How Games Further Explore The Ideas Of Westworld

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How Games Further Explore The Ideas Of Westworld

Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Westworld, Doki Doki Literature Club, and Soma

While Westworld doesn’t directly reference any video games, its core conceit is built around game theory. Westworld is the most open of open worlds; a hundred square miles of towns, open wilderness, and countless stories to discover. People pay exorbitant amounts to spend just days in the park, but in return they get absolutely unprecedented freedom. They can play the hero or live the life of an outlaw, romance partners, or shoot their way through saloons. Every person is at the center of their own experience, one totally removed from the consequences of real life.

Sound familiar?

How Games Further Explore The Ideas Of Westworld

about X hours ago from
How Games Further Explore The Ideas Of Westworld

Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Westworld, Doki Doki Literature Club, and Soma

While Westworld doesn’t directly reference any video games, its core conceit is built around game theory. Westworld is the most open of open worlds; a hundred square miles of towns, open wilderness, and countless stories to discover. People pay exorbitant amounts to spend just days in the park, but in return they get absolutely unprecedented freedom. They can play the hero or live the life of an outlaw, romance partners, or shoot their way through saloons. Every person is at the center of their own experience, one totally removed from the consequences of real life.

Sound familiar?

Your Summer 2018 Guide To Pokémon Go Legendary Raids, Alolan Forms, Trading, And More

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Your Summer 2018 Guide To Pokémon Go Legendary Raids, Alolan Forms, Trading, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016. Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive update quicker than ever before.

Your Summer 2018 Guide To Pokémon Go Legendary Raids, Alolan Forms, Trading, And More

about X hours ago from
Your Summer 2018 Guide To Pokémon Go Legendary Raids, Alolan Forms, Trading, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016. Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive update quicker than ever before.

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Universes That Disappeared Too Soon

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The Universes That Disappeared Too Soon

Before we dive into the advertised topic, I have an important PSA to issue. Rejoice, Xbox owners! The oddly named Nier: Automata – Become as Gods Edition is now available for Xbox One. This port of the great PlayStation 4 title comes packaged with the disastrously named 3C3C1D119440927 expansion, along with the Machine Mask accessory, the Cardboard Pod skin, Retro Grey Pod skin, Retro Red Pod skin, and Grimoire Weiss Pod.

For those of you who have Xbox One X, Nier: Automata is enhanced with HDR10 and 4K Ultra HD visuals. Publisher Square Enix and developer Platinum Games are selling it for less than I expected, debuting at just $49.99. I was late to the party on playing Nier: Automata, and I strongly suggest Xbox players not make the same mistake. Play this game as soon as you can. When it hits its stride (after a couple of hours), it continually pounds out excitement, variety, and crazed, superhero-like boss battles.

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Universes That Disappeared Too Soon

about X hours ago from
Science-Fiction Weekly – The Universes That Disappeared Too Soon

Before we dive into the advertised topic, I have an important PSA to issue. Rejoice, Xbox owners! The oddly named Nier: Automata – Become as Gods Edition is now available for Xbox One. This port of the great PlayStation 4 title comes packaged with the disastrously named 3C3C1D119440927 expansion, along with the Machine Mask accessory, the Cardboard Pod skin, Retro Grey Pod skin, Retro Red Pod skin, and Grimoire Weiss Pod.

For those of you who have Xbox One X, Nier: Automata is enhanced with HDR10 and 4K Ultra HD visuals. Publisher Square Enix and developer Platinum Games are selling it for less than I expected, debuting at just $49.99. I was late to the party on playing Nier: Automata, and I strongly suggest Xbox players not make the same mistake. Play this game as soon as you can. When it hits its stride (after a couple of hours), it continually pounds out excitement, variety, and crazed, superhero-like boss battles.

Submit Your Question For Our Anthem Podcast

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Submit Your Question For Our Anthem Podcast

All month long we've been rolling out features covering BioWare's next game, Anthem. We visited the studio and asked the game's creators a ton of questions, but now we want to hand the reigns over to you. On an upcoming episode of The Game Informer Show, we're Skyping in Anthem's game director Jonathan Warner to answer questions from the community. Leave a comment below and let us know your burning questions about BioWare's Anthem.

You can subscribe to the podcast and get ready for this week's interview by clicking here.

Submit Your Question For Our Anthem Podcast

about X hours ago from
Submit Your Question For Our Anthem Podcast

All month long we've been rolling out features covering BioWare's next game, Anthem. We visited the studio and asked the game's creators a ton of questions, but now we want to hand the reigns over to you. On an upcoming episode of The Game Informer Show, we're Skyping in Anthem's game director Jonathan Warner to answer questions from the community. Leave a comment below and let us know your burning questions about BioWare's Anthem.

You can subscribe to the podcast and get ready for this week's interview by clicking here.

Westworld Mobile's Revelries Fall Flat

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Westworld Mobile's Revelries Fall Flat

HBO wrapped up the second season of Westworld last night, answering a few questions and sprinkling more than a few new ones to keep the show running. Warner released a mobile game based on the sci-fi Western last week, which poses its own question: Is this thing worth playing? After spending several days with it since its launch, the answer is mercifully simple: no.

The game bears more than a passing resemblance to Fallout Shelter – to an extent that Bethesda has filed a lawsuit claiming that developer Behavior Interactive, which worked on Fallout Shelter and Westworld, stole code from Fallout Shelter for this new game. Regardless of the merits of the case, comparisons between the two games are both obvious and helpful. In both, you manage a community of sorts, though in Westworld your attention is divided between long-term and transient populations.  

Westworld Mobile's Reveries Fall Flat

about X hours ago from
Westworld Mobile's Reveries Fall Flat

HBO wrapped up the second season of Westworld last night, answering a few questions and sprinkling more than a few new ones to keep the show running. Warner released a mobile game based on the sci-fi Western last week, which poses its own question: Is this thing worth playing? After spending several days with it since its launch, the answer is mercifully simple: no.

The game bears more than a passing resemblance to Fallout Shelter – to an extent that Bethesda has filed a lawsuit claiming that developer Behavior Interactive, which worked on Fallout Shelter and Westworld, stole code from Fallout Shelter for this new game. Regardless of the merits of the case, comparisons between the two games are both obvious and helpful. In both, you manage a community of sorts, though in Westworld your attention is divided between long-term and transient populations.