Video game – DHINC Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:27:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Video game – DHINC 32 32 Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Top UK Charts to Become Biggest Boxed Video Game Launch of 2022 Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:11:51 +0000

Pokemon is a franchise that needs no introduction, and its recent Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have not only surpassed the biggest names in the industry, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and FIFA 23, but holds also the best selling boxed game title of 2022. Gotta sell them all more.

Since Nintendo’s digital sales are not made public, the sales figures cover the game’s physical release and, in terms of units sold, Scarlet and Violet surpass Pokemon Sword and Shield by 25% to become the second largest. all-time Pokemon launch, behind only behind the Sun and Moon. Additionally, Scarlet and Violet also generated more revenue thanks in part to an increase in RRP, and sales are 4% higher than the previous number one spot holder, FIFA 23. Phew!

That’s not all. Due to the franchise’s popularity, Nintendo Switch hardware also saw a welcome boost, with Switch sales led by the OLED model hitting 62% week-over-week, making it the biggest week of sales for the console so far. Unprecedented.

The limited-edition Pokemon Scarlet and Violet OLED console bundle also contributed significantly to hardware sales.

As it stood, the Violet version accounted for 52% of sales, Scarlet 42%, and the dual pack accounted for the remaining 6%. Although we can’t say for sure, many hardcore Pokemon fans have been known to purchase additional physical copies to add to their collection and may have contributed to the high sales figures. We all know the guy who keeps pristine, unboxed “first edition” versions of games as a hobby. Everyone to his own tastes.

As for the boxed charts, data firm GfK shows that as of November 20, Violet takes pole position while Scarlet is in second place ahead of FIFA 23 in third. Filling out the top five, former number one GoW Ragnarok lands at number four, and finally everyone’s favorite FPS, CoD: Modern Warfare 2, sits at number five instead.

Despite what looks like a big payday for Game Freak and Nintendo, user reviews on Metacritic are unfavorable with a disappointing overall score of 2.9. While next-gen takes a step in the right direction in terms of open-world design and gameplay, the underlying issues of poor performance and technical issues seem to outweigh the positives.

To be fair, we’re in the world of “patch it later” releases, so improvements and fixes should be coming soon. Not to mention that the Nintendo Switch was launched in 2017, and even then it wasn’t considered that powerful compared to the last generation consoles. One has to wonder, with aging hardware directly affecting overall gaming performance in an increasing number of titles lately, when will Nintendo unveil Switch 2?

Best Early Black Friday video game deals Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:44:54 +0000

Black Friday is November 25, but the many video game deals have already gone live. This is in addition to 4K Blu-ray offerings and more. So you can find great Black Friday deals on games and accessories for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, not to mention PS4 and Xbox One. Below, we’re tracking all the best early Black Friday deals on video games across all consoles.

You’ll find a frequently-updated list of the best deals at the top of the page, but you can also scroll down or click the shortcuts to go straight to your console of choice. Happy bargain hunting.

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Actual Black Friday prices are already available on PlayStation games at all retailers, as well as all kinds of games at GameStop and Best Buy. Note that some of the Best Buy deals are only available to MyBestBuy members, but you can sign up here for free. Nintendo’s first-party games go on sale November 20.

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The official Meta Quest 2 Black Friday offer is now available at all major retailers. This saves you $50 or $70 off the MSRP, depending on the storage you choose. Additionally, it includes Resident Evil 4 VR and Beat Saber.

Best PlayStation Early Black Friday deals

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PS5 Console – God of War Ragnarök Bundle

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PS5 Console – God of War Ragnarök Pack

We learn that invitations to purchase the PS5 God of War Ragnarok bundle are being sent out shortly after people request them. Your mileage may vary, but it doesn’t hurt to ask for an invite.

Deals on PlayStation games

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PlayStation Accessory Deals

Samsung 980 Pro 2TB SSD with Heatsink

Sony has already rolled out Black Friday pricing on PlayStation games at nearly every retailer. Additionally, accessories like PS5 DualShock controllers are on sale for $49.99. Enjoy pretty much everything PlayStation for cheap.

