Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

Apr 19

Stop Defending (Bad) Freemium Games

Yes, another post about freemium. I’ve played enough freemium games to know developers have reached their peak when it comes to innovative mobile games and how to price them. (Sure, I may be wrong, but based on the sameness of every freemium game I would say no.) The barrier to entry is low enough — …

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Apr 11

The Open World is Scary

Stardew Valley seems like my type of game. Having played countless, artless mobile “time management” games, a game like Stardew Valley would really help remind me how an actual time management game is suppose to be. However, having seen the trailer for Stardew Valley, I’ll say I’m a little intimidated. And I have no idea …

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Apr 04

The Thing You Once Love Becomes Exhausting After All

It gets to a point where you want to stop. Just leave it behind. I used to laugh at my sisters when they made the argument about music fans killing the enjoyment of the songs they love. “If you love the band, why would the fans’ reaction matter?” was my thought. A fan’s enjoyment of …

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Mar 28

Pre-Order Exclusives Eyeing Film Pre-Sale Tickets

The movie Assassin’s Creed doesn’t come out until December, but the sequel has already been green lit even though we know so little about the actual movie. Ubisoft seems to be very confident in the film, so much so they started testing something more nefarious for pre-sale tickets.   If you love pre-orders — and …

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Mar 07

Waiting Simulators: The Mobile Way

Mobile games will forever be abundant. Mobile games will forever be popular. Mobile games will forever be inferior. Mobile games will be the new arcade machine. With people complaining about gaming prices of indie titles (The Witness, Firewatch, SuperHot, and No Man’s Sky) and DLC packs (Fallout 4‘s season price boost), it’s no wonder major …

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Feb 29

The Year of the Actually Good Videogame Movie? Maybe Not.

Movies, movies, movies, and videogames.   Apparently this is the year when videogames will finally get the grand movie treatment that they so deserve. In DICE’s Day 1 Summit, a section in the talks was devoted to the movie side of things and how videogame movies could make the transition to the big screen without …

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Feb 23

Watching Rather Than Playing

I’m in a bit of a slump. I haven’t been playing as much games as I did when I started to write about games, and like all the common problems in the world it’s mostly due to time and money. Games are expensive and time is finite for a lowly gamer who primarily reviews mobile …

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Jan 25

Neko Atsume

The famous cat game that has taken over my life.   I have no idea why I’m still playing this game, or if this even is a game though I don’t mind so much if it wasn’t. I think. Let me explain the “game.” All you do is buy items and place them on your …

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Dec 14

Multi-Part Series Sounds Episodic to Me

Everyone wants to be on TV, but now everything wants to be TV. Be very afraid. When I finish a movie I can’t help but wonder if the studio heads behind the film, who probably barely helped make the film, will look at the success of it and announce unnecessary sequel/prequels or crossover multiple franchises …

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Dec 07

Taking a Break from the Wasteland

Minor spoilers ahead According to the timer on my save, I’ve accomplished three days worth of Fallout 4. No, it’s not at that the 100 hour mark, but it’s still a hefty amount of time spent with one videogame. I still haven’t explored everything, but I have just reached a point where the game is …

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Nov 30

Encumbrance

You are over encumbered. Oh, that dreaded sentence no one wants to see. Why, oh why, did I pick up that missile launcher knowing the stupid thing weighs probably 20 pounds? Now I have dig through menus and get rid of something, and we all know how fun that is. “Over encumbered” the words we …

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Nov 17

Looking Back at Tomb Raider (2013)

In honor of the release for Rise of the Tomb Raider, I’ll look back on the reboot that started Lara Croft’s revival and the success (and my complaints) that followed. Normally when we think of reboots, we think of executives in a conference room pitching middling ideas on how the company can make more money. …

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Nov 09

Gone Fishing: Going Back to the Wasteland

By the time this post is published, Fallout 4 will most likely be released. And when Fallout 4 is out, I will most likely not want to write anything because nothing of significance will drop on that day. I’d be thinking too much about going back to the Wasteland. I’ll be thinking about Dogmeat. I’ll …

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Nov 02

Short and Sweet: Games Are Growing Up

Games are growing up. Whether or not the discourse around them follows suit, games will continue to pursue their own objectives that aren’t slavish to ensuring players are having “fun”. For many games made outside of big budgets, “fun” isn’t the main priority anymore. “Fun” has been replaced with themes, morals, and author’s intentions. And …

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Oct 26

The Art of Tidying Your Videogame Collection

Currently I’m reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and I have to say I’m a little intimidated. This self-help book is all about the art of tidying your home and how you too can keep your sanctuary in tiptop shape. It is a very easy read, about 200 pages, and I …

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