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Pros and Cons of Online Gaming

Nov. 27, 2015; Channels: Video Games; By Alex McNeil

Pros and Cons of Online Gaming Like many areas of life, the realm of gaming has been completely overhauled by the online revolution. Now all games enthusiasts can enjoy thousands of easily-playable games via their web browser or through downloadable apps.Rather than waiting months for a massive software developer to launch their big-budget game, now virtually anyone can quickly create and release their own games. There are now many more playing options for different audiences...

Sega/Atlus = The Return of the Old School?

Dec. 19, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sega/Atlus = The Return of the Old School? Sega’s purchase of Index Holdings is old news at this point. Index Holdings is the owner of the developer and publisher Atlus, famous for RPG titles such as the Persona and Disgaea series. This move by Sega has caused a large amount of speculation and worry from fans who above all else feel that Sega was not the right company to take control of Atlus, leaving one of the few publishers responsible for a steady stream of JRPG and niche...

Steam's Next Big Thing

Nov. 21, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Steam's Next Big Thing With the recent announcements of Valve's new Steam OS, Steambox, and controller, lots of questions and speculations have been raised by the gaming community. What exactly is it? Who is it meant for? Will it pose a threat to upcoming consoles? Do I even need this if I already own a PC?   I've broken down and dissected the various components of Valve's announcements and have come up with a guide for those interested in Valve's next big thing....

Koch Brothers Exposed

Nov. 16, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Koch Brothers Exposed Ever since Michael Moore's 1989 flick Roger & Me, political documentaries have gone steadily downhill. Whereas they were once scrupulously factual and accurate to the point of being a bit dull, they are now utilized as an entertainment medium. In fact, some political documentaries have been among the most fun-filled viewing experiences of the year. This is because all too many political documentary filmmakers are throwing accuracy...

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Oct. 26, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer The scandal that toppled New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was a very short-lived affair due to Spitzer's quick resignation once the details came out. As such, it didn't make much of an impression on the general public -- much to the relief of the Obama campaign. A scandal afflicting such a prominent Democrat would taint the entire Democrat Party and its prospects for success in 2008. This lead to Spitzer's career remaining in the dark as far as most...

XenoMiner Interview With Gristmill Studios' Jesse Nivens

Sep. 26, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

XenoMiner Interview With Gristmill Studios' Jesse Nivens OMGN recently sat down with Jesse Nivens, one of the designers behind Gristmill Studios' latest title, XenoMiner, and discussed the inspirations behind game, what gamers can expect from the title, and what the future holds for the studio's next big project.   1. Tell us a little more about your company and yourself. How did it get started? What was the inspiration or drive behind assembling this studio? Gristmill is a group of dedicated...

The Girl Gamer Examined: An Interview with Andrea Phillips

Jul. 3, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Girl Gamer Examined: An Interview with Andrea Phillips Award-winning author Andrea Phillips has worked as a game designer and writer on titles such as Perplex City, Floating City, and America 2049. Phillips took time out of her busy schedule to talk to OMGN about women in gaming, the recent events surrounding girl gamers, and whether the industry is becoming a kinder, gentler place in which all gamers can play and enjoy. OMGN: Over the past few years, gaming has become more cinematic and emphasized...

E3 2012: Round Up

Jun. 13, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2012: Round Up The dust has settled. The conference has cleared, and the games are official. This year’s E3 has ended, and in its place now comes a flurry of questions, comments, speculations, and criticisms. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest surprises, presentations, and of course, biggest disappointments. The Big Three Conferences Microsoft: Pros: Halo 4. The opening to Microsoft’s press conference started with a look at one of Xbox...

Interview With David Staats of Visions of Zosimos

Jun. 13, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Interview With David Staats of Visions of Zosimos Visions of Zosimos is an upcoming MMOCCG (Massively Multiplayer Online Collectible Card Game) that draws from real world texts regarding mythical forces and alchemy. This will be the first major release from creator Forever Interactive. OMGN recently interviewed Project Director David Staats about the upcoming release, how the Kickstarter Project is being employed to make this game possible, and how this game stands out in the crowded MMO market...

Diablo III's Online DRM is a Drag

Jun. 11, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By John Theodore

Diablo III's Online DRM is a Drag Diablo III is a single-player game. It has co-op play, but it is a single-player game at its core. You create a character, go on quests, gain experience, discover treasure, all with the goal of improving your character so you can take on greater challenges. There are social and multiplayer components that enhance this experience. You can play with up to four friends or with total strangers. You can also trade gear and equipment with your friends...

Video Game Sommelier: The First Coming of Hops

May. 22, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Video Game Sommelier: The First Coming of Hops som·me·lier -[suhm-uhl-yey; Fr. saw-muh-lyey] noun, plural som·me·liers  [suhm-uhl-yeyz; Fr. saw-muh-lyey] -- a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.   Alcohol is one of man’s most ingenious inventions. It helped build the pyramids, preserved us through the dark ages, and if some...

Preserving the Classics: How Gaming Re-Releases Need to Improve

Mar. 28, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Preserving the Classics: How Gaming Re-Releases Need to Improve I am a fan of cinema and a firm believer of the preservation of classic and obscure films. The Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays are gifts from the movie gods with cleaned up picture and audio, a slew of extra content, including commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews. Even individual movie cases and pamphlets are recreated with dazzling artwork and pages of interviews and photos. It not only creates a definitive version of...

The Tree and the Wheel

Mar. 26, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

The Tree and the Wheel The Mass Effect series is part-shooter, part-RPG, and part-space opera. While the series has brought the first two game mechanics together, it's not as though we haven't seen them done just as well or better. Still, from the cover-based shooter gameplay and RPG character growth, the series (which can now be label a trilogy) offers a unique experience in and of itself. However, if there's one aspect the game has reinvented, it's conversing with...

