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Tropico 6 Review

Tropico 6 involves a huge time investment and a steep learning curve, but it is a solid entry in the management/sim genre.

Beholder 2 Review

Beholder 2’s strengths include great storytelling, impactful choices, and high replayability, while its weaknesses are unavoidable, repetitive mini-games and lack of fast travel.

Black the Fall Interview

After decades of toil, an old machinist plots his escape from Communism, through manipulation and scheming. Along the road, he befriends the most unlikely creature, an abandoned robot. Could they solve the puzzles and flee this bleak world together?

Urban Empire Review

Urban Empire boasts a political system crafted with fun and originality in mind, as well as historical accuracy and gorgeous aesthetics. Yet even such impressive features do not make up for a lack of dimension and depth on which the success of simulators almost exclusively depend. Then is my final issue, the price point; you can purchase Urban Empire for $39.99, which is steep.  But hey, if political rants on Facebook don’t quite scratch your itch, then maybe this political simulator will!

Cat President ~A More Purrfect Union~ Review

All in all, Cat President: A More Purrrfect Union is best approached as a silly and mindless guilty pleasure that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Unless you’re really into cats.

Releasing a Raptor Requires Rigorous Refinement

Chris Park from Archen Games took it upon himself to realize everyone's dreams of playing as one of the most widely known predators and created In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor. Set for release on July 5th, it was pushed back to the 8th then once more pushed to the 11th until finally set on release again on the 21st.

What Went Wrong with Mighty No. 9?

Mighty No. 9. A few years ago, just hearing the name would make Mega Man fanboys squeal with delight. Now it only reminds them of a failed attempt at reviving their beloved series. Perhaps the disappointment with Mighty No. 9 stems from high expectations held by 67,225 Kickstarter backers. You can’t blame them, but outright saying Mighty No. 9 is a horrible game may be an exaggeration. However, while I think the reviews for the game are harsh, the overall goal to create a spiritual successor to Mega Man failed.

tinyBuild attacks G2A. Industry goes wild but where's the proof?

Attacking G2A is anti-populist, it’s an assault on the downward spiral that the company brilliantly managed to create against all odds, fighting quasi-monopolies by increasing competition among suppliers, which consequently and undeniably led to a decrease in the inflated cost of gaming. Let’s not forget, shall we, that it is thanks to resellers that indie devs can do what they love best: play games, and lots of them.

Payday 2 Pays Everyone But Players

Payday 2 is the type of title that reeks of development for the sole purpose of securing a film adaptation.  It’s vulgar display of Hollywood talent and over the top trailers that leave actual play dynamics lacking in the imagination department.  Take all of that away and you are left with a title that couldn’t even hold its own during the peak of Windows 98.

Violent Games Do Not Create Violent Children

As always, members of the media and the government are attacking the video game industry, despite not having a national tragedy to thrust the latest battle in the war on video games into the public spotlight.

Blizzard Doesn't Follow

When Blizzard Entertainment announced that Project TITAN had been shut down, my disappointment went deep. Not because I might be stuck with World of Warcraft another decade, but more so because that studio known to define gaming trends had tossed the towel at their attempt to revolutionize an aging genre, instead seemingly reverting to a solution others have been excessively complimented on, the one that embraces walking the beaten path, the one that all too easily follows, in defining game dynamics and features, the dull philosophy of "let's add a fresh coat of paint to this relic called RPG."

The Humanity of the Casual Streamer

If Amazon is willing to shell out $970 million for Twitch.tv's online broadcasting empire , it is pretty safe to say that there is a booming market for live video gaming streams.

My Pink Controller: Why “Pinkifying” Items Was Inclusive Then, But Does It Make Sense Now?

Growing up in the 90s, I never felt a real connection to the gaming industry or the gaming community as a whole.