Category: Gaming

Creative Mode Snobbery

You can add this to the list of things I’ve had a change of heart about recently. But yeah, I admit it, I was a bit of a snob when it came to creative modes. I understood Creative Mode’s use in the context of massive projects. You only...

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RNG vs. Player Agency

Luck. Probability. Random Number Generation (RNG). Love it or despise it, it’s been a part of gaming for decades. At its simplest and most extreme form the outcome is decided in entirety by the roll of the (sometimes literal) dice. It would...

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Five Favourite Game Series

Krikket posted on her five favourite game series after seeing a tweet doing the rounds asking the same. She thought it a great blog post prompt — and so do I. Except even after almost the entirety of the day thinking about it, I’m not...

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Difficulty of a Different Kind

Frostilyte has written a plea for games to consider using a difficulty system more akin to Slay the Spire’s. By which he means a fairly granular and layered difficulty system. When you complete the game you unlock the Ascension Level system....

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Genre Burnout

The idea struck me for this post while I was trying to go to sleep. I very almost had to get up out of bed and go jot something down, for worry that I’d forget it. I didn’t do that. So I guess we’ll see how I get on! I remember...

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Can You Play a Game Wrong?

Well obviously you can in some respects. … Right? Or actually; should we first separate out playing a game well from playing a game as intended? There will be some overlap here. Sometimes playing a game against the developer’s intention...

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No Place for Old PvPers

Mailvaltar recently wrote about the cool stuff that just doesn’t happen in ‘safe’ MMORPGs and it got me to thinking about days gone by when I was really into open-world PvP MMOs myself. It seems like so long ago. And I suppose...

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Too Old For This?

This is hardly a new topic of conversation I would imagine. I’d be willing to bet most of the game blogging community has had something to say on the matter at one point in time or another.1 The subject? Feeling like — or perhaps even...

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Love Your Backlog Week — 2020

Kim from Later Levels has brought back Love your Backlog Week for 2020. As the title might suggest, it’s a week about recognising that not only is it OK to have a backlog but actually it can be something to be loved. I wouldn’t say this...

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