Archive for May, 2010

Cross-Platform Games

Steam came to the Mac the other week and ever since I see ads on Steam boasting that when you buy a game you get to play it on both your Mac and your PC. Now, I don’t own a Mac nor do I want to, but I have a PS3 next door and have […]

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How Far Does Intellectual Property Go?

I don’t know about you, but copyright law is really starting to make me sick. I completely agree with the notion that an individual’s or even a company’s creations must be protected from blatant copying or we will end up seeing the iPed everywhere. But at what point does reasonable protection of intellectual property stop […]

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Don’t Fix Everything

Game developers these days seem to have an urge to fix their game every time that players find a creative way to perform better than they should. Players are collecting a large amount of monsters and then kill them with area of effect spells? Clearly we need to put a cap on the amount of […]

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Quickie: Cataclysm? When It’s Ready.

Blizzard always had an “it’s ready when it’s ready” philosophy for its game releases, with the last World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King possibly being an exception. It seems as if they are back on track now though, as Blizzard’s Frank Pearce just alluded to in an interview with vg247.com. When asked […]

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No Starcraft for a Month?

Apparently the Starcraft II beta will take an extended break for „several weeks“ before becoming available again shortly before the game launches. Aside from the fact that that will make many players (including me) unhappy, I have to wonder why Blizzard would do this. Sure, they might have gotten all the feedback they want for […]

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Quickie: Remember the Dust

So my PC got quite slow lately and crahed in games from time to time. Everest revealed high CPU temperatures which I could fight with increased fan speeds for a while. Ultimately though I had to dismount my CPU fan and clean it completely. I always forget just how much dust a PC can accumulate […]

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Enough With the Items Already – Part 2

On I talked about how there are too many crafting ingredients and trash items dropping in MMOs. Today I’ll have a look at equipment drops and consumables and actually have examples of games that improved much on the now standard way to do this.

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Quickie: Blogroll & 8 Bit Starcraft

It’s about time that I added another blogger to my blogroll – the amazing Tesh. His blog over at Tish Tosh Tesh has so many interesting posts on the topic of game design that you’ll have stuff to read for quite a while. Also, he actually works in the industry (albeit as an artist) so […]

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Enough With the Items Already – Part 1

Have you checked your inventory in the MMO of your choice after an hour of adventuring lately? Chances are that it was full of magic items that might warrant another look, slightly less magic items that will be sold to a vendor right away, ingredients for seventy million different crafting professions, consumables that heal you, […]

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EVE, the Third Best PC Game of All Time?

So PC Gamer ran  a poll, asking for the best PC game of all time. (See parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.) The results are, of course, preposterous. EVE Online is apparently the third best PC game of all time, only beaten by Half-Life 2 and Fallout 3. World of Warcraft as the most […]

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