Interview With Lag Magazyn

Interview With Lag Magazyn

Michael LowellJul 4, 20130
This interview was conducted with site reader Southern Cross and formed the basis of a publication in the Polish-language game magazine LAG.
Apples and Oranges and Morons

Apples and Oranges and Morons

Michael LowellJun 20, 20130
“And yet, in this culture where we do nothing but rank and compare things, we have people running around asserting “apples and oranges”, the idea that you can rank (compare) fighting games against real-time strategy games, but you cannot compare (rank) the systems and design of those games, because they’re too different.”
E3 2013 Microsoft Press Conference Sing-Along Guide

E3 2013 Microsoft Press Conference Sing-Along Guide

Michael LowellJun 12, 20130
“If the Xbox One is to succeed as a video game device, it will be achieved by the people who once despised video games as entertainment media or give the artform little to no thought. The destruction of the preservation of art will predictably come from those who value video games the least.”
A Couple of Thoughts on the "PC Gaming Master Race"

A Couple of Thoughts on the "PC Gaming Master Race"

Michael LowellApr 10, 20130
“So if you’re identifying yourself with glorious tradition of the PC Gaming Master Race, just keep in mind that you’re identifying with both a culture and an economic model for which really does not exist anymore.”
PlayStation 4 Reveal Conference Sing-Along Guide

PlayStation 4 Reveal Conference Sing-Along Guide

Michael LowellFeb 25, 20130
“And speaking of “damned”, a Japanese corporation in a state of financial crisis wants to sell us a new entertainment system.  Let’s listen.”
Spike 2012 Video Game Awards Sing-Along Guide

Spike 2012 Video Game Awards Sing-Along Guide

Michael LowellDec 13, 20120
“I guess console video game developers have no problem throwing a party in honor of themselves when they have been getting their ass kicked all year.”
Abandonware Goes Free-to-Play In The Old Republic

Abandonware Goes Free-to-Play In The Old Republic

TruhanAug 27, 20120
“How could BioWare possibly deliver a Star Wars game that doesn’t sell on the merit of its intellectual property? What about all that goodwill built up in the previous installments of The Old Republic franchise?”
Diablo III Will Not Be Cracked At Launch, Stop Deluding Yourself, You Fools

Diablo III Will Not Be Cracked At Launch, Stop Deluding Yourself, You Fools

Michael LowellAug 20, 20120
“This industry has become enamored with the idea of generating hype to create significant first-day and first-week sales. Creating a form of copy-protection that works for the months and years past that first day and first week is about as good as it can get for these companies.”
Vanquish

Vanquish

DuderinoAug 2, 20120
“Like Shinji Mikami’s two previous games, Resident Evil 4 and God Hand, Vanquish is at the peak of its genre. The combat system is sophisticated, the battles intense, the enemy design superb, and the presentation exceptional. Vanquish is heartily recommended to anyone who likes third-person shooters, or indeed action games in general.”
Complete List of Diablo III Error Messages

Complete List of Diablo III Error Messages

Michael LowellJul 16, 20120
“Hopefully, the reason you cannot connect to Battle.net 2.0™ will soon become clear.”
The Digital Death of Video Game Art

The Digital Death of Video Game Art

Michael LowellJul 10, 20120
“Well, that will be a great lesson to pass on to future generations: That it was okay to destroy our culture and ideas, i.e. “our legacy”, when a businessman with no connection to the artwork could save a couple of bucks by eliminating it from the timeline.”
Cybermania ’94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards Sing-Along Guide

Cybermania ’94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards Sing-Along Guide

Michael LowellJul 9, 20120
“And with the wild success of the PlayStation and the calamitous failure of “multimedia”, the legend of Cybermania ’94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards only grows greater, with the cars at the back of the train finally reaching the crash in front of them.”
Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Michael LowellJul 9, 20120
“I suppose that figureheading the rise of mobile phone video games and dominating a market where “fart apps” rule with prejudice is a wonderful success story. But America Online, Pet Rocks, and the Macarena were also “successful”. That doesn’t mean that any of those were works of art.”

Used Video Games: The New Software Piracy: Part Five

Michael LowellMay 28, 20120
“If any of those decisions had transformed video games into the Silicon Valley Casino, I don’t think we would be talking about this. And when things were good, when things looked up, they weren’t.”
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