Sparklepony: Architect of our Cash Shop Fate

Cash shops. Every game’s got one now, particularly MMOs. It doesn’t even matter if the game is free-to-play or subscription — cash shops may have once merely been part of a payment model, but now they’ve broken out into being a feature. I’ve gone into my dislike of cash shops in general before. I think they can be done well, but rarely actually are. Too often a game is hobbled for non-shop players with...

Great Game Trailers of Recent Memory

Yesterday I rewatched the totally wackadoo trailer for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon in anticipation of its release tomorrow, and it got me thinking about some of my favorite trailers of the recent past. Game trailers can come in many forms — cinematic trailers are often the most striking, but also lack the information I want to know before I buy a game. On the other hand, gameplay trailers can better show off the actual features but...

WSJ: Gamers Over 30 Exist!

I don’t know how I missed this when it came out, but back in February The Wall Street Journal posted an article that exposed a dark secret of the gaming community: apparently people over 30 play video games. And they sometimes band together in groups or “guilds” that are oriented towards older players! Did I just blow your mind? Okay okay, so The Wall Street Journal is not exactly a bastion of game reporting, but the...

Guest Post: DLCs and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Today’s post is written by Ellyndrial from the Cat Context Podcast and ThatAngryDwarf. ———— I’ve written before about my dislike of the current state of monetization in games (and I’m sure there are some F2P rants floating around – if not on my blog, then at least in my friends’ ears, or on the podcast), but today’s topic is something that is a little bit trickier. It’s...

Shut Up Gamers: EA voted worst company in America again

Dear Internet, EA was just voted the Worst Company in America by readers of the Consumerist for the second year in a row, and that sound you hear is me rolling my eyes. I dislike EA to the point where I refuse to buy any of their games even though sometimes I think that if Bioware were a person I would hug them, but this is just painfully stupid. Always-on DRM is bad, buying great companies and then laying off their talented people...

I <3 Charts: a data nerd tries Fitbit

I’ve already talked here about my compulsion to be efficient in games, usually by creating elaborate charts about totally useless things. It probably comes as no surprise, then, that I can also be a litte strange about “min-maxing” in real life, too. Why just play on the computer when I can play on the computer and watch a movie at the same time? Why walk through the house twice to accomplish chores when I can plan...

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