WoW Classic: The WoW Killer Has Finally Arrived

Do you hear the drums in the distance? Their beating will only get more frenetic. Oh, wait. Those aren’t war drums. They’re the heartbeat of every player salivating at the prospect of playing a piece of MMO history. WoW Classic is coming, and Blizzard’s mega-hit MMO will never be the same for it. It’s incredibly easy to underestimate what WoW Classic will bring. For those far outside the reaches of the game, it might seem nothing more than a cute trip down memory lane. Hell, it may even seem like a ploy to appease rabid fanbase by others. But while […]

Video Game Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

This month saw the announcement of The Strong video game Hall of Fame inductees for 2019. The Strong is an American Museum that prides itself on being the world’s foreword on all things ‘play’ related. With a collection that spans over 60,000 items of video games, board games, toys, dolls and literature. In 2015 the museum began compiling a comprehensive video game Hall of Fame featuring classics Super Mario Bros, Pac Man and Pong. The latest games to receive the honour are Super Mario Kart, Colossal Cave Adventure, Microsoft Solitaire and Mortal Kombat. The quartet beat out competition from eight […]

What’s Left for Far Cry?

There comes a point in the course of every long-established gaming franchise where one finds themselves asking the inevitable question: what next? After all, within any genre, there is only so much that can be done before repetition becomes the name of the game. Ubisoft and their Far Cry series are no strangers to this. Far Cry has had one of the most fascinating developmental histories out of many of the global franchises making their rounds. Kicking things off as a first-person shooter set upon a tropical archipelago featuring a bad dude that’s ex-military, players found themselves swept up in […]

What is a Release Date Anymore?

Remember release dates? Those firm, concrete dates when a game would come out and be judged as a finished product? Those days we would all look forward to with excitement as they drew ever-closer so that we could finally begin our adventure in a brand new and exciting world just begging to be explored? Purely digital games have unquestionably altered the landscape of what it means to “ship” a product. In the days of yesteryear – or in the realm of physical product deliver still today – a product should only be shipped to consumers when it is finished and […]

Are YouTube Reviewers a Positive or Negative for the Industry?

The way we digest content is changing and there has been a noticeable shift towards YouTube in recent years. What was once a medium for cat videos and Star Wars kids has grown to a bastion of free media. That shift has had a seismic effect on the gaming industry. Not just in the way we share and enjoy games but also in the way they are developed and critiqued. These days anybody can be a Vlogger and everybody is a critic. So is the flood of free opinions a good thing or a bad thing for the future of […]

Does Story in an MMO Even Matter?

Why would any healthy, functioning individual invest hundreds of hours of their lives into an MMO? More to the point, what exactly are the elements of an MMO that make them such insidious time sinks that people endlessly flock back to – it can’t just be as simple as a palatable Skinner box, can it? For quite some time, there has been the circulation of a false premise that claims that the majority of MMO players gravitate toward their respective games because of their story. While it may be true that some of the most successful MMOs are set in […]

The New Division 2 Raid – And Other Problems

Everyone listen up! The Division 2 has a raid coming! At least that’s what Ubisoft tells us. There’s no reason we shouldn’t listen to them, right? Look, folks, we’re about to get real with you. We like The Division 2. We really, really do. But we’ve been burned so bad before with Ubisoft’s mismanaging of its predecessor that we can’t help but feel nervous at the slightest indication that something might be going awry. Thus far, The Division 2 has offered us more compelling combat, better loot progression, and an even more detailed world than the first foray into this […]

After the Success of Apex Legends – What Will Titanfall 3 Look Like?

We’re all upset that Titanfall 2 came out when it did. It could have seen a lot more adoption and play if they hadn’t bungled the way things did. But that’s all in the past – and hell, even Apex has helped in its own way. But the real question is, what exactly could Titanfall 3 look like? It should go without saying that what is to follow is going to predominantly be speculation. As such, nothing substantial has been leaked regarding the third instalment in the Titanfall franchise, but we don’t need leaks when we’ve got our imagination. So […]

Death Stranding – What’s Coming Our Way?

There has been a long-standing meme floating about the intricate series of tubes we know was the internet that Hideo Kojima has been living his life as a film director in a video game designer’s career. Yes, yes, we all know that those Metal Gear games are classics worthy of their place in gaming history, but the more that we see from his upcoming project – Death Stranding – the more we worry that this might be the one that takes us far off the deep end. Let’s get one thing clear right out of the gate: Death Stranding looks absolutely […]

Is the Sun Finally Setting on the 3DS?

After nearly a decade-long run, the Nintendo 3DS might finally be seeing itself relocated to the retro shelf. With no new projects announced for 2019, all but the most faithful supporters are seeing this as the beginning of the end for the famed handheld platform. But is this an end or merely the start of something new? Nintendo has long had a history of shipping and supporting portable consoles – more so than any other hardware and software developer on the market. While others have made attempts to enter the handheld arena, they have only dreamt of achieving the sort […]