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Defining Games

Gaming is an industry with roots stretch back as far as the 1950s, producing pinball machines as the start to the classic arcade game. However, gaming has reached the modern age, with more genres than one could even count and games that span across genres, consoles, and even generations! In our Defining Games series, we take a look at the defining games of history respective to their genre or time period, analyzing how they helped shaped the gaming industry to become what it is today. Series span the old and new, looking at the classics as well as the modern adapations and how together, they have created and sculpted the great world of gaming as we know it today.

Bringing In The New Kid Looking at the MOBA Genre

Bringing In The New Kid Looking at the MOBA Genre

January 8, 2015 | Alex Schwartz

Picking on the new kid is not always the best thing to do but old-school gamers have seen the emergence of a new genre known as MOBA or multiplayer online battle arena. We take a look at the history and future in our Defining Games series

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Returning to Old School with Defining Games: Shoot em Ups Genre

Returning to Old School with Defining Games: Shoot em Ups Genre

September 18, 2014 | Alex Schwartz

Continuing our Defining Games Series with the Shoot em Up genre, going back to the old school style of high-energy, gun-wielding gameplay that was more about fun and memorization than competition.

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The Golden Age to Modern Rebirth: Defining Games Series Looks at Hack and Slash

The Golden Age to Modern Rebirth: Defining Games Series Looks at Hack and Slash

July 29, 2014 | Alex Schwartz

One of the most dynamic genres in video game history, starting with Double Dragon and Golden Axe in 1987 birthing the Golden Age to modern rebirth with Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry, and God of War - Defining Games Series looks at Hack and Slash and Beat em Up Genres.

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World of Gaming

Structured as an editorial suite series, World of Gaming takes a look at the state of the gaming industry, how it is changing (both good and bad) and where it can go from here. Written by our own TheRedGamer, this series intends to look at the patterns that have emerged in the gaming realm and predict where things are going to go from here alongside editorial articles that rip apart the good, the bad, and the downright ulgy of the gaming indstury.

Gaming As Art - Defining The Media

Gaming As Art - Defining The Media

April 9, 2015 | Ryan Willcox

Diving into the world of gaming and how it is regarded by many, looking at the expansion of games as simple means of entertainment into a realm of artistic expression, realization, and much more.

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Deceptive Marketing

Deceptive Marketing

January 28, 2015 | Alex Schwartz

With many games having issues upon release, server instability, and lackluster performance, it's time to take note of the deceptive marketing tactics utilized by all major developers in this month's Wonderful World of Gaming.

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The Pros and Cons of DLC

The Pros and Cons of DLC

November 7, 2014 | Addie Schommer

Taking a look at the world of downloadable content, or DLC, as a main industry tool for getting more money out of their games. Is it a good practice or bad? Our Addie Schommer explores this in this months Wonderful World of Gaming

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Indie Spotlight

Taking a highlighted look at many of the up and coming Indie development groups across the gaming realm. We look at what makes their company unique, their developers tick, and get personal with the people behind the scenes.

Indie Going Mobile - Indie Spotlight with Hidden Variable Studios

Indie Going Mobile - Indie Spotlight with Hidden Variable Studios

February 13, 2015 | Alex Schwartz

Venturing into the highly popular mobile gaming realm with Hidden Variable Studios, our newest focus in our Indie Spotlight Series

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Exploring the Final Frontier with Colorful Explosions - Indie Spotlight with Arthur Danskin from Anisoptera Games

Exploring the Final Frontier with Colorful Explosions - Indie Spotlight with Arthur Danskin from Anisoptera Games

December 17, 2014 | Alex Schwartz

Exploring the final frontier with colorful explosions is the great game, Reassembly, created by Anisoptera Games. We had a chance to chat with Arthur, the developer behind the game alongside featuring the game in our Indie Highlight series!

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Indie Spotlight with Team Gemini

Indie Spotlight with Team Gemini

December 3, 2014 | Alex Schwartz

Continuing our expansion into the world of Indies with Team Gemini, the creators behind a creative experience that transcends what one expects from a typical game.

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Retro Review

Giving a focus on the games that came before us, paying homage to the past premiere games and looking at how they stood up in their own time and managed to stay relevant in the modern gaming age

Retro Review: Super Mario Bros

Retro Review: Super Mario Bros

March 4, 2015 | Ewan Moore

Thirty years on, we look back at how the original Super Mario Bros holds up, examine its legacy, and ask what made it so special

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Planescape: Torment - Awesome Fifteen Years Later

Planescape: Torment - Awesome Fifteen Years Later

December 19, 2014 | Jason Loch

A retrospective on Planescape: Torment explains why the game is still compelling after 15 years.

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Retro Review: Secret of Mana

Retro Review: Secret of Mana

November 10, 2014 | Christopher Becker

Going back to the old realms of RPG and real-time battles with the cult-classic hit, Secret of Mana and introducing our newest author, Chris!

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Unplugged

Moving away from the electronic focus is Unplugged, looking at non-video games both in the main and indie realm ranging from board games, card games, to social party games

Numenera RPG - A Classical Adventure

Numenera RPG - A Classical Adventure

April 10, 2015 | Jason Loch

Monte Cook's Numenera is a tabletop roleplaying game set in a far-future version of earth known as the Ninth World. Numenera focuses on discovery rather than monster slaying, and players are encouraged to make use of various bits of ancient technology that they discover in the course of their travels.

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Where Video Games Meets Tabletop Part 2

Where Video Games Meets Tabletop Part 2

March 31, 2015 | Rob Plantikow

Another great look at the world of tabletop games pulled from video games from our guest writer Rob Plantikow, co-founder of Pegheads and a proud sponsored group of UGE.

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Boss Monster, A Dungeon Crawling Adventure

Boss Monster, A Dungeon Crawling Adventure

March 11, 2015 | Rachel Johnson

Taking dungeon crawling to the board game world with Boss Monsters, our newest feature in UGE Unplugged series.

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Discussions in Gaming

Taking a less restrictive approach to gaming discussions with no scripts! Taking a basic concept in gaming and having a simple discussion with it in the Discussions in Gaming series

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