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Why we still don’t have a review for Batman: Arkham Origins:Held up by game breaking bugs, your move, WB Games

Why we still don’t have a review for Batman: Arkham Origins:Held up by game breaking bugs, your move, WB Games

Pixel Enemy has been working hard to get through as much of Batman: Arkham Origins as possible so our review could be posted this week, but due to the technical issues we’ve previously reported on — we’ve been forced to hold off the review while we give WB Games a chance to release a patch and fix the damn thing. Our review copy didn’t make it, but that didn’t stop me from purchasing my own copy for review as I [...]

Feature: Why does the Nintendo 2DS exist?

Feature: Why does the Nintendo 2DS exist?

Earlier, Nintendo revealed the Nintendo 2DS, a cheaper redesign of the company’s 3DS. There are several main differences, the key one being the form factor – a flat, slate design, as opposed to the 3DS’ clamshell design. In addition, there is no 3D function, one speaker, and a “Sleep” function. Finally, the screen sizes are equivalent to the original 3DS’. The main difference, however, is the price point: $129.99, versus the 3DS and 3DS XL’s $169.99 and $199.99, respectively, price [...]

Viacom / GameTrailers should fire Marcus Beer or demand he make an apology

Viacom / GameTrailers should fire Marcus Beer or demand he make an apology

Disclaimer: The opinion expressed in this piece is solely that of the author and is in no way reflective of Pixel Enemy, its partners or other writers and editors associated therein. I am not a game journalist, I am a teacher who enjoys writing about video games, video game culture and the gaming industry. Marcus Beer has gone too far. We’ve previously reported on the incident that recently took place on Invisible Walls, where Marcus Beer referred to Phil Fish [...]

Xbox One press conference: We grade it and pull no punches

Xbox One press conference: We grade it and pull no punches

Now that Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal is done, the Pixel Enemy staff weighs in on what they saw, how it stacks up against Sony’s PlayStation 4 reveal and the ensuing confusion Xbox One’s policy created after. So, sit back, grab a cold drink and read on what we thought of it; and if you agree with our grade for the event. (Note: Grading is based on an A-F level, with A being the highest, F on the other end of [...]

Where Did You Go? – The future Microsoft sees with the Xbox One

Where Did You Go? – The future Microsoft sees with the Xbox One

Where Did You Go? is an ongoing series that deals with mishappenings in the video game industry. This can range from concepts to the games themselves. Today, we look at the future Microsoft sees with the Xbox One. Whenever discussing the future, I always like to think about change. Sure, people can get pretty uncomfortable when talking about change, but in the end, we’re told that it’s for our best, for the greater good. During today’s Xbox One reveal, which [...]

Our reactions from Microsoft’s Xbox One press event in GIFS

Our reactions from Microsoft’s Xbox One press event in GIFS

Early this morning, Microsoft had their Xbox One press event live in Redmond, Washington. You can read (in detail) our article on what exactly was shown at the event here. However, here are some of our reactions from the press conference in beloved GIF format. The Xbox One is announced: When I found out the Xbox One will remember what you’re doing: When I found out I can control my cable box (hopefully Direct TV) from my Xbox: When I saw [...]

Where Did You Go? – Nintendo Wii U’s success

Where Did You Go? – Nintendo Wii U’s success

  Read this, and other stories, over at Pixel Enemy. Where Did You Go? is an ongoing series that deals with not only concepts that have no firm ground, but failed hopes and dreams in the video game industry. Today, we look at Nintendo’s answer to the “HD era,” the Nintendo Wii U. I asked my girlfriend to accompany me to Kmart in search of a case for my iPod Classic. Conveniently enough, the video game section was conjoined to [...]

Do developers really deserve recognition for including diverse characters in games?

Do developers really deserve recognition for including diverse characters in games?

