Month: March 2005

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Quote of the Correctly Timed Moment

“So a fighter character with a +5 attack bonus might have a five-part sword attack that can be pulled off by clicking the mouse button in a correctly timed fashion.” (emphasis added)–Gamespot’s Preview of Dungeons Dragons Online

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IGN: Gamers Like Games

Ever wonder who your readers are? IGN obviously did. They commissioned a survey of 5,000 of their readers on their game buying habits and summarized the results in a press release yesterday. My thoughts on some of the findings: IGN readers spend “$341 on console titles, $233 on PC games.” Compare this to 2003 console […]

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Curmudgeon Gamer on Reader Reviews

The piece is titled GameSpot vs. the Public and the initial post poses a guessing game between two distribution graphs: one of Gamespot’s professional reviews and the other of average user review scores for the same games. The post was later updated, revealing that the graph with the lower average and more normal distribution was […]

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New Games Journalism, Year Two

So I was developing in my head a big post about the current state of so-called New Games Journalism and the people who love it and the people who hate it and why I think each feels their respective way about it, when I surfed on over to Kieron Gillen’s workblog. Kieron, you may remember, […]

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What's Worse Than Plagiarism? Misleading Plagiarism!

Pop quiz time. Without using any outside information, try to figure out what state this Gameshout article is talking about. Read the whole thing. I’ll wait. Hint #1: It’s not Illinois, even though the article mentions Illinois twice and mentions no other states. Incidentally, the Illinois House of Representatives, overwhelmingly passed similar legislation recently. Hint […]

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25 or 6 to 4

(Should I try to do some more?) Thanks to Ombudsman reader Dan Dormer (new motto: “doing the Ombudsman’s job so he doesn’t have to”) for pointing me to a post on his blog about Play Magazine’s changing scoring system. Over three issues, the magazine changed from a long-used letter grade system (A+, B-, etc.) to […]

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The Ombudsman Asks: GDC Coverage

Because of work and other business, I wasn’t able to attend this year’s Game Developers Conference. I did my best to follow the coverage from the comfort of my desk, but I was only able to catch the occasional TV giveaway, “blockbuster” announcement, strange-license competition and rant against the entire idnustry. With the sheer volume […]

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The New Games Journalism Rules/Sucks

I have to admit, I haven’t read most of the articles listed on Guardian Gamesblog’s recent list of ten unmissable examples of New Games Journalism. I definitely like the concept behind the “movement” towards more experiential writing about games, but I just haven’t had the required time or mindset necessary to read through ten of […]

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Game Artists Get Sold in the Marketplace

“Used to be dismissed as the domain of nerds. Nothing like money to improve a reputation. Just ask the folks at the annual Game Developers Conference that got underway in San Francisco today. The global video game industry is now worth upwards $25 billion, and now corporate America is ready to embrace its inner geek.” […]

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