Best Nintendo Switch Early Black Friday deals

Nintendo Switch Game Deals

Pokémon Sword

Nintendo Switch Accessory Deals

GameStop has a big video game sale going on right now, bringing prices down on a wide range of Switch games. The official Black Friday Nintendo Switch sale – the one with first-party games – is set to start on November 20. We’ll be adding more Black Friday deals as they go live, so check back soon.

Best Xbox Early Black Friday deals

Xbox console offer

Xbox Series S - Holiday Console

Xbox Series S – Vacation Console

The only difference between this Xbox Series S and the regular one is the box.

That’s good: You can save $50 on a brand new Xbox Series S right now at a number of retailers, like Best Buy and the Microsoft Store, but Amazon has it for $10 cheaper than this.

Deals on Xbox games

Gotham Knights (digital)

Deals on Xbox digital video games

Cyberpunk 2077

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Visit Night City and get ready for the next DLC pack in the current version of the first-person RPG from CDPROJEKTRED.

The Xbox Store’s Black Friday sale is now live, bringing prices down on hundreds of digital Xbox games.

Xbox Accessory Deals

Xbox Wireless Controller - Lunar Shift
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Incredible Black Friday offer

Xbox Wireless Controller – Carbon Black

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Incredible Black Friday offer

Xbox Wireless Controller – Robot White

Xbox Wireless Controller - Pulse Red

Incredible Black Friday offer

Xbox Wireless Controller – Pulse Red

Xbox controllers are already on sale for their Black Friday prices, so be sure to grab the color you’ve been eyeing.

The agreements are just beginning. You can find similar deals at the start of Black Friday on a bunch of other product categories. You can find our early Black Friday TV deals if you’re on the hunt for a new TV. Check out Walmart Black Friday and Best Buy Black Friday deals.

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Annual IGN Plus Membership

Sign up during the Black Friday sale season and save 25% on an annual subscription. You can also sign up for a 30-day free trial.

]]> NPD: U.S. video game spending hit $4.3 billion in October as hardware sales fell 10% year-over-year Tue, 15 Nov 2022 07:25:51 +0000

The NPD Group has released a new report on the top-selling titles, consoles and accessories in the United States for October 2022. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was the primary driver of gaming content revenue growth, while hardware sales were down year-over-year.

Key points to remember

  • According to the NDP Matt PiscatelleUS gamers spent a total of $4.3 billion on games, hardware and accessories last month, the same amount as October 2021.
  • However, console sales fell 10% year over year to $424 million, and gaming accessories sales fell 8% to $148 million.
  • The PlayStation 5 was the top console last month by unit and dollar sales, the Xbox Series X | S placing second.
  • This decline in hardware was partly offset by a 2% growth in video game content revenue (premium video game sales, DLC, microtransactions, etc.), which reached $3.7 billion last month. .
  • Console and PC player spending saw a double-digit percentage increase, thanks to the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which generated $1 billion worldwide in just 10 days.
  • It’s worth noting that year-to-date spending in the video game industry is down 7% from this point in 2021. NPD cites lower mobile and hardware revenue as the primary reason.

Best-selling video games

  • Ring of Elden remains the highest-grossing premium title of 2022 looking at year-to-date numbers.
  • Earlier this year, NPD said FromSoftware’s blockbuster was is expected to become the best-selling game of the yearbecoming only the third title since 2009 to dethrone Call of Duty.
  • However, Modern Warfare 2 is taking the charts by storm right now. Although it was released on October 27, it has already become the second best-selling game of 2022 since the start of the year.
  • It is followed by LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Madden NFL 23and Pokemon Legends: Arceus (excluding digital sales).
  • Looking at revenue by platform, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope was the top game on Nintendo Switch by dollar sales last month. It is followed by Bayonet 3 and Personas 5.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 became the highest-grossing title on PlayStation in October, followed by Gotham Knights and FIFA 23.
  • Modern Warfare 2 was also the best-selling game on Xbox, followed by Gotham Knights and Madden NFL 23.

The 11 Best iPad Games to Play in 2022 Sat, 12 Nov 2022 17:32:36 +0000

Whether you use your iPad as a portable workhorse or as a creative tool, you won’t get the most out of your tablet until you start playing on it.

With a beautiful widescreen and a huge selection of games available from the App Store, there’s never a shortage of new titles to try on your iPad. These games look best on the iPad because they shine on the Liquid Retina display, they make creative use of the device’s mobility, or simply because they’re downright great games.

