Elite Number Four: “Dangerous”

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Developed by Frontier Developments and released just this December 2014, ‘Elite: Dangerous’ is the fourth instalment of the Elite video game series. It is, in essence, a first person “shooter game”. However, its more specific genres extend into “space trading”, “combat”, as well as “MMO”. The game allows for both single player modes as well as multiplayer modes online.

Basically, ‘Elite: Dangerous’ is an adventure and action video game that takes place in outer space. There is trading, adventure, and a combat simulator within the game’s gameplay and activities. In ‘Elite: Dangerous’, gamers get to pilot a spacecraft (or spaceship) and explore an open world “galaxy” that was designed based on the actual Milky Way in our world. Continue reading “Elite Number Four: “Dangerous”” »

The Brief Bout of Forced Silence on One Side of the #GamerGate War

The #GamerGate war, which was sparked earlier this year thanks to a revenge post by a programmer about his game developer ex-girlfriend, is by now probably common knowledge. However, the fact that is still ongoing, and is still a pretty vicious war, is what keeps putting #GamerGate in the top topics of gaming news.

Online discussions and debates are normal. And in all honesty, it is almost laughably easy to start a debate online. It often seems that the World Wide Web is full of users who can’t wait to find something to spew about – and most often in a negative and unproductive way. Continue reading “The Brief Bout of Forced Silence on One Side of the #GamerGate War” »

Traditional Video Game Dynamics – Cater to the Males, Ignore and Criticize the Females

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Video game developers, from the very beginning of the video game development era, have been aiming at the male audience and, quite frankly, ignoring the female gamers. Luckily though, it seems that the general population doesn’t care for the theme or marketing gimmicks of video games overmuch. If the game is good enough to catch a gamer’s interest and attention – whether that person is a man or woman, girl or boy – then it will be played. Continue reading “Traditional Video Game Dynamics – Cater to the Males, Ignore and Criticize the Females” »

Niko Partners and the Online Gaming Market in SEA

So long, SEA or South East Asia online gaming market basically referred to China and Japan. However, Niko Partners findings in 2014 affirm that the 3 countries in SEA – Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam have started playing a key role in the e-gaming market. This year, the online gaming market in Southeast Asia that includes both PC-based and mobile-based, has gone up to US$784, 4 million.

China indeed has a big online gaming market with annual revenue of $13 billion in 2013. It represents 40% year on year growth. According to IDC, the predicted growth of Chinese e-gaming market will be 23.5% from 2014 to 2018. Spending on smartphones games in Japan also rose from $3 billion in 2012 to $5.4 billion in 2013. In 2014, the amount will further increase. However, the latest revelation by Niko Partners proves the existence of a strong SEA gaming market that rivals both China and Japan. Continue reading “Niko Partners and the Online Gaming Market in SEA” »

Good News for Xbox Live Gold Members this January 2015!

Here’s some fantastic news for Xbox Live Gold Members! In January 2015, Xbox Live Gold members will get the chance to receive up to three new games free on Xbox 360 and Xbox One! This free offer is part of Xbox’s “Games with Gold” program.

Well, let’s not keep you in suspense. Here are the three video games Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to receiving for free: Continue reading “Good News for Xbox Live Gold Members this January 2015!” »

How Females Appear in Video Games and Why that is Important

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Anita Sarkeesian is well known for her criticism and observations of how female characters are portrayed in video games. And she has also called many game developers up to task for the same. Now, although there is a long range of backlash that she has received for her views (which has only gotten decidedly worse ever since the #GamerGate controversy), anyone who has played video games – especially those games where she has taken her examples of video clips and image cuts from – can see that she’s right about the “how”. Continue reading “How Females Appear in Video Games and Why that is Important” »

Gender Bias Rampant in the Gaming World – “Fun” Turns to “Fear”

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Zoe Quinn, a woman placed at the heart of the controversies currently running wild on #GamerGate in the gaming community, is a game developer. She is known for her game ‘Depression Quest’ and the fact that she deviates from the regular video game norm by developing games that are based on feelings.

Now, in spite of the criticism she received (and still receives) for developing video games that turn away from the normal pattern of plot and theme, she apparently was also asked (read ‘demanded’) who had developed the game for her as girls can’t develop games. Continue reading “Gender Bias Rampant in the Gaming World – “Fun” Turns to “Fear”” »

Top 4 Online Video Games for Your Family this Christmas

It is only a few days of waiting to hear the Church bells ringing and coming of Santa Claus with various exciting gifts! Christmas is also the time to buy gifts for your loved ones. An online video game or console game may be just the right thing for your kid if you and your child love to play games. In this article, we will go through the top 4 most anticipated games of 2014. Continue reading “Top 4 Online Video Games for Your Family this Christmas” »

#GamerGate – The Ongoing Battle

#GamerGate exploded on Twitter and in the gaming community this year with a heated and ongoing war. The main focus of the #GamerGate controversy and clash, however, can be found to focus on two main subjects: the corruption of gaming journalism in the current era, and gender-bias in the video game industry.

To be fair though, #GamerGate is an online discussion hashtag that can be about anything related to the video game world. But unfortunately, these two topics have effectively and quite brutally drowned out all other possible topics of concern and discussion regarding video games. Continue reading “#GamerGate – The Ongoing Battle” »