Should streamers pay for a license?

A Creative Director at Google Stadia (yes, THAT massively successful product), as his Twitter profile initially stated (more on this later), voiced his opinion that streamers should be paying developers and publishers for the privilege of streaming their games. Boy did that cause a reaction! Instead of cramming this into tweets, I figured why not…

Recently Finished: Evoland

This game is a pretty much perfect example of how to squander the potential of a good idea. Making an homage / a parody on the evolution of RPGs/games could have been SO GOOD. But besides some neat bits in the early parts, many of the later parts of the game make it devolve into…

The 70$ Game Price Discussion

So with the next generation of consoles nearing, the discussion around upping the full price of video games has flared up… again, with 2K Sports essentially leading the charge by raising the price of NBA 2K21 by $10 for PS5 and Xbox Series X with no free next-gen upgrade, in contrast to multiple announcements before…

Sonic (2020 Movie) – Short Review

After this movie originally premiered in January, I just recently caught up on it. Everything considered, especially what happened before the movie’s release (more on that a bit later), I was positively surprised! The movie definitely had a different take on Sonic, his power and Dr. Robotnik. It’s unlike any of the games and series…

Game Gear Micro – Thoughts

So some time ago (June 2nd, 2020) Sega announced the Game Gear Micro as part of their 60th Anniversary. Reading about it, I had mainly one question to myself… “why?” As an owner of the original system in the 90s (don’t have it anymore since the screen sadly stopped working after a few years), when…

Doom Patrol (Season 1)

After the first season of Titans included the Doom Patrol in the 4th episode, I was curious how they would use that group in the standalone series. I had no knowledge of them from the comics or any other material, so I was pretty much going in “clean”. The Titans episode certainly made the group…

BlizzCon 2019 Thoughts

So, BlizzCon 2019 has started and after all that has happened these last several weeks, I was interested in what would actually happen… here are some of my thoughts so far: Cosplays There have been some Winnie the Pooh cosplayers spotted at the event, so they either didn’t ban that at all or just gave…

Gaming Memories: 1990s Adventures (Part 1)

The adventure genre was pretty much always one of my favorites, starting way back in the early 90s when I had my first PC. I loved the often-creative stories and characters (my first few experiences with the genre very much helped with THAT) and the games being easy to get into (usually no timing-based puzzles,…

Players are… tyrants?

You know… in my spare time I try to think up ways on how to write about games, how to analyse them, all that jazz. But when I hear some things that critics talk about these days… I kind of feel like I got off at the wrong station. Just recently a video by Upper…

Relics of the Past: Shareware compilations

I wonder if anyone remembers these anymore. Back in the day (early 90s), Internet access wasn’t readily available for personal use. I still went to a local computer shop (Schadt Computertechnik, at one point the third largest PC store chain in Germany, ceased existing a few years later, in 1998) to get up to date…