James Vaughan, the founder of Ndemic Creations and the video game series Plague Inc., Rebels Inc., and Plague Inc.: The Board Game posted a blog yesterday giving an unprecedented look into the sales data of the board game. Raw sales numbers and actual performance data in the board game industry is normally tricky to find, so Vaughan’s blog feels surprisingly transparent. Vaughan explicitly states in his “vivisection” of the game’s commercial data that when he first decided to turn his video game into cardboard, he found it “really hard to find good sales data about the number of copies a reasonably successful board game might sell.”According to Vaughan’s findings, a successful board game sells about 10,000 copies (and he notes that most board games that are published each year don’t even hit that number). For a game to be an overwhelming success, the target number to beat is 100,000 units sold. Plague Inc.: The … [Read more...] about Plague Inc. Founder Gets Real About Board Game Sales Data
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This past weekend, I completed the main story for Red Dead Redemption 2. Yes, I know, the game is massive and most people have spent a majority of their time exploring its vastness. It might just be a bit too much video game for some. I have (for better or worse) instead opted to power through the narrative rather than having the game’s journey spoiled for me. Speaking of spoilers, if you haven’t already guess it from the title, it should almost go without saying that I’m about to discuss major story spoilers from Red Dead Redemption 2. If you care to avoid having such things spoiled, I’d recommend coming back after you finish the game’s main story missions. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the definition of a “slow burn” when it comes to modern video games, as a majority of the time with the story is spent on exposition (for the world and its characters). The title takes its sweet time to build out character relationships and reinforce existing ones … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2 Is At Its Best When Its Characters Are Falling Apart
Humanity is a self-destructive species, and Destiny 2: Forsaken is credible evidence that we’re probably doomed. Fortunately, Forsaken is also the best update possible for Bungie’s MMO-lite shooter, adding fantastic new modes, new weapons, new missions, and new purpose to a game that had fallen flat a few months after launch even amongst its most hardcore fans.So there’s some good news, at least. To understand how it highlights the flaw in our species’ brain patterns, though, we need to look back at the launch of Destiny 2, and its simplified loot system. Bungie’s game is ostensibly about shooting — chunky, explosive, great-feeling shooting — but it’s just as much about loot. Where the first game (only ever released on console) spat out random gear with random perks at seemingly random intervals, its sequel adopted a vending machine system: tokens were earned for playing the game, and could be exchanged for a small pool of weapons and … [Read more...] about Has Destiny 2 been improved by its updates?
There are few arenas where NBA star and former Indiana Pacers captain Paul George isn’t the person everyone wants to flock around. Epic Games’ Fortnite Pro-Am tournament is one of those rare places. George, who tells Polygon it felt “amazing to be competing” in the tournament, wasn’t the main draw. Neither were hip-hop artists Lil Yachty or Vince Staples. Even actors like Joel McHale and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) are second-class. McHale, Heder, George and Staples may have diehard fans outside of Fortnite‘s gigantic empire, swallowing everything in its distance, but within the empire, there are only a couple of heroes. And they are gods. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, Alastair “Ali-A” Aiken and a few other notable streamers are Fortnite‘s slightly more awkward, equally charming version of Ringo, Paul, John and George, ready to stand in the spotlight before their adorning fans and ride the … [Read more...] about Fortnite’s Pro-Am tournament embraced a new type of video game god
Females on film While film school classes and incensed critics continue to debate the lack of women in film, female actresses are fighting the good fight on the silver screen itself. Alas, not in anywhere near the numbers needed - provided things were a little bit fairer, of course - or that woman over the age of 40 didn't suddenly become a movie exec's idea of nightmare kryptonite.Over the years, these actresses have been asked to play any number of damsels, dames, nagging housewives, ditzy girlfriends and occasionally (just occasionally) an interesting and nuanced character. This list celebrates the latter, looking at the very best female creations in the history of cinema. Enjoy.15 most prolific female screenwriters25 funniest female characters25 best movies on Netflix Prev Page 1 of 101 Next Prev Page 1 of 101 Next 100. Baby (Dirty Dancing) The Character: Dirty Dancings Jewish princess learns to thrust n grind with Swayzes Johnny Castle. Nobodys gonna put her in a corner … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest female characters in movies