The Problem with PunkBuster

When I booted up Battlefield 3 for the first time, I was very impressed by the level of polish present. Despite its browser-based setup, the interface was incredibly fluid and easy to navigate, and I found myself awestruck at how simple it was to complete basic functions like joining a friend or finding a game.

How Gideon Got His Groove Back – Magic The Gathering and Me

Card games are the most widely understood, if not always the most widely played (though it wouldn’t surprise me), form of tabletop gaming most people will ever encounter. Though there exists a constantly shifting market of different games to play, new indie titles being a regular (albeit short-lived) occurrence, one has always and very probably… Continue reading How Gideon Got His Groove Back – Magic The Gathering and Me

The Trials and Tribulations of Saving Games

I recently had a thought. What is the most important part of gaming? Is it the consoles? The games? The graphics? Soundtrack? Story? Obviously, everyone has a different opinion. Without games, there is no gaming. Without consoles, there are no games. Without the games themselves, there’s no soundtrack or graphics. Without the script, there’s nothing… Continue reading The Trials and Tribulations of Saving Games

Sequels. Why Did it Have to Be Sequels?

Sad thing is, I'd probably play this.

Franchises are a now natural part of the game industry, of this there can certainly be no doubt. No game is released without someone having made the decision that this could be a marketable property with merchandise, possible movie rights and, of course, plenty of sequels, prequels, or re-imaginings.

Is It Time To Abandon Windows XP?

In May of 2007, Microsoft released a shoddy PC port of the critically acclaimed Xbox shooter Halo 2–a game that was almost 3 years old at that time–in support of its then-new Games for Windows branding and online service initiative. Response was lukewarm to say the least