Store Wars: Imperfect views of imperfect markets

Economics has something of an edge when it comes to respectability among the social sciences, but it is often squandered by talking heads acting like everyone else is an idiot on TV. The benefit of taking an introductory economics class is not prestige or a set of talking points but rather a set of tools … Continue reading Store Wars: Imperfect views of imperfect markets

Thoughts on a game engine from someone who doesn’t know about game engines

Epic released a demo for the latest iteration of their game engine, Unreal Engine 5 (UE5). The demo looks magnificent and has a bit where the roof opens up and lights a room with 500 detailed statues. Once I looked at Twitter I was informed that the demo, apparently, wasn't all that good. The objections … Continue reading Thoughts on a game engine from someone who doesn’t know about game engines

Objectively the most objective review of objectively the best game of 2000

It was a project helmed by a legendary game designer at a studio recently buoyed with cash from a large publisher. It took on theme of the forces hidden in plain sight that affect our choices and the world we live in. The game spawned three sequels with the latest entry appearing in the later … Continue reading Objectively the most objective review of objectively the best game of 2000

Response: Data science will not save you

This article is a critical response to the Gamasutra blog "Steam has a lack of data scientists." While it is an opinion piece, the article was widely shared and contains a number of contestable statements with regards to Steam's role, Valve's capabilities, and the ability of data science to solve structural issues for game developers. … Continue reading Response: Data science will not save you

The Justified Skepticism of the New Telltale Games

A year after its closure, Telltale Games is back after its assets were purchased by LCG Entertainment. The new company has committed to offering employees of the old Telltale positions at the new company. The gesture is significant given that the original studio's closure was sudden and the staff were dismissed laid off without severance. … Continue reading The Justified Skepticism of the New Telltale Games

Renting Games

The proliferation of subscription services and the announcement of multiple cloud gaming services has produced some curiously alarmist responses. Cloud gaming is a relatively new technology, but gaming subscriptions and comparable payment models predate the internet. With a wide enough perspective, it's hard to see either development as particularly new when applied to gaming. Steam … Continue reading Renting Games

Epic’s Tactics Are The System Working As Intended

The most perplexing feature of the commentary surrounding the Epic Games Store (EGS) is that the loudest voices assign criticism to Epic that is more appropriately targeted at Valve. The criticism that has gotten the most attention is the one that says Epic is using its timed exclusives in order to take over digital distribution, … Continue reading Epic’s Tactics Are The System Working As Intended