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The Futility of Simplifying Your Fighting Game

In a recent interview with Destructoid, Daisuke Ishiwatari, creator of the Guilty Gear franchise, stated that fans of the long-running anime fighting game can expect the eventual sequel to have…

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Effort Vs. Effect – Overwatch’s Mercy Conundrum and the Impact of Skill

Across most kinds of games, there generally exists some kind of feature that is presumably designed to help ease new players into a game until they build up a greater…

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How Effective Would Hawaii’s New Loot Box Law Be?

Hawaii state Representative Chris Lee may be many things, but he certainly is a man of his word when it comes to tackling loot boxes in games. As of February…

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Dark Narrative: Shipping…and Receiving

Sometimes you pick up on stories you never intended to. A trip to the mall reveals a family’s financial troubles or a store manager’s unscrupulous practices if you listen in,…

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Dark Narrative: Lord Bafford’s Manor

“Lord Bafford’s Manor” is the starting point for all the Thief adventures. It’s my first step each time I replay the game, and, after the training mission has greeted you,…

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Overwatch League and the Trial of “Casual” Audiences

From a conceptual standpoint, the Overwatch League is a natural and presumably inevitable progression of Esports as it, like the general direction that gaming is heading in, represents the normalization…

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Beyond Eververse: Destiny 2’s Mighty Blow to Bungie’s Reputation

There is little doubt that the vast majority of AAA game releases in 2017 were haunted by the specter of microtransactions. Star Wars Battlefront 2 took most of the flak from…

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2017 Was A Magical Year for Nintendo

Two years ago, I would have said that Nintendo was in a spot of trouble. The Wii U wasn’t doing the company’s brand any favors, and any time a big…

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2017: The Hair-Raising Resurgence of Horror Games

I never like to call a genre dead or dying. The industry usually has its ebbs and flows, and genres fade in and out of popularity over time. They never…

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6 Defining Gaming Moments From 2017

It’s certainly been an interesting year. Among the many varying events in society, video games have only really experienced positive things this year. Nintendo are back, Microsoft have raised their…

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