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How to spot Counterfeit Video Games

Bring On the Retro Video Game Sequels!

The Most Popular Video Game Sequels

gloriously old school trailer was recently released for Strafe, a Kickstarter first-person shooter set in space that insists that upon its 2016 release it will be by far the best game of 1996. 

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Recipe for then Best Selling Video Games of all Time - Part 2

Selling Video Games of all Time

In part 1 of this article, I discussed the outlier all-time bestsellers, games that stand alone in making the bestseller list by doing something unique: 

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Recipe for Creating the Best Selling Video Games of All Time

Best Selling Video Games off all time

Video games are one of the most important cultural developments of our time. The early 20th century had film, radio, and TV. The late 20th and early 21st centuries have the internet, computers, and video games.

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Exciting Remakes and Reboots for PS4 & More

Playstation Experience

A new King’s Quest? Remastered Day of the Tentacle joining Grim Fandango as LucasArts games I can finally play again? And…an UNupdated Final Fantasy VII on PS4? One of these things is not like the other.

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Retro Console Wars: N64 vs. PS1


In another article I discussed the relative merits of the two main fifth-gen consoles—the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation (One)—during their first holiday seasons after launch. 

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Mid 90's Gaming Challenge PlayStation 1 Vs Nintendo 64

Retro Gaming Consoles

It’s been a couple years since the release of the PS4 and Xbox One (a year after the Switch release) brought us fully into the eighth generation of console gaming. This 8th console war has settled into a battle for exclusives, price differences, and online and social gaming advantages, which is fine—anyone looking to buy a system this year will have more games and better prices (and fewer bugs) than last year’s early adopters.

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Role Playing Games, Seems the Nintendo 64 Library Missed Them

Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo Consoles

The Nintendo 64 is a video game console that is seen as a lot of things. With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to look back and see the console as the moment where Nintendo started to lose its grip on the video game industry that it once dominated.

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Three Retro Nintendo NES Games to revisit Today!

Retro Nintendo NES

In a previous post, I discuss some classic games that you know and probably played, but that you should give a second look in 2020. Here I’ll discuss a trio of all-but-forgotten retro video games. 

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Metroid and The Last of Us - Has a strong Bond!

The Last of Us and Metroid NES

Spoiler warning: This post contains spoilers for The Last of Us (little ones), the Left Behind DLC for The Last of Us (big ones), and, well, 1987’s Metroid.

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3 Old School Video Games - That Need to be Replayed

Retro Gaming wth Super Nintendo

You’ve heard of the games on this list. You’ve probably played at least a couple of them. But have you played them recently? In this millennium? 

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Shh! The Message Behind Gaming as a Male or Female Character

Mass Effect Trilogy

A lot of role-playing games (RPGs) new and old let you pick the sex of your character (male or female) before you start. Which is awesome. I’ve played Mass Effect with both Maleshep and Femshep characters and got two games’ worth of quality voice acting for the price of one. 

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Borderlands STORY Is Good Enough and That’s All It Has to Be

GamePlay with Borderlands

Spoiler note: This post contains plot spoilers about Borderlands and Borderlands 2 and, by default, spoilers about the characters in the upcoming Pre-Sequel who also appear in Borderlands 2. Spoiling Borderlands 1 for you might actually be doing you a favor, though. That ending’s terrible.

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Social Sim: Check. Dungeon-Crawler: Check. Persona Does It All Both Absurdly and Well

shin megami tensei Persona Games            One of the most pleasant surprises of the end of the PS2’s life cycle were Atlus’s Persona 3 (2007) and Persona 4 (2008), both released in North America long after the next generation of consoles had come out.

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So what is it about the Borderlands, That's So Hard To Put Down?

I like RPGs. So yeah, I like Borderlands . But the Borderlands hybrid RPG-shooter formula (recently co-opted by Bungie’s Destiny , and taken in a very different direction by the Mass Effect series) is more than the sum of its parts. So what is it about the Borderlands combination of the shooter and RPG genres that makes the games so hard to put down? The main addicting force of Borderlands is its progression systems. Borderlands had ‘em, Borderlands 2 greatly expanded on them (as on practically every other element of the formula). In B2 , for instance, you have the leveling system. Then you have the skill points system built on top of that (with the constant ability to respec your skill trees back at your base in Sanctuary). Then you have the kajillion different challenges, in-game achievements based on using weapons, powers, and effects in certain ways, killing various enemies,...
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Has Mainstream Gaming Gotten Less Patient?   

Retro Gaming      

I remember a time in about 1991 when I borrowed Super Mario Brothers 3 from a friend for a weekend. I wanted to beat it before I gave it back, but this being the relatively early days of console gaming,

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Why I love gaming with Board Games

Board Games and GamePlay

            A few weeks ago, E. Ortiz wrote an interesting article over at Big Blue Die (Which is no longer Live) is about why board games aren’t going to be killed off by video games, noting the emphasis on in-room socialization and tactile engagement with the game.

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The Good, Bad and the Ugly with TellTale Games

The Wolf Among Us

Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers about The Wolf Among Us and Season Two of The Walking Dead by Telltale Games (and implied spoilers about Season One).

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A Special Story from Season One Telltale’s The Walking Dead

Telltale Games

Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers about Season One of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

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Does Interconnected Game Play Work / And How So

Games and interconnection

 In the last couple of years, interconnected games in which player actions in one game affect options or situations in another have started to pop up more frequently than usual.

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Rarer than Unicorns: Escort Missions That Deserve Saving

The Last of Us

As I discuss in a related post [here], escort missions are usually terrible, bringing otherwise fun games to a screeching halt with shoddy mechanics, annoying characters, and terrible AI.

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