Articles from OctaVariuM

  1. Clash Royale: Micro-Transactions Done Right

    In this article, I offer up a mini-review of the new Supercell game, Clash Royale, which appeared on the Play Store and Apple Store on March 1st.
  2. Mobile/Handheld Gaming: What Happened, and Where Can We Go From Here?

    In this article, I discuss my love of mobile/handheld gaming as a child, and my disappointment with it as an adult. I offer a few suggestions for fixes, but I'm not trying to save the industry or anything.
  3. A Few Trends in Gaming That Need to Go Away

    In my opinion, there are quite a few things that the gaming industry could do without. So, I highlight a few in this article.
  4. Siege's Server Issues Are Starting to Bitter the Experience

    The connectivity problems players have been experiencing while playing Rainbow Six: Siege lately are starting to ruin the fun for fans of the game.
  5. Temptation: Falling in love before I even know your name

    Sometimes darkness gets the best of me, and often times when it does, video games are to blame.
  6. Top 5 Multiplayer Experiences of 2015

    2015 saw a great deal of games being released, a lot of which were exceedingly popular multiplayer games. Included in this list are my interpretation of this year's top multiplayer experiences, which I narrowed down to five of my favorites!
  7. Dark Souls II Closed Beta

    Today, Namco Bandai Games in Europe announced that there will be a closed beta for Dark Souls II available on the PlayStation Network (on the PS3). The beta, which as of right now has no registration page, is set to begin on October 5th for players in North America and Europe. As mentioned in the press release, Namco Bandai states that, "The depth of the DARK SOULS II Closed-Beta experience will truly test players’ skill, intestinal fortitude, and their sheer will to survive. The DARK...
  8. League of Legends 3.9 patch discussion

    League of Legends is one of the most popular multiplayer games right now, with people streaming constantly on Twitch, a dedicated YouTube following, and the official forums flooded with daily traffic. Still, it seems the new 3.9 patch has gone relatively under the radar with all of the Jayce nerfing in PBE (the public beta testing version of LoL) news...and of course the endless coverage of Lucian (the new champion due to be released in a month or so). As a result, I thought I'd...
  9. [News & Opinion] Sony says that a majority of gamers want physical games

    Recently, Sony Senior Vice President Guy Longworth talked with GamesIndustry and revealed a lot about us gamers that even we didn't know. For example, one of the main highlights of the interview was when Guy stated that, "It's clear that the vast majority of the people want to go down to GameStop or Best Buy, they don't want to buy it online right now." This is kind of an interesting statement. Of course, it should be noted that Guy was most likely just echoing the E3 vibe the...
  10. (Short article) Sony unveils a lot during conference, but...

    I really like him, but... This game is awesome, but... Hey guys, here's games from our new console, our new controller, and even promises from game developers on what to expect, but...we're not going to show you the console. Did anyone else find this a little odd? I was very impressed with what Sony had to offer its fans, and more importantly its critics during the conference that just ended tonight, but I was very surprised that they offered SO much information, but left out the...
  11. Sony will not announce the "PS4" this month

    There has been a lot of talk lately about the "PS4" and when it will be released. There is a lot of information, most of it false, running around on various sites, and while many feel they are pure rumors, one in particular gained a lot of ground as of late, and as it turns out, it's false as well. The rumor in question surrounds the February 20th event that Sony announced with the help of the Wall Street Journal. Within this news, the Wall Street Journal said that this would be an...
  12. Halo 5 being developed by 343 potentially for the Xbox 720

    It's not exactly surprising to hear 343 studios speaking up about the next Halo in the series. After all, they have been fielding more questions in the last few months than the studio has during its entire lifetime. With the release of Halo 4 just days away, we now have some information on the next game, titled, unsurprisingly, Halo 5. Franchise development director Frank O'Conner spoke with the Seattle Times on Wednesday, and he offered some insight on the game's progress. He commented...
  13. Yet Another Sony Hack Occurs

    A day ago, Sony released a new firmware update for the PlayStation 3. No one expected much of it, but the firmware, which was initially released to help fight off hacked consoles, ended up causing yet another security nightmare for Sony. As Eurogamer mentions, " The release of the new custom firmware - and the LV0 decryption keys in particular - poses serious issues. While Sony will almost certainly change the PSN passphrase once again in the upcoming 4.30 update, the reveal of the LV0 key...
  14. Halo 4 Leaks (Legendary Ending and Prologue)

    Let me start off this thread by saying that I WILL NOT be giving away any details about Halo 4 in this article. If you want to see what actually happens in the game, I direct your attention to the link at the bottom of the post. Please try and keep all comments about the game restricted to spoiler tags if you wish to literally spoil something. Any content you read from members cannot be guaranteed to contain no Legendary ending/prologue spoilers. Anyway, as you must have guessed by that,...
  15. Gamestop leaks BLOPS 2 Wave 4 Preorder Bonuses

    Many fans of Black Ops 2 have been waiting to find out what they will be getting from their Black Ops 2 preorders from Gamestop since they have been rather secretive so far. Well, fortunately for those fans, Gamestop has leaked the bonuses that will be given to those preorderers. Essentially, fans have to pick from three options: a multiplayer player card background, a land/sea/ and air sweepstakes entry, and Kawasaki sweepstakes (for what looks like a four wheel all-terrain vehicle)....
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