GLHF: pt.6 – Toxicity

GLHF is a series that looks to better understand the dynamics of sportsmanship in video games, today we are taking a look at how manners are being disregarded and players are being rude and disrespectful to each other.  If you like this article please feel free to check out the rest of the series: pt. 1:…

Lucky Lark – pt 1: The helpless & the raiders

I have been playing Fallout 4 ever since its release and have become obsessed with creating unique characters, as I tend to do with Bethesda games. Similar to my character builds in Skyrim: Pom Pom the Illusionist, Puck the Prospector,  Sandora the Shieldmaiden, Nicole the Traveling Merchant, & Bael the Thief, my Fallout 4 character builds will be exploring…

Clash Royale: hardcore strategy vs the cute army

Release and return When Clash Royale, the card battle game from Supercell came out March of last year my friends and I immediately began playing together. After a few months it seemed that the game had run its course, with several people from our group, me included, deciding to uninstall the game out of frustration…

Angry Birds Transformers: physics birds in disguise

When I first saw an ad for Angry Birds Transformers I immediately thought it was a hoax. We all know the type, ones that show us Starcraft screenshots and claim to be an addicting space game, when they’re actually just boring combat builders released yesterday with 2 reviews saying they weren’t what the ads showed….

RoverCraft: a lesson in iterative design

Rover design RoverCraft is a game whose core mechanics are based off of tilty car games, 2D side scrollers which typically allow the player control over acceleration and reverse of a vehicle. Using these two inputs the player must take their vehicle from a start point to an end point without running out of fuel…

On the run: what GTA and tag have in common

You’re it! Running away from the police in Grand Theft Auto touches on the player’s nostalgic attachment to the childhood game of hide and seek tag.  Running while being chased in a game triggers the fight or flight response in humans in a unique way; since it is framed in the context of a game…

Trampoline Hill: the guilty pleasure of an easy level

We have all indulged in the guilty pleasure of an easy game; playing the top rated Brazilian team in FIFA versus the lowest ranked Uzbekistan team, a Mario Kart grand prix at 50cc, a League of Legends 1v1 custom match against a beginner AI Soraka, etc. While gamers like to pride themselves in overcoming a challenging…

League of War: Mercenaries: squad building done right

League of War: Mercenaries, developed by MunkyFun Inc., lured me in with it’s 3D models and 3D combat space, I saw tanks, infantrymen, and helicopters all fighting on a battlefield together.  It actually looked like the combat so many other games such as Mobile Strike promise in their ads but fail to deliver in gameplay. The…

Unit composition: cheesing, high tech, and bioballs

Unit composition is a critical element of a player’s strategy when playing games which feature fighting among armies. What units the player will develop depends on the enemy they will face as well the player’s unique playstyle. In RTS (real-time strategy) games such as the Starcraft franchise the player creates units with different roles and upgrades them to create…

Grinding gameplay: actions vs choices

In RPGs there is a certain amount of time that a player must spend developing their character before they truly feel capable within their role. They must acquire; mechanical finesse in order to command their character, skills to modify the basic mechanics of the character to make them unique, and equipment to make them stronger….

Skyrim Remastered: returning to an awe inspiring open world

With updates to graphical fidelity, performance, visual effects, access to mods, plus all of the original release’s DLC in one package Bethesda is ensuring that the remastered version of Skyrim will be the definitive open world experience. However, the reason it is poised to rock the world all over again is how excellent the game’s…