Fire Emblem Fates: Facts Surrounding the Controversy

A couple days ago, a controversy sprung up surrounding content within the game called Fire Emblem Fates. It involves two characters in the game, the male protagonist and a female character named Soleil. She is presented as a lesbian character (at least strongly implied she is one) who is very easily flustered around other women, to the point of fainting. Continue reading

Activision Blizzard Purchases Major League Gaming

On January 4th, 2016, Activision Blizzard announced they purchased Major League Gaming (MLG), a global leader in eSports and gaming competitions. This acquisition gave Activision Blizzard two popular intellectual properties: MLG Pro Circuit and GameBattles. This move was part of a greater strategy by the company to become the leader in online gaming, which began October 21st with signing on Steve Bornstein (the creative force behind the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL Redzone) and Mike Sepso (Co-Founder of MLG) to lead the new division in Activision Blizzard. Continue reading

Why is Valve hiring a Psychologist for game design?

In the job openings section of the Valve website, there is an opening for the position of Psychologist (Research/Experimental). The job description makes it sound like the position will be ultimately beneficial to the company and players, as the position is supposed to improve the game testing process, analyze data to improve on the overall experience of the customer base, research hardware, and offer analysis of the company’s finances in order to improve operations. The first duty the Psychologist has, however, is somewhat of a double edged sword for the gamer:  Provide relevant insight into human behavior in order to shape gameplay and customer experience. Continue reading

Sony PlayStation 4 Sells Well During 2015 Holiday Season

Sony announced that more than 5.7 million PlayStation 4 consoles during the 2015 holiday season. This brings the total PS4 consoles to 35.9 million units sold, passing the Nintendo 64 in overall sales to make it the 13th best selling console of all time (the Super Nintendo is the 12th). Continue reading