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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 05/26/24 at 03:25 PM CT

Welcome back to another look into the near future! As June approaches, it’s time for us to prepare, once again, for the annual Summer Games Drought. Of course, an industry that still primarily caters to young people (or the young at heart) has always reduced new releases to a trickle when said target audience has the most free time and said target audience’s parents are most feverishly on the...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 05/19/24 at 03:04 PM CT

In a shocking move that I never believed would happen, Apple – the creator of Walled Garden App Ecosystems whose own walls are some of the highest, widest, and thickest in the industry – has officially decided that emulation is acceptable inside the walls.

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 05/12/24 at 03:06 PM CT

This past week, Sony revealed that a number of PlayStation Exclusives with Steam ports would require PC players to link a PSN account to their existing Steam account to continue accessing online multiplayer features. The backlash was immediate, immense, and unrelenting,

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 05/05/24 at 04:00 PM CT

Recent data from the TV and movie industries have shown that, when given access to the entire depth of said media, viewers tend to gravitate to older stuff, leaving modern shows to flop and flail, unable to recoup their multi-million-dollar budgets, let alone become the type of

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/28/24 at 03:30 PM CT

Welcome back to another look into the near future! April Showers bring May Flowers… but I’m not sure what April Tornados and April Hail bring… from the looks of things, they bring ports, shovelware, and yet another month of overall crappy game releases. Let’s dissect this dead frog!

The shovelware is moderately deep. I think we can get by with

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/23/24 at 04:38 PM CT

In recent memory, it seemed that gaming consolidation was inevitable, as Big Corporations snatched up every smaller or Indie studio they could, building their IP portfolios while doing nothing with said IP. The consolidation phase of Late Stage Corporatist Gaming culminated with the

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/14/24 at 03:19 PM CT

Oh, what new Hell is this? Mere weeks after Yves Guillemot of Ubisoft caused MeltedJoystick’s CTO, Nick, to collapse in a fit of catatonia with his insistence on coining the term ‘

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 04/07/24 at 03:22 PM CT

Alack and alas, E3 has gone the way of the dodo, and in lieu of that week-long orgy of advertisements, announcements, and Industrial Gaming propaganda, it seems that Gaming as a whole has decided to make do with the Games Developer Conference instead. Previou...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 03/31/24 at 04:23 PM CT

Welcome back to another look into the near future! It turns out that Christopher would have seen his shadow if he wasn’t staring so intently at his phone, so we’ve been saddled with 6 more weeks of Wintry weather. April is upon us, and I still have to keep my furnace turned on at night… so… thanks, Global Warming?

Sadly, videogame releases have become far more predictable than t...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 03/24/24 at 02:49 PM CT

Back in those halcyon days before the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global socio-political fallout, the Crew at MeltedJoystick was super-excited about our new favorite RPG studio being tapped by Wizards of the Coast and parent company Hasbro to create the next big Dungeons & Dragons cRPG… and the fact that it was going ...

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