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Is Competitive Gaming the Future?

There’s no doubt about it that competitive gaming is becoming bigger than many of us ever expected. The image of dusty school halls filled with overweight middle-aged men lugging CRT monitors about is now officially a thing of the past. Playing video games to a professional level is now cool and, hell, even women are getting involved. Take that, every 90s sit-com. The writing is on the wall. This is the future – whether we like it or not. Outlive…

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Resident Evil Showcase – January 2021 (Video)

The Resident Evil Showcase just aired and you can just out the replay below. We also has some thoughts on the event too. The Resident Evil Showcase was short but still interesting. The most interesting thing about it, of course, was Resident Evil Village. A new trailer and some new gameplay footage was shown. The game looks absolutely amazing. The graphics are so stunning! Like Resident Evil 7, Village is in first person mode. It seems to work for this…

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Where Have the Z-List Film Tie-in Games Gone?

No licensed music, characters that look nothing like their film counterparts and stories that only slightly resemble the source material – tie-in games used to be things of beauty. Alas, those days have gone. Development is harder than ever, taking years and years. Throwing together Hogwarts in six months is no longer an option. It’s more than a little depressing. There’s an entire generation of children who’ll never buy the worst video games just because they recognize the face of…

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The Dangers of Loot Boxes

Loot boxes are just the latest solution to the “problem” of increasing profits within the gaming industry, but really they’re no solution at all. On paper, they’re perfect. Monetise optional extras which can be earned through hard work or, for a small number of whales, be purchased. Fair enough, right? But it’s pretty clear that in recent years, developers are pushing this system to the limit. Overwatch is the perfect example, where little tricks and annoyances have added up to…

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The State of Sports Games in 2021

What on earth has happened to the sports game genre? Has there been a mass brain removal among the fanbase in the last 10 years? I get it – sports fans tend to buy one or two titles a year, and they’re always exactly the same franchise. They’re like Call of Duty fans, except without the new maps, the new story levels or the new guns. Instead you get a new roster and, maybe, a slightly new graphical sheen. So…

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Open World Games Are Starting to Burn Me Out

There are too many games to play, not enough time and every developer wants to create a sweeping open world with a million question marks to visit. Enough is enough. Open world is the forced stealth levels of the late 2010s/early 2020s. It’s the tower defence that we all got bored of in 10 minutes flat a decade ago. And yet, like that one cookie-cooker enemy that you fight in every single location of an open world game, it just…

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A New Indiana Jones Game Is Being Created by the Wolfenstein Developer

Bethesda, publisher of Skyrim, Fallout, Wolfenstein, and more posted a teaser to Twitter today. It seemed to be teasing a brand new Indiana Jones game. This was quickly followed up by with a statement from the Wolfenstein developer. We have the info, plus the teaser below! The developer of Wolfenstein released this statement today via Twitter: “We’re developing a new Indiana Jones video game! As huge fans of the franchise, it’s a tremendous honor for us to create a brand-new…

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2021 needs to define the coming generation – because 2020 certainly didn’t

2020 was a lot of things to a lot of people, but it also had the distinct displeasure of being the year the new consoles were released. Somehow, the Xbox Series X and PS5 were still released, and the only real downside seems to be keeping stock levels high enough so people can pay for them. In hindsight, that’s about the best anybody could have predicted, and it’s fully down to the geniuses at Sony and Microsoft for making that…

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‘Never Be Game Over’: Inside the Community Still Trying to Solve Metal Gear Solid V’s Biggest Mysteries

There are a small but dedicated group still trying to find meaning in Metal Gear Solid V’s biggest mysteries. There aren’t many of them, but five years on they’re still trying to work out the hidden secrets that will – they hope – fill in the game’s blanks. “Never Be Game Over” is a subreddit that has more than 15,000 subscribers, and since its creation they have broken down the game to its very core in the hopes that suddenly…

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Down in Bermuda – Launch Trailer

Down in Bermuda is an upcoming adventure puzzle game coming to Apple Arcade, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Epic Games Store, Xbox, Humble Store and GOG.com very soon. Please take a look at the launch trailer and then return here for some thoughts on the game. Down in Bermuda will be coming to the Nintendo Switch and almost every other platform on January 14th! As a Nintendo Switch indie reviewer and fan of the system, I’m most interested in the Nintendo Switch…

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