The Life and Times of the MMO

Over the past decade, the gaming industry has seen some dramatic changes. Several trends have come and gone, as have consoles, and even entire companies. Amidst this tumultuous ground though, the MMORPG, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, has managed to stake its claim and hold its position as a stalwart component of theContinue reading “The Life and Times of the MMO”

Shaky Launch for Metal Gear Solid V

The release of the latest addition in the much-loved Metal Gear franchise has met a tepid response from the gaming community after some questionable missteps from Konami. The PC release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain shipped on a standard DVD-Rom, containing nothing but a 9mb installation binary, with the remainder of theContinue reading “Shaky Launch for Metal Gear Solid V”

Special Edition Bundle Confirmed for Xenoblade Chronicles X

In its’ panel at PAX Prime, Nintendo of America confirmed that Monolith Soft’s upcoming Wii U RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles X, will be receiving a special collector’s edition bundle. The bundle is set to include a copy of the game, a postcard, a 100-page artbook, and a custom USB drive containing a selection of tracks from the game’sContinue reading “Special Edition Bundle Confirmed for Xenoblade Chronicles X”

Guild Wars 2 Now Free-to-Play

In an announcement from developer ArenaNet, it was revealed that the popular MMORPG Guild Wars 2 will be eschewing their current buy-to-play model, becoming the latest in the long-list of MMOs to adopt the free-to-play system. Until this point, players were required to pay a one-time fee to access the game. This model stood apartContinue reading “Guild Wars 2 Now Free-to-Play”

YouTube Gaming Prepares for Launch

August 26th marks the launch of YouTube’s very own game streaming service, the appropriately named Youtube Gaming. The streaming service stands as a direct competitor to the incredibly popular Twitch.tv, a site owned and operated under the Amazon brand. YouTube Gaming offers live-streaming of a range of popular games, directly distributing the video feed fromContinue reading “YouTube Gaming Prepares for Launch”

Review: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold for Nintendo 3DS

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold is the latest release in the long-running dungeon crawling franchise. It continues the ‘Untold’ moniker, serving as a remake and a retelling of the 2008 title Etrian Odyssey 2. The Etrian Odyssey series is well-known for its fiendish difficulty and old-school sensibilities, so let’s see how this latest entry pans out.Continue reading “Review: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold for Nintendo 3DS”

Street Fighter V NA Stress Test Is Live Now

After Street Fighter V’s first planned beta was made nearly unplayable by a myriad of server issues, Capcom decided to postpone the event until they were able to iron out the underlying problems. Capcom is currently opening the servers (to players that preordered the game) from 4 P.M. PST until 12 A.M. PST. While thisContinue reading “Street Fighter V NA Stress Test Is Live Now”

The Sheep Mindset and Gaming Conventions

Thanks for stopping by – today I’ll be discussing the idea of video gaming conventions. Are gaming conventions considered overrated in this day and age, considering that a lot of these events could be live streamed on a television or computer screen? Are these events and the resulting hype solely driven by sheep-minded individuals? SideContinue reading “The Sheep Mindset and Gaming Conventions”