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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 - 02/16/2018 - 04:07]

A good list of hacking ...

A good list of hacking types r n r nHuman Resource Machine is also a good programming game like TIS-100 and Shenzhen I/O. It 's not as deep as either, but the presentation is great and where non-programmers just glaze over at the Zachtronics stuff HRM isn 't as intimidating. ...

Comment In: [News - 02/15/2018 - 09:21]

This will be a pretty ...

This will be a pretty amazing game when it works - which unfortunately is not yet. For instance, draconian save system is a bad idea, but when you combine it with a game which frequently crashes and glitches out it 's a terrible idea. But you can see the potential. ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/13/2018 - 09:04]

Mario Titles come in about ...

Mario Titles come in about six varieties, and Odyssey is one of the rare ones... r n r n1 2D platformers like New Super Mario Bros U. These tend to be really punishing and samey and I 'm no longer a big fan either. r n2 Fun compartmentalized 3D romps ...

Comment In: [News - 02/13/2018 - 01:36]

Congrats to the Guerilla team. ...

Congrats to the Guerilla team. H:ZD maintained a really high level of quality and detail for a very large game once you accept the genre is cheesy and fun post-apocalyptic sci-fi, not Upstream Color . I remember constantly thinking the story bible must be at least 500 pages while playing ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/08/2018 - 09:24]

For some extreme examples of ...

For some extreme examples of extreme tragedy I think That Dragon, Cancer and Hellblade: Senua 's Sacrifice handled it well. For me the two things that make it work are r n r n1 the designers take the serious topic, well, seriously. The above titles may have some gameplay issues, ...

Comment In: [News - 02/12/2018 - 09:58]

Congrats to Capcom - it ...

Congrats to Capcom - it 's a really good game that could teach Destiny 2 a lot.