Tom Francis: "Get me talking about any other game on my list and I'll gush about its virtues. Get me talking about XCOM and I will complain until long after you have left the room. I have a laundry list of gripes and issues and critiques that I'm burning to get off my chest - in fact I think I'm making my current game to get these off my chest. But it's only because I care. XCOM makes me care, faster and more intensely than almost any other game, about my stupid little gun idiots who can't hit a barn door and run through acid and claim they can't hack the computer they're right next to when they said they could from halfway across the room and - god dammit I'm doing it again. The point is, your reward for making me live and die with these people, Firaxis, is that I will treat every imperfection of your game as a personal wound you have intentionally dealt me and for which I can never forgive you. But thanks." … [Read more...] about The top 10 games of the generation
"So you just have to kind of surf it for a little while and swallow your pride and be cool with it until everybody learns enough that they see your argument. Kevin used to call it the Jedi mind trick. Eventually somebody would come back to you with your idea – they would say, 'Hey, you know, this doesn't need Windows at all'. And you have to control your urge to fucking kill them, because you've been telling them that for two years and now they finally come up with it like it's their idea. But that's the Jedi mind trick: 'These are not the droids we're looking for'; 'OK, this is not the operating system we need'. Bravo [applauds]. You're a genius, thank you for thinking of this. We never thought about that – we thought it should be Windows. … [Read more...] about Edge Magazine Presents: Game Changers – Microsoft enters the console race
“[The console business] is a loss-making business in the early years but if you can see light at the end of the tunnel – that your installed base is growing – you can see a one-, two-, three-year roadmap for content coming in, from both first-party and third-party. You could also see with Dreamcast we were trying to maybe change the face of gaming, if you will, to make it more online, more collaborative, more co-operative – getting boys out of their bedrooms, making this thing feel like it was a true entertainment medium rather than something that your 13-year-old son plays sat on the edge of his bed on a crappy TV. And to really mainstream it, that was our goal: to mainstream gaming. … [Read more...] about Edge Magazine Presents: Game Changers – Sega quits the console business
New consoles have historically meant new controllers, though. As a disabled gamer with accessibility requirements, the news of a next-generation controller creates fear and uncertainty, and these emotions are echoed by many disabled gamers. I've experienced this fear during the previous generation's move to the Dualshock 4. For a while, I thought my only option was to hang up my gaming gloves. But in fact, that was when I discovered the gaming accessibility community and realised that the gaming industry was working to become more inclusive. … [Read more...] about What do the new generation’s controllers mean for accessibility?
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