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In praise of bad game design

There is a certain language we too often use around video games, a particular body of criteria and expectations. You could call it the cult of smoothness. This is, I’ll admit, more of a characterisation born of years spent trawling forums than it is some kind of scientific appraisal, but …

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What the UK can learn from the Far East's battle with loot boxes

By Vic Hood Published 20/10/2017 The debate surrounding loot boxes and in-game gambling has reached new levels, with the UK government now being called upon to change current legislation. Japanese Gacha or Gashapons. A petition calling for the government to adapt current gambling laws to loot boxes in video games …

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Elex review

Without being signed up to work on a big franchise, or having successfully developed one of its own over the course of 20 toilsome years, it can be tough for a studio to launch a new 3D open world RPG in a landscape dominated by Witchers, Mass Effects, Fallouts and …

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CD Projekt Red: "This approach to making games is not for everyone"

Some recent team-leader level departures from Cyberpunk 2077 led to speculation there was trouble in paradise – and paradise began sounding worse and worse the more CD Projekt Red company reviews on employee feedback site Glassdoor I read. Evidently the groundswell of negativity and whispering rose to such a level …

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Shadow of War highlights the strengths and weaknesses of PS4 Pro

Monolith Productions returns with the follow-up to 2014’s superb sleeper hit, Shadow of Mordor, with the ambitious Shadow of War. In three years, it takes us from the Lithtech engine to the new Firebird Engine – upgraded code that now supports larger-scale battles, and an expanded Nemesis system. Having checked …

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Skyrim: Special Edition's survival mode now available on Steam

By Vic Hood Published 27/09/2017 Skyrim Creation Club’s new Survival Mode is now available on Steam for beta testing. Map outlining Skyrim climate zones. Image credit Bethesda Survival Mode transforms Skyrim into a “land of unrelenting cold and harsh wilderness”. The new mode adds gameplay features such as hunger, fatigue, …

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PSN is down for some users

UPDATE 9.30pm: It looks PSN is back on its feet after downtime earlier today for Virgin Media users. In a forum post, Virgin Media said it had resolved the issues. We’re now able to log in to PSN ourselves. ORIGINAL STORY 5.30pm: PlayStation Network is down for some users. The …

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