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

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Second Son introduced what might be the first actual element in the ever-growing list of "elemental powers" in Neon. As Noble Gases go, it is one of the best.

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The decline in quality of AAA games has been a gradual process, and it is everybody's fault for letting it happen.

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From despawning monsters to the surprise plotlines that you've been inadvertently taking part in all along, Yahtzee takes an updated look at Dark Souls 2 now that he has finally finished the game.

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As is all too common in AAA development, a complete lack of focus in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 resulted in an experience that was equally diverse and shallow.

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The overworld design in Thief would have probably worked much better with a sandbox approach.

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When looking at games, look at the people behind them for a good indication of a game's quality.

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Quantum theory tells us that the act of observing changes the thing being observed. And in the realm of video games, I wonder if there's not a similar rule along the lines of "the act of timing Yahtzee makes Yahtzee shit at games".

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Are you so terrible at Dark Souls that it's not even fun? Yahtzee details how to be less bad at Dark Souls so you can actually enjoy it.

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Someone needs to tell Nintendo that they're too insular for their own good. That may as well be Yahtzee.

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The various things I've said about the new console generation and their respective hardware gimmicks might have given you the impression that I'm some kind of stubborn ageing neophobe who insists that everything stay exactly the way I like it forever. Nothing could be further from the truth

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Yahtzee explains what it was that made old adventure games great, and what modern adventure games like Broken Age fail to grasp in comparison.

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At first glance, the survival game's popularity is difficult to understand, even for me, and I quite enjoy them. We play games for escapist fantasy, but having to eat and stay warm and have somewhere to sleep at night isn't exactly escapist.

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The PS4 has a big thing in the middle of the controller that has the function of a track pad but which you can press in like a button. The Xbox One has a packed-in Kinect. It's the specter of hardware gimmicks in new consoles again.

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All human culture is phlegm, and just like phlegm, sometimes analyzing it can give you a pretty good idea of the health of the entity it came from.

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One tawdry pair of rundowns hardly does the year justice, so let's reminisce about some other things I didn't get quite so passionate about.