Online gaming watchers will recall that League of Legends studio Riot Games has sustained heavy fire this summer over sexism and misogyny allegations from both current and former male and female employees. Last week Riot broke its silence on the allegation with a public letter vowing sweeping reforms for its corporate culture to “become a leader on diversity, inclusion, and culture.” But given the modern gaming scene, Riot was bound to face pushback from male gamers who believe that the reality of men controlling nearly an 80% share of gaming dev jobs isn’t something anyone should be doing anything about. Consequently, when Riot hosted dev workshops at PAX this weekend aimed at recruiting, with a few of the sessions open only to women and non-binary people, the usual suspects erupted, claiming that Riot is now sexist for excluding men from said workshops. (The rest of the workshops were for everyone.) Riot’s official response doesn’t back down from its … [Read more...] about Riot Games says it’s proud of workshops designed for women and non-binary prospective devs
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Sword Art Online: Integral Factor is a 3D anime-themed MMORPG where players fight mobs and bosses to acquire gear, grow stronger, and eventually defeat the 100th floor boss. The game is based on the widely-popular Sword Art Online manga and anime show. Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment Playerbase: High Type: 3D MMORPG Release Date: March 28, 2018 Pros: +Great visuals. +Intuitive controls. +In-depth character progression system. Cons: -Lag and disconnection problems. -RNG skill system. Overview Full Review Screenshots Videos Links System Requirements Music Additional Info Overview Sword Art Online: Integral Factor Overview Join Klein, Agil, Asuna, Kirito and the cast of Sword Art Online as they take on the floor bosses of Aincrad in Sword Art Online: Integral Factor. Take on the role of another beta-tester stuck in the virtual world of Aincrad where death in the game means death in real life and logging out is not an option. Work together with your partner Koharu and other … [Read more...] about Sword Art Online: Integral Factor Game Review
Welcome back to our ongoing exploration of Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt’s book The Video Game Debate. As you can guess, the book itself focuses on games in general, not just MMOs and online games, so I was able to apply today’s chapter on moral panic to recent trending indie RPG Undertale. I’ve argued to educators that not only is there evidence that games can positively affect morals, but that part of Undertale’s charm is that we know we can do bad things yet are emotionally rewarded for acting in a peaceful manner. In fact, the game actively discourages you from committing violence by constantly trying to include you with its cast of characters. Then someone on Reddit stepped into a conversation and asked, “What about all the griefing in sandbox games”? It’s a great question, and one addressed in this chapter. Game history of violence… and stories Before we get into morality, we need to talk … [Read more...] about Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Moral panic and online griefing
When was the last time you found yourself frustrated while gaming late night, because you couldn’t finish a level? If you often find yourself in such situations, You could be addicted to video games. “Video Game dependency” is a term that has been coined in the recent times by psychologists and media outlets. As the name suggests, it refers to a state wherein a person considers video games as an essential life process that needs to be carried out irrespective of the surroundings. It is what thrives the gaming industry. Most games nowadays implement behavioral psychology to create a fake feeling of engagement, so they spend more time playing the game. It’s like a virtual skinner box designed to trap anyone who tries the game. Let’s take a look at some of the common ways it’s implemented these days. 1. Undefined Endings Have you ever played God Of War or any story based game? It’s very likely that you completed the whole game just to get the … [Read more...] about [Guest] Do You Think Gaming Addiction Is An Issue?
Plarium, who was recently acquired by casino giant Aristocrat, is perhaps best known as the developers of online strategy games like Vikings: War of Clans and Stormfall: Age of War. The company did however start out as a casual games developer, releasing Farmandia for Facebook 2009, and it appears they are now going back to their roots. The company recently launched a whole new portal dedicated solely to its casual games. The new casual site features games such as Family Zoo: The Story, Undersea: Match & Build, and a browser version of Gardenscapes, which was originally developed for mobile by Playrix Games. Most of the games on the site are only available for mobile, however Gardenscapes and Family Zoo can be played online. At the moment there are only a few titles in the portfolio, but Plarium plans on adding more games in the near future. Their recent acquirement by Aristocrat is also becoming more visible as we see promotions for Heart of Vegas Slots on the site. If you're … [Read more...] about Plarium Launches a New Gaming Portal for Casual Games