An Open Letter to Video Game Developers and Producers in 2017

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Dear Game Makers and Studio Executives,

I love how eager you are to release your new games to us. Heck, we’re excited to play them! I can’t wait to see games like the Final Fantasy XII remake, Horizon Zero Dawn, or Mass Effect Andromeda.

However, when I say, “I can’t wait,” I’m not being literal.

The truth is this: we gamers will wait for a finished game.

I was quite eager to play Final Fantasy XV, but some new info slammed my excitement into the wall. Not bad reviews (quite the opposite), not all the extras that seem to say “do all this before playing,” but the fact that after ten years of development, the game is not done.

Not. Done.

Final Fantasy XV recently released its first story DLC. The most disturbing word in that sentence? “First.” They’re planning on releasing more story DLC.

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Does Mobile Gaming Spell The End For Nintendo?

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for a while now, and I think we all appreciate just how successful it’s actually been. It was written off as a flop as soon as it was announced; not just by me, but by critics everywhere. I’ve never been so pleased to have been wrong, and although I haven’t invested in one myself yet, I’ll certainly be picking one up as soon as I have chance.

A few months ago, I wrote a now outdated post about how I’ll give the Switch a miss, or at least during its infancy. Since then, a lot has happened and there were far more launch titles than first announced; but I still stand by the prediction I made at the time:

Personally, I think this will be the final console Nintendo release and that’s a real shame. My true fear is that their focus will quickly turn to mobile and tablet applications, it seems inevitable. I wrote a piece asking the question “Is portable gaming dying?” just before Christmas, and the answer is a depressing “Yes”.

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Video Game Moments That Will Stick With Gamers Forever

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Video games are an art form unlike any other – while movies, TV, music and even canvas paintings are all different, worthwhile ways for artists to express bold ideas and inspire people, they simply cannot have the same power as a video game for one simple reason: video games let you be a key part of the art. They’re interactive, allowing for immersive experiences where you personally become an internal piece of the game. And, as such, they can be profoundly impactful or emotional experiences, particularly in the last decade or so where gameplay and graphics have evolved to do more than simple movement mechanics and storytelling methods that were accessible when video games were in their earlier adoptions.

I stumbled upon this intriguing r/AskReddit thread that posed the question: What is one moment from a game that you’ll remember forever?

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Remastered games: Cash and Grab?

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There are some games that are just too amazing to be forgotten. Whether it be the story, the characters, the gameplay, or everything combined; gaming publishers and their fans know when a game has made its mark. But alas, even the best games only enjoy a certain amount of fame and time in the immediate spotlight. Eventually, every good thing must come to an end.

Kratos

Kratos from God Of War. Look at those pearly whites!

So when nostalgia is not enough and it no longer satisfies a fan base, what is there left to do? Well, remaster the game, of course.

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If you could develop your own game, what kind of game would you make?

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I’ve been blogging now for around 6 or 7 months, and it’s been an absolute blast. One of the biggest things that’s surprised me in that short time is the WordPress community. The guys and girls on there are great and have really helped push me to where I want to be.

Any-who, as WordPress has evolved, at least in my case, into a community of fantastic and like-minded folk, ‘community events’ have become a frequent thing. These are types of posts that promote blogger engagement and help people to get their name spread around. Robert Ian Shepard of Adventure Rules has set up the latest one I’ve stumbled upon, and it’s a doozey! It’s called the ‘Charming & Open’ event, and I’d highly recommend you check Ian’s page out, pronto!

In Layman’s terms, I ask a question, Ian asks a question in return. Here’s how the conversation panned out…

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Play The First Tomb Raider in Your Browser

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*Internal screaming*

Rash Bandicoot

The first original Tomb Raider demo can now be played in your browser. No, really check it out for yourself.

You may have noticed a few new things. First of all this is not the same engine CORE design 20 years ago but actually rebuilt from scratch. This obviously means we get fancy new effect such as dynamic shadows and water. The engine itself is also built to accept level assets meaning you can load any classic TR game level as long as you own them.

If you’re interested in finding out more then be sure visit the folks at OpenLara.

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