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Spotlight: Video-game tour guides, a gaming teetotaler, Unreal Engine 4, and more

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The Community Spotlight features some of the best unedited articles that didn't quite make the front page.This week, we refuse to stay with our video-game tour group, reject the imbibing of our in-game characters, review what we know about the Unreal Engine 4, and more. Join us!


Stop making tour guides in video games
By Alexander Kraus

Alexander is sick of being told what to do. He acknowledges that gamers need motivation, but that it must be carefully crafted to appeal to the player. His favorite method? Stealing your stuff, a la Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

How being a teetotaler inspired my first immersive gaming moment
By Justin Davis

Lots of video games feature illicit substances, and some even allow players to partake (via their characters, of course). But Justin chose, in real life as well as in-game, not to do so…until a mission in Borderlands 2 took the decision out of his hands. Interesting take, no matter what your poison is.

Unreal Engine 4 might be bested by Square Enix engine
By Edward Varnell

Based on their appearances at this year's E3 convention, Edward examines the status of two of the biggest upcoming graphical engines. "I hate to admit this," he writes, "but (SE's engine) looks so much better though, half of developers would use UE4 or their own."What do you think?

Gaming's greatest 'epic misquotes'
By Nick Pino

Ever seen those Internet mash-up images that basically exist to piss off nerds and fanboys? (Like this one, for example.) Nick has made a few aimed at gamers. See if they get your hackles up.


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