, but nothing quite like that. They announced some of their most anticipated games of the last two years: Dishonored 2. Doom. The Elder Scrolls Online going to consoles. Finally, the latest mainstream offering of one of their flagship IPs: Fallout 4. Continue reading Bethesda needs to give fans more year-by-year →
E3 2017 was fine. In fact it had some great high points, like Beyond Good and Evil 2, Shadow of the Colossus Remastered, Pokémon and Metroid Prime 4 confirmed for Nintendo Switch, and the Super Mario Odyssey blowout. However, there was a little something missing from the conferences this year. Something that, in years past, had kept gamers glued to the live streams.
What was missing? Let’s break it down and find out. Here are five reasons why E3 2017 wasn’t at it’s best.
Continue reading Top 5: Reasons why E3 2017 wasn’t at it’s best →