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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.

Ron Dippold's Comments

Comment In: [News - 05/18/2018 - 12:17]

'Valve failed to provide any ...

'Valve failed to provide any clear guidelines or standards before threatening ' r n r nBusiness as usual from Valve then. A complete black box which generates random numbers and policies. r n r nI wonder how much of this is due to their allegedly flat management system, so one ...

Comment In: [News - 05/17/2018 - 03:50]

'Ubisoft hasn t shied away ...

'Ubisoft hasn t shied away from delaying games when the company believes they could use some more time in the game development oven. ' r n r nWell, at least after the AC: Unity disaster forced the issue. I have to say I like this new Ubisoft better, and Ubisoft ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/14/2018 - 10:45]

I love seeing this stuff, ...

I love seeing this stuff, thanks

Comment In: [News - 05/15/2018 - 11:12]

I would much rather have ...

I would much rather have this than the abomination 'Atari ' is building. r n r nNot a bad little chip in there either. 128K of program Luxury r n r n

Comment In: [News - 05/14/2018 - 04:00]

I can 't imagine the ...

I can 't imagine the game being anywhere near as good without Atreus. I was also sick and tired of angry Kratos and you basically rehabilitated him enough to make people give a crud about these five new games. r n r nOther good Atreus decisions: r n- He can ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/10/2018 - 01:26]

Nice - hope you get ...

Nice - hope you get a sales bump out of this. Or a bump out and better reviews out of Earthlock 2 now that you know what you need to do.