Author: Joel Davis

In Defense of Lootboxes

In Defense of Lootboxes EA has fucked up royally. Ea has fucked up so bad that the US government is getting involved and threatening to legislate the entire industry. The gaming community is finding itself at a pivotal point in the history of video games where consumers, and by extension developers, are deciding what will be tolerated. And for many, legislation is great news. Many believe that the games industry as a whole has had too much leeway in general—whether in the form of predatory micro-transactions, direct or indirect marketing and exploitation of children, or the generally horrendous work conditions...

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Outcast: Second Contact – Review

Outcast: Second Contact – Review Platform – PS4, PC, XBOX ONE Developer – Appeal Publisher – Bigben Interactive MSRP – $34.99 Outcast: Second Contact is a game no one really asked for. Developed by Appeal and published by Bigben Interactive, Outcast: Second Contact is the remake of the original Outcast game for PC. In 1999 Outcast was released as a critical darling with respectable sales figures; overall, a success. It is a cult classic that is viewed as one of the first successful forays into the third dimension. So the question is, does it hold up? The short answer: Not...

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Review

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Review Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC Release Date: 10/27/2017 Publisher: Bethesda Softworks ESRB: 17+ Introduction Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a game that lives and dies on bombast. Taking on the role of William “B.J.” Blaskowicz, the player is thrown into an alternate reality in which the allies were pushed out of Europe, the Nazis nuked the United States, and what remains of the American people live under the iron fist of the Third Reich. Wolfenstein II commits to this vision and it pulls it off in outstanding fashion, only...

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Battlefront II is Almost Here, Why the Hell Should I Care?

Battlefront II is Almost Here, Why the Hell Should I Care? I love Star Wars. No. Really. You don’t understand. I LOVE Star Wars. The books, the comics, the TV shows, the games, the whatever. I don’t care. I love it all. I love it so much that I even love the prequels. (Be gentle in the comments.) So, you can imagine my excitement after EA first announced the 2015  Battlefront revival, my skepticism once the first details came out, and my eventual disappointment on the release of the final game. The Battlefront I.P. carries with it a sort...

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