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The Cardinal Sins of Game Development

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So, as you all probably know, I tend to play a lot of video games, and I have done so for years. At least two decades, in fact. This being the case, I have at one point or another kept track of things that annoy me about the otherwise good (and sometimes not so good) games that I’ve played. Usually I do this in hopes that eventually, the people who make these games will decide that a certain annoying thing has been happening, quite pointlessly, for a very long time and that it’s about time that someone got the bright idea to start fixing these things. Granted, every game is limited by the hardware that it is created for, but at a certain point hardware evolves, and the games that exist on that hardware should evolve as well.

This is not always the case.

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14 Things You Should Expect When Attending San Diego Comic Con

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So, I did this thing last week. You may have heard of it. It’s called San Diego Comic Con. You might know it as Comic Con International. Or as That Big Fucking Thing That Happens Every July That Everyone Talks About. I’ve been tweeting and facebooking a lot about it, using the hashtag #SDCC. So have a lot of other people. The internet’s pretty much been talking about it non stop, just like every other year. So why did I go this year? Well, primarily because I had the vacation time, the funds, and a group of friends to share in the experience with. And now I bring my experience to you, dear readers, so that you too can decide whether you want to brave the crowds, the cameras, the EVERYTHING, for yourself. Because let me tell you, it was probably one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of my life, in a completely good way. And it can be for you, too, as long as you remember some very, very important things about it. Such as…

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The Problem With Final Fantasy (Probably Isn’t What You Think)

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[Edit for addional point I forgot to make about optional characters, and general derp-ness]

Yes, I know, that probably sounds like the title of a Cracked article, and I apologize.

Having gotten that out of the way, I think now would be a good time to point out my policy on spoilers. It’s much the same for games as it is for movies: If it’s a popular game, and it has been out for at least 10 years, then chances are, due to TEH INTARWEBZ, everyone has probably heard any large-scale spoilers anyway, so I don’t feel so bad about including them. Anything more recent than that, I’ll /allude/ to spoilerific events in a way that anyone who has played the game will know exactly what I am talking about, and anyone who has not will know that, for example, there is a plot twist somewhere in the game, but not what exactly it is.

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I ACCIDENTALLY AN ARTICLE.

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[[Edited for additional points I derped out on, and assorted spelling errors because apparantly I fail at keyboard.]]

So, I was having a conversation with my wife the other day in which I was explaining what I shall henceforth refer to as the Tim Schaffer Phenomenon, and about what Kickstarter is and what it means for funding products in general. I realized about halfway through that this whole topic sort of wound into the general animosity toward publishers these days. I’m going to use ‘publisher’ interchangibly with ‘movie studio’ and ‘record label’, because I’m going to touch on aspects of books, movies, music, and video games, such as I have been doing quite a bit lately. Of course, I quickly realized that if I was going to write about this, I needed to say something other than what everyone else I know, and a whole bunch of people that I don’t know, have already said: “Publishers are evil and deserve to fade into obscurity and vanish”. If I wrote a thousand words on that, I know I would get a whole lot of ‘like’s, and very little constructive discussion because I would be presenting exactly one side of the argument: the popular side. It would also partially be a rehash of every single comment anyone has made regarding The Ending (you know which one) and I’ve told everyone I’m saying no more about that, and I fucking mean it.

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