Videogames highlights - January 2017

June 23, 2017 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances The first time I played Half-Life 2 I was twelve, maybe thirteen years younger, and like many folks in the same condition (a not particularly powerful PC, a not exactly fast ADSL) I welcomed the package prepared by Valve with conflicting emotions: Steam was and still is an unbearable shit, HL2 is one of the most important gaming experiences of my life. We’re in 2017 now and they are still talking about a possible sequel to that experience, with Valve wasting all this time in unnatural experiments and Gabe Newell continuing to troll the entire world with his worthless “Yep”. I’m actually fed up, with all this talking about Half-Life 3. And now excuse me while I go and install HL2 again for the fifteenth time…

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Videogames highlights - October 2016

February 8, 2017 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances Being a fan of video games of every age and for every platform, yours truly is always open to the idea of buying disks, cartridges or hardware units which have spent more than a season in the houses of strangers. Unlike many of those experiencing the same sickness as me, however, the idea of spending a lot of money for something that someone else treated with no care, cleaning or attention to personal hygiene is rather disgusting to me. In an ideal world retro-new hardware would be always available and affordable, and maybe its sale would be managed by companies a little less rotten to the core than your regular GameStop.

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Videogames highlights - June 2016

October 27, 2016 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances June 2016 was the month of E3, the Los Angeles fair where the new games soon to arrive are traditionally shown. A place where a lot of good stuff usually comes out, but also (mostly?) guilty for a series of dumb trends for an industry that always succeeds in fooling itself. But this past June was rather important for the Brexit, an event that will substantially affect video games development in the United Kingdom too, and for the celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Nintendo 64 arrival. An historic event as well, all things considered.

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Videogames highlights - June-December 2011 special (part 2)

February 21, 2012 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances Here is the second part of the Videogames highlights special covering the last 7 months of 2011. In this case too, skimming of links and games collected in a so large period of time left out a good amount of nice things and other awful ones (Duke Nukem Forever, oh god…) but the final result pleases me anyway: there is so much good stuff to enjoy, gaming events to remember (Fus Roh Da! :-P) and little gems that in my opinion are worth all the attention they can get.

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