A game can be determined a “masterpiece” by many things but one of the greatest things is not visible. Music can create every emotion ranging from happiness, sadness, fear and anger. It is also one of the strongest pieces of a game as it helps create the world that you are immersing yourself in. There are hundreds of moments that are increased by twenty times because of a bellowing horn or a catchy electronic tune. Some of these songs recall back to the days of 8 or 16-bit while others are great in their own right. These songs are all great in my personal opinion and have made gaming in the past year an incredible experience for me. Continue Reading
Local multiplayer is a genre that most developers seem to forget these days, while there are games such as Borderlands and Halo, there aren’t any casual friendly multiplayer games that anyone can jump in and out of without becoming attached. Continue Reading
This is actually really easy to answer because when I first read this the only thing I could think was the Mass Effect trilogy.
There are many games close to my heart (Age of Empires was my first ever video game, and Age of Empires II: Age of Kings remains my favorite RTS, while Legend of Legaia was the first ever RPG I played and fuck if I don’t miss and love that game), but Mass Effect really struck a chord within me.
Grab a chair and a drink, folks, DT is going to get wordy. Continue Reading
Feeling a bit of creativity lately, I thought it would be nice to get a new perspective on games. Everyone has their personal favorites. For me, its the Shining Force Saga. However, I’ve wanted to put a little more focus on what everyone else enjoys. So, to our readers:
What is your ALL time favorite game and Why?
Please feel free to email me at the email address below with your favorite game, and I will feature it in an upcoming post!
With the rise of pc gaming indie games have gone on a rampage because of the magical red carpet laid down by PC gaming and the internet opening the doors. Although with indie games being all the rage it’s almost impossible to really find a true gem unless it has sold millions of copies on steam. Luckily digital distributor GamersGate will be releasing a bundle this coming monday with some choice indie games that may have slipped under your radar for a price that is well worth your money, but it won’t be the average bundle full of indie games. The IndieFort Bundle is changing this time around and becoming The IndieFort Tournament. The fresh thing about The IndieFort Tournament is that all of the games in the bundle aren’t just there for your pleasure but they are also competing to become the king of the indies. Some of the games in the bundle include the following….
Are video games art? If you had asked me the question 5 years ago I would have pointed you in the direction of The Orange Box. It included three games all made using the same engine, all made by the same developer, but with wildly different art styles. The developer commentary (particularly that with Team Fortress 2) suggested that this was no fluke and Valve really knew what they were doing. Later they released Left 4 Dead and, again, despite the same engine and same developers it was very different to the three games in The Orange Box. The developer commentary in the game talked about art direction and how colour and light was used to direct the player where they wanted them to go without adding noticeable boundaries. Back then I would have said that Valve were at the top of their game and that they alone could prove that video games could be art. Each of their games, from the (two very different) post apocalyptic worlds of Half-Life and Left 4 Dead to the clean clinical lines of Portal and the cell shaded alternate 60s of Team Fortress 2, each of them tells a story through the visuals alone, each of the characters can be understood before they even speak just by looking at them. I would have argued that not only can video games be art with these games as my sole evidence, but that Valve had a better understanding of art direction than nearly any (current) Hollywood film director.
Then it all went wrong.
It has been a long time since the last UT game (being UT3 in 2008 and die-hard fans would ignore that, preferring UT2004 or even UT99) and even longer since Quake III (1999). Since then all we have really had are casual multiplayer shooters with persistent unlocks and no real place in eSports. The setting of most of the popular multiplayer games also restricts their ability to be taken seriously as an eSport, Contemporary war or WWII doesn’t really mater, it is still war and therefore not a “game”.