book 01 Perceptive Podcast:We Didnt Go to GDC Edition

Ken, Evan and I stayed home this GDC week to further talk about Sim City 5, Square-Enix’s CEO stepping down, why Bioshock Infinite is being enjoyed all over (spoiler free of course,) why Diablo 3 hasn’t been so lucky in that regard and more.

For our post discussion we talked with Evan about competitive gaming, E-Sports in general and sportsmanship online.

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Retro 2

Satire can be one of the trickiest elements to represent and there is a fine line in providing a commentary on an issue, or becoming self indulging with it. Retro City Rampage takes us back to the 80s but this is one time traveling trip I would like to stay home.

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BioshockGameInformer

Last week in my analysis of Kid Icarus: Uprising I talked about how the controls of the game came close to outright ruining it. Over the weekend I spent more time analyzing and came to an understanding as to why the control scheme was so poor and a simple mistake that designers can make.

In an effort to make games easier to play, it is possible to make them harder to the point of unplayable.

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Riot1

Last week there were two showings of competitive games on the internet. One was the first MLG Starcraft 2 tournament of 2013, where competitors gave each other respect and played in sound proof booths.

The other was a video put up by Eurogamer showing how competitive teams from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 react during their games at the ESL matches. And it was a complete opposite to the well mannered SC 2 players. The concept of Sportsmanship in video games has always been very loose, but is it time to start cracking down?

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