What is Divergent Game Design?

What is Divergent Game Design?

2016 seems to be the year of remakes and remasters. From old movies made new to spiritual successor video games that throwback to a bygone age, with all the new advances in technology over the past few decades, you can hardly blame media producers for wanting to revisit old concepts and see what they’d be like if they were made in the modern era.… Read more...

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Our Solution to the Game Review Problem

Our Solution to the Game Review Problem

For those who don’t know me, I have a very short list of things I can’t stand: people being dicks and whining. The first part is self-explanatory (i.e. don’t be a dick), but it’s the second part that a lot of people seem to get confused with. You see, complaining is when a person voices an opinion about something they don’t like. … Read more...

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5 Hearts of Iron IV National Focus Mods to Try Out

5 Hearts of Iron IV National Focus Mods to Try Out

// < !).push({}); // ]]> If you haven’t gotten the chance to try Hearts of Iron IV out yet, I suggest you fix that. As a huge fan of World War II history and the strategy genre, I can’t get enough of games like these. Smelling strongly of Axis & Allies — the family-friendly Hasbro game pitting five friends in total war as Germany, America, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the USSR — HOI4 had me swoonin’ from the get-go.… Read more...

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5 Total War: WARHAMMER Mods to Check Out

5 Total War: WARHAMMER Mods to Check Out

// < !).push({}); // ]]> I know, I know. Total War: WARHAMMER hasn’t even been out for two weeks and already we’re talking about mods. But it’s hard not to when there are already so many out there that do a decent job tweaking Creative Assembly‘s latest entry in its Total War franchise. Hell, I’d say part of this game’s success comes from the developers loosening up the reins a bit and letting their talented modding community real shine amid the ash and smoke of...

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6 Reasons Why I Hate Video Game Reviews

6 Reasons Why I Hate Video Game Reviews

// < !).push({}); // ]]> This may come as a surprise, but I hate video game reviews. I’m not a fan of reading them. I definitely don’t like writing them. If every major video game website, blog, and YouTube page took down their reviews, I wouldn’t even notice. I really… friggen… hate them. “But Tony, don’t you call yourself a game journalist?… Read more...

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Idea Incubator: Why Not Make a Fallout RTS?

Idea Incubator: Why Not Make a Fallout RTS?

// < !).push({}); // ]]> “Idea Incubator” is our new column focused on game and mod design ideas. Unlike reviews that discuss a given game as a product of economic product, the intent of these articles is to delve into the mechanics of the games in question, suggesting improvements and feedback as avid fans and players. Of course, we might also pitch ideas for new mods since we don’t really know where to begin ourselves (though that’s something we’re also looking to...

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5 Mount & Blade: Warband Mods Worth Playing

5 Mount & Blade: Warband Mods Worth Playing

// < !).push({}); // ]]> I can’t remember the last time I played the vanilla version of Mount & Blade: Warband. That isn’t to say it wasn’t a great game all its own, but with all the awesome mods floating around out there, it’s hard to resist the temptation – especially if some of those mods include overhauls that catapult us into Game of Thrones or the midst ancient Roman war.… Read more...

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Spotlight: Boomzap Entertainment

Spotlight: Boomzap Entertainment

// < !).push({}); // ]]> One thing I personally enjoy about the indie side of the video game industry is how varied and unique the studios are. From pipe dreams on the side that started with one person (such as Tom Francis and Gunpoint) or developers that once needed a publisher but are now able to stand on their own (like TaleWorlds and Mount & Blade), there are as many management and collaboration styles as there are teams.…...

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From the Editor: Finding Our Stride

From the Editor: Finding Our Stride

// < !).push({}); // ]]> Since our relaunch a few months ago, there’s been a lot to do: imported articles to reformat and fix; plugins to troubleshoot; design adjustments needing to be made; making goals for the coming year. While sifting through some of those old articles waiting to be republished, I stumbled upon my very first post almost three years ago.… Read more...

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Spotlight: Meet the Suikoden Revival Movement

Spotlight: Meet the Suikoden Revival Movement

If it’s one group of people on this earth that understand the need to accomplish quests, it’s gamers. And there’s no other group I can think of readily with such tenacity as gamers riled up about something they want. Such is the case with the Suikoden Revival Movement, a collection of over 21,000 fans who want to see Suikoden brought back to its former glory, having been dissatisfied with the series’ current direction.… Read more...

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