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This Week

Endorsed: The plight of gaming’s contract workers
1 year ago

Endorsed: The plight of gaming’s contract workers

Perhaps it’s fate that Polygon would choose this week of all weeks to run a piece of longform concerning the gaming industry’s practice of using contractors to save on game production as much as possible. We’re now comfortably in the awkward lull between the big hits of November and the silent but important February releases that are coming our way in 2017. Right now seems a perfectly good time to reflect on how our games get made. Especially as people who work for Crytek examine what to do now that it’s announced plans to close five different studios.
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The Culture: Oh boy, the Assassin’s Creed movie reviews are in!
1 year ago

The Culture: Oh boy, the Assassin’s Creed movie reviews are in!

By  •  The Culture

Remember when motion pictures based off film franchises were good? I’m sure that you don’t; they’ve always been terrible. Mortal Kombat was hot trash. The Tomb Raider movies were uninteresting and wooden. Some thought that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed movie might meet the same fate. They might have been right.
Reviews of Assassin’s Creed began popping up today from the usual suspects and they’re not kind.
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Travis in Real Life: Travie and the Bay
1 year ago

Travis in Real Life: Travie and the Bay

So where was I last week? Out in the San Francisco Bay area checking out a game I’ll have more to share about soon, Ubisoft’s For Honor. Shout out to everyone that I met there, including some really great Ubisoft PR folks, my host with the most Stone Chin and all the community members of Xbox and PlayStation.
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Come get you some: Microsoft Black Friday Sale is legit
1 year ago

Come get you some: Microsoft Black Friday Sale is legit

By  •  Deals, This Week

The Microsoft Black Friday Sale has spread to apps, games, movies and music in the Windows Store.
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The Culture: Xbox Turns 15 & Zune Would Have Been 10
1 year ago

The Culture: Xbox Turns 15 & Zune Would Have Been 10

The best thing that you’ve ever purchased isn’t the thing you’re most excited to get you were excited to get your hands on. It isn’t the one that you spent the most money on either. I tend to believe that the best purchase you’ve ever made is the thing that is always with you doing exactly what you want it to do. Xbox Live and Zune are like that for me. Both are celebrating birthdays this month.
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The Culture: N7 Day brings ‘Mass Effect Andromeda’ trailer and more
1 year ago

The Culture: N7 Day brings ‘Mass Effect Andromeda’ trailer and more

Admittedly, I’m a recent recruit to the annual phenomenon that is N7 Day. In fact, today was the first time I ever celebrated the Mass Effect series’ annual heyday. I wasn’t around for the first two games in the series, and decided it wasn’t worth ruining the franchise by only playing the third. Electronic Arts and developer Bioware made my first N7 Day one to remember though. This morning that company shared a new Mass Effect Andromeda trailer and more.
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Happy Halloween from The en
1 year ago

Happy Halloween from The en

By  •  This Week

You may not know this, but tonight is one of my all-time favorite day-long celebrations. Notice, I called it a day-long celebration and not a holiday, because who wants to go back and forth over that in the comments? News worth caring about is pretty light this Halloween evening.
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I’m on the Married Gamers Epiosde 402: Listen Now
1 year ago

I’m on the Married Gamers Epiosde 402: Listen Now

By  •  This Week

While you were busy snoozing away last Wednesday evening, I was recording what I humbly consider to be the most awesome guest appearance on the Married Gamers podcast. You can listen to me take shots at the Star Wars franchise, talk about the video games I’m playing and attempt to convince others that a complete watch through of Gilmore Girls is in their best interest.
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