Think back to the early days of the iPad, when a quick game of temple race or slice kiwis fruit ninja was it enough to forget the dramas of life? Let’s get back to it, my friends, with some of the best games to play on your iPad and iPad Pro.

Genshin Impact

Make room on your iPad because this iconic game is both impossible to ignore and extremely space intensive. But it’s well worth the 20GB of storage required for Genshin Impact as the cult open-world RPG will likely become your favorite iPad game. You’ll almost never run out of new things to explore in Genshin Impact, like the rowdy carousel of manga-style characters or the beautiful world filled with inventive enemies. The best part? The game is completely free and players report that you don’t have to spend anything to enjoy the best of the game.

Stardew Valley

If you want to relax and grow food while juggling the normal anxieties of normal life — dating, carrying out your late grandfather’s wishes, running a farm, making sure you pet your chickens every day — Stardew Valley is the game for you. The touch controls work great on iPad, with the added bonus of a bigger screen so you can peek at all the cute details of this iconic indie game.

It’s like Mafia, but online. What’s not to like? Among us made us feel like we were among anyone but ourselves at the height of the pandemic. It maintained its popularity over the ensuing months due to its fast-paced social environment that kind of makes you feel like you’re playing a game with all the big kids in the neighborhood after dark.


We’re probably supposed to put something on your kids who love their Minecraft creations more than they like you, but we won’t do that, because you already know that. But the question is, have you tried Minecraft? This game isn’t just loved by toddlers – it’s actually an incredibly advanced open-world survival game that you can literally explore forever. The colors are practically designed to be enjoyed on a big, beautiful screen, and you’ll enjoy using your iPad’s touch controls if you don’t have a PC to play with. Alternatively, connecting a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to your iPad can make your Minecraft experience even better.

Alto’s Odyssey

It’s basically a crime to gamble Alto’s Odyssey on a screen smaller than your iPad screen, even if you’re working with an iPad Mini. This endless downhill platformer has been at the top of all mobile game charts since its release in 2018, and it’s probably the best-looking game on the App Store today. With a soothing color palette and a host of engaging levels that excite and relax you, you won’t want to put your iPad down once you start skiing in Alto’s Odyssey.

Civilization VI

If turn-based strategy games are your bag, VI civil is perhaps the best you’ll find on iPad. This game is free to play, but it won’t belong until you drop real money so you can play beyond the first 60 spins. Keep your civilization alive and thriving for as long as possible while withstanding the trials of a growing society – deities bent on making life on Earth harder, for example.

Monument Valley

Even though Monument Valley was released in 2014, it still stands the test of time even eight years later. This isometric puzzle platformer is confusing, addictive, and filled with visuals that will make you so glad you splurged on that Liquid Retina display. I can’t promise this one will be relaxing as the levels get harder and more visually confusing, but I can promise it’ll be the first thing you open on your iPad every time for at least a few weeks after your purchase this.

The gardens between

Similar to Monument Valley, The gardens between uses isometry to create puzzles that will illuminate parts of your brain you haven’t used in ages. This nostalgic puzzle game tells the story of two childhood friends who become separated when one moves away. It plays on a child’s backyard imagination and conception of time to stretch basic memories into intriguing puzzles that can only be solved when you let time roll on. Yes, it will make you cry.

Dot’s house

If you want to learn something while playing a unique and fascinating game with adorable animation, check out Dot’s house. This game uses real-life experiences of Black Americans who were (and still are) disenfranchised because of housing discrimination to tell the harrowing story of a time-traveling activist. As Dot uncovers the difficult decisions her family has made to ensure adequate housing over the decades, she is exposed to the (reality-based) way her parents and grandparents were exploited by landlords, developers and gentrifiers.

Without beef

Speaking of time travel, Without beef is one of the best time travel games today and it really shines on the iPad. Touch controls are best for this game since you move around the platformer by clicking where you want to go. I loved playing Oxenfree, which follows a grieving teenage girl as she visits her late brother’s favorite spooky island with a group of friends, on my Nintendo Switch, but the touch controls would have made the experience even better. Plus, you can keep diving through time again and again until you’ve experienced all the results of this heartbreaking game.

donut county

Donut County is satisfying, endlessly addictive, and supremely cute. What more could you ask for from an iPad game? With extra space to appreciate all the details of this puzzle game, the iPad takes donut county from the cute download to the fascinating feat of programming. Drag your hole into the ground to absorb objects around you, making your hole bigger and more destructive with each object you pick up.

