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How to turn frustration into fun
August 8, 2015 - The resurgence of challenging games has brought back an old-school approach to development. However, not every game gets the delicate balance correct so hopefully this article will be insightful enough for you to implement the perfect difficulty for your next game.
Read more: Winning Formulas That Make Difficult Games Enjoyable
A journey through the Souls series
July 21, 2015 - Since Demon's Souls' debut in 2009 until Bloodborne's release just a few months ago, FromSoftware has continued to wow audiences with awe-inspiring game worlds. In this article, I attempt to summarise what has made each of their worlds special and hopefully provide some insight as to how they can create the best world possible for Dark Souls III. Grab your Estus Flask and let's dive into The Abyss.
Read more: Dark Souls III: Crafting the Perfect World
What is the secret of his power?
July 7, 2015 - From Alex Kidd to Vectorman, Sega had a ton of series that are unfortunately now buried in the past. Wonder Boy is one such series. The perfect combination of platforming, action, adventure, role-playing, and arcade elements created incredibly addictive gameplay set in fantastical worlds. Let's take a look back and remember a time when kids could freely buy alcohol from dragon bartenders.
Read more: Wonder Boy: Reminiscing About Monster World
Three decades of fun in one collection
June 22, 2015 - Rare sure has a long history of developing fantastic games. I must say that it came as a surprise when they announced that a compilation of thirty games will soon come out. In fact, last month I wrote An Obituary for Classic Game Compilations, but I was mistaken. Compilations are far from dead. Not only is Rare Replay on its way; Mega Man Legacy Collection was recently announced, too. Anyway, I figured I'd highlight some Rare titles that I'm most looking forward to, so hopefully this helps whet your appetite.
Read more: Rare Replay: Reasons to Get Excited
An improbable yet intriguing ensemble
June 19, 2015 - It's almost inevitable that the newly announced remake of Final Fantasy VII will include voice actors. Considering no one has any idea who they'll be, I thought I would share who I think would be perfect for the job. Of course, I'm being creative and pretending like the game will be completely recast even though the cast of Advent Children was superb. It's all in good fun. Anyway, my dream team may be unrealistic, but I'm looking forward to Square Enix doing a great job of giving new life to their characters in this long-awaited remake.
Read more: Final Fantasy VII Remake: The Dream Voice Cast
Still in the game after all these years
June 18, 2015 - Being a gamer for over 25 years, I find it incredible how Nintendo manages to continually put a smile on my face. Although I currently find myself playing PlayStation 4 more than any other console, I always know that I can boot up my Wii U or 3DS and be taken away to imaginative worlds where characters come alive and there's plenty of fun to be had. I figured I would write this article to share my thoughts on some creative Nintendo titles and touch on what they have coming up in their future. So, please enjoy!
Read more: Nintendo's Creativity Continues to Impress
Paying my respects to Erdrick
May 21, 2015 - We haven't seen a new mainstream Dragon Quest game in North America in over five years, with the latest being Dragon Quest IX released for DS in 2009. Sadly, Dragon Quest X still hasn't made its way outside of Japan. All I can do now is replay the old ones to remind myself of what a great franchise Dragon Quest is. The following are reasons why I just can't get enough.
Read more: Why We Need More Dragon Quest
Nostalgia never gets old
May 10, 2015 - One of the most important decisions to make when creating a game is how it will look. If you're working on a retro game, how authentic should it be? Should it even be retro? Let's explore three options through examples that may help narrow your decision down.
Read more: How Authentic Should Your Retro Game Be?
How to develop as a developer
May 7, 2015 - Becoming successful in the gaming industry undoubtedly requires a great deal of patience. In the first installment of our "Dear Devs" series, I hope to inspire developers to seriously consider the criticism that they receive instead of taking it personally and becoming bitter as a result. After all, criticism is a key tool for improvement and if used correctly, it could help you achieve extraordinary success.
Read more: Why Criticism Is Important to Game Development
No DLC required
May 3, 2015 - It may not have been that long ago, but the golden age of retro collections is behind us. With the increasing popularity of digital downloads, the concept of having all your favourite games on one disc is now a thing of the past.
Read more: An Obituary for Classic Game Compilations