Can’t decide if you want to watch anime or play videogames? There’s always this compromise. Maple Story is an anime-styled MMORPG…
…in the classic style of “kill monsters so you can earn XP so you can go up in level so you can fight stronger mosters so you can earn more XP so….” You know, those games.
What’s interesting here is the unique revenue model: The game is free. The software is free. Playing is free. However, customizing your character (clothing, hair, etc) costs real money, which is (get this) handled through Paypal.
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I’m told the brat count is a little higher than what you find in your typical game of this sort, due mostly to the pricing model which attracts the kids who don’t have credit cards.
Batman: Arkham City
A look back at one of my favorite games. The gameplay was stellar, but the underlying story was clumsy and oddly constructed.
Game at the Bottom
Why spend millions on visuals that are just a distraction from the REAL game of hotbar-watching?
Mass Effect Retrospective
A novel-sized analysis of the Mass Effect series that explains where it all went wrong. Spoiler: It was long before the ending.
Resident Evil 4
Who is this imbecile and why is he wandering around Europe unsupervised?
The Death of Half-Life
Valve still hasn't admitted it, but the Half-Life franchise is dead. So what made these games so popular anyway?