Journalism vs. Crowdfunding

It’s been two years since the Double Fine Kickstarter changed how we think about game budgets and funding. Crowdfunding has become a way of life in the industry, and every small studio gets to ask themselves: do we need a publisher, or can we do without? It’s hardly a panacea for the industry’s woes, but …

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Impressions: Concursion

Written by guest writer and friend of the site, Jonathan Davis. As the name would suggest, Concursion is a 2D genre-swapper by freshman developer Puuba. Set to release later this year on PC and Mac, this title blends five classic genres – platforming, bullet-hell, brawler, what they call “aerial exploration,” and essentially just Pac-Man – …

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Scan the Greats: Punch-Out!!

Back when I used to frequent the World of Warcraft forums, one of the most common requests I saw was for a dungeon that didn’t have any “trash”- packs of weaker enemies inbetween the main boss encounters in the area. It wasn’t a practical request, or one that was very well thought out. Setting aside …

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Scan the Greats: SSX3

The Greatest Hits line, which seems to have died off in recent years, has brought me some of the greatest gaming values of my life. Even for a high schooler, twenty bucks for one of the best games on the market was a totally affordable arrangement, allowing me to play many incredible titles I simply …

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Jazzpunk: My Jetpack’s a Piece of Crap

Let’s not beat around the bush; Jazzpunk is a wildly inventive, laugh-out-loud romp, and you absolutely ought to play it before reading another word. From cover to cover, it’s all too easy to compare the sheer bravado and off-kilter sense of humor with greats like Monty Python and Terry Gilliam. It loves to surprise and …

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Review: OlliOlli

Grind. Bail. Again. Kickflip. Wipeout. Again. Five-Oh. Asphalt. Again. The sound you hear is a man attempting to perfect his latest run in OlliOlli. Most players would spit in eldritch tongues after failing one too many times, but he seems unfazed by the number of score streaks ended by one pesky potted plant. His relentless …

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Starvebound

Stumbling onto an icy planet, I huddled near a fire trying not to freeze to death, briefly venturing into the wilds to gather what meat and animal hides I could. Inevitably, the cold would begin to overwhelm me, and I’d be forced to fumble my way back to camp, letting my bonfire slowly push back …

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