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We find ourselves nearly a year removed from the release of Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, and the eighth-generation of console gaming is finally gaining steam. Gamers have more platforms to chose from than ever before, and a wide array of gaming experiences and prices has made the …

It Hurt at the Time: A Dark Souls Reflection

I would like to believe that I have my limits when it comes to difficult games. That, for all the obsessive hours I have spent and will likely continue to spend on various forms of ridiculous platforming, there are certain challenges I am willing walk away from. I would like …

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Ben’s Five Things to Hate About E3

I don’t deny that E3 failed to really capture my attention this year. Aside from a couple of surprises (Cuphead, Ori and the Blind Forest, Cuphead, and maybe that Cuphead thing), I found E3 to be more exhausting than anything. And I wasn’t even a real journalist trying to cover …

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E3 2014 – Steve’s Day One Top 10

Okay, so we don’t do lists here at NJoystic very often, but this was the easiest way for me to boil down all my excitement from yesterday’s four big conferences. These were the ten games that I was most excited for, though the list could easily be three times as …

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I Don’t Want Your Game (And That’s Okay)

With E3 less than a week away, the wire is already buzzing with new game announcements and leaked reveals. It’s an exciting time of year for gamers just getting a glimpse of things to come. But for every big news item, game reveal, or hardware development, there’s also a flurry …

The Fixation on Violence

A few years ago my friends and I were walking around in some nearby woods, as that is often what bored, boring kids do around here. I can’t recall exactly what the conversation we were having started from, but if I had to guess, we were probably talking about Call …

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Community Poll: NJoystic 30 Hour Game Jam

There’s been a lot of game-jam talk recently, which is typically great. Unfortunately, the event spurring these discussions was . . . not so great. However, it got us thinking: why can’t NJoystic have a game jam? “Because you’re games writers, and not developers,” you say. And you’re right. That’s …

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Ode to Bravely Default – A Valentine’s Poem

Bravely Default, what words should I use, to describe your features, I just cannot choose, From the simple gray cartridge that lies in my hand, that transforms 3DS to a magical land, The story you tell of the boy named Tiz, Anges, Ringabel, and Edea; friends of his. Tiz, the …

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Why Death Threats Are A Justified Response

As gamers, we live and die by our games. We identify with our favorite characters as we become lost in fantastical worlds with eons of back-lore. We don’t just play games; we love them. Yet, without fail, there are those who come along and ruin our fun by calling these …

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Dear Developers: Please Stop Robbing Me

An open letter to sticky-fingered game developers Dear Game Developers, Please stop robbing me. I understand there is a point you are trying to make, and that it’s a classic narrative device. In books and in movies, it works. In games, it doesn’t. The problem is simple: being robbed isn’t …