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The best and the worst video games from the Alien universe

The movies showed different approaches to deal with Xenomorphs – you can try to fry it inside a locked ship with an auto-destruct mechanism turned on, shoot it out of the ship’s airlock into space, and even send a squad of Space Marines who shoot first and ask questions later. Which of these approaches works best in Alien video games? Do you prefer to kill the dreadful Xenomorph or run the hell away from it? Let us see what the industry has to offer and how particular propositions have worked out for their publishers.

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Right in the feels – songs we love in video games

Having a matched, tension-building soundtrack in a video game surprises nobody these days; it’s become an irreplaceable narrative tool in modern popculture – one so common that it usually goes unnoticed. But when in the last mission, during the final, dramatic fight for survival, we suddenly notice that we have a vocal track running in the background, we’re confused. Of course we are – it’s something unnatural, and it makes us focus on the sound much more than during regular dramatic or tear-jerking background music.

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The most interesting Star Wars games that were cancelled

With all the fuss around DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront II, fans around the world are more inclined towards the cancelled Star Wars: Battlefront III project that was being developed before Disney purchased the rights to the Star Wars franchise. What are the other examples of cancelled Star Wars games? And why were they cancelled?

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The life and death of Guitar Hero and Rock Band series

There was a time when you could not have a party without playing Guitar Hero or Rock Band with your friends. The rhythm games had become so popular that nobody ever thought they would vanish from the market so quickly. So, what has happened to the two gigantic franchises and the entire video games genre? And should you keep your plastic guitar peripherals for some better times in the future?

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The most exciting fighting games of 2018

When it comes down to beat’em ups, 2018 has a tough act to follow after last year’s releases such as Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 and Tekken 7. But this year may in fact come out on top – even be significantly better. It definitely looks great on paper with Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and Dragon Ball: FighterZ being already released, and Soulcalibur VI, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, Fighting EX Layer coming soon, along with a whole bunch of potentially great fighter games.

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The legacy of H.P. Lovecraft in video games

Are you looking for some solid horror video games? Or maybe you happen to be a Cthulhu fan and never got the chance to see the Ancient One in a video game? Join us in uncovering this eerie mystery! It’s time for a brief reminder of the impact of H.P. Lovecraft on the gaming industry.

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Urban legends about video games... part 1?

Everyone likes stories. No wonder that the video games industry is full of bizarre, perplexing, fascinating and sometimes scary stories. We’ve gathered a few of these that we find most interesting – stories about possessed floppy disks, terrifying mods and minds lost over self-deleting games. Read them at your own risk – and with a grain of salt.

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Trophies and achievements – a source of motivation or frustration?

Achievements have become a natural part of nearly any video game. They are intended to encourage players to immerse themselves into the game and discover all of its aspects. Is that really what happens?

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Games like Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - Battle Royales coming in 2018

The gigantic success of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has awoken dreams of a similar success in many of the industry’s minds. During the coming year, we will see a couple of releases inspired by the game by Brendan Greene. Some are almost straight-up carbon copies, others expand the known solutions; others still offer outlandish blends of the mechanics known from the online shooter with seemingly unrelated genres. 2018 might just be the year of Battle Royale.

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Facts and fiction in the Wolfenstein games

General Deathshead deserved to die, there is no doubt about it. But what if I told you he was based on an actual person?! And what if he was not the only one in the Wolfenstein games to be inspired by real historical figures? Let’s take a look at all the elements present in the series throughout the years that were actually inspired by history.

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Clicker games - how parody became an addictive gaming genre

Maybe you haven’t noticed, or maybe you’re already knee-deep in them, but a new, unusual genre was born during the last couple of years. A genre which has been very quickly gaining new players, and which originated in a game that was… a parody of all the bad practices of the industry. It was also a game about cows. Some call them clickers. Others – incremental games. Regardless of the nomenclature, they’re a rare phenomenon, well worth investigation. Here’s the rather incredible story of cows and cookies and how they managed to arrest the attention of hundreds of thousands of players.

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The most anticipated games of 2018

Nier: Automata, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Horizon Zero Dawn – 2017 was certainly generous with good games, and should be remembered as one of the good years of the industry. Is there anything to look forward to in 2018 after a year like that? With the releases of games such as Red Dead Redemption II, Monster Hunter World, Kingdom Hearts III, God of War or Detroit: Become Human marked down on our calendars, the answer seems simple – sure thing!

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow of Devil May Cry series

Join us in the exploration of one of the most recognizable franchises in the industry. We will examine the Devil May Cry series starting from its very origins until the present day, witnessing its various ups and downs, seeing how it invented and shaped its own genre, and how it went from good to bad to awesome. It’s been quite a ride for the series so far, and a really interesting one – formulas, developers and protagonists have changed over the years, but some things remained the same. Here’s an in-depth look into the Devil May Cry series.

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Skyrim without a console? Board games based on video games franchises

Playing Dark Souls without turning on your PC or console? It is possible! Tabletop adaptations of video games feature multiple mechanics, characters, and storylines we fell in love with when playing our favorite titles. Do they live up to the originals?

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How Lord of the Rings games could affect the TV series from Amazon

Amazon has committed to several seasons of The Lord of the Rings TV series and a possible spin-off, encouraging the fans of The Lord of the Rings to speculate about what they are going to see on the small screen. Without a doubt, J.R.R. Tolkien has left tons of source material for many future adaptations. However, is it possible that the upcoming TV series could include certain themes introduced by the LotR video games?

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Seven cardinal sins of sandbox games

Every big publisher these days has to have at least one game with a big, open world – it’s just mandatory. That alone is possibly a good thing. The bad thing, though, is that not many of these companies tend to care to have good sandbox games. No one wants to reinvent the idea and look for fresh solutions; everyone just blindly follows the trends and recycles ideas. This is something I really hate to see. Let’s take a look at the most blatant offenses of modern-day open-world action games.

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Before the Stick of Truth happened - the story of South Park in video games

There is no denying that South Park is a cultural phenomenon with a solid fandom. What started as a viral video has evolved into one of the most recognizable adult TV series in the history of television. However, this is not the end, as South Park fans can now enjoy several video games living up to the legend of the original show. How come the obscure sense of humor and seemingly pointless jokes about everyone and everything attracted so many people? Maybe there is a little bit more to it.

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Is 2017 the worst year of the video game industry? Absolutely not!

The business ethics of the video game industry are spiraling down. Pay-to-win creeps up on the entire mainstream. We are just living wallets to them. It seems like “The end times are near”, is the whisper we hear from each and every nook and cranny of the internet. Well, are they really? Is it really the whole industry that suddenly became greedy, or just some of its elements? I have my own opinion, perhaps surprising to some of you, on the current situation, and I would like to share it with you in this column.

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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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