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Alex Birlo on November 18, 2019

“Death Stranding” Review

First thing, there are no story spoilers here, I discuss only mechanics and concepts. This review will be split into several topics, the biggest of which are: Story, World, and Gameplay. Also, you must understand that this game is a thing you can fully understand only if you play it yourself. This game is based […]

 

Alex Birlo on November 1, 2019

What is Fallout 1-st?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you probably at least heard of how the latest installment in the Fallout series, from the legendary developer Bethesda, became a major… meme! The game is widely accepted as a total failure but it still kicks. In a time when games that failed […]

 

Alex Birlo on September 20, 2019

Kojima’s New “Strand” Genre

In a recent interview with GameSpot Kojima talked about his ambition and what he wants to achieve whit the new IP that “Death Stranding” is. Apparently he is out to create a new genre, again – seeing as his “Metal Gear” became the father of all action stealth games – and introduce certain fundamentals that […]

 

Alex Birlo on September 17, 2019

Call of Duty Finally Does it Right

Jus yesterday ended the first round of the public multiplayer beta for the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare rebut that Activision are scheduling to release this year on October 25-th. I have played around 15 hours of it and I can tell you that finally the developers “Infinity Ward” are given all the resources […]

 

Alex Birlo on September 10, 2019

Valve Clarifies What Was Said About Epic Exclusives

We all remember the shock of the day when it all began, the streak of exclusivity deals with the Epic Games Store. And the first of the big deals was Metro Exodus in January of this year. A lot of things have been said since then, and the argument continues on whether the actions of […]

 

Alex Birlo on September 6, 2019

Pokemon GO and 4 Million Dollars

Back when Niantic released Pokemon GO in 2016, various news sources were chuck-full of stories about players trespassing on private property in order to catch a rare pokemon or ones that made weird discoveries – like a dead body in a river – while playing Pokemon GO. Today’s story lasted for 3 years, all the […]

 

Alex Birlo on September 5, 2019

Nintendo Direct 9.4.2019

Yesterday we had a big show from Nintendo. It was well packed with a lot of new information about the projects we already knew and new announcements. So I would recommend you watch the full Nintendo Direct presentation, but here we will go quickly about the bigger games that were shown. Pokemon Sword and Shield […]

 

Alex Birlo on September 3, 2019

The Order 1886 a Re-Review

Back in 2015, we saw the release of a game called “The Order 1886”. It checked all the boxes as a SONY PlayStation 4 exclusive: hype built up, high quality, talented developers. But it did not do as well as expected. The game received mixed reviews, a 63 on Metacritic and a controversial reception from […]

 

Alex Birlo on August 13, 2019

Crunch in the Video Game Industry

What is Crunch? In the video game industry, this term refers to times when developers are working extra and overtime hours to reach milestones in the production process of a game or to manage to hit that very important release window stated by the higher management. Crunch crunch crunch Crunch often entails unpaid weekends and […]

 

Alex Birlo on August 11, 2019

Epic Games Face Class-Action Lawsuit for Personal Data Security Issues in Fortnite

Up until now all everyone was focusing on – when it comes to Epic Games – is their business practices and the poor quality of their digital store. But this time major news came up hitting Epic Games from another direction. They are being sued as a result of the quality of their cybersecurity. What […]

 

Alex Birlo on August 9, 2019

President Trump Blamed Videogames for the Recent Mass Shootings

Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America had recently spoken about the Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas shootings and in his speech said – as he likes to phrase things –  that “grisly videogames” are glorifying violence across the nation… Essentially it is the conversation to which politicians were returning time […]

 

Alex Birlo on August 6, 2019

EA Lost 16.5 Billion Dollars in Stock

Around July last year, EA had its stock price around the highest point ever. It was near 149 USD per share, but from then it was only in decline. As I am writing this, Electronic Arts’ stock price is at 89.55 USD per share. Which is a crazy decline of over 37%, this amounts to […]

 

Alex Birlo on July 4, 2019

SONY About Marketing the PlayStation 5

The Wall Street Journal has recently released an article with some information regarding how SONY is going to treat their next console and how they will be positioning it. The information is based on the words of two anonymous SONY officials and what was recently published or stated officially by the company representatives. “PS5 – […]

