Game Companies Are Not Your Friends

Like their zombies, The Walking Dead's release dates are shambling.
Like their zombies, The Walking Dead’s release dates are unbearably slow.

I recently had a bit of an exchange with someone over social media about The Walking Dead: Season Two’s episode release schedule. I originally asked developer Telltale Games if they can please release Episode 4 a month after Episode 3’s release, because I felt the rollout was taking a bit long.

I brought this up because the first episode of Season Two came out for the PC last December 17, 2013. At the time of that comment, it was already the second week of May 2014 and Episode 3 was just about to be released.

Between episodes, there was a waiting time of over 70 days. From Episodes 1 to 2, people had to wait 2 months and 15 days, while the gap from Episodes 2 to 3 was 2 months and 10 days.

If this schedule persisted all the way till the last chapter, we may see Episode 4 sometime in late July 2014 and Episode 5 in the second week of October 2014.

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Why I Remain a Console Gamer

NESI admit it: the case against console gaming grows every hardware generation. The previous generation saw mandatory installs, online passes, nickel-and-diming, hardware instability, and more expensive games becoming a disturbingly regular occurrence.

I’ve complained in the past about console gaming becoming worse than PC gaming, and when I read that article again today, it still makes sense to me. And yet, I’m still here; I’m still a console gamer.

Make no mistake, I detest what console gaming has become. The games today may be prettier, longer, and more engaging, but many of the industry’s practices has made it more difficult for me to stay.

I do, however, have five compelling reasons why I stick around. Compelling for me, at least. Here they are:

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Next Batman game’s Gotham City might look abandoned again

Arkham Knight1Yesterday (at least on this side of the world), we were treated to a deluge of previews for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, which marks the return of series creator Rocksteady Studios. The last game, Batman: Arkham Origins, was developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal.

Arkham Origins received pretty good reviews, but many critics considered it the weak link in the highly acclaimed series. Despite featuring prettier visuals and a larger virtual sandbox, Arkham Origins was decried for being derivative of Arkham City, its predecessor.
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Console gaming has become worse than PC gaming

ConsoleGamingI love console games. I was utterly enthralled when I first picked up the Atari 2600’s joystick and played Asteroid. I kept playing games ever since.

What’s not to love? Pop any game in and you know it’ll work. I can relax on the couch and enjoy a console game for hours on end without any problems.

I like PC gaming too. I started playing PC games during the 1990s during the heyday of Diablo II and Counter-Strike, but I noticed that PC gaming is quite bothersome. I had to deal with driver updates, hardware configurations, overall compatibility, and the cost of the PC itself.

Unlike a good gaming PC, which cost an arm and a leg, the video game console itself is more affordable. Console games may not be as pretty as PC games, but I can easily start playing without any hassle.

And then the current generation happened.
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Top 10 Game Remakes We Want To See (Part II)

Indiana Jones - Staff of Kings

Last week, we shared the first five game remakes we want to see—the game remakes we’re aching to play, either because their predecessors are classics, or as you’ll see below, because they deserve better. Like you, the idea of seeing these games with updated visuals and new adventures makes me incredibly giddy and willing to throw ridiculous amounts of money at anyone who makes them. Today, we’d like to show you the second half of the top 10 game remakes we want to see.
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Top 10 Game Remakes We Want To See (Part I)

Gabriel Knight

Love video games? Then you probably have your own list of game remakes you’re aching to play. And perhaps some of these games haven’t had a new installment in quite a while, so you’re probably aching for one with all the new bells and whistles. The list you see below are five of the top 10 game remakes we at Console Gamer want to see.
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