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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: [Blog - 07/08/2016 - 10:07]

Definitely not casual - most ...

Definitely not casual - most of these like Clicker Heroes have very complex resource minmax decisions you need to make if you 're going to progress beyond a certain point. Which heroes do I level up, and when - I could level Abaddon up once or Refri up 10 times, ...

Comment In: [News - 07/06/2016 - 11:09]

And they launched it obviously ...

And they launched it obviously unfinished - the system software was miserable, buggy, and so slow - not even in alpha state. So instead of your Wii experience of turning on the console and sitting down or standing up to some Wii Sports, your Wii U experience was unpack it, ...

Comment In: [News - 06/30/2016 - 03:07]

Betteridge 's Law of Headlines ...

Betteridge 's Law of Headlines applies perfectly here. NO. : r n r nYes, it 's good for Oculus/Facebook because they want to own everything and everyone. So if you think Oculus is the industry, then it 's good. Otherwise No.

Comment In: [News - 06/24/2016 - 07:20]

Most CS:GO buyers during sales ...

Most CS:GO buyers during sales seem to be the same people buying new copies to smurf or get around VAC bans anyhow. They wait for sales and stock up. For the last winter sale, for instance, Steam Spy estimates 575K copies of CS:GO were sold .9oiza6t4h . That 's ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/25/2016 - 11:53]

And they 've realized they ...

And they 've realized they can have it both ways - bring out the base game as a full premium product, then have a store for shinies. Some people say that dismissively, but I think it works pretty well for everyone in many cases. Dev gets the initial sale, buyers ...

Comment In: [News - 05/10/2016 - 05:09]

@Mathias - There is, and ...

@Mathias - There is, and I 'm very glad to find out that they 're not the same studio, thank you. r n r nI just assumed yeah, i know that Avalanche was unique enough of a name and with the open world stuff that they were the same.