Opinion Archive

The 3 biggest mistakes I’ve made with NGNT

As the eighth anniversary of No Game No Talk approaches (NGNT was founded as GameSync.net in April 2005, for those with long memories), I’ve been doing some serious reflection on the challenges I’ve faced and mistakes I’ve made as the lead editor for the website. Here’s a short list of the biggest mistakes I’ve made [...] Read more »

An open letter to Mike Sacco and Anthony Burch: in defence of Borderlands 2′s Tiny Tina

The NPCs in Borderlands 2 are characteristically insane, psychopathic, or both. From the schizophrenic Patricia Tannis, to the villainous and heartless Handsome Jack. Even the heroes from the original game are not safe: Mordecai is a sharpshooter who inexplicably becomes a better shot when drunk, and Brick is a bandit leader who enjoys seeing his own [...] Read more »

We are the walking dead: what Telltale’s The Walking Dead gets right (and wrong) for interactive fiction

The fifth and final episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead has just been released, and as expected, the finale ended in an emotionally heartbreaking moment. The entire season was well-written, accompanied by solid voice acting and character development, and credit has to be given to writer Gary Whitta for successfully evoking the post-apocalyptic atmosphere of [...] Read more »

Dawnguard: The Dragonborn is broken

With the recent PC release of Skyrim’s first DLC, Dawnguard, I figured that it was the perfect time for me to shake off the cobwebs from my High Elf mage-in-hibernation — that I never quite finished the game with — and take him out for a spin around the frosty northern regions of Tamriel. Despite [...] Read more »

Opinion: The emerging danger of Kickstarter-funded games

After the resounding successes of the respective Kickstarter projects for Double Fine, Wasteland 2, and The Banner Saga, it was inevitable that someone would eventually attempt to exploit the crowd-funding system for nefarious gains. That culprit was the “game” Mythic: The Story of Gods and Men, by Little Monster Productions. Read more »