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Loot Boxes Absolutely Impact Game Design

Loot boxes are absolutely terrible for games. This should just be well known, but there are people out there who actually defend the practice. Even the tamer implementations, such as Overwatch have hurt the games. While there is obvi...

 
 
 

Why Blocking Content Creators Is Stupid

  Now that Atlus has joined the dunce club along with Nintendo, I feel it important to talk about streaming. After reading the blog by GWJosh, I actually got frustrated that someone could actually come up with an argument for blo...

 
 
 

Repetition And Video Games

  Repition and video games are like a teenager and their cell phone. They go hand in hand until one starts consuming the user's attention until they crash their vehicle and kill two small orphans who were just about to be ad...

 
 
 
 

Breaking It Down: Ambiance

In my last blog post, I got into a bit of a nice discussion with someone who argued that it wasn't lore that was important to Dark Souls and Metroid, it was ambiance. While a good ambiance is certainly important, I'm not entirely sure...

 
 
 

The Importance Of: Lore

Lore is often an overlooked aspect of a game, much to the detriment of the games. I'm going to talk about Horizon Zero Dawn once again and you can just deal with it. If it wasn't such a great game that did so many things right, I woul...

 
 
 

The Importance Of Creativity

It is no secret that the Triple-A game industry is terrified of unique ideas. Publishers love to stay with what is safe and what works. Clearly, this is a sound strategy. It is why Call of Duty's sales have not fallen drastically at a...

 
 
 

The Importance Of A Great Ending

A good story is like sex. You have your beginning, where you warm your partner, or partners, up for the main event. You have your middle, where the bulk of the activity lies during your bedroom adventure. And then you have the end. Th...

 
 
 

Will The Switch Be Another Wii U?

The Nintendo Switch is an interesting beast. I admit the idea of having a home console that you can take on the go is an interesting idea. However, the problem comes with the power of the Switch, or the lack of it. Compared to the Xb...

 
 

About TheGamingPlantone of us since 5:39 PM on 03.19.2017

My name is Austin and I've been playing video games for most of my 20 years. Surprising, I know. I'm currently a full-time college student going for a degree in web design and development as I work full time as a pharmacy technician. I'm also a writer for a separate site and do the talky thing as a part of a Destiny based podcast.

I'm a fan of all genres of games from all time periods. I can have just as much fun with Pong as I can with Horizon Zero Dawn.