Dec 092014
The Console Wars, Part II: The Battle for Exclusivity

One of the biggest announcements from Sony’s mega-press conference this weekend really got the crowd pumped up: Street Fighter V is on its way… …But you can only throw those sweet next-gen Hadoukens on the PC and PlayStation 4. Sorry, Microsoft and Nintendo fans. Nevertheless, the crowd at Sony’s event didn’t seem to mind the console exclusivity for the next [Read more…]

Dec 022014
“The Game Awards” Could Raise the Bar for Gaming Award Shows… and Here's How Geoff Keighley Can Do It

Ahh, December… The month when we all look forward to what games will lie beneath our Christmas trees… When we also look back at gaming’s past year… and immediately feel embarrassed with how gaming culture is represented in other forms of media. I’m talking about the Spike Video Game Awards, which for ten years served as an awkward look at [Read more…]

Nov 242014
Game Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

I came to an interesting realization after spending some time this weekend playing Pokémon Omega Ruby, the sixth-gen remake of Pokémon Ruby for the Game Boy Advance: during the early 2000s, Nintendo was really obsessed with nautical exploration. You could surf the massive seas of the Hoenn region in Ruby and Sapphire on your Game Boy, then for more seafaring [Read more…]

Nov 182014
Re-Discovering Community at Bakuretsu Con

Starting anew sure is hard. I think you can understand where I’m coming from, since you know I had to take a long hiatus from writing The Minus World for the past couple of months as I started working full-time. In the beginning I put in long and stressful hours, and I often doubted whether I was even capable of [Read more…]

Sep 022014
Will the Horror Ever End for Let’s Players?

By now you may have seen the latest horror-game-of-the-week that made its way around the Let’s Play community, Five Nights at Freddy’s. The premise is simple enough: you are a new security guard working overnight at a Chuck E. Cheese-like pizza restaurant, but at this pizza joint the animatronic characters become sentient after closing. They move slowly toward your office, [Read more…]

Aug 192014
Can an Open World Become Too Open?

Grand Theft Auto V’s fictional city of Los Santos is about the size of most real-world major cities. A world in Minecraft can generate to be larger than the surface area of the planet Neptune. So can you imagine how intimidating it will be to play in a game world that is literally the size of the universe? That’s what [Read more…]