On Uneven Comparisons

Yesterday, Ian Bogost published a piece on The Atlantic suggesting that games should drop storytelling altogether. It’s a baffling argument that talks down to the medium and its audience, suggesting that targeting teenage audiences precludes depth and excellence can only be achieved through repackaging classic ideas in novel ways. I could ask why he thinks …

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Let’s Argue: Mortal Kombat 9

Colin: Prepare yourself. I’m gonna dish up some hard truths about Mortal Kombat. (That song is awesome. That is not one of the hard truths.) Western fighting games have long toiled in the shadow of Japanese fighting games. Whatever the reason, be it sheer volume, the head start they got in creating the genre, or …

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Let’s Argue: Bloodborne

Bloodborne may walk and talk like a Souls game, but it also included several key changes to the class system that divided our editors. Like true paragons of society, Colin, Miodrag and myself sat down to explain our perspectives without any bloodshed! (At least for now…) -Ben Ben: Before I go toe-to-toe with two veterans of …

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Let’s Agree: Nintendo

It seems like one of the most popular pasttimes in the gaming community is predicting Nintendo’s doom. The Gamecube’s lack of third party support was a death sentence, the Wii’s train of low budget releases was a death march, the Wii U’s bad marketing was the end of the house of Mario. Nintendo has not …

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Let’s Agree: The PAX Problem

With PAX East just past, it’s clear that the steps to clear the toxic air the show has gathered has not succeeded- not yet, anyway. With Colin concerned, and Ben frustrated, we decided to make our discussion about it public. Given previous controversies associated with Penny Arcade and PAX, is it reasonable for average con …

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Let’s Agree: MOBAs

We tried to avoid talking about this one- we thought it would go away, we thought it didn’t need addressing. It was a problem that would solve itself. We were wrong. Tons of companies, out of ideas and running out of time, are latching blindly on to the latest big thing in games- MOBAs- and …

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Let’s Argue: Full Steam Ahead

Greenlight, the Marketplace, the Workshop, Trading Cards… Valve’s digital distribution platform Steam has been changing a lot, and changing fast. As the unspoken leader of the digital future, what Valve decides to do with Steam is going to have some pretty massive effects on this hobby of ours. So what should they do with all that …

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Let’s Argue: Reviews

Today, Ben and I wanted to take a look at a particularly divisive issue in games journalism, reviews. We’ve gone so far as adapting different review layouts for ourselves on this site, so it’s certainly something we strongly disagree about.

Let’s Agree: The Next Xbox

For this special edition of Let’s Argue, Ben and I will not be arguing. The next Xbox is coming, and Microsoft is botching the reveal process SO badly that we just had to take a few minutes of your time to yell at them, together. What would Microsoft need to show, at this point, to …

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