I’ve been running a ton of benchmarks, as well as playing a lot of games while testing the new generation of GPUs. I’ve also looked at a lot of other reviews, and the general consensus seems to be that the era of 4GB being enough has come to a close. That seems a little presumptuous …
How Much Video Memory?
Gamelock: When a Game Owns Your Life
You look at the clock and graon. It’s late. Very late. So you head off to bed, but when you wake up in the morning, you think about tactics, the right builds, leveling up, weapons configurations, story branches. Your workday blurs due to lack of sleep. You find yourself in meetings, drumming your fingers absently …
Attention Budget and Sturgeon’s Law
I find myself in the doldrums when it comes to PC games these days. I feel like I’m cruising through a Sargasso Sea of endless games that almost but not quite hit the mark. Stellaris, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, and Offworld Trading Company all appeal to my sensibilities, but when I sit down to play, I find the experiences …
Games Make You Violent*
*But not in the way you think. A lot of virtual and real ink has been spilled regarding the issue of violence in games somehow causing the players to become violent, or perhaps to become desensitized to violence. Most of the research has suggested the causal link between violence in games and violence in the …
Video Games Get Vertical
Video games now permeate society at all age levels and socioeconomic strata. The vast numbers of people playing games creates communities of gamers who live only in their particular gaming niche. Electronic gaming was always a tribal activity, but today’s gaming communities seem more narrowly focused than ever. Online FPS gamers and MOBA players rarely mix …
Shared Universes And Fan Creativity
Star Wars. Star Trek. Mass Effect. The Elder Scrolls. Firefly. Lord of the Rings. What do these have in common? These are creative endeavors whose fans extend and enhance the original creations. Independent films, online video, game mods, cosplay are all creations of fans, and serve to extend and enhance the enjoyment of these shared …
Pandemic Legacy: Boardgame as RPG
If you play board games at all, you may have heard of Pandemic Legacy. Based on the co-op game engine from the original Pandemic, Pandemic Legacy offers a new take on board games: the board game as story. (Note: you may find very light spoilers about the game, but nothing substantial is revealed). The game …
What’s Up With Apple?
Any new product launch from Cupertino generates both positive and negative buzz, Apple’s recent product launches have generated more than the usual amount of controversy. Longtime Apple fans have come out of the woodwork, grumbling more than usual at the changes wrought with the new iPhone and Macbook launches. Does the elevated level of discontent …