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Six, Crucial Elements to a Genuine, Survival-Horror Game

It’s safe to say that there’s been quite a significant amount of talk over the survival-horror genre and where it’s been heading as of late. Resident Evil 6 was released in the fall of 2012 and received a backlash of negative criticism for being more of an action-based third person shooter than a survival-horror game. Another controversial case is Dead Space 3, which just touched ground last week with a fair amount of complaints that it’s beginning to abandon its…

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The “Young” Gamer’s Faux Dilemma

According to the ESA (Entertainment Software Association), the average age of a gamer is around 30 years old. To be honest, this never ceases to seem like a fake estimate to me. I would imagine most people would phase out of playing video games somewhere after 25 due to likely managing a full-time job, a family, etc. That’s why I would expect the average age to round out somewhere near 23 years old. However, this is not the case and…

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The Significance of “The Walking Dead” Winning a GOTY Award

I personally don’t enjoy watching the VGAs on the Spike TV channel. The activities and dialogue that pervade the event are mostly immature and corny, so I’d rather avoid the whole thing rather than endure it to watch the awesome trailers and teasers for upcoming games. I prefer to look them up later on YouTube or something. So I eventually found out Dark Souls II, the Phantom Pain (Metal Gear Solid V), Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, and a…

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A Fall Flash: Thoughts on This Season’s (and Summer’s) Big Games

  Does anyone else think that releasing games during the fall is one of the worst ideas ever contrived by the video game industry? I’m sure there are reasons for this, but each year, multiple titles of high caliber speckle the months when most people are working and studying incessantly. Yet gamers across the globe still take time to at least buy one or two of the biggest hits and play them when possible. This situation is my case, but…

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The Beautiful Music Behind First Person Shooters

  Whenever I think of First Person Shooters, I imagine a chaotic battlefield with soldiers screaming commands at each other, death in several violent forms, and over-the-top Michael Bay action that’s accompanied by deafening explosions and bombastic music. Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Killzone come to my mind, which generally fit this description of a FPS. They’re also what the majority of gamers have desired to see on the market, so it’s what publishers and developers are attempting to chuck…

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What Makes an Epic Moment?

Come on, you know what I’m talking about. Remember that time where you hooted at your TV in triumph after winning a multiplayer match? Felt the rush of adrenaline as you beat that final boss? Or how about seeing something so breathtaking you involuntarily uttered “wow” to yourself? These are the kinds of moments that reside in your memory from a few of the games you play. In other words, they’re the moments that define the pinnacle of your experience…

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Reasons Why I’m Pitching Darksiders II To You

Tuesday marked the release of Vigil Games’ latest video game: Darksiders II. Even though some people held the original game in contempt for “copying” Legend of Zelda and God of War, many others praised it for its solid gameplay, uniquely vivid art style, and replay value. I’m in the latter camp when it comes to Darksiders, which is why I would give it a rating of 8/10. I played through it this summer, enjoyed it, and would easily recommend it…

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