This week, I have something a bit different. If you missed the announcement last week, we actually did a livecast on Google Hangout instead of our normal ones with returning guest Zach Barth from Zachtronics Industries.
I’ve been struggling to keep my enthusiasm up while playing Hearthstone, but each time I stopped playing it was not out of being tired but not wanting to play anymore. Hearthstone is just about dead to me in the same way that Card Hunter was and both suffer from one of the biggest things a designer has to worry about: Keeping someone interested in playing.
The 2D genre has been seeing a lot of unique takes lately and last year Mercenary Kings made waves on both the consoles and a Steam release. Combining several different mechanics the game delivered an interesting taste at adding depth to the shoot-em-up, but this taste left me wanted more than what the game delivered.
Far Cry 4 was unveiled recently with some added controversy which the series has begun to be known for. The teaser art for the game depicted a man sitting on a destroyed statue as a throne with his hand resting on another man’s head in a subservient position.
What seems like within hours, there was outcry that Ubisoft was racist and just from the screenshot alone. This incident continues the debate about what video games can show and if there is a line that we can’t cross.