Dreadrock Dungeons

Dive into Dreadrock Dungeons, a nostalgic dungeon crawler that takes place under a snowy mountain filled with enemies and puzzles. This 16-bit game evokes the old Zelda games, both in aesthetics and in the masterful difficulty of the puzzles. With 100 relatively short levels to beat, Dungeons of Dreadrock is perfect for playing on your iPad.

Zoë Hannah is a freelance journalist specializing in video games, mental health and e-commerce. You can find his reviews, essays, and stories in publications like WIRED, IGN, Insider, and more. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a scary video game or an immersive novel. Find her on Twitter @zoehhannah or browse her clips on

]]> Bayonetta Dub Controversy Highlights Game Industry Problem Thu, 10 Nov 2022 06:53:47 +0000

One of the most anticipated games of the year has been marred by controversy. PlatinumGames’ upcoming title “Bayonetta 3” has had fans waiting since it was announced at The Game Awards 2017 show, where it was confirmed to be in development for the then recently released Nintendo Switch. That was all the information gamers would get until a trailer released in July revealed the game would launch on October 28.

Later in September, fans got their first look at gameplay via an 8-minute trailer, which not only showcased new gameplay systems, but also showed off the first instances of the titular character Bayonetta speaking. Fans were quick to notice that the vocals sounded a bit off compared to the previous two tracks.

Game director Yusuke Miyata has confirmed that former Bayonetta voice actor Hellena Taylor has been replaced by industry veteran Jennifer Hale, citing “various overlapping circumstances” as the reason for the redesign, according to a interview with Game Informer.

Fast forward to October, fans noticed a Twitter feed created by Taylor offering a different explanation as to why she wouldn’t return to voice Bayonetta: “The ‘Bayonetta’ franchise made about $450,000,000. That doesn’t include merchandise… What is it? that they offered to pay me? The final offer to do the whole game as a buyout, a flat rate, was $4,000.”

According to Taylor, after receiving what she described as “an insulting offer” following her successful reaudition for the character, she wrote to the Vice President of Platinum Games, as well as the lead writer of the previous two “Bayonetta” titles. “, Hideki Kamiya, in an attempt to renegotiate his offer. It is thanks to his response that she says she was offered the $4,000. Taylor’s thread also contained calls for fans to boycott the game and donate the money they allegedly spent to charity.

Kamiya apparently refuted Taylor’s claims in a Tweeter published shortly after his thread which reads “Sad and deplorable about the attitude of lying. That’s all I can say now.”

The subject of video game voice acting compensation has been a hot topic in the industry for years. Most notably, Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto IV” was a monumental commercial success. It grossed over $2 billion in total sales and won the Guinness World Record in 2008 for the highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours at the time, among other accolades.

Despite this success, the game’s main voice actor, Michael Hollick, was only paid $100,000 for the 15 months he had spent on the project.

In response to her video, several voice industry figures came forward with their own experiences of undervaluing talent. Sean Chiplock, best known for his role as Revali in Nintendo’s ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’. said that he had been similarly compensated for his work on the game, having been paid only $3,000 maximum when he had also lent his voice to two other characters.

While the fact remains that video game voice actors have a history of being underrated, there are a few aspects of Taylor’s story that just don’t seem to add up. Taylor (as well as Hale) would have been covered by rules negotiated by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists which set the minimum wage for voice actors at $1,000 per session.

Additionally, Taylor was slightly off-kilter explaining why she was recast. Although she stated in her thread “Platinum had the nerve to say I was busy. That they couldn’t make it work with Ms. Taylor’s schedule. Well, I only had of time,” in fact, all PlatinumGames had said about it was its previously mentioned statement about “overlapping circumstances.”

Most damning of all, however, was a report originally published by Bloomberg – and later corroborated by Video Games Chronicle – which cited an anonymous PlatinumGames insider’s account that claimed the developer was looking to have Taylor reprise her role as Bayonetta.

