Double-A: The Death of Audience-Specific Games

I’ve often heard Greg Miller of Kinda Funny mention the fact that in the video game industry of today, the mid-sized game developers have ceased to exist, as both Triple-A releases and indie developers consume practically all of the space there is in the market. For the traditional, old-school and possibly somewhat sentimental gamer such as myself, this is upsetting to say the least, since nowadays the only options are either the big titles that are smoothed and, if you’ll excuse my impolite expression, “dumbed down”, so that they will be appealing to as many people as possible, whether or not they’re seasoned gamers; or independent games that more often than not lack the resources to provide a satisfying, robust experience. Continue reading

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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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