New Witcher edition worthwhile

Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Thursday, October 9, 2008 Last October a little known Polish developer, CD Projekt released The Witcher. The role playing game earned quite favourable reviews and IGN named it 2007 RPG of the year, but many critics cited numerous problems with the game that, if fixed, would have made it better. […]

‘Spore’ an evolution in gaming

Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Thursday, September 25, 2008 After years of hype “Spore” is finally out. It has been billed as “Sim Everything” and it’s by Will Wright, creator of “The Sims.” The development history and the high-profile creator have made it big news ever since it was announced and I think it was […]

Strategy games a popular type

Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Thursday, September 11, 2008 Two weeks ago I ran through what makes a role-playing game. This week I’ll start with another popular type of game, especially for PC gamers. STRATEGY GAMES Strategy games are video game extensions of board games like “Risk.” They involve large-scale control of bases and units, […]

RPGs aren’t for everyone

Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Thursday, August 28, 2008 Two weeks ago I began an introduction to game genres. Action games, adventure games and music games were covered. This week I’ll continue with RPGs. ROLE-PLAYING GAMES (RPGS) Any game could be considered a “role-playing game”, but the genre classification comes from pen and paper RPGs […]

Games come in many varieties

Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Thursday, August 14, 2008 All gamers have types of games they like. Some may like all of them, some may like a vary narrow range. As a non-gamer, a beginning gamer or even a parent looking to shop for a gaming child, game types or genres can be quite confusing. […]

Non-games have a place too

Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Thursday, July 31, 2008 Nintendo’s DS seemed like a ridiculous idea when it was first revealed; why would anyone need two screens and want to play games with a touch screen? It turns out millions of people do, and not just games. In Japan you can improve your calligraphy skills, […]

High Praise for Pokemon, in all of its forms

Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Thursday, July 17, 2008 Super Mario is one of my favourite game franchises. Mario consistently offers great gameplay, excellent level design, a near-perfect difficulty curve, and pure fun that most other games cannot match. Super Mario Galaxy, released last fall, got well deserved praise and Super Mario 64 is hailed […]

Players can create and test creatures

Spore is an ambitious game in which players control the life cycle of a planet Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Monday, June 23, 2008 Here it is! Will Wright, the creator of the hugely popular game “The Sims” has been tantalizing gamers with videos of his new project, “Spore”, for the last three years. We’ve […]

Bioware continues to shine with ‘Mass Effect’

Owen Sound Sun Times (On) Thursday, June 5, 2008 The Edmonton based game developer Bioware is an industry heavy weight. They’ve been churning out award winning RPGs for 10 years, from the classic Baldur’s Gate series to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic which was better than the new Star Wars trilogy all put […]