Don’t go thinking that what I’m about to say comes from any reactionary, moralistic standpoint, crying out for sanitised media. Because it really, really doesn’t. But I think that The Last of Us Part 2 has a violence problem.The first Last of Us used violence incredibly well. While it’s safe to say that the majority of AAA video games revolve around violence, very few elevate its purpose to anything above a mechanical means of interacting with the world. None are obliged to, mind, and to do so would often be wildly inappropriate. But The Last of Us does. It’s probably still the stand-out text when looking for an example of a violent game that’s also about violence. Its approach to bloodshed and killing is fundamental to its quality.Joel’s story is that of a good man turned brutal by the callous acts of a savage world. It’s about the ugliness of a life in which violence is a pre-requisite to survival. Most crucially, it’s also about … [Read more...] about The Last of Us Part 2 is struggling to stand out amid a brutal video game landscape the original inspired
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I’m standing still at the entrance to a corridor, waiting for a very special enemy to emerge at the other end. He’s not a boss or anything like that. Just a well-armoured goon who I know to be the sole inhabitant of this part of Rage 2’s E3 demo. His appearance though, has become a bit of a stand-out moment. As our familiarity has grown, I’ve named him Greg.We’ve danced this dance before, Greg and I, and we’ll dance it again before long. Going hands on with Id Software and Avalanche Studios’ anarchic, post-apocalyptic, open-world FPS a few weeks before E3, I have time to play the demo more than once. In fact I end up playing it through four times in a row, and oh boy, do I discover some things as a result. Rage 2, you see, while immediate and instantly fun, is a shooter with serious layers. With each play-through, I come to understand it on a new level, its various moving parts becoming clearer in their purpose, and the bigger picture of Rage … [Read more...] about I played the Rage 2 E3 demo four times in a row, and it got better (and smarter) every time. Here’s what I learned
What if you make the wrong decision? You’ve ever been paralyzed by that question in your head I have to and we’re going to talk about how to overcome it and some ways to make better decision coming up. What’s up guys Tim Ruswick here from Game Dev Underground helping you build finish and launch better games. Today we’re talking about decision-making. More specifically what if you make the wrong decision. We’ve all been there. We’ve all been and whether it’s design decision whether it’s a business decision whether it’s a life decision we’ve all been there. We’ve all been facing this decision looking at it scared of it terrified of it not wanting to make the decision because it could be wrong. Like what if we do the wrong thing. I did this a lot with like investing especially like and— I’m dude okay so I started you know investing in Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin and theory and all that kind of stuff, and … [Read more...] about What If I Make The Wrong Decision? I’m Scared!
YouTubers Joe Weller and KSI, who rose to prominence as part of a YouTube gaming group, will step into the boxing ring on Saturday and go head-to-head after months of feuding. The rivalry between Weller and KSI dates back to their days with a group called the Sidemen, a team of seven British YouTubers with a focus on video games, including FIFA, Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, who also happened to be longtime friends. KSI was one of the group’s founding members in 2013. As the Sidemen became more popular, each developed their own individual YouTube account, and KSI grew to be one of the most famous members of the group. In August 2017, KSI announced he was moving on from the group. KSI’s decision to leave the group on reportedly unfriendly terms (he blamed internal drama with one Sidemen member as a reason) kickstarted his months-long feud with Weller. Although Weller was never officially a part of Sidemen, but rather described as a friend of the group, he and KSI … [Read more...] about YouTubers, FIFA gamers set for momentous boxing match to settle months of drama
One of the joys of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is how it’s created a new connection between me and my seven-year-old son. He’s sunk himself into this game, and shares with me all his achievements and discoveries. When I finally pry the controller from his hands so that I can play, he cuddles up close and offers advice. Zelda is a new playground in which he and I can enjoy one another’s company. But it’s also a place he visits alone, in which he discovers lessons that are relevant and useful outside the confines of the game’s world. Many games — from narrative adventures to first-person shooters — offer useful lessons about ourselves and the lives we lead. I’m not arguing that this game is the only one that we can learn from. But Breath of the Wild’s richness, its heritage of Nintendo’s mission of discovery and wonder, makes it a herald for all games that have something useful to teach kids. This game has so much … [Read more...] about Breath of the Wild’s fantastic life lessons for kids