It seems like these days the “cool” thing to do is to embrace diversity and encourage others to do so as well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining – it’s about time in my opinion, and will only help the world head in the right direction. That diversity is finally beginning to spill over into video games, which is one of the most closed-minded industries when it comes to catering to anything besides their interpretation of young Caucasian males. People of [...]

The power of gamers’ desires: Why I believe publisher CEOs are resigning

The power of gamers’ desires: Why I believe publisher CEOs are resigning

Let me say a few things first off. One, I believe there are two kinds of people in the world, those who create and those who enable the possibility of creation. One can’t exist without the other, but I consider myself a creator. As a creative type, I’m definitely no business analyst, so I can only speak with my limited grasp of facts, from my point of view. But I do understand that it’s publishers who help to enable creation [...]

When Journalism Becomes Destructive: The Sandy Hook Tragedy & Gaming

When Journalism Becomes Destructive: The Sandy Hook Tragedy & Gaming

I hate hearing about the Sandy Hook shootings. I really do. Before you take that in any other way than I mean, I simply mean that it breaks my heart to remember it and all those families that are still grieving. Still, I see the point in not allowing us to forget and move on, not just yet. We shouldn’t just sit by and say “that’s a tragedy” and move on without some major changes as we’ve done so many [...]

More people need to play Papo & Yo

More people need to play Papo & Yo

So with the IGF awards all wrapped up, it’s time to talk about another independent game which released last year. Papo & Yo was an independent title released last August and was an incredible experience. However, today it was stated that the games sales on the PlayStation 3 didn’t cover the its development costs. The games creator, Vander Caballero spoke with Joystiq today and said that the game has not quite recouped its development costs despite “good” sales on the PlayStation Network since its [...]

GDC 2013: Spec Ops: The Line writer says violent games are creatively ‘too easy’

GDC 2013: Spec Ops: The Line writer says violent games are creatively ‘too easy’

If you guys listen to the weekly podcast , you know that I am an adamant lover of last years Spec Ops: The Line. Based of the classic novella Heart of Darkness, (and the movie Apocalypse Now), it told an incredible story about a soldiers decent into madness. The unfortunate thing was that incredible story was muddied by a mediocre (yet enjoyable) third-peson shooter. Speaking today during a GDC panel, Spec Ops: The Line writer Walt Williams stated that he believes violent games are, creatively speaking, too easy. Williams [...]

Is it ethical to disallow the use of used games?

Is it ethical to disallow the use of used games?

If rumors that surfaced roughly a week ago are to be followed, the next Xbox will no longer be able to play used games. Game discs will ship with one-time-use activation codes that will render them irrelevant to anyone else but the person who first played the game. Of course, reaction to this among those in the gaming community is predictably negative. A common theme seems to be that not many people can’t go around spending $60 on games anymore; [...]

Jeff Broadbent talks about his score in PlanetSide 2

Jeff Broadbent talks about his score in PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 is a free to play MMO that was released on November 20th. Jeff Broadbent was the composer, and his work on the project is quite impressive. Broadbent scored three different themes, one for each army in the game to give them their own unique sound. It was almost ten years since the original installment first hit the PC crowd, and a lot has changed since then. Sci-Fi music in video games has never been this rich, diverse, and [...]

Game Demos and How They Influence Gaming Purchases

Game Demos and How They Influence Gaming Purchases

Here it is; the game you have anxiously been waiting for finally has a demo out. You wait for it to finish downloading and you boot it up. You see the title screen and for the next 15-30 minutes you sit playing the latest and greatest in the gaming industry. After the demo ends you put the controller down and think to yourself, “I am not that excited for this game any more.” This happened to me with Dead Space [...]

Today was a bad day

Today was a bad day

Today was a bad day. Last night, hundreds of videogame journalists gathered together and saw Sony announce it’s next-generation console, the PlayStation 4. Today, some of those hundreds are out of a job. It’s always a shame when somebody is let go from their place of employment, especially in tough economic times like these. However, it hits even harder when these people are from the videogame/journalism industry. This is because we are lucky enough to be in an industry were we can [...]