Battlefield 3

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The Future of a Lifelong Gamer

Recently i have started thinking about my future and what i want to do with my life. My answer was clear and simple i dont effing know. My entire life the only thing i have been passionate about is gaming yes im a nerd i know.  So i thought why dont i become a video game journalist or youtuber but my negative side said the market is so oversaturated that noone will pay attention and you will be wasting your time. My friend convinced me to post something on reddit asking people what i should do (http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/vs87e/person_searching_for_a_career_in_video_gaming/). I have decided that i will attempt to pursue this career path so i can be happy. I enjoy any game i can get my hands on especially sandbox RPGs so in a short while i will start posting articles here, on reddit and videos on youtube. My youtube account name is Fatboysoapmakersinc. so once i start producing videos come by and check them out and leave comments. If you have any other ideas for my career feel free to leave comments and contact me via youtube or Gmail or whatever. 

Enough is Enough, Nintendo

I’m going to come right out and say it; it’s time for Nintendo to hang it up in the hardware department and focus on software. Sure, they started the motion control phase of gaming (for better or worse) with the Wii. But even that was arguably outdone by the two gorillas in the gaming hardware room with the Kinect and Move. Now they are on the cusp of releasing their next piece of “revolutionary” hardware with the Wii U. While the two screen idea is certainly a neat concept, it’s ultimately a gimmick that will lure in the curious but pass by the majority of gamers. Why do we need Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition? That game came out a year ago and played just fine on two other consoles and PC without a second screen to manage one’s inventory. It’s more of a forced edition to a game in order sell a piece of hardware. Sure ZombieU might be interesting and make some fun use of the second screen but is it really something that couldn’t have been accomplished on a single screen? Especially when one considers the size and quality of most people’s gaming screen these days.

Cloud Computing – The Original Force of Nature in Games

It's been an extremely rainy week. Apparently in Sweden, people have been advised to stay indoors, due to the high velocity winds and torrential flooding that can occur in these conditions. Here in southern Finland, we experienced relatively mild weather, yet still more rain in one day than has been received in the last few months.

50 Games in 2012 – Introduction and #1 Portal 2 [PS3]

[Introduction] – Playing games has been a hobby of mine ever since I was a little tyke. My first ever console was an N64 that I got for Christmas in '98 a long with Super Mario 64. It was a staple of my childhood to dilligently save up my allowance and ask for games for Christmas. Carefully I'd disect my EGM magazine each month writing notes and folding pages beside games to make sure I picked the best I could. Every year I'd play somewhere around 4-6 games and in recent history that has expanded to a higher number. At the end of 2011 I recalled all the great games I had played through 13 years. Golden Sun, Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, Red Dead Redemption and Uncharted 2 stood out among others. When compared to a top 100 list of games of all-time my gaming experiences paled in comparison. And almost like that it dawned on me that there really were 100's of amazing games I've never even played. With my own financial backing and the passion to try something adventurous I set the goal of playing 50 games in 2012. 

Are Fighting Games Still Fighting Games?

Fighting games are one of the most unique genres in the video game industry. A good fighting game has depth, only by practicing you become better than most. You learn how to time your attacks or how to connect moves together in order to punish your opponent. It's been this way since the rise of the arcade titles Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat. 

Why I Won’t Touch Kinect

What is your most important sense? I'm pretty sure most of you will say its your eyesight. Now then, if you should someday be unfortunate enough to become blind, there is still the possibility of getting by in this world. After all, many people do. If you were to lose your sense of touch however, how do you think you would cope?

Why I believe Final Fantasy Type-0 will be localized as a HD title

The PSP remasters Sony launched last year are, like the Vita, a promising idea to solve one of the biggest issue faced by Japanese developers: Japanese players like their game portables, whereas in the West, home console games sell much better than their DS or PSP counterpart. In the last 10 months, some, although not much, of the biggest PSP hits have already been remastered (The two God of War, Metal Gear Peace Walker, Monster Hunter 3rd) and the next logical step would be to extend this idea to Square Enix PSP blockbusters: Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

Shut up and take my money E3!

E3 undoubtedly has recently made me realize that I am going to be poor for the next year or two. Why you ask? Because I have already found a bundle of video games that were shown that makes me want to eat my sofa because I feel that if I have to wait even one more day I will implode! IMPLODE.

Why Is The Angry Birds Game So Popular?

Since the last part of the year 2009, almost everyone is hearing about the hype that involves a game with wingless birds and green pigs. I am sure that you have guessed it right! Yes, I am talking about the Angry Birds Game that was first seen in mobile phones, and today, people get to play them using their computers through the angry birds online, where everyone can enjoy it for free.

In the Shadow of Giants V

Shadow of the Colossus is a critically acclaimed and widely praised video game released by Team Ico in 2005. It was re-released as a high definition remaster in 2011 for the Playstation 3. The game tells the story of a young man named Wanda and his quest to bring a young girl back to life. What follows is part 4 of my journey as Wanda – what we saw, what we felt, our motivations, feelings and our wonder of the forbidden land that we found ourselves in.

A heavy game called Heavy Rain

With E3 2012 and Quantic Dream's announcment of a new title drawing ever so close, I thought now might be a good time to look back at Heavy Rain…

Dark Souls Review

Do you like dying in video games? Do you enjoy defeat? For most gamers the answer to both of those questions is no, hell no. Unfortunately, From Software's Dark Souls does not take no for an answer. You will die in Dark Souls, a lot. "PREPARE TO DIE" is boldly stated on the of the game's box, and that could not be any closer to the truth.  Lets look into the fray that is, Dark Souls.  

Will next-gen games cost more?

As I made my way home from school today, the radio in my car was tuned to Bloomberg news. For a second, they mentioned E3, speaking about Mircosoft's stock and particularly about how they planned to unveil their newest console at the event. 

Why should you care about Humble Bundle?

Buying a new video game can sometimes be a painful experience because the purchase can often feel unwarranted. This is especially the case with content created by small, unknown companies like Machinarium and Botanicula developer Amanita Design. Some of these games turn out to be fantastic but unfortunately don't receive the recognition they deserve. There has to be a way to get these guys' names out in the open and be able to feel good about paying for their goods at the same time, right?

The Right To Be Two-Dimensional

One consistency with developers these days is their distaste or even disgust with 2D sprite based animation. In today's industry supported by mega hits like GTA and COD, it seems that in order for a game to achieve any modicum of success, it needs to attempt at pandering to the lowest common denominator, and the most idiot-proof method of achieving that without sacrificing the producer's overall vision is probably to utilize hyper realistic presentation.

Tutorials: A reply to Minecraft Xbox 360

So, my article about Minecraft’s new tutorial didn’t go over too well. I understand; I’ll admit that I could have explained myself better, and that’s why I’m writing this. Think of this as “part two: a tutorial for Minecraft”.

The Many Problems of Crysis 2 and it’s Single Player

Way back in 2010, I remember seeing trailers for a game.  This game in particular stood out from the rest as its trailer, shown at that year's Game Developers Conference, focused so much more than others on the awesome technology that would go into making one of the best-looking games we'd ever seen.  Then, as more trailers were released, I began to realise that not only was this game boding to be a technological masterpiece destined for fantastic graphics and superb performance on all platforms, but it was to be Crytek's cinematic pièce de résistance.  It would have a sci-fi story that was not only epically exhilarating, but was also to tie up many of the loose ends left over from the game's predecessors Crysis and Crysis Warhead.