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Combat Is Character Development in 'Uncharted 4'

In Uncharted 4, combat has changed because Nathan Drake has changed.

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The Inelegance of the Video Game Satire

Seven Psychopaths and Drive have what it takes to go on to be cult favourites. They were able to use the conventions of their genre to criticize the fundamental operations of it. I bring up these movies because they’re great at doing what video games have been trying and failing to do, especially recently.

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The Pleasures of Playing in an Economy of Pain

The greater the failure of the video game player, the greater the financial reward of the video game machine’s owner. More frustration, more 'death', used to mean more quarters per hour. These days, it means something else, entirely.

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The Five Games That Actually Should Be on the Nintendo 3DS

What 3-D is good for is salaciousness and action, some things that the crop of 3-D games launched with the 3DS are largely bereft of.

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Rubi vs. Bayonetta

Why did Bayonetta generate so much controversy while Rubi Malone went completely ignored?

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Building a Better Murderer

Darksiders offers nothing especially new in terms of teaching the player to kill, but what it it does do better than many games is teach the player to be a more efficient and effective murderer by changing up some existing mechanisms of training the player in the deadly arts. Largely, this boils down to creating some rules for murder.

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A Four-Leaf Clover Goes Platinum

Clover Studio has returned as PlatinumGames, complete with a publishing deal with Sega. It's time to celebrate, people.


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