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How Game Design Can Be Your Friend

From Dark Souls to Ninja Gaiden, from Overwatch to Rocket League, from Shovel Knight to Super Mario. Every game has it's traps, it's secrets, difficulties and intuitive aspects.What makes a game "Well Designed"? How is Game Design responsible for a game being Difficult or Easy? What causes players to stonewall for hours against a boss, or defeat an area on their first run?I believe the best way to put it simply is to describe Game Design as 2 opposing forces. One side is always trying to challenge the player, while the other always trying to help the player. Let's take a

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Gears of War Comparisons

Gears of War 4 released to the world last week both on Xbox One and Windows 10, many fans hoped for a sequel packing everything they'd dreamt of since Gears of War 3 hit the shelves back in 2011. The last 3 titles in the franchise have been developed for the most part by three separate development teams. GoW 3 by Epic, Judgment by People Can Fly and GoW 4 by The Coalition - this means all three don't share as many similarities as the first three made by Epic.Each has their own pros, cons and features we consider to be

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When the Game of Life Owns All Other Games

My name is Flint Stocks.  Some of you may know me from my extensive writings on the now indefinitely missing in action game review site, GameXotic.com.  Others may not know me at all.  When Warren Dance recently suggested I do some writing for Opium Pulses, I was honored.  I felt like it was a great opportunity to dust off my keyboard after the long hiatus from writing that resulted from the untimely demise of GameXotic.  It was a disaster which stemmed from a classic case of real life problems getting in the way of gaming.  It’s a subject worth talking about.The

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Can Too Much Hype Kill a Good Game's Reputation?

Hyped games is a sore subject right now after the release of No Man's Sky, a game universally agreed to be over hyped… but is it a bad game? That's hard to tell right now and is something we'll have to judge for ourselves after the dust has settled. Instead, let's take the time to view how it has affected other games in the past. Although I do have my own opinion (both good and bad) on the games mentioned in this article, I'll be sticking closely to the subject... Does too much hype and bad reviews that come as a

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SteamBox Reviews: Death Road to Canada

STEAMBOX Reviews is a kind of "Section" I'm gonna do for both New and Older Indie Games released across Steam and today we'll be taking a look at a little gem called Death Road to Canada. This game's premise is pretty much a mixture of Oregon Trail and tidbits of other games that feature looting and simplistic top down melee combat that adds in random, quirky humor and lots and lots of zombies. Your goal is to essentially make it to Canada where - there are no zombies for some unexplained reason - and surviving the road along the way. Death Road