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E3 Is Not Your Soap Box: Why Blaming Violent Video Games At E3 Is A Cowardly Move

E3 Is Not Your Soap Box: Why Blaming Violent Video Games At E3 Is A Cowardly Move

  E3 is the time we see what’s new in the video game industry. Social media is ablaze with discussion, speculation and surprise. This year’s E3 came in the shadows of yet another mass shooting in America. It was a fact that was impossible to look past. Shirts were decorated with ribbons, conferences with nods of sympathy. Unfortunately, a number of developers and members of the game media decided E3 was their soapbox. This was the year that guns in video games had suddenly became ‘a problem’. We should have seen it coming. There’s been nibbles at the topic for years, mostly people packing a kickstarter, patreon or product to sell....

Sony Has Mastered The Art Of Holding E3 Conferences

Sony Has Mastered The Art Of Holding E3 Conferences

Sony’s E3 conference was near to a master class in how to ‘do E3′. Games can thick and fast, nothing outstayed its welcome and there was little to disrupt the flow. Social media is the best way to measure the success of a E3 conference. While it may not truly reflect how well/badly the products will do upon release, it’s perfect to ear mark general reaction. Other companies have tinkered and meddled with their E3 conferences. Ubisoft have doubled down on ‘zaney’ humour and celebrity appearances, along with last minute reveals. It’s been successful for the last few years, even though it has became predictable. Established franchise entry, lengthy demo,...

What Should We Expect From E.A’s E3 2016 Conference?

What Should We Expect From E.A’s E3 2016 Conference?

E3 2016 kicks off today, starting with EA. For the most part, we know what to expect from one of video game’s biggest powerhouses. That doesn’t mean there’s no room for surprise, EA do have a tendency to pop out at least one new game that catches the attention. So what could 2016 hold?     Titanfall 2 - It’s no secret that Titanfall 2 is ready to drop at E3 2016. Reveal trailers and flashes of presentation rehearsals have people’s tongues wagging. After the first game provided a good concept and platform, Titanfall 2 looks to make a more last impact on the market. A single player campaign is...

The Mighty Number 9 Sequel Plans Make The Game Even Less Likeable

The Mighty Number 9 Sequel Plans Make The Game Even Less Likeable

The Mighty Number 9 is finally releasing later this year. It’s coming off the back of various delays and even a trailer that insulted its own fan base. Originally a kickstarter title, The Mighty Number 9 went from a beacon of hope to a rotted little apple. A number of backers have expressed regret in backing the game, some of which claim to no longer want to even play it. Has that stopped the game’s creator from planning a sequel? Of course not. As part of the sickly trend of expecting sequels, Keiji Inafune is already talking about a follow up to Mighty Number 9. The oddest part of it...

May’s Best Games: Old School, Series Ends & Digital Crack

May’s Best Games: Old School, Series Ends & Digital Crack

May was a pretty solid month. Classic franchises returned, modern classic franchises closed and Blizzard released a new IP. 2016 has been a strange year like that, so much new along side modern series closing. These are the best games released in May.     Doom -   Who would of knew that a modern rebirth of a classic franchise would be so good. Departing from the survival horror/ Tech demo that was Doom 3, Doom is classic to the core. Fantastic level design married with free flowing shooting results in amazing gameplay. Doom plays with confidence, never backing into a corner. There’s an undeniable thrill that oozes from every...

Can Watch Dogs 2 Restore Consumer Faith In The Franchise and Ubisoft?

Can Watch Dogs 2 Restore Consumer Faith In The Franchise and Ubisoft?

Watch Dogs created such immense hype when it was initial revealed during E3 2012. It looked so fresh, so wonderfully ‘new’. After a good long while of teases, trailers and footage, Watch Dogs was released to a mixed reception. Downgraded visuals, repetitive gameplay and barely anything you could honestly label as new, Watchdogs was disappointing. Ubisoft are no strangers to using misleading trailers, but Watch Dogs seemed to be the last straw for many. So how does Watchdogs 2 make sure not to follow a simialr path? It’s already under scrutiny, people are cautiously approaching the game, prodding and poking. Comments on the reveal trailer range from excitement to comedic...

Permanently Banning Overwatch Cheaters Is The Correct Punishment

Permanently Banning Overwatch Cheaters Is The Correct Punishment

Bizarrely, there’s a growing number of people willing to defend cheaters in video games. Blizzard’s life time bans for those who cheat are being labelled as ‘harsh’. This is something I struggle to understand, a life time ban is a perfectly good punishment for a number of reasons. Overwatch is a multiplayer shooter, the core content is player versus player. When someone purchases the game with their money, the level of value is determined by the enjoyment they get from playing the game. If another player decides to cheat, gaining a unfair advantage and ruining people’s experiences, they’re also robbing people of the game they paid for. It’s a persons...

Mastering Roadhog, The One Man Wrecking Ball

Mastering Roadhog, The One Man Wrecking Ball

Roadhog is easily one of Overwatch’s most deadly tanks. His mechanics may not be devious as other heroes in the game, but there’s a number of tricks to make use of. Known for his ability to take out players, there’s much more to Roadhog.     Skill & Info breakdown:   Scrap Gun - Ammo: 4   Fire Rate: 1   Reload Time: 1.5   Damage: Max Damage hits for 225 broken down into 25 pellets per shot, each with a damage range of 4-9 depending on range.   Acts as Roadhog’s primary attack   Headshots can be achieved   Scrap Gun Ball -  Ammo: 4   Fire Rate: 1.3...

Does Overwatch Need A Single Player? – Breaking Down The Question

Does Overwatch Need A Single Player? – Breaking Down The Question

One of the chief criticisms of Blizzard’s Overwatch is the questions of its value. With no single player campaign, a number of critics see this as a weakness. The amount of times I’ve seen people say the game would be ‘better’ with a single player is both numerous and confusing. At this point in time, I genuinely thought we had moved passed this school of thought. Forcing in single player/multiplayer into games to check boxes has been done and dusted, costing some franchises their life. A while back, I posted a piece on Condemned 2. This game was developed and released during a period in which modes of play were...

Love Doom? Try These

Love Doom? Try These

Doom is currently dazzling the masses with its old school flair. The fast paced combat, its wonderfully crafted level design, all packed together with satisfying gameplay. Doom has introduced a new generation of people to classic first person shooter design. Good news, Doom is one of many games on the market. There’s only few similar games, but anyone with a bang average laptop or PC can run a whole host of game similar to Doom.   Shadow Warrior The reboot of the cult classic, Shadow Warrior is great fun. It may not match up to the multi-layered levels of Doom 2016, but the core gameplay is similar. Fast paced shooting,...

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