Mel breaks from pontificating to give a simple and fun and unordered list of his personal favorite RPG battle systems. Come inside to see that Mel really likes turn based games apparently. Add to the list in the comments section!
Ethos has lost his brain to Fantasy Life. Some wonder if he ever had one to begin with, but he did. He proved it by losing it to Fantasy Life. Now he does not have a brain. Now Fantasy Life has it. All hail Fantasy Life.
It is another esoteric week in the mind of Mel as he tackles some vaguery or another about myth building in videogames as well as the rose tinting of nostalgia. Old things get placed on pedestals and simple things get complex in this week’s column!
Ethos is falling out of love with Shadow of Mordor and is warily approaching Peggle 2. Did PopCap evade EA’s bottom line with their peg-based sequel unlike their greedy plant-based sequel? The answer is sorta, but not really. Spoilers.
Sometimes, Bup forgets to write an excerpt. This is one of those times. Luckily, Lusipurr is here to save the day and write a new excerpt–and, at the same time, to give Bup’s Steam Greenlight mini-‘Reviews’ a new name: the Greenlight Round-Up!
Mel looks at specific qualities that make a game addictive and fun. They involve many familiar mechanics, such as grinding, but what else? Games need more than just a grind to keep the player in that loop. Curious? Reach level twenty to get the answer!
Ethos jumps ahead a few decades from last week to talk about all the modern games he has been playing. Read and then comment to tell him that he is not nearly as cool as he thinks he is.
Ethos tries to go back to his roots this week in an exploration of the original Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games, but runs into unexpected format issues. If that is not an exciting pitch, then he has no idea what is.