ARTICLES 25 Nov 2017­ by Jay Shaw

Jay Talks: Loot Boxes and Assorted Industry BS

Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion, it will be a rant. There will be swearing and I will say things that will offend. If you don't like that idea, don't read it. It doesn't necessarily reflect the standpoint of Pixel Judge as an entity and doesn't impact our impartial coverage. Loot boxes have recently become…
ARTICLES 30 Oct 2017­ by Jay Shaw

PlayExpo Manchester 2017 Indie Games Showcase

This year we took our first trip to Replay Events PlayExpo Manchester to check out the indies on offer. We met some interesting people, played some games, hung out with some developers and generally had a good time. Before we begin I'd like to give a big thank you to all the indie developers that…
ARTICLES 25 Oct 2017­ by L Coulsen

EA – A Brutal and Visceral Experience

Good 'ole Electronic Arts are up to their old tricks again. Buying yet another studio, only to shut it down when they don't like what it's doing. Well, actually, about that, there are a few things to be cleared up first. Most importantly, EA didn't buy Visceral, they made it. It's a studio that actually…
ARTICLES 21 Oct 2017­ by L Coulsen

You Can’t Spell Humble Without IGN

So IGN bought Humble. And it went down about as well as you would expect. With more than a few people declaring 10/10: won't buy again. A liberal dose of hyperbole all around, I'm sure, but there's also a grain of truth to it. Now, IGN have assured us that their acquisition will not result…
ARTICLES 09 Oct 2017­ by L Coulsen

So, About That Infamous EU Piracy Report

By now, I'm sure we're all aware that the EU commissioned a study regarding potential impacts piracy might have on media. You know the deal, things like downloading music from BeeMP3 (is that even still going?) or the latest Disney film from the Pirate Bay. All that good stuff. A debate that has been going…
ARTICLES 05 Aug 2017­ by K-putt

Let’s Talk About Walking Simulators

If you’ve never heard of 'Walking Simulators' before, it’s a game “genre” where you get to walk from point A to B with lots of story in between. Usually while not doing much else. Though I personally feel that by calling this genre 'Walking Simulators', we're doing most of these games a disservice. Some games…
ARTICLES 07 Jun 2017­ by L Coulsen

Steam Direct: Greenlight’s Red Light

Farewell Steam Greenlight, we barely knew thee. Nor, it seems, did all that many of us wish to know thee. Though I found it to be a rather intriguing system with a great deal of potential personally, the Steam community response was primarily negative. As such, Greenlight has now been officially laid to rest, and…
ARTICLES 08 May 2017­ by L Coulsen

When Valve Got Steamy in the Living Room

Having been available for a year and half, following the November 2015 launch, now seems like a good time to reflect on Valve's invasion of the living room. Granted, in my case, my PC is already in the living room and hooked up to my TV, so I've been making use of the latter mostly…
ARTICLES 02 Apr 2017­ by L Coulsen

For Honor, Paid Unlocks and Investing Your Time in a Game

Those who want to unlock absolutely everything in For Honor, including all cosmetic items, all characters, equipment and so on. Assuming you want to buy everything, with real world money, before playing the game for the first time, you're looking at $732 on top of the $60 to purchase the game. If you're not so…
ARTICLES 13 Feb 2017­ by L Coulsen

Steam Direct: Greenlight, Indie Devs and the Future

Since its inception, Steam Greenlight has been much maligned by a significant chunk of the Steam community. Many seeing it as nothing more than a massive floodgate opening to allow all the shittiest shitty shite in the universe to make its way into their Steam libraries. Now, putting aside the fact you, y'know, have to…
ARTICLES 03 Nov 2016­ by David Pink

Steam Cracking Down on “False” Image Advertising…

Valve has been busy the last few months with plans to give their Steam platform a bit of an overhaul, most recently with the Steam Review System itself, the controversy that followed and its timely resolution. While the previous update had its purpose, it ultimately didn’t affect me, since I personally don’t put much stock into any…
ARTICLES 19 Oct 2016­ by Sawyer Scherbenske

Street Fighter from East to West

Happy birthday Street Fighter! To celebrate your 29th birthday and Street Fighter V’s full character roster, let’s go down memory lane. Let’s talk about the past and present of Capcom’s premier series, how it’s traveled from Japan to the west, and how a small, pixelated, redheaded Japanese man became the beefy warrior we know as…
ARTICLES 22 Sep 2016­ by Stephen Haselden

Steam Tackles Bogus Reviews (Updated)

Update (22 Sep, 2016): Steam have been listening. Complaints about the user reviews scores have prompted Valve to change the default rating for each game from the “Steam Purchase” only score to the ‘All’ score. If however, you prefer to see just the Steam Purchased reviews or just the ‘Key Activated’ reviews, then simply scroll…
ARTICLES 24 May 2016­ by Stephen Haselden

Paradox Reacts to Racism

I relate gaming to “going round a friend’s house”, I’m there to kick back, have fun, and crush my enemy into dust. Telling people my world view/ideology is just rude under the circumstance. But politics creeps into everything eventually. Paradox have recently been dragged into “making a political statement”. Let's be clear here, they were…