31 March 2014

Genres: quarantine.

It's been a while... no further ado, let's fall in. It seems perfectly normal that when videogames got divided into genres the characteristics of these have gotten very homogeneous. The standards of each genre are followed like commandments. This seems not only acceptable but inevitable. But something of the old years was lost. Let's see what.

18 September 2011

Syndicate, Interaction and Time.

A reply on Starbreeze's game director Neil McEwan's defence of their upcoming new Syndicate(themed) game

20 April 2011

Gameplay-story. The new Alliance. Yet another blog about it.

Noone wants to solve the division. There IS a conflict, you have accept it, you can't do anything. We aren't strong enough to bring peace and harmony. One either plays a game or spectates a story. Pitfall and The Godfather don't mix.
A few persons graze a solution, but they fall back to their personal anecdotes and common places. It won't do.

16 April 2011

Defocusing puzzle adventures and Jane Jensen's Gray Matter

What a heavy heritage recent adventures have to take on, that of Lucasfilm cult games. But someone didn't agree with that scheme, back then.

Quests and MMO's: paradox city

Apparently almost every MMO to name in the last years features quests taken from NPCs: As far as i know World of Warcraft was the first one to make extensive use of them. The staff must have played Dark Age of Camelot and noticed how terrible levelling was, and i agree, i played it, couldn't stomach it, i left.

21 August 2010

MMO's: the difference between inspiration and recycling.

Players are divided in a dramatic way when it comes to MMO's. Some hate clones, others don't understand what they hate, and others simply love more of the same. Let's try to mason a bridge between them, after the jump(hehe... ehm).

1 August 2010

Interaction: the trial of Choices & Consequences.

I'm going to pass this essential element of videogames under the inquisitorial eye of interaction, this great arbiter.

PC is the mother of gaming, Sony/MS consoles are sterile

Bioware declared CVG that "PC is made for gaming". They mention controls, of course, but also genres fit for it. What's with genres that makes PC the mother of all gaming platforms? Let's see to it.

Star Wars: The Old Republic - Please Save Us From Ourselves

Everyone mentions classes and combat but who knows the actual mechanics? They seem to assume everything works the usual WoW way. A linear sequence of quests until level-cap. Then dungeon raids to loot the coolest gear before others. And call them noobs.

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