A New Challenger Appears! The Epic Games Store

Just a week ago, I was tipped off about the existence of a digital game store called the Epic Games Store, featuring curated PC games for both Windows and Mac. As a long-time fan of Steam, I was kind of skeptical about the quality of games released on the Epic Games Store, but nonetheless, I’ll give them a fair chance to see if they do provide a better deal to indie developers than their competitors.

In this review, I will be covering what Epic Games has to offer as a platform designed to support developers and the gaming community at large. According to its FAQ page, out of every purchase, developers will receive 88% of the profits generated from selling their games. And I have to admit, it’s a lot easier to set up than the Steam client.

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Why I haven’t Updated as Often

Hey everyone! I haven’t been blogging as frequently because I got accepted for a full-time position at an environmental science lab. I also went back and edited some of my old anime art by referencing a few anatomy tutorials I found on DeviantArt. I did end up creating some Pokémon fanart after finishing the remakes of Gens 1 and 2.

I will be continuing my playthrough of Pokémon Black since Gen 5 changed up the predictable storytelling formula and actually questioned the concept of capturing Pokémon just for the sake of battling. I’m aware Gen 5 received a lot of hate from fans who thought the Pokémon designs were ugly, but I think Pokémon should be judged by its gameplay instead.

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Plant Tycoon Review

Plant Tycoon

Developer: Last Day of Work
Publisher: Same as Above
Released on Sep 27, 2007

Plant Tycoon is my go-to waiting game right before finals week. It is a relaxing gardening simulator where you grow and nurture plants, then crossbreed mature ones to produce new offspring. Being a gardener, the goal is to pollinate different species of plants until you finally discover the six magical plants to restore the ecological balance to the island of Isola.

Genre: Casual Sim

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Does the player make the game complete?

by Paul Gestl

Games let us become heroes of our time. We fight the bad guys, find true love, and save the world, all in a day’s work. But before we do any of that, we have to pick a hairstyle that looks like a badass anime protagonist, hopefully without having to buy any DLCs.

Screenshot by Ryan Somma/CC BY 2.0

Character customization has become a staple of many RPGs and other sorts of games that you wouldn’t expect as an option. But in reality, what does a bunch of attractive aesthetics actually do for players of a game?
From a technical standpoint, next to nothing.

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Is Realism Important in Video Games?

A thoughtful discussion by Paul Gestl

People play video games because they want to experience things they can’t do in real life. But contrary to popular opinion, that doesn’t seem to be the path the current gaming industry is heading towards. This is probably a response to the outcry by mainstream journalists and feminists alike who want to see more relatable female characters.

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