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Neverending Nights

As GameSpy services wound down to a close in mid July 2014; dozens of die hard multi-player communities were dealt a devastating blow. The Neverwinter Nights community is no stranger to hardship. Neverwinter Nights’ persistent worlds which acted as a kind of do-it-yourself MMORPG lost numerous players to a little game known as World of Warcraft. In 2006 Obsidian Entertainment released a sequel to the 2002 BioWare titlewhich split the online community. Players were left stranded by Atari when the Neverwinter Nights premium module program was suddenly shut down and sales of premium modules were eventually halted. In 2011 BioWare’s community site was the victim of a hacking attack which compromised thousands of customer accounts. Finally, earlier this year IGN pulled the plug on the Neverwinter Vaultthe largest repository for Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2 modules, scripts, and user-made assets on the ‘netseemingly for good.

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A game that deserves more recognition: Way of the Samurai 4

Since I haven’t had any interest in the games that haven been released recently (I will be getting a bulk order of new games soon though) I picked up some niche games that I’ve missed. One such game is Way of the Samurai 4.

The game takes place in the year 1855 in the small japanese harbor town Amihama. The game puts you in the shoes of a nameless Samurai. After creating your Samurai he arrives in Amihama fresh off the boat to witness the another clash of the various factions in Amihama. Continue reading

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The rabbit hole goes deep

I’ve been playing video games since around 1989 and over the years I’ve seen a lot of things that appear to be wrong in the industry. Before the dawn of the internet, most wrongs amounted to magazines hyping up games that turned out to be terrible.

I’ve seen the big console makers make terrible decisions, Square-Enix threatening Game One (a German game review show) with legal action if they publish images and videos of their games because they didn’t review one of their games as favorably as they should have. There were more cases like this in the past but, like the controversy around the review to Kane & Lynch, they were swept under the rug and died down. Some still remember, but when this example is brought up it’s conveniently ignored. These examples show who really is in charge.

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