1-Up: Mass Effect 3 Demo Impressions

Feb. 16, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

1-Up: Mass Effect 3 Demo Impressions It's nice to see that somebody out there remembers what a demo is and why you release them... When I was younger, I had a subscription to PC Gamer. It was a decent magazine, but the best part was the bonus demo disc. Every month, I had approximately 12 to 15 different games to check out and decide to spend money on. Unfortunately, as I got older, games got bigger -- but CDs only had so much space. Fewer and fewer demos made their way via the old...

Random Drop Hits Us With Episode 4

Jan. 24, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Random Drop Hits Us With Episode 4 After a long break between their third episode and the VGA special, Random Drop has given us a quick turnaround on their fourth episode (Does that mean the VGA special wasn't an episode? What does it all mean?!) In this installment, the crew talks about Batman: Arkham City, Dark Souls, RAGE and more. As always, the three Random Drop podcasters are Justin Huthmacher, Adam Nelson, and Rob Watkins. The podcast's home is http:/...

Random Drop's VGA 2011 Special Hits

Jan. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Random Drop's VGA 2011 Special Hits Random Drop's fourth podcast made its way onto the web recently, after a long break from the last podcast, Oct. 24. If you're a big fan of the VGAs, then you may want to skip this podcast, as the group generally lampoons what the VGAs have become. As always, the three Random Drop podcasters are Justin Huthmacher, Adam Nelson, and Rob Watkins. The podcast's home is http://randomdrop.libsyn.com/. Episode 004's download location is...

Retrospective: Modern Warfare 3 versus Battlefield 3

Jan. 9, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retrospective: Modern Warfare 3 versus Battlefield 3 Mario vs. Sonic. Metal Gear vs. Splinter Cell. Gran Turismo vs. Forza. You vs. everyone. The video game community has long been the grounds for spirited rivalries between similar franchises. Message boards become war zones, and comment sections transform into battlegrounds as devoted fans deliver their arguments and mud slinging vitriol, defending their favorite franchises with words delivered in machine gun staccato, as fast as their fingers...

The Best (And Worst) Video Games of 2011

The Best (And Worst) Video Games of 2011 It's that time of the year again, folks. The time when everybody starts making new years resolutions, only to break them in a matter of weeks. It also happens to be the time of the year when video game critics put out their awards for the industry. Fortunately for us, these edicts will withstand the test of time. From worst to best, find out here what we thought of 2011's offerings -- as well as those that shouldn't have seen the light of day. ...

The Dark Knight Rises Prologue Impressions

Dec. 19, 2011; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Dark Knight Rises Prologue Impressions Despite being months away from a theatrical release, a six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises was released this weekend, showing before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. While it may seem odd to release a small portion of the film for public viewing before the actual release, what was done here worked incredibly well and functioned better than most movie trailers, with their spoiler-rific details. It introduced a key character, retained...

One Man's Xbox Live Support Issues

Dec. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

One Man's Xbox Live Support Issues Usually, customer service and support departments operate relatively smoothly. There may be glitches and hiccups sometimes, but in the end, customers get helped. This is especially true if you're talking about companies such as Amazon, which has such an exemplary track record with customer service that, well ... I can't even think of a time when it didn't go above and beyond to help me with issues. Unfortunately, sometimes issues can linger...

The Customer Is Always (Allowed to Be) Right

Dec. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

The Customer Is Always (Allowed to Be) Right There’s a point at which a company’s actions come across backward and anti-consumer, even by modern-day corporate standards. But, beneath all the seemingly underhanded, shady business tactics, there have to be reasons. Whether those reasons are good is subjective, yet they will at least be understandable. Sony has made changes in various aspects of its business model since the PlayStation 3’s release, including (but not limited...

Is This the End of the World (Of Warcraft)?

Dec. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Stanley Jackson

Is This the End of the World (Of Warcraft)? Activision’s shares are sliding, membership is on the decline, and Mists of Pandaria has received a few quizzical glances from gamers and critics alike. Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the big daddy of MMOs? Let me take you back to August 2005. Our story starts on a busy Tatooine. The game is Star Wars Galaxies. Sony Online Entertainment and its President John Smedley were very happy; the game had exceeded their target of 1...

Minecraft: How It Became Cool to Create

Nov. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Stanley Jackson

Minecraft: How It Became Cool to Create November is the month of the sequel. It’s the month of the mega-money uber-release. Christina Aguilera, Jonah Hill, and the rapper Example were a few of the celebrities who made appearances at the launches of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and the mammoth Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. Games are big business, and the more they become lucrative and commercial, the greater the desire titanic publishers such as EA and Activision have to increase...

Want Better Scores? Make Better Games.

Nov. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Want Better Scores? Make Better Games. Last week, Eurogamer published an interview held with Gearbox co-founder Brian Martel at Gamescom in August. My first question here doesn't have much to do with Gearbox; it has to do with Eurogamer -- why the hell did you wait until November to publish that interview? Maybe they were holding it to, um ... Do research, or something. You know, standard journalistic stuff. In any case, Martel told Eurogamer that he thought the video game...

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is Coming

Nov. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is Coming A few weeks ago, a good number of World of Warcraft players would never have heard of the words Pandaria or Pandaren. Now, though, you can't log on without hearing them. So what are they? Well, if you play World of Warcraft and have been living under a virtual rock for these past few days, you’ll want to head on over to the official World of Warcraft page where details of the next expansion...

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