The Steam Deck is a handheld gaming platform entering a handheld game market dominated by the Nintendo Switch for real games and phones/tablets for useless distractions. People playing on phones and tablets aren’t the same as people playing on the Switch, and the Deck will compete much more directly with Nintendo‘s handheld. Can the Deck … Continue reading Is the Steam Deck a Nintendo killer?
Master Sword: Additional Thoughts
After looking at several of the weirdnesses of the Master Sword, a couple can be explained as being Japanese influence. For example, katanas have relatively short blades for a two handed weapon, so the Japanese designers may think the longer grip looks right.* Additionally, the katana's tsuba (guard) is usually a round or oval disk, … Continue reading Master Sword: Additional Thoughts
Everything Wrong with the Master Sword
The Master Sword is a gaming icon, but how well does it stack up as a functional weapon?
Review: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Short story: best thing ever.
Warcraft 4 before Diablo 4
There's been a rumor floating around that Blizzard Entertainment will be announcing the next installment in their Diablo franchise at Blizzcon this year. I find this highly unlikely, but the idea of a Warcraft 4 announcement along with a new Diablo 3 expansion (or stand alone) pack is much more probable. Here are the reasons that Warcraft … Continue reading Warcraft 4 before Diablo 4
Dwarf Fortress: A Case Study in Game Design
Dwarf Fortress. Impenetrable game for fanatics, or brilliant experiment in narrative spaces?
Reaction to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
My initial reaction to the E3 2016 trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild was to jump and down ecstatically until I had a stomach ache. Just from the trailer, there was so much see, so many ways in which this game was the ultimate fulfillment of all my hopes for the franchise. … Continue reading Reaction to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild