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Experienced Points: Why Make Games Random?

By Shamus
on Tuesday Feb 16, 2016
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Experienced Points: How EA Can Regain Trust on the PC

By Shamus
on Monday Feb 1, 2016
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Experienced Points: Where Are The Marvel Games?

By Shamus
on Tuesday Jan 5, 2016
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Experienced Points: How Witcher 3 Breaks all the Rules

By Shamus
on Monday Dec 21, 2015
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Experienced Points: Why is a Bare Breast More Offensive Than a Severed Arm?

By Shamus
on Tuesday Jul 22, 2014
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Experienced Points: Next-gen AI and Next-gen BS

By Shamus
on Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
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Experienced Points: 10 Great Things About the Thief Reboot

By Shamus
on Tuesday Mar 11, 2014
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Experienced Points: Cutscenes Stole my Thief Game

By Shamus
on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014
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Experienced Points: Bethesda Hates Mages:
12 Reasons Magic in Skyrim Sucks

By Shamus
on Tuesday Feb 25, 2014
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Experienced Points: We’re Going to be Rich!

By Shamus
on Wednesday Feb 5, 2014
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Experienced Points: Games for Windows Die

By Shamus
on Tuesday Aug 20, 2013
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Experienced Points: The Game Crash of 2013?

By Shamus
on Tuesday Aug 6, 2013
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Batman: Arkham Origins

A breakdown of how this game faltered when the franchise was given to a different studio.

 

Internet News is All Wrong

Why is internet news so bad, why do people prefer celebrity fluff, and how could it be made better?

 

The Best of 2017

My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2017.

 

Diablo III Retrospective

We were so upset by the server problems and real money auction that we overlooked just how terrible everything else is.

 

Blistering Stupidity of Fallout 3

Yeah, this game is a classic. But the story is idiotic, incoherent, thematically confused, and patronizing.

 

Tenpenny Tower

Bethesda felt the need to jam a morality system into Fallout 3, and they blew it. Good and evil make no sense and the moral compass points sideways.

 

Lost Laughs in Leisure Suit Larry

Why was this classic adventure game so funny in the 80's, and why did it stop being funny?

 

If Star Wars Was Made in 2006?

Imagine if the original Star Wars hadn't appeared in the 1970's, but instead was pitched to studios in 2006. How would that turn out?

 

Spoiler Warning:
Mass Effect 2

What happens when you take a smart game with bland mechanics and turn it into a bland game with servicible mechanics?

 

Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated

An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.

 

Project Octant

A programming project where I set out to make a Minecraft-style world so I can experiment with Octree data.

 

Another PC Golden Age?

Is it real? Is PC gaming returning to its former glory? Sort of. It's complicated.