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Judging by the Electronic Entertainment Expo’s treatment of the Ouya, the big boys would like this new crop of microconsoles to go away. Unfortunately for them, they probably aren’t going away anytime soon.
Check out the Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter, a proposed Zelda/Diablo-hybrid. Another very reachable $5000 means they’ll be collaborating with Fez composer Disasterpiece.
Check out Yahtzee’s ‘Extra Punctuation’ article on video game dialogue. (I agree with his argument, but I’d like to add to it: whenever I’m faced with a massive dialogue tree, I always listen to everything, even though 95% of it is pointless exposition. I feel obligated because every so often the third branch of the second branch of the ninth branch of the tree will lead to some helpful/crucial piece of information, or open a sidequest. It’s a bit stockholm syndrome for my taste.)
Because even artists can’t seem to learn from history, here’s Eric Zimmerman’s ‘Manifesto for a Ludic Century.’
Killscreen’s Jon Irwin imagines Grand Theft Auto V as a reflection of the real Los Angeles.
GTA V is #1, but what are the next most expensive games ever?