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November 20, 2015

Interview: ESA Reps Talk Start Democracy

After posting our recent analysis of Start Democracy – an online effort to register gamers to vote coordinated by the Video Game Voters Network (VGVN) – APGNation reached out to two representatives of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Reed Albers (left) and Rich Taylor (right). We asked them about the origins, objectives and successes of Start Democracy, which you can read below.


APGN: You and Mr. Taylor are representatives of the ESA. What are your roles within the ESA, and what is the ESA’s connection to the [...]

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November 6, 2015

“See You Space Cowboy!” An interview with Wendee Lee

This past weekend I was lucky enough to sit down with actress Wendee Lee at the Anime USA convention in downtown Washington D.C. in an interview made possible by the excellent work of the convention staff and management. I would like to thank each and every one of them for making this interview giving me the chance to conduct this interview, and to Miss Lee herself for taking time to sit down with APGNation.

Wendee Lee is perhaps best known for her role as Faye Valentine, the female lead of the ever popular anime Cowboy Bebop, but has also voiced a number of other well-known figures in the anime universe. In recent years, she has provided the voice of Queen Serenity from [...]

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August 28, 2015

Should Nintendo Get Out Of the Home Console Game?

I’m someone who grew up with Nintendo. My first home console was the NES, and my first portable was the original Gameboy. But with each successive console generation, the magic that the big N once held for me began to vanish. The company that once played host to great developers like Square Soft, Capcom, and more began to fold in on itself, creating a home console environment that more or less told gamers: “Do you love our first-party properties? Because if you don’t, then we haven’t got squat for you here.” And despite being a trend that started nearly two decades ago with the Nintendo 64, to this day Nintendo has coasted along on the secure wave of [...]

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July 2, 2015

Stone Age Gods: An Interview with Flintlock Studios, Makers of Lithic

This month, Flintlock Studios has unleashed their newest creation – Lithic – upon Kickstarter. In this RTS/RPG/god-game hybrid, players take on the role of a powerful creator spirit who must guide one of four tribes of stone-age humanoids to develop their civilization and conquer the world!  To learn a bit more about Lithic, we sat down with Tom and John from Flintlock Studios for an exclusive interview about their latest project.

APGNation First, could you tell us a bit about your company, development team, and how you came up with the idea for Lithic?

Tom: We started Flintlock in September 2013 though for just short of a year we were brainstorming and [...]

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July 1, 2015

Interview with Pontus Lundén of Double Zero One Zero; Developer of The Westport Independent

APGNation’s Nick Bayer had the pleasure of speaking with Pontus Lundén of Double Zero One Zero, Swedish developer of the upcoming newspaper simulation game, The Westport Independent. In this exclusive interview, Pontus Lundén talks about the creative process and inspirations for the historically-based game. Check it out below:

APGNation: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions regarding your upcoming game, The Westport Independent. Can you introduce the members of the Westport team and the roles each of you fill?

Pontus Lundén: My name is Pontus Lundén, I’m a designer, artist, composer and writer at Double Zero One Zero. The second [...]

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June 17, 2015

E3 2015: Interview with Daniel Vávra on Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Update: Added one more question that was asked after the interview -ED.

APGNation’s Garrett Bridges had a chance to sit down with Daniel Vávra, co-founder of Warhorse Studios, to talk about and play some of their upcoming game Kingdom Come: Deliverance at E3.

Vávra gave us the inside scoop, talking about how massive his studio plans for the in-game world to be, with the current Alpha taking over five hours to complete. Every area of the game is based on real places, and the player can perform many immersive role play actions; Vávra even describing a grave-digging (maybe even grave robbing?) mechanic. He also confirmed that horse customization will be in the game, [...]

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June 15, 2015

E3 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider Release Set for November 10th, 2015

During the Microsoft E3 conference just moments ago, Crystal Dynamics showed off new gameplay from the upcoming title, Rise of the Tomb Raider. The new gameplay trailer showed Lara exploring a snowy mountaintop during a chaotic blizzard. It appears as though the exciting running, climbing, and quicktime events make a return. While combat gameplay was not shown off, a quick look at some combat and puzzles was shown as well.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is set for release November 10th, 2015.



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June 7, 2015

DOTA 2 The International Prize Pool Breaks 12 Million Dollars. Largest eSports Prize Pool Ever

Yesterday, the crowdfunded prizepool for The International 2015, the massive yearly tournament for Dota 2, breached the 12 million dollars mark. This milestone not only decimates the previous year’s prize pool of  10.9 million dollars  but sets the record for the largest prize pool in any single eSports tournament in history. With nearly two full months of continued crowdfunding before the main event it’s anyone’s guess as to what the final prize pool will be.

Source: http://dota2.prizetrac.kr/international2015

The prize pool for The International is driven by players purchasing cosmetics, treasures, and purchasing a compendium, [...]

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June 5, 2015

Kingdom Come: Deliverance to Unveil Combat at E3

Warhorse studios posted a cinematic trailer teasing the reveal of their first-person melee combat system for the realistic medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Up until now the alpha has included alchemy, bow shooting, and lock picking with the meaty combat of the game absent. The cinematic trailer below gives some nice flavor and feel, but we must wait until E3 to possibly see a game trailer to view the combat in true form.

Warhorse Studios describes Kingdom Come: Deliverance as “A first-person, open-world, realistic RPG that will take you to the Medieval Europe in a time of upheaval and strife” with a major emphasis on historical accuracy, open-world [...]

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June 2, 2015

Bethesda Hints at Possible Fallout 4

This morning the official Bethesda Twitter account linked to a countdown page that strongly hints of an announcement related to the prolific Fallout series.  The page features a background image typical of that of the Fallout series as well as a countdown timer set to end at 10 AM Eastern Standard Time tomorrow. With the E3 Expo mere weeks away it’s a pretty popular guess that the countdown may be referring to the announcement of Fallout 4.

Fallout: New Vegas, the latest Fallout title released in 2010

The Fallout series takes place in a post-apocalyptic American setting, where the populace of the United States managed to survive by taking [...]

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