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7 of My Most hated Games of All Time

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I normally try to stay fairly positive on this site. Particularly since I’m a naturally critical person. But just this once I thought it would be fun to vent a little, and impart… Continue reading

My Favorite Gaming Holiday Events in 2017

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Every year and every holiday I look forward to holiday events – mostly at Halloween and Christmas – for my favorite games. There’s something magical about everyone getting in on the holiday spirit,… Continue reading

How Balancing for Cooperative Play Works In Video Games

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To round out our miniseries on game balance, let’s talk about co-op. In my opinion cooperative balance is the hardest type to nail properly. Like every kind of game, the complexity and variance… Continue reading

Design Theory: The Art of the DLC

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A little over a month ago we discussed in brief what makes a good sequel. In brief: Taking risks and improving enough to justify making a new game. But what about DLC, which… Continue reading

Belated Game Reviews: Guild Wars 2

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I’m pretty picky when it comes to MMOs, having found very few that can hold my interest long term. The only ones I can say I’ve invested any significant length of time into… Continue reading

Dear Destiny 2 Players: Just Stop P(l)aying

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I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan of the original Destiny. I bought it launch weekend with my first shiny check from Target, and even with a 15% discount I still feel disappointed I… Continue reading

Tier Lists: When And How To Use Them

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While browsing around today, bored out of my mind, I came across a Kotaku article talking about tier lists. In it the writer (Maddy Myers) talks about Street Fighter tier lists and how… Continue reading

Avoiding the Sunk Cost Fallacy

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The Sunk Cost fallacy is an insidious little beastie. It’s one of the main ways a lot of games keep you coming back to them. The quick and dirty explanation of what it… Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Gacha games

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for those uninitiated, let me explain what Gacha games are: To put it simply, Gacha games are “Lootboxes: The Game”. The gameplay around these games vary (and in some cases “game” is a… Continue reading

Re: Net Neutrality

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This isn’t technically gaming related but it is gaming adjacent, let’s say, so I want to talk about it. For those that have been under a rock, yesterday (December 14th, 2017) the FCC… Continue reading