Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Messing with My Mouse - Controls in Dragon Age: Inquisition

I was intending on giving a full-fledged review of Dragon Age: Inquisition but after 20 hours of gameplay (including a few replays of the prologue spurred on by some truly hideous creations in the character builder), I feel like I’ve only made marginal progress into the main story and barely scratched the surface of the content on offer. Suffice it to say that, thus far, I broadly agree with the reviews that are already out there and that I recommend the game to anyone itching for a modern RPG experience and especially to those who have played previous iterations and are looking to explore the rich world of Thedas even further. Despite feeling ill-equipped to give a proper review, I do feel that I can confidently offer some areas of criticism, especially when it comes to the PC experience where mouse/keyboard controls seem to have been neglected. As I’ll be picking apart the pieces I haven’t liked thus far, this article will probably come off as overly-negative so I’ll take the chance now to reiterate my recommendation and offer that the issues I’m highlighting are the small negatives in an overall great game.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Passion for Pixels: Ep 16 - Violence in Videogames

Mario is a murderer. Photo: Keenakorn / CC BY

What really counts as a violent game? Do we really need to worry about the children? What's really at stake? On this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we tackle the nebulous issue of violence in video games and do our best to provide our answers to these questions and more!