I Can't Stop Collecting Stuff in Video Games

Here’s something I wish more game designers understood: If you put an interaction in your game, I am going to interact with it. Anytime a game responds to its players, the rats—or at least this rat—are going to press the lever for more cocaine pellets. Jenova Chen, during a talk about the design of Journey a couple… »9/04/15 12:30pm9/04/15 12:30pm

Mad Max’s First Gameplay Trailer Looks Hopeless, in a Good Way

The thing about the Mad Max movies is that it looks like somebody already tried to save the world and failed at it. And what we see are the terrible remains. The newest trailer for Avalanche Studios’ Mad Max puts its headbutting, car-combat action smack dab in the middle of that world. Thank goodness. Granted, it's… »7/15/13 10:20am7/15/13 10:20am

A Guy Tried to Get His Girlfriend to Play A Video Game. Here’s Why It Didn’t Work.

So you're lucky. Your significant other wants to sit down and play a game. And not just any game, either. The title that's piqued interest is Just Cause 2, Avalanche Studio's stunt-tastic open-world shooter. But Reddit user rfry11 found his lady love stymied by what he says are poor design choices and bad tutorials… »5/08/12 11:00am5/08/12 11:00am