On the appeal of monotony in American Truck Simulator

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4 minute read

As much as gaming has become homogenized over the last decade, there are just as many head scratchers waiting to be explored. Games that, when put under a microscope, offer no obvious point of appeal.

The simulator genre leads the pack of pointlessness, mostly relegated to PC, and never fails to flip the conventions of AAA gaming on its head.

Two prime examples of this can be found in the efforts of SCS Software, a European developer responsible for both Euro Truck Simulator and American Truck Simulator.

I’ve personally had a casual curiosity for the series but as someone that’s traditionally stuck with consoles I never took the plunge. This changed when I picked up a budget gaming laptop (Acer Nitro 5) roughly 2 years ago.

Thanks to the latest autumn sale on Steam, I’ve taken to roads of American Truck Simulator in hopes of finding a new genre to enjoy. What I’ve found is that a loose construct of progression is all that’s needed to push the droning relaxation of the experience.

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The Video Game Streaming Wars Have Begun

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7 minute read The massive increase in engagement across music, movies, and TV shows all have one thing in common – convenience. From CDs to MP3s, Walkmans to iPods, and dial up to broadband access, music is now with us always – on demand via streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music. A … Read more

Dragon Missing in the West

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8 minute read

Besides a lack of content, one of the most popular issues players have with recent loot games like the Destiny franchise and The Division is a lack of depth and unrewarding loop of progression. In the case of Destiny, the first game was by no means a killer in terms of complexity, and with its sequel, Bungie felt it necessary to further drive home simplicity in favor of fun.

And then came along Monster Hunter World. It showed that freedom could flourish, and that leaving players to their own devices was something to celebrate, not squash.

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The Gunplay Conundrum

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19 minute read

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To this day, I still remember my experiences with Halo 2 and Halo 3 online multiplayer due to the veracity of Bungie’s execution of gunplay, ranking systems, ease of playing with others, and some truly unforgettable maps.

It’s no surprise considering my relationship with the series, especially when hurled into the online era, bordered on addiction, both when hopelessly enthralled while playing and consumed with thoughts about the game when sitting idly.

2007 was the perfect storm as far as myself and untamed, nearly compulsory, gaming hedonism is concerned. I was 16 at the time and Xbox Live was growing into a monstrosity of a social phenomenon.

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Reshaping Destiny 2

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2 minute read

Since its inception, the development of the Destiny franchise has been a paragon of insanity. The tumultuous timeline has been a perfect, and unfortunate, collage of reboots, half measured steps towards no destination, and the deafening sound of indifference.

As of right now, Destiny 2 is in a place where player reception is at an all time low and overall quality lost in the void. The sci-fi/fantasy FPS mashup has lost millions in active players since launch, and still, thousands feverishly voice their concerns and wishes on sites like Reddit, in hopes of a better, far less abusive game.

But we’ve been here before and, sad as it may be, we’ll be here again as the next peak and golden era of Destiny collapses in on itself.

Last Friday, Bungie finally broke their silence regarding the war torn state of Destiny 2, and laid bare what we can expect from the team over the coming year.

It’s obvious that they want to appease the playerbase and instill hope through concrete plans of action, but Bungie has a history of inflationary talk, and it’s going to take a bit more than written word to win back many at this point.

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My 3 Simple Wishes for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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4 minute read Nintendo of America just announced that Animal Crossing’s mobile debut, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, is set for official release on November 22. I saw the news break on their official Twitter and, much like thousands who have already voiced their excitement, I’m incredibly impatient to get my hands on the first new … Read more