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Shortcomings of the Emerging Plot

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 by jay

Micro Madness

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 by jay

Shirt of Destiny

Friday, October 21st, 2005 by jay

UAT ads must die

Saturday, October 15th, 2005 by jay

For the last few months, Game Developer magazine has included ads for the University of Advancing Technology among its otherwise respectable pages. The UAT is an accredited school that offers degrees in game design and other audio/visual fields. The University of Advancing Technology also has the worst advertising I’ve seen in a long time. …

Bad Design 1

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005 by jay

This column looks at design flaws in popular games. Nearly all of the examples of poor design are from games that are either good or great, so don’t assume we are picking on these games solely because they suck and it’s fun to make fun of crap. Perhaps it is the games’ quality that …

Review – Castle Shikigami 2

Friday, October 7th, 2005 by jay

Castle Shikigami 2
Developed by Alfa Systems
Published by XS Games
Released 11.12.04

The shooter, it is said, is a dying genre. Debatabley the first video game created, Spacewar, was a one on one shooter, so it is also a proud …

Dear EA

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 by jay

Dear Electronic Arts,
On June 28th, Frank Gibeau told Next Generation, "It’s really hard to think of new ideas." Perhaps it’s only because I’m a genius, but I come up with new …

Concerned Citizen

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005 by jay

Grand Theft Auto 3 has come under a lot of heat because of the Hot Coffee mod, which allows the player to have polygonal sex with his video game girlfriend. GameStop, crusader for freedom Jack Thompson and Hillary Clinton are among those who have lined up against Rock Star for making such …

Oh Joy, a new video game site

Saturday, October 1st, 2005 by jay