Monday, September 29, 2014

Gaming Round-Up: September 29, 2014

"The only way to kill him is by slashing the back of his neck. Or drop him into some lava. Either way."

News: Fans of the Hong Kong crime drama Sleeping Dogs will be glad to hear that developer United Front Games is working on a PC-based sequel titled Triad Wars, set in the Hong Kong underworld of their previous game.

According to one particular 106 year-old man, the secret to a long and active life is... video games. Take that, parents of the world! We were right all along!

Blizzard Entertainment finally pulled the plug on their not-so-secret secret MMO after seven years in development this week.  Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime confirmed to Polygon that the project was now dead. News of their venture, codenamed Titan for the last several years, first leaked as far back as 2007, sending the gaming world into a frenzy as players salivated over the possibility of a new IP from the masters of modern MMO.  What did we lose in Titan? A number of anonymous sources suggest it was a sci-fi MMO set on near-future Earth after a repelled alien invasion.  It's combat and artistic design has been likened to that of Team Fortress 2.  Massively wonders Perfect Ten: What Titan's death means for the industry and you.

Den of Geek offers a peek at 10 promising indie videogames at EGX.

Gamasutra's Tom Battey would like to remind you that criticism is neither an attack nor censorship, but the act of bringing context to dialogue.

Gilles Roy talks about how our understanding of history can be altered by games.

Lord of the Rings' history with video games is a long and storied one.

On First Person Scholar, Luke Arnott discusses Mass Effect’s Commander Shepard and the sovereign exception: "Beyond the protection of human law, already belonging to the gods (hence ‘sacred’). Reduced to ‘bare life,’ the homo sacer could be killed with impunity by anyone, but, conversely, he could not be offered up in sacrifice."

Owen Vince talks about the tension of open world games over at Ontological Geek.

Patrick Rothfuss on Thirty years of D&D.

At Polygon, Alexa C Roy talks about the history of Lord of the Rings in videogames.

SFGate offers this list of 15 Ways Video Games Make You Smarter And Healthier

Time's list of The 25 Biggest Video Games of Fall 2014 is oddly disappointing.   Either I'm getting too old to still have a sense of what's hip, this year's game releases are intensely mediocre, or Time's taste in games is very questionable.

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