Rutskarn made a good point about the car animation giving the place a sense of scale. The old fast travel kiosks on the Citadel in Mass Effect 1 were supposed to be taxi stands. They even had a car parked beside them. (Sometimes.) But I never felt like “I am going to take a taxi to my destination” when I used them. I always felt like “I am going to push the teleport button”. I suppose it would have helped if we had been able to see cars flying around even when we weren’t going anywhere. Having a cut showing you flying away in a car makes the city seem more like a living place and less like a series of corridors with connecting teleporters.
I don’t know why the USB thumbdrives of the future are the size of hand grenades and covered in flashing red danger lights. Can you imagine how annoying it would be if you had several of them? Maybe you got one for games, another one for school, and another couple for your Asari porn. Then you open the drawer to get one and it looks like a pile of flashing Christmas lights.
Crysis 2 has basically the same plot as Half-Life 2. So why is one a classic and the other simply obnoxious and tiresome?
Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
What is this silly word, why did some people get so irritated by it, and why did it fall out of use?
id Software Coding Style
When the source code for Doom 3 was released, we got a look at some of the style conventions used by the developers. Here I analyze this style and explain what it all means.
This Game is Too Videogame-y
What's wrong with a game being "too videogameish"?