The developer offered a rate between $3,000 and $4,000 per session for more than four sessions, but recast it when Taylor demanded a six-figure payment, plus residuals from game sales – which are essentially unknown in the context of other AAA games.

PlatinumGames has yet to release an official statement regarding the situation, and since the game’s launch has already passed, it is unlikely to do so.

The best archaeologists in video games Fri, 04 Nov 2022 23:30:00 +0000

Video games often serve as an escape for people seeking entertainment or those who simply want to forget the realities and responsibilities of life, if only for a moment. Archeology isn’t usually a profession associated with gaming, but there are many iconic video game archaeologists that gamers have turned to over the years.

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This includes characters from video games like Lara Croft from grave robber as well as those of the main live action properties like IndianaJones who have simply appeared as main characters in licensed games over the decades. Regardless of their origin, they are widely regarded as some of the finest archaeologists in the game and generally offer a surefire ticket to adventure.


7/7 Sylens

An essential part of what makes the world of Horizon Zero Dawn and Forbidden Horizon West so interesting is that the audience learns alongside the game’s characters. The story itself is full of twists and turns, with many characters imposing their will on the world around them. One of those people who seems harmless at first but evolves into a major threat is named Sylens.

The character is wonderfully portrayed by the talented Lance Riddick and is a man with a strong interest in history and technology. These two things intertwine when looking at what happens to the Ancients, a driving force that drives a wedge between him and those who oppose him. Of all the archaeologists in the video game, he is by far the most chaotic and untrustworthy.

6/7 Guy and Ana Spelunky

Potholing is an indie game that may not contain the same cache as some of the bigger game series, but it’s hard to find many other archaeologists in more iconic video games than this father/daughter pair. Guy Spelunky is the main character of the original platform roguelike, and players are tasked with surviving room after room of danger and peril in order to walk away with the ultimate reward: a giant golden head.

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His daughter, Ana Spelunky, is revealed to take over in her father’s absence as an adventurous archaeologist, though she withdraws her talents from the world. The addictive and mysterious games were designed by Derek Yu and his video game development company Mossmouth. The first entry was released on PC in 2013 before later being ported to consoles, with the second hitting the scene in 2020.

5/7 Liara T’Soni

Mass Effect is one of the greatest and most popular sci-fi video game series of all time. It is known for its stellar role-playing elements and a cast of characters that draw the player into a real sense of immersion. Among the many alien races and characters that players encounter is a studious and diligent archaeologist belonging to the all-female race of aliens known as the Asari.

Liara T’Soni is the character in question, and although she was first introduced in the original Mass Effect on a search site, players can take her through all three games as they have developed a strong romantic or platonic relationship with the brilliant mind.

4/7 Professor Layton

This may surprise those who have only heard of Professor Layton series, but the titular character is indeed an archaeologist. Professor Hershel Layton is the main character of the beloved puzzle adventure games and is actually recognized as a professor of archeology.

Game and character creator Akihiro Hino said that sherlock holmes and IndianaJones served as fundamental inspirations to Professor Layton, which is evident in both his physical appearance and his personality. As a series, there are plenty of games to dive into for anyone looking to scratch that archaeological itch in a puzzle-solving setting.

3/7 Lara Croft

Considered by many to be the original video game archaeologist, Lara Croft has stood the test of time as an iconic video game character. She managed to enter the world of cinema, but nothing quite matches her ancient and historical adventures during the grave robber series. Her life is far more violent and paranormally manipulated than that of the average archaeologist, but she understands what her actions present.

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Another thing that sets her apart is her high-level athleticism, which allows her to scale and maneuver around graves that would require an average person to leave and return home given what’s in front of them. It’s unclear what the future holds for Lara Croft and grave robber, but it’s a safe bet that archeology will play a role.

2/7 nathan drake

In the traditional sense, it’s hard to call Nathan Drake an archaeologist because he functions much more like an explorer and treasure hunter. As one of the most identifiable characters on the PlayStation platform, it would be hard to deny how iconic Nathan Drake is and the massive impact he and his games have had on the gaming industry.

Although the Unexplored The series and the character of Drake drew a lot of inspiration from Lara Croft and Indiana Jones, at this point both the intrepid explorer and the Unexplored collection of games were able to forge their own identity. Deep down, Nathan Drake wants to function as an archaeologist, but circumstances and personality never let that happen in any meaningful way.

