Steam Games: The Gathering

As of today, Valve has instituted a new social thing. Your Steam profile, your very identity on their platform, has levels. Not structural levels but a number tied to how active a member of the Steam community you are. The idea is they want a viable metric for removing the Chaff (spammers, bots and so on) from REAL…

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On Budgets and Ambition

It's rarely a surprise to most gamers when budgets for games reach into the millions. Voice talent, new engines, licensing, artists and so on, games are expensive. "AAA" games, with blockbuster appeal need to sell millions of copies to pull any sort of profit. With the recent SquareEnix / Eidos reports ending with…

On Being Social

While browsing various websites related to gaming (Gamasutra, Reddit and so on), it's been a recent trend for multiplayer to take a back seat to strong single player experiences. As someone who has grown up gaming and remember multiplayer as being something that was best handled with an IPX manager like Kali it's an…