'Cities: Skylines' Doesn't Confront Inherent Ugliness of its Latest DLC
In 'Industries,' the tough choices of modernization are hand-waved away, and feels out of place in a game that's otherwise so happy and joyful.
The ESRB's Response to Loot Boxes Falls Pathetically Short of Real Change
The group's own research suggests parents don't understand loot boxes, so the solution is...a label?
Horizon Zero Dawn
You Know, 'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Sorta Got Screwed By 'Breath of the Wild'
The two games were released in the same week, but one game sucked all the oxygen out of the room.
Don’t Sleep on the Zelda DLC, It’s Better Than It Sounds
I’m a lifelong DLC skipper, but “The Master Trials” and “Champions’ Ballad” have me wondering what else I’ve missed.
We Discuss Space Anime, 'The Thing,' And Sometimes Games on Waypoint Radio
2018 is starting off with a real banger.
The Pantheon of Games
2017 Was a Year of Reckoning for Video Game Microtransactions
The first omens came in the form of horse armor over a decade ago. Now, the lootboxes (and the discourse) have truly arrived.
We Discuss Gaming's Most Controversial Trend in 2017: Loot Boxes
'Battlefront II' may have been the most explosive moment, but it was hardly the only instance of loot boxes this year.
Loot Boxes Suck, But What Takes Their Place?
Games aren’t getting any cheaper to make, but companies have created an air of mistrust.
Today's Star Wars News Makes the Future of Single-Player Look Very Messy
If Star Wars can't give a publisher confidence in a splashy, expensive single-player game, maybe everyone's doomed.
We Discuss Loot Boxes, Dirty Airport Floors on Waypoint Radio
The conversation around the industry's latest revenue stream isn't going away anytime soon.
'Shadow of War' and 'Forza 7' Are Poisoning the Concept of Loot Boxes
Done right, it's a fun way for players to gamble in mystery. Done wrong, it feels exploitative and destructive to good game design.
‘Battlegrounds’ Devs Respond to Community Pushback Over Microtransactions
The crate-and-key system is still coming, but some changes might be in store for those who don't want to pay.