Microtransactions: An Analysis of the “Unfortunate Reality of Modern Gaming”

In 2006, Bethesda very briefly became the laughing stock of the video game world. In a move that very few games had done before, they offered a purely cosmetic item in exchange for real world money. As in, the item was included in the game that you paid for, but was only available if you paid an additional five bucks on top of your purchase … Continue reading Microtransactions: An Analysis of the “Unfortunate Reality of Modern Gaming”

Five Excellent Superheroes That Could Follow Spiderman’s Video Game Success

After a significant drought of solid superhero games, Insomniac’s Spiderman on the PS4 finally breaks the drought in the best way possible. Swinging around Manhattan, fighting crime and taking down a who’s who of villains is cathartic and entertaining, compounded by the fact that it is the best Spiderman game we have received since Spiderman 2. Which got me to thinking: if this superhero game … Continue reading Five Excellent Superheroes That Could Follow Spiderman’s Video Game Success

Sony and the Cross-Platform Question: Anti-Consumer, or Clever Business?

By the end of 2001, the console gaming landscape was set in stone. With the Dreamcast failing to gain any headway after the titanic launch of the PlayStation 2, the stage was set for the next three generations of console: Sony’s PlayStation and its iterations, Microsoft’s Xbox line, and Nintendo’s accumulative efforts of the GameCube, Wii, Wii U and Switch. For seventeen years the lines … Continue reading Sony and the Cross-Platform Question: Anti-Consumer, or Clever Business?

Five of the Worst Collector’s Editions

Every medium has their aficionados: the ones that will pay hand over fist to get the most exclusive and rare items to show just how much they love their passion. Movie fans will tour the world for original movie posters from their favorite blockbusters; music junkies will see their favorite acts live, or hoard their EPs and albums as vinyls. For video games, there is … Continue reading Five of the Worst Collector’s Editions

An Assassin’s Creed Retrospective: Has The Series Lost Its Way?

In 2007, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed: a game whose franchise would form one of the pillars of their future success. It was quite a novel idea: take an action adventure game with some fantastic ideas about alternate history, and then craft an interesting Sci-Fi-esque story that frames the entire experience. To be honest, while the first Assassin’s Creed title had some issues in terms of … Continue reading An Assassin’s Creed Retrospective: Has The Series Lost Its Way?