Editorials

May 12, 2017

Why I Love Roguelikes

by Justin Nation - 9:52 am PDT
Total comments: 4

Do you sometimes think that many gaming genres have fallen into a rut? Thinking they're generally not as challenging as you'd like? Have you considered roguelikes? If you haven't you're missing out...

I may have been a little late to the roguelike party in the PC gaming space. Once I finally got a taste of it thanks to incredible indie titles like Rogue Legacy, Nuclear Throne, and of course The Binding Of Isaac, I found I couldn't get enough! Perhaps it is the old-school arcade gamer in me but... Read more...

April 28, 2017

Support Your Nindies!

by Justin Nation - 2:08 am PDT
Total comments: 2

Over the years the quality of what you could expect out of independent game studios has evolved greatly and we're in a sort of indie renaissance at the moment. Have you noticed? Here's a list of reasons why they matter

Writing this is a bit odd since I'm convinced that the vast majority of people who will read it will be the already converted. I'd imagine the next most likely people to read it would be those who are determined to dismiss it immediately, reading primarily for the purpose of scoffing at it to then... Read more...

April 18, 2017

Why Do You Write Reviews?

by Justin Nation - 1:44 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

Is it for the fame? The vast fortunes? The prestige? The accolades from an adoring public? What? We do this for free and generally nobody cares? Well why would we do it then, and what does it take? I'll speak for myself at least...

While I took a pretty substantial break in the middle of things, and stopped doing it for over a decade and change, I started writing reviews of various kinds probably almost 25 years ago. Back then I didn’t have enough money to just buy a ton of games so I was really into downloading game demos... Read more...

April 13, 2017

The Emerging Essential Relevance of Value in Game Review

by Justin Nation - 2:01 am PDT
Total comments: 18

In a post-mobile and digital market, where "free" games have become a thing, publishers who've become accustomed to traditional pricing methods need to wake up. The review community should continue to force the issue as well.

Back in the stone age when I was in college, and the internet was in its infancy, writing game reviews was quite a different animal. Aside from the obvious differences in the online review landscape another massive difference was that this was long before smartphones (and concepts like the mobile... Read more...

April 9, 2017

The Positives and Pitfalls of Review Democratization

by Justin Nation - 2:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 16

The proliferation of sources for game reviews over time have brought many benefits to people in search of consensus opinions. Unfortunately, because of bias and other factors, more reviews can also bring more noise, especially for Metacritic.

The release of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild certainly brought out a lot of opinions. Many of them were extremely positive, but there was obviously both a reflexive backlash of “artificial” reviews (created with the express purpose of simply trashing the game) as well as “reviews” whose... Read more...

January 18, 2001

Imagine Media, Victims?!?

by Justin Nation - 8:07 am PST

Sometimes you see something that is just so unbelievably bad that you just have to stand up and say something about it... this was one of those days

Before starting this let me point out in clear detail that the central reason for this controversy between in Imagine and Nintendo is that Imagine published a PRINT magazine. This isn't an on-line thing, the emphasis is on a product that is competing for profit at a newsstand with Nintendo's own guide. Now, on to the editorial...

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September 5, 2000

My Belated Impressions

by Justin Nation - 10:00 pm PDT

After taking a moment to absorb everything slopped onto his plate at SpaceWorld, Justin Nation is ready to dig in while sharing it with everyone else...

OK, OK, OK... so I've been slacking. Sort of. It figures that on the very day the smack came down from Japan when GameCube was unveiled my wife ended up mashing her finger in the sliding door to the van, necessitating a trip to the hospital, stitches, and me generally taking over care of the baby.... Read more...

March 21, 2000

The Waiting Game

by Justin Nation - 10:00 pm PST

While the nay-sayers love to try to eat up Nintendo's strategy as providing too little info too late there may be more to their delay than meets the impatient eye…

It seems to me as I read more and more on the Net that there is one major and prevailing opinion used in order to spell doom and gloom for Nintendo. The argument roughly states this, and you can find it everywhere: The longer Nintendo waits to release information, screen shots, and more… the tougher... Read more...

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