How genres shape the impact of a game: Strategy & Simulation

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Forum for Creativity

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Roleplaying Narratives

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

How genres shape the impact of a game: Competition

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

Farmers & Sharks: how mobile development has changed

Farmers and vision When developing video games for console or PC, there is a long duration of development followed by a release, in recent generations this has also included some support via patches and DLC, but the majority of a game’s development is done in a single cycle.  Whether it monetizes well or not is dependent…

Analyzing games: studying vs consuming

*Not actual gameplay footage (A detailed aircraft model featured in a Mobile Strike ad but not in the game itself) When I reviewed Mobile Strike a few months ago in my article Mobile Strike: complexity vs depth,  I was incredibly let down by the gameplay experience. The experience shown in Mobile Strike‘s over-the-top, budget-busting ad campaigns, showcasing high-octane…

Tutorialize the conversation: speaking to non-gamers about games

I love talking about video games and games in general with my fellow gamers.  We have shared experience that make it easy for us to connect and discuss the structure, strengths, and weaknesses of the games we play.  However, I find it equally enjoyable to explain games and gaming culture to the uninitiated; people who…

Smashy Road: essence of GTA

The Grand Theft Auto franchise has set the standard for open world games; with extreme attention paid to delivering compelling driving systems and exciting chase sequences. The persistent police AI units provide the player with a foil for their most impressive police chases and escapes. After the success of GTA 1 & 2, the franchise…

Cause and effect: the Mass Effect trilogy in 17 days

Just a few…more…games… As the last console generation drew to a close, I lamented the transition into the next generation, the cost of a new console, the lack of backwards compatibility, meaning I would need to start an entirely new library with games and franchises not yet proven to have what I so loved about…

Walking on a dreamcast: the short retail story of the Wii U

With the introduction of revolutionary motion controls, the Nintendo Wii made a considerable impact on the console market during its production from 2006 to 2013.  With 7 years of retail availability, it had a solid life cycle for consoles of its generation, compared to the relatively long production run of Playstation 3 from 2006 to 2015. (The Playstation…

Hitting the old dusty trail: Peter Molyneux quietly delivers

Peter Molyneux is a world famous, or infamous depending on who you’re talking to, designer and programmer.  Throughout his career in the video game industry, he has garnered a reputation for over-stating the experiences his games will deliver; building up a fantasy of gameplay that excited the players pre-release, only to be brought down to…

The NX Switch: what does next-gen mean today?

Generation upon generation We’ve had some stunning innovations come via the progression of console generations including; the change from 2d to 3d games, dual analogue sticks, controller rumble packs, HD graphics, internet connectivity for online play, motion controllers, cameras with player detection, video sharing to social media and streaming, etc. Hardcore consoles such as Playstation…