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What’s Really Holding Back PC Games?

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I’m going to try to make this my last post connecting to The Witcher 3 before I actually play the game (which will probably be long after its hype dies down). Another point of discussion regarding its technology is whether or not consoles are the reason the final game doesn’t look like its initial reveal videos. I think that assertion misses the whole point. Continue reading

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Late to Space Games Part 1: Elite (1984)

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One game genre that’s mystified me over the years has been space flight simulators. The buzz surrounding No Man’s Sky convinced me to finally plan to investigate them this year. Part of the reason people are so mystified with the game is because it’s part of a genre that almost doesn’t exist on consoles. So, for a while you might see a lot of posts on this blog about space games. I decided to start off with one of the first and probably the most influential — the original 1984 Elite, well, a version of it at least.

On one hand I was always intimidated by how complex the flying mechanics of Wing Commander or X-Wing look. On the other hand I wondered how games about trading goods like Freelancer could ever be fun, even if it is in space. Even the title “Freelancer” sounds like some kind of economics job description that’s anti-fun. It’s one more area that makes PC gaming look much more intimidating than it actually is. I think I made the right decision in starting my trek through this genre basically from the beginning. Continue reading

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The Lingering Mysteries of No Man’s Sky

As usual The Game Awards, despite the re-branding, was really just another event for game trailers to try to hold up an awards show. I don’t actually know what games won what awards or what they did to celebrate 2014 gaming but we did get a great preview of what’s going on for the first half of 2015.

The most ambitious and in some ways divisive game shown there and at PSX was probably No Man’s Sky. It’s easy to be skeptical of a game that promises a galaxy with literally billions of life-sized planets to explore. Another source of skepticism however has been the content of the trailers. Many people still aren’t sure exactly what the game is or what you do in it. Continue reading

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