1. Please forgive this little post if you don’t care about competitive multiplayer design. We can still talk about storytelling after this, I promise!

    Soraka, designed by Vesh

    Healers. Healers healers healers.

    We’ve talked a bunch previously about healing being an (ironically) unhealthy mechanic in League. If hurting your enemies is fun – and it totally is – then presumably seeing them get unhurt is… unfun?

    What a completely misguided approach to game design. The designers don’t personally find the style of play engaging for themselves so they simple remove the style of play from the game completely. There are 121 characters in the game, and to homogenize them into one playstyle is very simply a poor design choice. There’s room for all styles of play, especially with a huge cast like this. I didn’t want to play the rest of the cast because this character fit perfectly into my playstyle. I’m reconsidering playing the game again any time soon.

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    P.S. high level players didn’t think the character was overpowered in anyway, in fact, they believed her to be weak. I was in a 8 game win streak.

    P.P.S. The comments section on the source should help you to understand how fundamental the changes are to the character, and what it means to people. No one is saying anything nasty down there either.

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PlayStation TV will support almost 700 games when it releases to North America next month ⊟
Remember PlayStation TV, the microconsole that lets you play PS Vita games — along with digital PSP, PlayStation, and PC Engine titles you purchased for the handheld via PSN — on your television? I keep forgetting it’s coming out, but the system releases in North America on October 14 and Europe/Australia on November 14.
Sony put out a list of the nearly 700 games the microconsole will support on day one. Spelunky, Danganronpa, Dragon’s Crown, and Persona 4 Golden are on the list, and Minecraft is also planned for support, so I’m happy.
You can preorder the $99.99 console online now. Sony is also releasing a $139.99 bundle that will include a DualShock 3 controller, an 8GB memory card, and The Lego Movie Videogame. Walmart will have an exclusive bundle with all of that, plus Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, for the same price too.
BUY PS Vita, 1-year PS Plus membership, upcoming games

    tinycartridge:

    PlayStation TV will support almost 700 games when it releases to North America next month ⊟

    Remember PlayStation TV, the microconsole that lets you play PS Vita games — along with digital PSP, PlayStation, and PC Engine titles you purchased for the handheld via PSN — on your television? I keep forgetting it’s coming out, but the system releases in North America on October 14 and Europe/Australia on November 14.

    Sony put out a list of the nearly 700 games the microconsole will support on day one. Spelunky, Danganronpa, Dragon’s Crown, and Persona 4 Golden are on the list, and Minecraft is also planned for support, so I’m happy.

    You can preorder the $99.99 console online now. Sony is also releasing a $139.99 bundle that will include a DualShock 3 controller, an 8GB memory card, and The Lego Movie Videogame. Walmart will have an exclusive bundle with all of that, plus Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, for the same price too.

    BUY PS Vita, 1-year PS Plus membership, upcoming games

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  15. Why violent games are fun AND important.

    amon26:

    I’m going to talk about something everybody likes talking about, but I’m not going to talk about it in the way most people agree with, or like to hear.  If you’re of the belief that violent videogames need to become a relic this might not be a read for you, yet I still respect your opinion.

    When I was little, I collected G.I Joes. I thought The Terminator was badass and seeing Kano rip a fighter’s still beating heart out was so cool.  On the flip side, I recall seeing news reports of the gulf war. Charred bodies, frozen in their final moments of agony.  My blood ran hot, tears started to run down my face and all I could think of is “oh my God. what if that was my Dad? or my Mom?” I began to bawl my eyes out in a terror and sadness I could barely comprehend.

    Humans are torn animals.  We’re complex enough in our thinking to recognize not all our desires should be pursued. We carry in our DNA remains from nameless ages. Times where terrible acts of murder, rape, thievery and carnage were keys to survival.  Thankfully, as we continue to collectively grow, so does our sense of empathy and compassion.  We know better, but we don’t always want to BE better.  So where are we left to safely handle those remnant visceral urges?

    We hunt, we wrestle, we tackle each other in physical contests of endurance, we race vehicles, we engage in consensual sex acts where one partner is subservient to the other in the bedroom, while fully respecting one another as equals once the fantasy ends.  

    Fantasy.

    It’s not just fun to pretend, it’s integral.  Halloween in the United States moves more individual pieces of merchandise than Christmas and Easter combined.  The costume stores stock more adult costumes than children.  Pretending is in our blood.  It doesn’t magically vanish once we hit 18.  We just learn where to place it better.

    Nobody has become a chart topping rapper just by playing Parappa The Rapper. Nobody has become a master chef after playing Cooking Mama.  While these acts of pretend can be good inspirational tools, they require years and years of dedication, support from friends, and real world experience.  Equally, Grand Theft Auto isn’t a hooker murder simulator, and Hotline Miami isn’t a guidebook for how to become a hit man.

    Sometimes we like to pretend we’re rock stars.  Sometimes we like to pretend we’re plumbers.  Sometimes we like to pretend we are bloody wrecking machines.  Violent games provide us a safe place to have these experiences.  Violence is fun, and despite the violent acts of a handful of psychopathic people, I have faith in the general consensus of humanity’s understanding between reality and fantasy.

    As years go on, I truly do hope to see more games that explore human concepts beyond crush, kill, destroy.  Conversely, I hope there never comes a day where those baser urges become shamed topics, squashed and stifled into complete silence.

    The creepiest people I have ever met are the ones who have tried the hardest to ignore and mask every unpleasant facet or desire of their being.  Forgetting to pretend can turn you into a monster hiding.

    I love Amon’s work. Looking forward to his new stuff like a finished and realized In The Kingdom.

    If you remember, I ordered a custom figure from him this year. :D

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