Overwatch Adding New “Hero 27” Soon

It seems things are progressing quite smoothly in the development of Overwatch’s soon-to-be newest additions: the currently unnamed “Hero 27.” In an interview released last Friday, Jeff Kaplan talked at length about the Overwatch team’s hero development process. He took time to discuss how internal testing worked, how they decide when a hero is ready…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats – The Golden Age of Halo 3 Rocket Race

I’ve talked about Halo 3 quite a bit over the years. What can I say? It’s my all-time favorite online multiplayer game. It’s over 10 years old now, but it offered its players more depth of play than any of today’s big  multiplayer titles. It had several playlists for its competitive and casual fans to…

Who Knew Mixing Puzzle Games Could Be So Much Fun?

What would you expect to get when mixing two different puzzle games together? Chaos? An exercise in sheer and utter frustration? A really good excuse to break a controller? How about one of the most surprisingly entertaining party games to come out in the last couple of years? Believe it or not, Puyo Puyo Tetris…

Listmas 2016: Five Uproariously Fun Multiplayer Games

The holidays are almost here and you’ve decided that you want to host some of your friends at your place for the occasion. You’ve got the food figured out and are confident that everyone will be willing to talk, but what are you all actually going to do at this party? Well, you could always…

Working to be Competitive

Destiny’s “Rise of Iron” expansion is finally out and with it comes new things to do and new gear to acquire! I’ve already played through the story and am looking forward to the new “Wrath of the Machine” raid, but what I’ve got my eye on are all the really flashy items to be awarded in…

Playing Games of the Past in the Present, or, Ready Player Two?

It’s easy to forget that the video game industry hasn’t been around forever. In terms of mass producing games, it hasn’t even reached the half-century mark. (I cite Pong [1972] as the first mass-produced game – the choice is debatable.) And in terms of its competitors in the “sports and leisure” Trivial Pursuit category, such…

Hategame: The Adventures of Cookie & Cream

(This article was edited from the original, How Two Bunnies Nearly Ruined My Life, which appeared on Recollections of Play, 11/29/11.) Thinking back on the video games I’ve played, I realize that “hate” is a pretty rare and strong word in my gaming vocabulary.  I’ve played bad games, uninteresting games, and great games that just…

Why Are Multiplayer Games So Forgettable?

Image from Flickr User: BagoGames Why is it so difficult for a multiplayer game to hold the attention of the gaming populace? Many of us who’ve been gaming for a few years can list plenty of single-player games that left an impact one way or another, but despite the apparent popularity of multiplayer games (shooters…

Whaddya mean you played a game together??

If you follow me here on UWG, you may have caught an article I wrote last year in which I outlined how my husband and I, though gamers we be, don’t generally play games together. We both like different kinds of games, we have different play styles, sometimes we get a little too competitive, and…