Category Archives: News

Graphics – Then and Now

Have you ever noticed how the graphics of some games seem to age well in time (Mario Bros. anyone?) and others seem to painfully fossilize? 

What is the key to timeless game content that keeps its player base years after its release?

Probably the best examples of this are online MMORPG’s due to their active community and history online, they compete against other MMORPG’s and will usually update their graphics as time passes by.

A great example of a game that hasn’t needed much graphics update is Nexon’s Free MMO “Maple Story”. 

Maple Story has been able to keep its classic 2D scroller RPG style of play timeless since its release  in May of 2005 and 7 years later its still just as fun to destroy mushroom shaped monsters and enjoy its casual gameplay.

An example of a game that suffered from ageing graphics is one of my favorites, JaGeX’s Free MMO “RuneScape” 

It has since recovered due to its HD graphics and Full Screen option for members, however during its long period of terribly aged graphics (along with the removal of PvP and limited trading options) the game literately lost players buy the millions! 

This brings me to another point, updating a game frequently can be good for all games but if can cause problems when you mess with the delicate balance of innovation and comfort of what players are used to.

As another one of our posters (Rob Carroll) brought to our attention, some game developers *cough* SONY *cough* are trying to eliminate the possibility of  buying used games for a fraction of the price.

I was personally able to buy Modern Warfare 2 for $20 used a while back when it was still selling for $60 new, it worked fine as if it were new but it was about 66% cheaper.

The last thing a needs in order to survive the test of time is a strong community, those who support the game, those who make clans and guilds, those who make YouTube videos, and those who connect with the game developers to bring a stronger alliance of players are essential to keeping them alive and well.

As I end this post I would like to strongly thank Rob Carroll for keeping this gaming blog alive while I have been working on other projects, I am going to return to EnemyHQ but could not have kept it up and running without your support, thank you 🙂

Game Go Into Administration

It was announced yesterday that Game, the UK’s biggest retail chain dedicated to gaming, has gone into administration. Of course it is not certain that this will result in the closing of all of Game’s stores, Indeed there are even rumours circulating that this is part of a plan to create a new company once Game goes under. Whatever the outcome though, this is big news.

I for one love Game, although they may not have the widest selection of games and their queues are often unnecessarily long their games are well priced, their staff are knowledgable and friendly and their reward card is pretty useful. If administration ends up with them closing down then gaming will likely never be the same. Whilst supermarkets may sell games they are not dedicated purely to doing so and so can’t provide the level of guidance that Game could. Parents looking for presents without any real knowledge will find it much harder to buy and if you don’t already know what game you are looking for then there will no longer be a shop to go to be shown what you want.

Aside from this it must also be considered that if Game can go under then why can’t others? What if GameStop goes under in America? What if retailers across Europe go under? Game sales could plummet, retail chains such as Game operate as a great form of advertising, take them away and games just aren’t in the public eye enough.

Whatever happens this is bad news, Game and Gamestation will still be open for the foreseeable future but if they do close there will be nothing to fill the void. They need to come back, change their strategy and start fresh. The gaming world has been changing and the reason Game has gone into administration is because they haven’t changed with it. With the economy crashing Game needed to put more effort into working around people having less money, they needed more emphasis on digital distribution and ultimately they needed to put the same level of effort into staying open as they have done recently under the threat of administration.

I hope they don’t close but they’ll have to make drastic changes to stay open.

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EHQ Mini Giveaway!

Since tomorrow, February 6 is my birthday I thought it would be fun to give you guys a little giveaway!

It’s just a small giveaway but its free and easy to win so hang in there!

We will be giving away 3 apps from the apple appstore for free!

We will “gift” you the app as a code you can redeem to download the app for free on your apple device.

3 different winners will be chosen to select any of the following apps:

Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Seasons, Fruit Ninja, Fruit Ninja Puss in Boots, Cut the Rope, Doodle Jump, Bejeweled, Run Roo Run

Code is a USA iTunes code only, does not work in other countries.

How to enter:

Send me an email to

Jp@enemyhq.com

 

For the email topic set it to “EHQ Birthday Giveaway”

and leave me a little birthday message and tell me what app you want to win from the list if you are chosen 🙂

If you are one of the 3 random winners we will reply and send you the code which you can redeem from your apple device to start downloading your app

Family Guy Online?

Is it going to be “friekin’ sweet” or an epic fail?

This is a very questionable move by fox, is it really such a good idea to take a perfectly good comedy and give it their own online game?

Leave your comments below and tell us what you think!

Bastion Game Review + On Sale!

Today I’d like to bring to your attention a hidden gem if you will, a fun game

that is not that well known… Bastion!

This game is available of different platforms including Xbox Live Market Place (On Sale this week for 600 MS Points) and FREE on Google Chrome Webstore

(Chrome version is not the full version of the game)

Brick-Force

I am happy to announce that the Brick Force closed beta will start Feburary 28th so make sure you hurry up and register for it now!

Register link—–> http://www.brick-force.com/en/registration?fi=ee82c850f4

EnemyHQ Compatible with More Devices!

EHQ launches to more platforms!

Be sure to check out EHQ on all your apple devices including iPads, iPhones, and iTouches!

also works on most mobile phones and smart phones

EHQ now supports a wider variety of platforms!

Capcom Misspells Name of Game on the Box!

Capcom is now aware that they have made a typo error on the spine of the box for their new game “Resident Evil: Revelations”, however they misspelled the word “Revelations” on the box and instead wrote “Revelaitons”. Capcom has announced that they will be correcting this error for all future copies of the game and also that they are working hard to replace copies of the games that gamers purchased and replacing it with a correctly spelled copy.

Will these misspelled copies possibly become rare or collectible? Misspellings such as those found on USA coins can turn out to be worth hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars!

In other news please welcome the newest EHQ blogger, Rob Carroll from RobCarrollGaming.blogspot.com!

If you are interested in joining the EHQ Team then Contact Us on our “Contact Us” page.

WildStar

These videos are both gamescom 2011 so is this possibly another game delaying Guild Wars 2 and if so why is NCSoft working on so many projects at once? Why are they adding games to the list that are waiting to be realeased, Maybe to catch up to other game developers on their amount of games maybe? But all this competition may interfere with their realease of the game that has been in developement for years(Guild Wars 2).

February’s Theme

GuildWars 2

This month EnemyHQ has decided to make our website theme/wallpaper GuildWars 2!

As the month is slowly coming to an end we are updating our site theme as well as announcing that this next month we will have post largely directed at the news of GuildWars 2 beta and other GuildWars 2 related topics.

We will not be posting just about GuildWars 2 so do not fear, we still have a wide variety of topics planned for the site.

In other news, the EnemyHQ 1337 mini site is temporarily down due to the switch from enemyhq.wordpress.com to enemyhq.com

When EnemyHQ 1337 is back up we will release the new GuildWars 2 EHQ wallpaper for download to use on your own computer!

Til’ then we’re looking forward to a great new month, full of gaming at EHQ!