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Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw types up more scathing commentary on the game industry and community every week.

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Could we perhaps make some kind of official universal agreement to the effect that the whole 'branching path' thing in triple-A story-driven games never really delivers the promised experience?

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In this age of instant-gratification user-choice-driven entertainment, am I losing the ability to focus on video games, and consequently finding it harder and harder to get immersed?

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After obsessively playing Stardew Valley for 55 hours over the course of one week, I lost interest rather abruptly when I ran out of things to work towards.

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Early Access is a great tool, but it can spoil a game when used incorrectly.

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I think what I look for in a superhero sandbox game is superpowered movement that looks easier than it is.

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I might go as far to say that Xenoblade Chronicles X is the first Wii U game I've played that actually found a decent use for the screen controller.

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Let's strip Assassin's Creed back down to nice straightforward stealth-climbing-stabbing.

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I can never be content to remain in a comfort zone forever, because I've been spoiled too many times. Stuff that I wouldn't have sought out were I not professionally obliged, and which left me feeling renewed on a unique, almost spiritual level.

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Has anyone else noticed that an awful lot of these action game heroes are becoming dads? Not literally. I couldn't imagine Rico Rodriguez slipping the D into except a ballistic missile.

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Hell is other people.

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If the first one was the origin story, why is this one called Rise of the Tomb Raider? Why do I even bother asking these questions?

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I look at Halo 5 and wonder how far triple-A games have really come in the three years that have passed since Halo 4. It's not that far - and we've discarded innovation on the way.

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There are only so many times audiences will be interested in watching a stock cheeky bad boy reconquering a historical city from moustache-twirling Templars because of a vague personal motivation.

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It's been a pretty solid couple of weeks for video game storytelling. Soma and The Beginner's Guide did okay, and of course there's Undertale, which I have been hankering for an opportunity to talk about at length.

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It is the nature of man to want to believe that he is living in the end times, so I can't help feeling that Super Mario Maker represents a natural conclusion of some kind.