Virtual reality headsets of all kinds often get criticized for not having the must-have title. The killer app, if you will. But that dated mindset doesn’t even necessarily apply to standard consoles now, as most of them depend on their breadth of experiences over one must-play game. PSVR is attractive because of its relative lower price and ease of use but it lacks the power and freedom inherent to the PC headsets. Its downsides have always held it back but, after extensive time with multiple titles at E3 2018, I’m convinced that PSVR’s variety will its biggest strength moving forward. PSVR Game: Déraciné Genre: Adventure Pronounced “deh-rah-shi-nay,” this FromSoftware (and Sony’s Japan Studio) PSVR exclusive isn’t what you’d expect from the same developer who created the Souls and Armored Core games. It’s not an action game with repulsive Lovecraft demons or giant mech, but an adventure game in an old mansion. You play as … [Read more...] about Why PSVR’s Variety is its Biggest Strength
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Usually the former, but it can be the latter. Conventional wisdom states that it’s easier for players to project themselves into a silent protagonist than somebody with a voice, since it’s easier to imagine yourself saying those words at that time. That’s what most silent protagonists are going for. The tradeoff is that you can lose that storytelling ability that you’d get from a top notch voice performance. There are lots of people who enjoy silent protagonists and there are plenty who enjoy voiced protagonists. It really comes down to the kind of experience that the creative leadership on the game wants to convey to the player.That said, in some uncommon cases the number of voiced lines is just too much for the budget. SWTOR, for example, made the decision to cut the voiced protagonist in their episodic content for lower-importance/generic conversations for budgetary reasons. In their case, they would have had to record 16 different voices delivering the same … [Read more...] about So when making a silent protagonist, is it moreso…
By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:13 GMT Spec Ops: The Line is free right now through the Humble Store. Those who’ve yet to play Spec Ops: The Line can download the game for free on PC. Based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Spec Ops tells a rather dark story, and the single-player was rather good, depending upon who you ask. Unfortunately, critics, players and even developer Yager itself called out the “tacked-on” multiplayer. Still, we consider Spec Ops: The Line one of the most underrated games of its generation. Well, some of us did. You have one day and 21 hours, as of press time, to grab it off the Humble Store if don’t want to hand out the cash. … [Read more...] about Spec Ops: The Line is free for the next couple of days on the Humble Store
So, what did we learn from Trump’s hour long video game summit? It began with a minute and a half video reel showing particularly violent scenes from various video games, which appeared to set the tone for an ambush that should’ve been obvious from a mile distant. And beyond that? It’s difficult to argue that anything of value was accomplished. Here’s the White House’s press release on the meeting: "Today, President Trump and senior members of the Administration met with leaders in the video game industry and experts on violence to discuss violent video game exposure and its impact on our children. To date, the Administration has led many discussions about how to prevent violent behavior in our schools, with a focus on stopping those intent on committing mass murder. During today’s meeting, the group spoke with the President about the effect that violent video games have on our youth, especially young males.The President acknowledged some … [Read more...] about Opinion: Trump’s video game ‘summit’ reminds us who the enemy is
- Senior lecturer in psychology at Cardiff University Dr. Netta Weinstein on the legitimacy of "gaming disorder". In a piece published by The Guardian today, industry figures gave their opinions about the World Health Organization's decision to include "gaming disorder" in its draft of the next diagnostic manual (the International Classification of Diseases). The US-based Entertainment Software Association has already expressed their doubts over the classification, as well as the UK game industry trade body UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment). “We are very concerned about the inconclusive nature of the research and the evidence that WHO is using to base this potential classification on,” explains UKIE’s chief executive Jo Twist. It seems that researchers also agree. Senior lecturer in psychology at Cardiff University Dr. Netta Weinstein is still unconvinced. "In our research,” she notes, “we found very … [Read more...] about Is it right to classify excessive video game play as a health disorder?