Harmony of Despair: How Konami Stumbles Out of the Video Game Industry

Many of my favorite games and franchises are products of the well-known Japanese game developer, Konami. At a certain point in time, I even considered myself a Konami fan. However, some recent developments and revelations look like they will result in me withdrawing my affection for them, as well as them being pushed out of the greater video game market scene – partly voluntarily, partly consequentially. Continue reading

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In with the Old: Sequels, Reboots & Spiritual Successors

Naughty Dog‘s The Last of Us was arguably the most notable game of the last generation of gaming consoles, and it will definitely be a game to be remembered for a long time. With such success, it’s fairly safe to assume there will be a sequel – rarely in entertainment, whether it’s film or games, has there been a case where a title is an amazing success and those who made it don’t give in to the temptation to create more. It’s not all just about sales – the fanbase often demands sequels, as they can’t get enough of the product. Continue reading

Burning Bridges: Japanese Game Creator Resignations

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is getting released worldwide very soon, and the excitement can be felt everywhere. This is to be creator Hideo Kojima‘s greatest production, and his last¬†Metal Gear¬†title; however, the game itself isn’t the only thing making the news. As most who follow the game industry know, Kojima and his employer of nearly 30 years, Konami, are in the middle of what can rather accurately be called a “messy breakup”: it is clear Kojima is leaving Konami, yet the reasons and the goings-on behind the scenes are largely obscured as of right now. Continue reading

Adventure Means Nothing: Game Genre Definitions

Most digital game catalogs offer the option to filter the selection of games by genre, among other factors. That’s great – people have preferences about genres, and the filtering makes it that much easier to browse just the games any given individual is personally interested in. Some might skip the Strategy section altogether, and prefer to check out the Role-Playing section instead. Continue reading

Devil’s Castle: Thoughts on the Future of Castlevania

I am a huge fan of the Castlevania series, both the classic games as well as the Lords of Shadow trilogy by MercurySteam. I found myself constantly making references to the franchise in my blog posts and gaming community comments, so I figured why not get it all out and make a post solely on that topic.

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Pain & Gain: Challenge, Rewards and Fairness in Video Games

When I was a kid, it was common that games were so hard that sometimes you would just fold and admit defeat, giving up trying to beat the game. Since the early 90’s, however, video games have become overwhelmingly easier by average, and the trend has continued until recently.

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