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Posts tagged “opinion”

Feature: Opinion

The Ignorance Of Crowds: Why Open Development Is Crap

Open development is just about the worst idea for games. People like to think they’re pretty special. And people do tend to have a habit of thinking what they think is right, and those who disagree are wrong. In my case it’s actually true, but unfortunately that’s not always the case for others. And really, honestly, the very last thing I want is other wrong…

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Feature: The Alienware Problem

Why Early Steam Machines Need To Be Upgradable

Steam Machines might be Valve's answer to consoles, but that doesn't mean they play by the same rules as Sony and Microsoft's increasingly indistinguishable boxes. Linux is an open platform and Steam is constantly evolving. I do not think it's unreasonable, then, to expect elements of PC gaming to creep into Steam Machine hardware as well. Just, uh, maybe don't get your hopes up for…

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Feature: Are Rampant Sales Hurting Players?

Rohrer Isn’t Wrong About Sales, But He Also Isn’t Right

OK, first things first: Castle Doctrine, Passage, and Sleep is Death creator Jason Rohrer is a giant. I am automatically more inclined to believe anything very tall people say. They've seen so much more than the rest of us from their monolithic neck perches, their giraffe-like forms stretching up into stratospheres I've only dared imagine. Also, it's instinct: big person beat me up, ergo ideologically…

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Feature: And don't let anyone tell you otherwise

Games Are The Ideal Place For Telling Great Stories

There are some who have argued that games just aren't the right medium for telling stories. Pointing out that scant few games have ever produced literary works comparable with other forms, the suggestion is that gaming just isn't a suitable place for such narrative experiences. But this argument is entirely flawed, failing to understand that gaming is home to a completely new form of storytelling,…

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Feature: And fridges aren't for driving.

Maybe Games Just Aren’t For Telling Great Stories?

During all of the recent conferences for the forthcoming consoles, a refrain is repeated by all involved. When they boast of their new technology, their graphical improvements, their breakthrough achievements, it always seems to be said that it will provide enchancements in storytelling. New ways to connect emotionally with the player. "To tell stories in a far more powerful way." I'm fascinated that this is…

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Feature: Not In My Game

E3’s Press Events Do Not Represent The Gaming I Know

After alternately watching live feeds of the press conferences last night, and watching colleagues' reactions to them on Twitter, I awake with a heavy cynicism for the entire industry. While a couple of new IPs were announced, and they were perhaps even interesting, the overwhelming message of the LA evening was one of partisanship, stagnation, and a disturbing lack of awareness of what is most…

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Opinion: Blurring Genres

A few years back I remember Kieron angrily arguing that genres were stifling development. I've decided to muse on that. Simply by applying the label we inhibit both the game's development, and the audience's appreciation of the results. So perhaps one of the most frustrating results of such thinking is the notion of labelling something a “genre crossing game”.

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