 

Alex Birlo on June 29, 2019

Unskippable Advertisements in NBA 2K19

Several days ago a user on the NBA 2K subreddit had posted a screenshot that has since sent waves across the internet, sparked conversations and rants regarding the advertisements that show up in the new NBA 2K19. Apparently, there is no way skip them and the matches do not begin until the ad finishes. What […]

 

Alex Birlo on June 14, 2019

Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

On Sunday, June 9-th Microsoft had their big annual press conference at E3, where they showcased 60 games – even if almost all of them were indie games – and revealed their next console “Scarlett”. Let us go through these announcements quickly about the smaller games and more in-depth regarding the bigger things like the […]

 

Alex Birlo on June 9, 2019

EA Play 2019

Yesterday we had the EA play event of 2019 with some information about their plans for 2019. There were presentations for 6 games in total – accept Star Wars Battlefront and Anthem that were mentioned in the intermissions between the bigger presentations – so I will list them in order and we will go through […]

 

Alex Birlo on June 9, 2019

Google Stadia

Google Stadia “The Future of Gaming” Just recently Google announced their long-awaited streaming console “Google Stadia” and dropped a lot of information regarding the games that will be available on it, how it works and what are the release plans, so let us dive right in! How it works The game you play itself will […]

 

Alex Birlo on June 6, 2019

E3 2019 Conference Schedule

We are just a few days away from the beginning of the biggest annual event of the video game industry – Electronic Entertainment Expo or simply E3.E3 2019 will begin Tuesday, June 11 and end Thursday, June 13 and will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in… Los Angeles.But the fun begins much earlier, with […]

 

Alex Birlo on June 3, 2019

Death Stranding Release Date

The time is nigh! Finally, we received a release date for the next – highly anticipated – game form Hide Kojima “Death Stranding”. On the twenty-ninth of May, an eight minutes trailer was released, showcasing a lot of areas, characters, some gameplay and ambiguous story moments from the game. And of course – a release […]

 

Alex Birlo on May 23, 2019

“Steam Vs. Epic”

Let us finally talk about the “PC war” that began almost four months ago. The aggressive attempts of the EPIC games store to gain market share, over the giant that is Steam.

 

Alex Birlo on April 24, 2019

“Community Management Mismanaged”

Kids, gather around the campfire I would like to bring up a discussion about how community management is functioning currently. And let me say that there is a definite problem with it, but not a universal one. While you read this article you will begin to connect the dots to various personal or wide known […]

 

Alex Birlo on April 17, 2019

“Single-Player is Important Heritage”

As I grow “old and grumpy” Yes, it is this topic again. By now hearing someone who talks about ‘single-player is the true way of playing games and it is better than all those multi-player games kids play nowadays’ is like hearing your grandpa yell from the front porch about how it was better before […]

 

Alex Birlo on April 13, 2019

“Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”

A New Hope for gamers Stop right there and drop whatever you are doing now! We are talking about Star Wars my friends and we have just received a juicy bit information about the next game from under the Electronic Arts umbrella – “Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order” by “Respawn Entertainment”. Let us analyze this […]

 

Alex Birlo on April 13, 2019

“Apex Legends – A Success or Disappointment”

The big deal Let us talk this time about the elephant that has been in the room for two months now. Let us talk about “Apex Legends”, what it is, what it means and what it brought to the table. I consider it to be important to bring this up because you do not have […]

 

Alex Birlo on April 13, 2019

“Gamers as the Most Conscious Customers to Date”

The hypothesis This time around I would like to share a hypothesis with you “Gamers are some of the most conscious customers in the world”. It struck me not long ago when I was trying to explain to someone – who is not a gamer – how gamers are different from customers in other industries. […]

 

Alex Birlo on April 12, 2019

“The Fake Nature of Anthem”

What are we talking about? What could be a better place to start writing than at the point where we all had about enough… I want to talk to you today about Anthem, or Beyond? Or was it D… something with a D, this game had so many names that people at the studio were […]