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The Level That Shows Why Halo: Reach Is Awesome

You drop right into a firefight, plasma crackling as it flies past your head. You push forward, blasting away at a pack of grunts, causing them to …

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI debuts this fall with a new take on cities

Take-Two Interactive‘s 2K label and Firaxis Games are pulling out a nice surprise for gamers today. They’re announcing that Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is going to ship on the PC on October 21.<p>The new turn-based strategy game is the next entry in the award-winning Civilization franchise that Sid …

The Easy Path: Why I Avoid Higher Difficulties When Playing Video Games

As much as I adore <b>XCOM 2</b>, I’m not playing it on Commander or Legend difficulty. I’ve played mainstay shooters like <i>Call of Duty</i> and <i>Halo</i> since their inception so I’m no slouch, but I steer clear of the masochistic challenges that Veteran and Legendary, respectively, dish out. For that matter, as …

XCOM

XCOM 2: The Kotaku Review

I used to be the slowest <i>XCOM</i> player on Earth. Then <i>XCOM 2</i> happened.<p><i>Originally run 2/5/2016</i><p>You know the type. Hell, you probably <i>are</i> the type. I played …

Dragon Age, Star Wars RPG Writer Leaves BioWare After 17 Years

BioWare veteran David Gaider, who in his 17 years at the role-playing game studio worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and most recently Dragon Age: Inquisition, is leaving the company. Gaider, who left the Dragon Age team last year to work on a secret BioWare game, announced the news …

Dragon Age

After 40 Years, Dungeons & Dragons Still Brings Players To The Table

If you play today's massively multiplayer online role-playing games — World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy,for example — you have a 1970s tabletop game to thank, says author Michael Witwer.<p>Witwer has just written a biography of Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons.<p>"Even first-person …

Dungeons and Dragons

​The 24 Most Embarrassing Dungeons & Dragons Character Classes

Fighters. Mages. Priests. Rogues. These are the primary four character classes in Dungeons & Dragons, and they have served the role-playing game well …

Why Women Now Outnumber Men At The Top US Video-Game Design School

<i>This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher</i> <i>Gregory Ferenstein</i><i>.</i><p>The male-dominated video-game world is inching closer towards a more balanced gender representation. Even though women …

The best video game books

Video game books are edging towards a golden era. People are writing about everything under the sun: travelogues, deep analyses of EVE Online, …

Come Back Mechanics

In order to keep engagement in a game, there should always be an opportunity for players remaining in the game to win. There are few things more …

Game Design