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Posted by Ron Dippold on Tue, 15 May 2012 04:24:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
Diablo III's launch is breathtaking in its lack of either concern or competence (your pick).


Posted by Ron Dippold on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:58:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
The Breakout genre has a fundamental problem with lack of player agency causing long stretches of player boredom and frustration. Shatter solved this problem - please take heed if you're going to make a new Breakout game.


Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 13 Nov 2011 03:35:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
Players and reviewers who really hate Lord of the Rings: War in the North don't seem to realize there's a dodge button. This is not their fault.


Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 31 Jul 2011 06:35:00 EDT in Audio, Console/PC
Sometimes you play a game that's a revelation. 'Tiny Wings' was like that for one touch gaming. 'Bastion' is that game for audio.


Posted by Ron Dippold on Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:49:00 EST in Design
There was one single, easy thing Epic Mickey could have done to make it a much better game, make players much happier, and boost metacritic scores 10-20 points: minimizing the penalty for death.


Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 09:01:00 EST in Design
I'm playing Crackdown again and finding I enjoy it more than Assassin's Creed 2, InFAMOUS, or Uncharted 2. Those are all great games, but crippled by the demands of plot.



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Comment In: [News - 02/16/2017 - 07:12]

She definitely knows. If you ...

She definitely knows. If you don 't have time to listen to an hour, here 's efficient meeting 101: r n r n- Rule 1: most managers and almost all execs are your enemy for productive meetings r n r n They 've got nothing better to do - they ...

Comment In: [News - 02/15/2017 - 03:45]

Sony just lost interest in ...

Sony just lost interest in Vita years ago, attention span of a gnat or rather, attention span of the last project . r n r nBesides that, I noticed that the Vita and PS3 versions of Now were noticeably inferior to the PS4 version - choppier AND worse looking. Not ...

Comment In: [News - 02/14/2017 - 03:10]

A nice article with a ...

A nice article with a lot of dev input... though in the end it all comes down to 'This is the best you can do if Valve isn 't going to give anyone real numbers '. r n r nComplaining about the inaccuracy is good if it 's to remind ...

Comment In: [News - 01/10/2017 - 04:01]

The Witness. There 's no ...

The Witness. There 's no opening 'level ', but the start is a gated series of areas that smoothly and seemingly effortlessly tells you everything you need to know about what 's expected of you, without words, before it slowly opens up. r n r nOf course according to Blow ...

Comment In: [News - 02/10/2017 - 04:15]

Witcher 3 would be a ...

Witcher 3 would be a much poorer game without all the wonderful side quests. It certainly wouldn 't be the best action RPG ever made and have the amazing number of word of mouth sales without them. Think of the main game - what do you remember Probably the Bloody ...

Comment In: [News - 02/01/2017 - 07:58]

Wait, was there actually a ...

Wait, was there actually a period where Gamestop did NOT ruthlessly drive their sales people with ridiculous targets and encourage them to lie to customers Never officially of course, it 's all very Wells Fargo 'wink wink OR ELSE '. I remember exposes of these programs in various gaming rags ...