the artistry and psychology of gaming


Why is 8.8 a bad score?

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in The Challenges of Game Reviewing | 2 comments

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Mario Kart 7

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Reviews | 1 comment

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Monochrome World (Yume Nikki)

Posted by on Dec 26, 2011 in Oases of Beauty | 0 comments

December 2011 is Monochrome Month on Oases of Beauty, making the statement that color is not necessary for beauty. This entry takes a look at the Monochrome World from Yume Nikki, a Freeware Adventure game for the PC.

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New Feature: The Challenges of Game Reviewing

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in The Challenges of Game Reviewing | 2 comments

In this series, DDJ will focus on several of the issues challenging game reviewers today, including score inflation, conflicts of interest, and where reviews ought to focus. Along the way, he’ll talk about how game reviewing in general is doing a disservice to game developers, game players, and the industry as a whole, and how it can be fixed.

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Game capture technology and online communities

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Sponsored | 2 comments

When the Internet started exploding in popularity, everyone anticipated the impact it would have on video gaming: online multiplayer. The first online game I ever played was StarCraft, and I remember being struck by what a game-changer online multiplayer was. I distinctly recall predicting (and fearing, actually) that one day gaming would become all about online multiplayer…

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