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Best Game Ever – Shadowrun

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 by golden jew

One of the hardest challenges of making an RPG is finding a way to integrate plot, setting and gameplay into something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Some games, like the Final Fantasy franchise, are surprisingly good at all three. Others unapologetically settle for one or two–Fire Emblem being an example …

Lamecast #5 – Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce, and their wrath, for it is cruel

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 by the gang

This edition of the lamecast is all about online, which we assume you have in some capacity. MMOs and online stores bring insight, fierce debate, and lost wages (pay close attention for the secret Commodore 64 section) .

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Lamecast #4 – And he will be as a wild ass among men

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 by the gang

In this, the fourth of our lamecasts, Christian has a bit of fun with Killzone 2, Don takes issue with George Broussard and Jeremy Parish, Alexis discusses the finer points of perspective in games and Casey gets Sonic’d.

Also – ZOMBIES!

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Enduring the Grind – Crunching as Company Policy

Monday, April 20th, 2009 by bruce

Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, has come under fire recently for remarks about quality of life issues in the videogame industry made during the “Studio Heads on the Hotseat” panel at the IGDA Leadership Forum ’08 (video here).

The remarks which brought about the controversy were made at about 21 minutes into …

Lamecast #3 – When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 by the gang

In this third edition of the lamecast, our hosts share rants, discuss iPhone games, voice OnLive skepticism and debate the merits of the Dreamcast controller.

The correct answer to last lamecast’s “Win all of Don’s games” contest was “chartreuse.”

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A Return to Rapture – Looking Back at BioShock

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 by matt

Although I voted BioShock the best game of 2007, the more I play it, the more it shows me how far video games haven’t come.

BioShock has one of the most chillingly powerful locales and universes in video game history, but sadly the game can easily be labeled a first-person shooter. It doesn’t really try to …

Lamecast #2 – They were the heroes of old, men of renown

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 by the gang

In this second edition of the lamecast, our hosts put Capcom’s two biggest franchises over the coals and EVE Online gets a new patch. In the thrilling conclusion, a discussion on in-game advertising erupts into violence when the importance of being told to buy Old Spice while playing Quake Live …

Best Game Ever: Star Control II

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 by golden jew

This Best Game Ever is brought to you by developers making their old games open source, which is a wonderful thing. Toys for Bob, the developer of Star Control I and II, released the game as open source in 2002 under the “Ur Quan Masters” title, since the name Star Control remains a copyright of …

Now on Virtual Console: My childhood

Friday, February 27th, 2009 by jay

This Monday the Virtual Console got its first batch of Commodore 64 titles (in the states). Though I haven’t played the released games, it was a momentous occasion for me because the C64 was home to my first gaming experiences. While the other kids were playing their Nintendos, I was learning run “*” ,8,1 (only …

News We Care About Update

Friday, February 20th, 2009 by jay

Why Ensemble Closed
Once designer at Ensemble Studios, Bruce Shelley explained what went wrong at the DICE 09 conference. He kept it overly civilized and focused on what they should have done differently internally. Things like working on games in different genres and not expanding too quickly made his list, though he forgot to …