Loot boxes continue to be a divisive issue in gaming. I recently wrote an article comparing Overwatch’s loot boxes to the boxes in Destiny 2. I argued that the Overwatch system was priced more fairly, and that the rules governing Overwatch’s box contents were less stingy and predatory than the Destiny 2 boxes. I concluded that games that sold cosmetics from loot boxes should follow the Overwatch model. This position seemed controversial to some. Even if Overwatch boxes were less awful than Destiny boxes, many readers objected to praising Overwatch’s system at all. These players would like to see randomized loot boxes eliminated from all the games that use them, and, presumably, replaced with a-la-carte purchasing for skins and cosmetics, where you only buy the specific items you want. Regulators and government authorities in some places agree. Blizzard recently disabled loot box purchases in Belgium, after regulators there decided that loot boxes are analogous to … [Read more...] about Want Overwatch to get rid of loot boxes? It might get more expensive
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The second generation of Pokemon is often considered the pinnacle of the entire franchise. Two fully explorable regions, two new types in Steel and Dark, and plenty of new activities based on a day/night cycle that enthralled players in the year 2000. Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal are fondly remembered for being excellent follow-ups on the Game Boy Color. With every new generation, we get a slew of new Pokémon to capture as well. Generation 2 allowed us to capture 100 new Pokémon, some of which were evolutions and baby forms of monsters found in Generation 1. Generation 2 arguably has some of the best designs for the series, as it was hard to narrow down the best of the bunch to six. Who made the cut? Let’s find out. First, as always, some ground rules. No legendary Pokémon will be featured here. Second, only one Pokémon per evolutionary line will be mentioned. Finally, the list will combine design aesthetics, competitive viability, and overall impact … [Read more...] about The Six Best Designed Pokemon of Generation 2
In 2007 fresh out of high school as a senior, if you would have asked me if I was excited for college, I would not be able to contain the emotion in my face. Hell yes I was excited. I had knew that I wanted to make games since the day I finished the Halo: Combat Evolved campaign. I knew that very day that I was destined to create experiences as magical as this one had been for me. Games were epic. They were the ultimate form of art. Sure I loved making music (used to be a rapper yo!), sure I loved programming, sure I loved storytelling. But games…games were all of the above. Games were my chance to create the ultimate expression of the fragments inside my head that wanted to badly to be understood. Games were everything great about every art form all wrapped into a single fun and interactive package. So the only choice for me was to go to school for game development. Here is my experience. It started out OK…err that’s what I told myself. The first 2 years, even … [Read more...] about Should You Go To College For Game Dev? Here’s My Experience.
Twenty years after its release, Resident Evil 2 is looked at as one of the iconic games of the era. Its chilling environments, macabre story, and hideous creatures still put a chill down my spine. However, RE2 was almost a very different game. Development started just a month after the original game was completed and the projected release date was May 1997. However, due to the breakaway success of Resident Evil, the whole project was reevaluated, and the original version of RE2 was scrapped at around 60-80% completion. Very few assets were reused from this first version, and the final product was radically different in story, environment, and structure than it was initially intended to be. Fans call this first take of the game Resident Evil 1.5 (which is what we'll use to refer to this version in the article), and below we go in-depth about this lost version of Resident Evil 2. Resident Evil 1.5: The Characters A lot of the aspects of Resident Evil 1.5 feel like a mirror version of … [Read more...] about Resident Evil 1.5: Everything You Need to Know About The Game Resident Evil 2 Could Have Been
By Staff, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 05:42 GMT A walkthrough to get you on the V route in Mystic Messenger’s Another Story mode. This Mystic Messenger guide page is designed to ensure you successfully achieve V route at the end of the first four days of Another Story mode. V route is only available in Another Story; you cannot access it in Casual or Deep Story modes. You should not play Another Story until you have seen 707’s endings in Deep Story mode and unlocked all the Secret Ending story content in the gallery; although Another Story is set before the other modes in its own timeline, it spoils content from the core stories. At time of publication there is no second route to Another Story; that will be added sometime in early 2018. As such, you’ll end up on V’s route pretty much no matter what you do, as long as you don’t make so many bad choices that you end up on a Bad End. Just to take the worry out of it, though, we’ve posted a successful … [Read more...] about Mystic Messenger: how to get on V’s route walkthrough – Prologue, Day 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Another Story mode)