A look into Killing Floor 2’s Co-op

The Call: Survival In The New Domain A Journey into Killing Floor 2’s Co-op          The night sky is no longer dark. Instead, looking out of the window, What should have been a cloudy, dark night had long since become orange, with the lights of a thousand burning embers rising up into the sky, singing their song of chaos that had been ripped from the once peaceful streets of Paris. The wind … Read More

So you want to make a free to play game

Making a game is something you put your heart and soul into, yet in the end, to do so at a professional level instead of as a hobby requires that someone foots the bill for food, shelter, heating and so on. It’d be nice if we could just get the best people to make the best games, but reality dictates that we need to pay our employees. There are a lot of ways to do … Read More

What makes a game fun? Episode 003 – Snowballing

Now, this’s a bit off the topic I’d been going to cover, but it’s pertinent to the first two episodes of the “What Makes A Game Fun?” series. So what’s the topic that I’m beating around the bush on today? Why, snowballing. No, no, not THAT kind of snowballing… ew. It’s also best if you don’t ask yourself why I know that term. No, I mean the kind of snowballing which refers to the effect … Read More

Why I didn’t like the Legend of Korra

Let me be clear, I really really wanted to like the Legend of Korra. I remember people telling me how much they hated it, and how I shouldn’t even give it a chance. Being stubborn as I am, I decided to give it a chance anyway. I’m of the opinion that I can let certain flaws slide if a work redeems itself in the end. I can forgive a great deal if a show manages … Read More

Minecrafting For the Beginner

The virus swept through the world, a terrifying parody of low budget horror movies, turning loved ones into ravenous beasts. Aboard the last ship of living humans you head out, trying to survive at sea until the danger passes. But something much more sinister is at play. A magical apocalypse is upon us. The world heaves and buckles, landmasses change, ancient rites once again regain their power, and your boat is destroyed, leaving you in … Read More

Deskercise #1: Nutrition

We’ve all been there; “I wanna lose 5lbs.” It sounds so easy, too, doesn’t it?  And then you get hit with the barrage of fad-diets and people who want to change your entire lifestyle. Isn’t there some sort of middle ground?  Isn’t it possible to live your life a little more healthy without it taking over your whole life and cutting severely into your gaming time? Well, yes, yes there is.  And today, since gamers … Read More

What makes a game fun? Episode 002 – Choices

The most basic premise of playing a game is that you, yanno… play the game. If a player doesn’t have a direct control over the outcome of a game, then they may as well be watching TV instead of playing, because they’re not actually engaging in the gameplay aspect. This is the single most important aspect of what makes a game fun, and one which, sadly, is misunderstood by many developers, and hence we get … Read More

Moframe Movember

That’s right, you heard me right, the popular Free To Play (and awesome to play) game Warframe is kicking it up into a stylish high-gear by joining in for No-Shave Movember, a month-long “holiday” of sorts, where people are encouraged to not shave off mustaches or beards and donate to prostate cancer. https://warframe.com/movember?q=movember Men are known to die at a significantly younger age than women, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which … Read More

What makes a game fun? Episode 001 – Progression

So what makes a game “fun?” Several journalists have claimed that “fun” is in the eye of the beholder, and so personal that there’s no way to gauge it and as such we may as well stop trying to even consider if a game is fun or not when reviewing them. However, this isn’t exactly true… There are certain things which are inherently rewarding to players in a deep, satisfying psychological manner, and there are … Read More