Activision-Purchases

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

Valve

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

Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Review

Game Title: Dragon Age Inquisition
Developer:  BioWare
Publisher:  Electronic Arts
Director: Michael Laidlaw
Writer:  David Gaider
Released:  November 2014
Note:  The reviewer played the game on the Xbox 360, so some technical issues may not be present on other systems.

So I’m a little bit late to the game with Dragon Age Inquisition. It’s been a financially trying year, among other things, which pulled me away from reviewing and playing some awesome games. So yeah, I’m playing catch-up. But what a great way to get back into the swing of things than with BioWare’s next gem! And boy, they did not disappoint…

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