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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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

Spoiler Alert: Kotaku Boldly Reveals Plot Twist in Batman: Arkham City

Oct. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Spoiler Alert: Kotaku Boldly Reveals Plot Twist in Batman: Arkham City Imagine with me for a moment that it’s May 1980. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is about to be released, and you’ve been looking forward to seeing it since the previous film. While reading the newspaper that day, you see a story about the film. The headline reads “VADER IS LUKE’S FATHER.” Your reaction would likely be similar to mine when I saw a story on Kotaku.com, a video gaming blog that frequently...

RAGE Problems & Ease of Use in Video Games

Oct. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

RAGE Problems & Ease of Use in Video Games Video games cater to a more technologically advanced crowd than virtually every other entertainment industry. The television and movie industries are the easiest to "use" as a consumer. Simply flip on your TV to watch a program at its prescribed time. Or just pop that Blu-ray in and watch. Sure, there's audio and video connections to make all of this to work. That's just part of having a home entertainment system. Most people can get by using...

Fox News and "Green" Games: Defining the Issue

Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Fox News and "Green" Games: Defining the Issue If there's one step that should not be taken in this instance, it's to write-off Fox News as a bunch of idiots. Saying the corporation and its workers are dumb because of this broadcast (in which Clayton Morris of Fox News and online radio host T.J. McCormack talk about the liberal agenda behind environmental games) is similar to calling America an imperialist entity (stay with me for a bit; this will tie back into video games at...

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011 If there's one thing we like as much as video games, it's movies too. Since the name change to include movies in the title, the OMGN staff has narrowed down the best movies we've seen this summer — as well as the worst, the ones that surprised us the most, and everything in between.   Best Action Kyle: For me, X-Men: First Class is, hands down, the best action flick I've seen. From Hellfire Club's first attack on the young members of...

Mass Effect vs L.A. Noire

Sep. 2, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Mass Effect vs L.A. Noire We all have games and game franchises that resonate with us more than others. When I was younger, Sonic the Hedgehog was my favorite intellectual property to play. I moved on to the NFL 2K series before Electronic Arts killed it by acquiring the NFL video games license exclusively. These days, however, my top-rated video game franchise is Mass Effect. Interestingly, I didn't play the first Mass Effect until March 2011. It had been out for more...

How 'Yakuza' Taught me to be a Man: Why Being Good is Good

Aug. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

How 'Yakuza' Taught me to be a Man: Why Being Good is Good I'm in the process of playing through the Ryu ga Gotoku series (Yakuza in the u.S.). I started earlier this year, tracking down each title. In it, the player controls Kiryu Kazuma, a member of the Dojima yakuza family who takes the fall for the murder of his boss (which is just the start of an exceptionally involved, complicated, multi-tiered storyline of intrigue spanning all four main titles).  When Kiryu Kazuma's full-back...

Is Mega Man Dead?

Jul. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Is Mega Man Dead? A gaming icon might be gone for good. The week of July 17 could be one of the darkest in history for many gamers, as it might be the end one of the industry's founding fathers -- Mega Man (called Rock Man in Japan). Recently, Mega Man’s parent company, Capcom, decided to cancel the blue bomber’s latest planned adventure, Mega Man Legends 3. While this cancellation put a dagger in the hearts of thousands of gamers worldwide (many have...

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Multi-Player Beta Overview & Impressions

Jul. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Multi-Player Beta Overview & Impressions My footsteps echoed through the alleyways of a nondescript city in Yemen. The old Arabian architecture encircled me, its brick archways and buildings casting long shadows across my path. I ran past quaint homes and vegetable stands which were deserted, yet they didn't look abandoned; it was as if the owners and residents had left in a hurry, perhaps because of the large-scale gun battles that were taking place. The gunfire sounded distant, so...

Opinions on Supreme Court's Violent Video Games Ruling

Opinions on Supreme Court's Violent Video Games Ruling On June 27, the Supreme Court made a final decision on a topic under debate for the last few years as to whether video games are protected under the First Amendment and, thus, to be treated as free speech. Also under debate was whether video games belong in the same category as films, literature and music, and are therefore considered an expressive art form. We at OMGN are passionate about video games and the industry that surrounds them. The...

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