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A Short Hike – a Compact Yet Beautiful Adventure (Review)

In modern-day video games, open-world design has become synonymous with adventure on a grand scale. As the industry continues to add depth and breadth to these designs, the amount of content has increased exponentially. From open fields to endless side quests, the growing magnitude in games has left many players feeling overwhelmed and drained. After struggling through my own backlog

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My Nintendo Rewards Are Now Surprisingly Good

In recent times, rewards systems have inundated the retail industry. From in-store credit and discounts to points systems and memberships, stores have employed an abundance of rewards systems to increase customer involvement. While this approach is commonplace for brick-and-mortar outlets, the video game industry been slow to adopt rewards systems. Gamestop’s PowerUp program is currently the industry standard; however, Nintendo

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7 Ways Skyward Sword Influenced Breath of the Wild

Improving upon an established framework is always a challenge. Organizations are more likely to fix problems than change a system that works; however, inaction also has consequences. From lost opportunity to irrelevancy, the status quo is often more dangerous than evolution. For the video game industry, static franchises quickly become stale if developers fail to innovate. The Legend of Zelda

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Among Us Sales Prove That Twitch Is a Powerful Influence

The last few days have been tumultuous for the video game community. Numerous Twitch streamers received Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices, and content creators removed countless non-complaint Videos on Demand (VOD). The DMCA violations pertained to background music, which creators typically play during “in real life” (IRL) streams. As the online community scrambled to remove years of content, a

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Why Nintendo is so Protective of the Mario Brand

For a plumber who specializes in collecting gold coins, Mario has not upgraded his appearance in several years. Since the release of New Super Mario Bros on the Wii in 2009, the Nintendo staff has not considerably altered Mario’s character model. Speculation across the industry quickly arose, and fans criticized the franchise’s lack of innovation. But during an interview shortly

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What Exactly Makes a Video Game Have Cyberpunk Style?

As the year slowly draws to an end, the video game industry remains enthusiastic towards the release of Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red’s upcoming action-RPG arrives on November 19th and continues to garner criticism and praise. While players flock to preorder their copy, many fans are wondering: what exactly makes a video game have cyberpunk style? Does art direction, gameplay,

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Can Microsoft Save GameStop From Going Bankrupt?

In recent years, the explosion of online retailing has not been kind to brick-and-mortar companies. During 2020, several traditional storefronts, such as GNC and JCPenney, have declared bankruptcy, and many others are on the cusp of financial ruin. The iconic video game store GameStop is among those on the verge of economic ruin; however, another industry titan is attempting to

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Nintendo and Xbox are Friendly but Terms are Biased

Gone are the days of intense industry rivalry and competition. After decades of strategy focused on dethroning the closest competitor, global leaders discovered that cooperation yields better results for entire business segments. Although the video game sector is late in adopting the new mindset, multiple industry veterans are partnering to deliver fans unprecedented gaming experiences. The Nintendo and Xbox collaboration

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The 5 Best Wii U Games That Still Need a Switch Port

Few companies have experienced peaks and valleys quite like Nintendo. From the ground-breaking success of the Wii to the disaster of the Wii U, the iconic video game company was on the brink of financial ruin. But Nintendo quickly regained status among the industry’s titans with the release of the Nintendo Switch. As the hybrid console continues to sell at

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