On those crazy XBLA price tags…

James posted on in Games, Jerks · 8 Comments »

So, here we are: Braid‘s on XBLA for 1200 points, and now Castle Crashers has hit XBLA for another 1200 points.  They’re two excellent games (I unsurprisingly gravitated toward the latter, going as far as to dub yesterday “Castle Crashers Day”) and they both embody much of what the indie… Read More

Focus Groups are Driving us into Oblivion

James posted on in Games, Reviews · 1 Comment »

No, not that Oblivion. I have to wonder how “marketing” efforts from 100 years ago would have stood up to today’s. People made things they thought people would like, they marketed them in ways they thought would appeal, and everyone went on their merry way. Today, we have focus groups,… Read More

Disclaimers and apologies

James posted on in Blog, Games, Jerks · 1 Comment »

I should probably put up a disclaimer regarding comments: Disclaimer: Anonymously posted flamebait will be summarily deleted. Moderation is in effect! Also, I should clarify my remarks on repetition and the titles I used as examples. I really liked Halo 3 and God of War 2. I just felt that… Read More

More on repetition and games

James posted on in Games, Life, Press, The Dishwasher · 1 Comment »

I just thought of another game that could’ve used more repetition: God of War 2. Granted, it was an amazing game with some crazy cool parts, but like Halo 3, some of the protagonist’s badassery was dampened by the fact that you would be thrust from one completely unfamiliar situation… Read More