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Shamus Young attempts to make the game industry less dysfunctional by arguing with a rhetorical wall and hoping things change for the better.

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From Morrowind to Skyrim, Bethesda has always had it in for casters. It seems a little unfair that melee classes don't need to learn magic, but the inverse is simply not true.

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I don't have a problem with companies making money. I don't think "greed" is a bad thing. I don't have a problem with people getting rich. What I do have a problem with is wasted potential and disgraceful incompetence.

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When is a game done, officially? When is a game the final and complete product? It used to be that the answer was, "When it comes out." Now? Now things are strange.

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I've sunk a few days into the game and leveled several different characters through the various starting areas. Now that I've had a chance to try it for myself, I'm actually surprised. I was all set to hate this thing, but it's not at all what I was expecting.

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Somewhere in one of the many game-dev hubs around the world, a little drama unfolds...

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You'd think that superheros and videogames would be a natural fit. Both are good at portraying the classic empowerment fantasy, and the audiences have plenty of overlap. But for some reason the genre is a graveyard of failures and missed opportunities.

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I said last week that this new console generation threatens to bust the already tenuous budget problems that developers are having. But this doesn't mean that more processing power is a bad thing.

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Major game developers are going to have to change if they're going to survive this next generation of consoles.

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No single gaming device is objectively better than the others. It depends on how you play, why you play, and where you play. There really is no clear winner. But on the corporate side, the debate has been over for almost a decade, and consoles won. It wasn't even close.

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I don't care if you're a bleeding-heart liberal or a conservative redneck, you too can be gunned down in public if we don't unite now and do something about pants in our society.

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The closing of the marketplace is not a big deal. It barely worked and I doubt it did all that much business. Most people didn't buy games through the marketplace. Instead, they bought the game in the store or on Steam and GFWL came along for the ride.

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In 1983, videogames all but vanished.

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When will games get their intelligent, high minded, accessible reviewer?

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Here's some free ones, Microsoft. Here's how you fix your console.

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Sometimes tutorials are bad. Sometimes tutorials are obnoxious. Sometimes, you just weren't paying attention.