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The curious case of Stargate games - where are the good ones?

The announcement of Stargate: Origins promises the fans the witnessing of the untold story set in the period right after the discovery of Stargate on Earth. The new series brings back the issue of video games set in this particular universe. So far, the attempts to transfer the success of both the movie and TV series into a video game were unsuccessful, nonetheless, hardcore fans do not give up.

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Pandora’s boxes - how many times do we have to pay for a single game?

Everybody likes fair deals. But is it still a fair deal when somebody takes one of your things and then tells you to buy it back? Or when you have to trade your money for a box that may or may not contain the thing they took from you? Seems more like cheating, doesn’t it? Here’s the problem – this is just what video game publishers are trying to do with us right now by adding priced item crates anywhere they can, after they’ve modified game mechanics to “encourage” us to buy their “optional” content. The scale of such conduct has grown significantly in the last months, with more cases to follow in the future. Let’s take a look at the situation and its origins – how exactly did we end up with paid extras in full-priced titles and where do we go from here?

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Games that have us worried – will they meet the expectations?

Hype. Video game marketing is all about hype these days. If you ask a game developer, any game developer, they’ll tell you that their game is the big thing nobody knew they needed. Where did all those flops come from then? Well, adults tend to lie sometimes (or misidentify their target group while conducting a strategic forecast). That’s why some distance and cold analysis is and will always be needed. We’ve assembled a list of upcoming titles that are very promising, including reputable franchises and several ambitious projects, to take a closer look at the things that may go wrong with them. Of course, we do not wish for any of them to become a flop, as there are some very nice titles in the selection, but we can’t ignore warning signs either. Check out our list of games that have us worried.

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The best video game adaptations of Game of Thrones

Video game adaptations of movies are a regular thing nowadays, but such productions are notorious for poor quality. As the branches of visual entertainment become increasingly interconnected, one would expect franchises such as Game of Thrones to produce heaps of digital adaptations, but oddly enough, not even one high-profile production based on the prose of George R. R. Martin has been released so far. That doesn’t mean, however, that the fans of the series who are also keen on video games cannot visit Westeros on their gaming system. In this article, we look at the possible options of doing just that, by examining a handful of video games and game mods based on the world of Game of Thrones.

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Dirty Dime - Top 10 World War II games and game series

Call of Duty returns to World War II, would you believe this? It seems like the industry has finally remembered what was the leading theme in gaming roughly 12 years ago, when we witnessed an explosion of WWII titles following the release of Medal of Honor. From that point on, and until the market had enough, various developers tried to jump on that bandwagon, some of them with success. Because of this, and the recent World War 2 anniversary, we’ve decided to prepare for you a list of top 10 WWII games. Let’s go on a walk down the memory lane, across Normandy, Stalingrad, northern Atlantic, Iwo-jima, Berlin, and occupied France.

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Top 15 mods that make great games even better

The aboundance of mods can be problematic – perusing the digital catalogs in search of something interesting can be exciting, but it can also be very mundane. It’s really worth it, though. Mods are a way to rediscover old games; sometimes to keep them alive. They allow you to turn a mediocre game into a good one, to turn a good game into a great one. Or to create a totally different experience. Take a peek at our list of 15 best mods to get an idea of what to search for in the vast expanse of the Internet.

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The history of Destiny, part 2 - story recap of the first game

Many people believe that Destiny is a game without a plot, and it’s definitely not true. The problem is that the game is not very straightforward when presenting the epic story with all its baggage and twists. That is why we decided to recap the history of the world of Destiny in 2 parts. This week we pick up where we left off in part 1, focusing on the elements of the story that we could learn while playing the game and its expansions – assuming we paid close attention to what was going on.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #10 - Borsodi heist has its roots in 1980s crime comedy

Polish Witcher Trivia series aims at familiarizing you with some small easter eggs or references from The Witcher 3 that are pretty specific to Poland and Polish culture. This is the last installment in our little series, so we dug up a pretty cool reference to a 1980s Polish comedy that was a clear inspiration for the heist in the Hearts of Stone expansion. Sounds interesting? Take a look inside.

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The history of Destiny, part 1 – the world before the games

Many people believe that Destiny is a game without a plot, and it’s definitely not true. The problem is that the game is not very straightforward when presenting the epic story with all its baggage and twists. That is why we decided to recap the history of the world of Destiny in 2 parts. This week we talk about the events that led us to the place where the game starts.

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Amazing details of Grand Theft Auto V – you won't believe what's in the game

The smash hit from Rockstar North is not only about fleshed out characters, black humor and captivating story, or enormous city filled with fun stuff to do. It’s also a game made with an astonishing attention to detail. There's stuff here that would sound unbelievable if it weren't true: like painstakingly recreated flip-flop mechanics. And that's just one of the hundreds of tiny things that the developer included in the game and that 99% of gamers miss during their walkthrough. Read on to learn all about them!

