• YouTube Gaming is a great reminder of everything YouTube already does in terms of hosting prerecorded and live-streaming video. This, however, is a dedicated hub for all things gaming-related on YouTube and […]

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  • “Everyone loved Black Ops 2, right? So let’s just do that again!”
    – Treyarch, 2015
    Our impressions from the Black Ops 3 beta so far suggest to us that, more than ever, Call of Duty is the Mario Kart of First […]

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  • ThumbnailCheck out the just-released Japanese Launch Trailer for Hidetaka Miyazaki’s Masterpiece: Bloodborne here now! 😀 At the one-minute mark we start to see never-before-seen footage and we’re begining to enter into […]

  • Blizzard has revealed two new characters for their latest project: Overwatch.

    McCree: “Justice ain’t gonna dispense itself!”

    Once an operative working for Blackwatch, Overwatch’s covert ops division, the […]

  • ThumbnailFormer Video Game Design Director at Epic Games and eponymous founder of Boss Key Productions, Cliff Bleszinski, has revealed a teaser trailer for his new arena shooter codenamed “Project BlueStreak”. Taking a […]

  • You guys know how much we love LoL cinematics and they’ve generously brought us a new one!

    When Runeterra’s sacred treasures are misused, the Wandering Caretaker intervenes.

  • Inspired by retro first-person-shooters from the 90s such as DOOM, Wolfenstein 3D, Quake and Unreal, Strafe will have you weeping with nostalgic glee as you prance through its gorgeous ultra photo-realistic* […]

  • ThumbnailHelldivers will finally be available on 3.3.15 for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems on PlayStation Store! 😀

    Helldivers is a hardcore, cooperative, twin stick shooter from the creators of Magicka. As part of the […]

  • ThumbnailFor the last four Call of Duty titles I’ve bought the game along with the Season Pass and with each new Call of Duty release, fans of the series that I know and myself feel like we’ve been tricked into buying the […]

  • Dying light was easily the biggest surprise for the iD GMR team at this year’s Eurogamer Expo. This open-world free-running zombie-smashathon is one hell of a blast! 😀

    Get a taste of the Night Hunter’s […]

  • ThumbnailIt looks like Gameloft have taken serious cues from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City with their overhaul of the brilliant Asphalt racing series, and by no means do I see that as a bad thing!

    If you ever enjoyed the […]

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  • The Free-To-Play business model, AKA Freemium, AKA Fee-To-Pay, AKA Free-To-Wait, has garnered a lot of criticism over the last few years for locking away standard gameplay features behind a pay wall.

    But are all free-to-play games bad? Lots of them are, but there are also some real gems to be found.

    Great free-to-play games are those that don’t hinder, handicap or even completely halt progression unless you spend money. Bad free-to-play games are the ones that do.

    In the most sinful free-to-play games you’re ‘rewarded’ with in-game currency pretty steadily as you play, giving the illusion of progression, but that currency is virtually useless unless combined with a premium currency that you pay for.

    The developers of these Freemium games take a page straight out of the drug-dealers handbook by providing you with the premium currency for free at first… Just a little taste of the good stuff to get you hooked…

    They then dramatically slow down the pace of the game and ask you to wait hours for progression that takes just a few seconds if you’re willing to pay for the premium currency.

    At that point, the free currency that you’re rewarded by playing the game gives you no satisfaction because it doesn’t allow you to actually progress through the game, and the premium currency also gives you no satisfaction because you’re simply paying to unlock features rather than being challenged with engaging gameplay mechanics in order to progress through the game.

    The most recent game to integrate this morally-bankrupt system is Godus. That’s right, the same game that raised over $900 000 / £500 000 through its KickStarter campaign has used that money to develop a Fee-To-Pay/Free-To-Wait title in order to extort even more money out of the public and the original backers.

    I started playing Godus with the aim of seeing how far I could get without spending a penny and I very quickly hit a wall. I had amassed a huge amount of the game’s free currency ‘Belief’, but items in the game had begun requiring the paid-for currency ‘Gems’ and lots of it. To put this into perspective, just one item to make my citizens mildly happier cost 20 gems which in real money costs $2/£1.20. A hefty price considering how many similar items are in the game at ever-increasing prices.

    The most amazing thing about this is the two-facedness of the game’s creator, Peter Molyneux, who not-so-long-ago called the same functionality in EA’s reboot of Dungeon Keeper “ridiculous” in an interview with the BBC.

    “I felt myself turning round saying, ‘What? This is ridiculous. I just want to make a dungeon. I don’t want to schedule it on my alarm clock for six days to come back for a block to be chipped.'”
    – Peter Molyneux discussing EA’s Dungeon Keeper

    Needless to say Godus is not a Free-To-Play title worth investing any time in unless you have money to throw away. Godus isn’t really ‘Free-To-Play’ it’s Free-To-Try-For-Five-Minutes-Before-You-Must-Fork-Out-Boat-Loads-Of-Cash-To-Continue. 🙂

    There are, however, some incredible alternatives out there that are worth investing your time and money into. Loadout, Hearthstone & League of Legends are all absolutely incredible Free-To-Play games where you don’t have to spend a single penny to enjoy them.

    Loadout

    Loadout is a multiplayer third-person-shooter and is the epitome of Free-To-Play done right. This game is fun, hilarious, frenetic, and allows you to craft your own weapons with countless potential combinations. You earn the in-game currency ‘blutes’ as you play and use them to unlock weapon parts. You then have the option to purchase the premium currency Spacebux if you want to, although those can only be used to get cosmetic custom items for your character. It’s currently available on PC and is coming to PS4 soon.

    Hearthstone

    I enjoyed Hearthstone the second I began playing it, although I cynically believed that the legendary cards would only be unlocked by those who were willing to pay extra for more card packs… but I’m happy to say I was wrong and I got my first legendary card just a few days after I began playing and all without spending any money! It’s available on PC, Mac and iOS now.

    League of Legends

    League of Legends transformed the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) category from a sub-genre into one of the most popular genres in gaming. Despite being released five years ago it remains the most popular title in its category thanks to an incredible level of on-going support from its developer, Riot Games, who continue to constantly add new content to the game. It’s available on PC and Mac now.

    So while Free-To-Play is the domain of some of the most unscrupulous game developers in the industry, there are some amazing games to be experienced out there. 🙂

  • While I was competing in the Iron Banner timed Crucible PvP event in the Destiny Beta I was awarded a Legendary space ship called the Birth of History. A few of you fine folks who were playing with me at the time asked for a video showing it, so here it is! 😀

    In the video we travel from Mars, to the Moon, then Earth and finally Venus. Enjoy guys!

    Destiny - Legendary Ship - Birth of History

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