The Continued Glory Of Planeside 2

Nearly 7 years ago, something incredible began. Then-Sony Online Entertainment released the sequel to the groundbreaking MMOFPS, Planetside. The first Planetside offered something that had never been done before: a three-way battle for dominance across massive (for the time) alien worlds with the promise of glory and dominance. Planetside 2 offers the same, but on a much, much, grander scale. However, things haven’t been smooth sailing since launch. It may sound strange, but Planetside 2 is a textbook example of just how much relentless support can improve a game. The Planetside 2 of today may look incredibly similar to those […]

A New Future: Magic ARENA

Magic: The Gathering – the game that started it all. No other game has been as influential on the trading card game market than the one that literally laid the groundwork. Yet, Wizards of the Coast have lagged significantly behind other entries in the field – such as Hearthstone. Yet that is all set to change. Big things have small beginnings, but in this case, Wizard’s of the Coast is about to drop a monolith on the gaming world. Although there were attempts to break into the digital realm via annual releases, Wizards never managed to establish a large enough […]

Raiding is Dead – Long Live Raiding

Raiding is perhaps the single most infuriating, challenging, and enjoyable activity one can thrust themselves into when it comes to online gaming. Popularized by MMOs in the 2000s, raids brought forth challenging scripted content that was meant to be cleared through by anywhere from the size of 10 to 45-man compositions. Over the years, their dominance as the be-all, end-all form of end-game content has slipped, but modern iterations are keeping their design fresh and frenetic. During their heyday, raids were a testament to the technical prowess of cutting-edge video games such as Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Since […]

Walking Simulators: Making Gaming Better

“Walking simulators”, as they’re derogatorily known, occupy a controversial niche in the ecosystem of video games. As that commonly used moniker implies, the genre emphasizes exploration and atmosphere over interactivity. Many gamers don’t consider walking simulators to be video games because of this setup. While walking simulators are far from universally popular, there’s no denying that they’ve made a big change to gaming. In fact, walking simulators have been good even for more “active” genres of video games. The beginnings It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the genre of walking simulators got its start. A lot of critics and gamers […]