1/7 IndianaJones

As far as the best video game archaeologists go, they don’t get much bigger than Indiana Jones. He is arguably the most iconic fictional archaeologist of all time in any medium, and has inspired countless other characters since his big screen debut in 1981.

The Adventurer has appeared in its fair share of video games since then, but none are quite as exciting as the upcoming licensed game from Wolfenstein restart MachineGames developers. Fans Eagerly Await Untitled Studio Reveal IndianaJones game, which was originally revealed in January 2021.

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Martha is Dead Voted Worst Video Game of 2022 Tue, 01 Nov 2022 22:55:50 +0000

New research reveals the biggest video game flops of 2022, with indie gaming Martha is dead emerging as the most disappointing of the bunch.

While not reflective of sales numbers or the overall commercial success of any given game, the Crypto Casinos study uses AI-powered social media “sentiment” data to analyze how players received each game – what the informal reviews, comments, chatter and buzz around the game was like at the time of its release. They then merged the data to come up with a list of the most disappointing games overall, as well as the lowest rated for each major gaming platform. Looking at the number of positive and negative blog and social media posts and web search volume around the month of each game’s release, Martha is dead comes out at the top (or bottom) of the pile, with over 31% of social media posts about the game being negative.

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In 2022, the gaming industry maintained an audience of over 3.2 billion, with the global video game market estimated at $197 billion. As video game development costs rise, those considered a “flop” can become extremely expensive. With this in mind, the study primarily aims to provide data to the industry itself, to inform decisions made by investors and publishers. The study will at least have some effect on which games get the green light in the future.

Crypto Casinos indexed the data from the different criteria used to score for each major category. Martha is dead scored the lowest across all platforms, having been mentioned in 33,552 social media posts so far this year, 31.30% of which were considered negative. It was also the lowest score on all major gaming platforms besides Switch, the only listed platform on which it was not released.

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Below is the full list, with the game’s score in parentheses.


1. Martha is dead (0.2871)

2. Recipe for Disaster (0.3215)

3. Monark (0.3462)

4. Electronic Football 2022 (0.5848)

5. DNF Duel (0.6569)


1. Martha is dead (0.2806)

2. Monark (0.3566)

3.eFootball 2022 (0.6303)

4. DNF Duel (0.6756)

5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel (0.7135)


1. Martha is dead (0.2921)

2. Evil Dead: The Game (0.7900)

3. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel (0.8146)

4. Microsoft Flight Simulator: Top Gun Maverick DLC (0.9437)

5. Electronic Football 2022 (0.9467)

To change:

1. Monark (0.537)

2. Retrospective (0.685)

3. Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (0.781)

4. Don’t Starve Together (0.891)

5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel (0.892)


1. Martha is dead (0.2889)

2. Recipe for Disaster (0.3249)

3. Monark (0.3458)

4. Electronic Football 2022 (0.5844)

5. DNF Duel (0.6624)

Whereas Martha is deadreleased in February by Wired Productions, came out as the “top” of the flops, it received somewhat more positive critical rating, with its lowest Metacritic score being 58 for the Xbox One version and 73 on the PC.

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]]> Video game graphics are a ticking time bomb – the industry needs to focus on the art instead of the technology Sun, 30 Oct 2022 08:00:00 +0000

It’s no secret that video games are intrinsically linked to the technology that allows us to experience them. However, as the industry continues to evolve, I can’t help but wonder if we’ve gone too far. It’s gotten to the point where graphical complexity is seen as the ultimate indicator of quality, making the game development process infinitely harder and longer. It seems like people will completely ignore an experience if the game’s graphics don’t hold up, or absolutely tear down a game if it looks like it could have been released 10 years ago. To me, that seems absurd: the graphics are immensely overstated.

Of course, the graphics aren’t actually “overrated” in the literal sense. They are the visual gateway to the video games we play. Without them, we would have nothing to do. But when I say the graphics are overrated, I’m referring to the overwhelming attention the video game communities and marketing give to graphical prowess and modernity. Sometimes it feels like the quality of a game’s art and style is pushed aside just to analyze what something “new” and “shiny” looks like.