April, 2019

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What if WB and Disney swapped comic book universes?

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Ross Hersemann has been a long time friend to Sugar Gamers. He’s a fellow Chicagoan and nerd of all trades. The two of us share a special bond over our love of Halo and as you can see, Deloreans. Ross is a lawyer I have enlisted to tackle a subject I have ranted about many times, the old chestnut of fan art for sale. I think the medium of …

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After scrolling through Netflix looking for anything to stimulate me, I stumbled across “Playing Hard.” A documentary focused on the development cycle of Ubisoft’s For Honor by director Jean-Simon Chariter. Chartier admitted he never had a huge interest in video games but given that Ubi is local to his neighborhood, he jumped in. Jason VandenBerghe, the game’s industry veteran creative director, takes front seat. There is also focus placed …

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Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory: a darkly humorous CRPG, adapted from the tabletop role-playing game created by Dan Gelber, Greg Costikyan and Eric Goldberg.

Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory: a darkly humorous CRPG, adapted from the tabletop role-playing game created by Dan Gelber, Greg Costikyan and Eric Goldberg.

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This past Friday I spoke to students at Colombia College Chicago about narrative design in games. I was invited by the AlphaLab program which has been making strides to introduce students to ALL aspects of game design as well as business acumen. I was inspired by these students for multiple reasons. For one, I was painting a rather bleak picture, as I often do because opportunities in narrative design …

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Zoinks! MK’s signature big boobies are gone! How did this happen?! Who would do such a thing?! Here’s a better question: What is Mortal Kombat without big jugs? Full disclosure, I was a QA tester on Mortal Kombat X, and I can say from personal experience that Mortal Kombat is far more than ample cleavage and always has been. Though I worked on an MK title, that doesn’t mean …

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April 2019 - Sugar Gamers