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The most anticipated games of the second half of 2017

Dog days of summer are here, and the slow news is flooding the channels. Except for ours. We’ve got some hot news for you today, promising a busy second half of the year – our editors have selected the most anticipated games that are to be released before the year is done. We’ve got RPG, FPS, MMO, TCG, including several sequels, prequels, spin-offs and turn-ons on our list of the most anticipated games of the second half of 2017. Read on to learn the titles we have great hopes for this year.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #9 – Beggars in Novigrad quote a Polish comedy

This is the penultimate part of our little series that analyzes specifically Polish easter eggs and references in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This week it’s not a big one, but it’s a really cool reference to a Polish comedy from 2000. And it’s definitely a treat for the fans of one famous Polish actor and comedian. Read on!

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The Witcher as Diablo-clone? Hands-on with 2003 prototype of the first Witcher game

Imagine The Witcher as a Diablo-like hack’n’slash. Sounds weird? Well, in the early 2000s it was a plausible scenario, one that made is as far as the alpha build. Courtesy of Sebastian Zielinski, former head of CD Projekt RED, we’ve had a chance to play this early version of the first Witcher game. Would a hack’n’slash Witcher also become a worldwide phenomenon? We will never know, but why not see for yourselves how different it could have been had the studio gone in a different direction.

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From TV commercials to The Witcher – Platige Image’s road to success

You might have seen their works in Ryse: Son of Rome, Watch Dogs 2, Total War: Warhammer 2 or Final Fantasy XV or cinematic intros for all three Witcher games. This year, Platige Image, a Polish digital graphics and animation studio, will be working on a Witcher TV series together with Netflix in what is their biggest project to date. We’ve talked to several representatives of Platige Image about the history of their company, its creative process, and plans for the future in the face of their latest challenge – the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher book series.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #8 – Cianfanelli Bank has a reference to 70s Polish comedy

In this week’s Polish Witcher Trivia we’re taking a look at a certain location in Blood and Wine expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and how a small board with a few people’s faces is a direct reference to a Polish comedy from the 70s. You want to more? Then take a look inside!

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Season of Storms – how the newest Witcher novel ties in with the books and video games

Season of Storms, the latest Witcher book by Andrzej Sapkowski, is scheduled to hit the bookstores in US and Great Britain no sooner than in May 2018. This novel provides insight into what exactly the White Wolf had been up to before he entered the city of Vizima to free the daughter of King Foltest from her curse. How does it relate to the rest of the saga and the games? If you want to know what’s in store for you without getting spoiled, check out our article.

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Behind the scenes of The Witcher trilogy with CD Projekt RED

CD Projekt Red and the Witcher video game series have become pretty much inseparable at this point. As their flagship franchise, the series about the gloomy monster slayer for hire has reflected their development as a studio and served as a chronicle of their own growth. That said, most of the things that took place behind the curtains have remained a secret. Most, but not all of them. We’ve spoken to several “REDs” at this year’s Digital Dragons conference and learned some pretty interesting stuff on how they did certain things during the development of the series. Often in such cases, the acquired knowledge can be surprising, but it never fails to entertain. Take a look at some of the secrets behind both CDPR and the Witcher games.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #7 – Borsodi Auction House has its roots in the newest Witcher book

It’s time for another part of Polish Witcher Trivia, in which I familiarize you with some cool easter eggs or references that are only obvious to Polish fans. This week the case is a bit unusual – this is actually a reference to one of the Witcher books… but the one that is not yet available in English. Sounds intriguing? Take a look!

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Are video games bad for health? Gaming myths debunked

“Those video games are bad for your health. Go play outside!” Any of you folks remember your granny or mom saying that? Based on the then-latest findings of medical science, and maybe also some black PR from soccer ball producers, the conviction represented by this sentence has held its position all the way to the 21st century in some regions of the world. After all, that’s what the doctors said… But wouldn’t that be nice if a doctor who is also a gamer sat down to properly evaluate the effects of video gaming on health? Well then, let’s see what we can learn as we try to bust some of the medical myths concerning video games.

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The best of crowdfunding – what's interesting on Kickstarter these days

The Golden Age of crowdfunding is probably behind us. Some infamous bad eggs may have done a great deal to spoil the whole batch, straining the trust of gamers and backers alike, but the core idea behind websites such as Kickstarter is too persistent to be killed off like that. Even now, interesting, ambitious propositions are emerging on crowdfunding sites, asking for support and backing. We’ve gathered ten such projects, either sequels to renowned franchises or simply undertakings made by trustworthy people, who are likely to make good use of the donated money. Take a look at what’s good and promising among crowdfunded games these days.

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