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‘Yooka-Laylee’: Pre-Alpha Toybox Preview

Daniel Philion
Since the disappointing release of Mighty No. 9 last month, there’s naturally been an increase in weariness over other crowd-funded games fueled by nostalgic properties. Fortunately, the veteran developers at Playtonic Games have calmed those fears by releasing their pre-alpha build [named “Toybox”] of Yooka-Laylee to backers of the project.
Features Headlines Spotlight on Women

The Lack of Representation of Older Women in Games

Daniel Philion
There’s a notably absent feature in Xenoblade Chronicles X’s character creation system that demonstrates an ongoing trend in the gaming industry regarding female characters. No, it has nothing to do with not being able to customize your avatar’s breast size in the North American release. The issue instead relates to
Features Headlines Paper Mario Spotlight

‘Paper Mario: Sticker Star’ – A Case Study in Failing your Franchise

Daniel Philion
Super Paper Mario’s main gameplay hook involved swapping dimensions to show how different perspectives can yield two fundamentally different realities. In the 2D view, a series of blocks surrounding a door would hinder your progress, while the 3D view reveals that the blocks are actually disjointed and you can easily
Headlines Rare Spotlight

‘Yooka-Laylee’ and six design choices we hope Playtonic Games implements

Daniel Philion
I backed Yooka-Laylee within hours of it being revealed by a group of former Rareware developers [now calling themselves “Playtonic Games” ]. I grew up on Rare’s 3D platformers, and the possibility of game industry veterans making a spiritual sequel to Banjo-Kazooie has me legitimately more excited than any other