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2018 [IRL]

[Next year] is almost upon us, and I thought I’d give [current year] a proper send-off by going through the various highlights and disappointments I encountered in the past 12 months.

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Slush 2018

I recently visited Finland to attend Slush and talk to some foreign investors about our funding round in January 2019. It was my first time at the tech conference, and I had a blast: The event is jam packed with networking opportunities, the quality of people you meet is stellar, and Helsinki is just a lovely city (if a bit cold).

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 [Switch]

SEGA treated us to an unlikely cult classic when Valkyria Chronicles hit the shelves all those years ago. A decade later, I’m playing what feels like a planned content expansion that got discovered just now after mysteriously vanishing in the archives. Is that bad? Let’s find out.

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Generation MTX

For the uninitiated, MTX stands for microtransactions which have become a topic of somewhat heated discussion over the past few years. The release of Battlefront 2, generally considered the tipping point, sparked a large amount of consumer backlash prompting EA to backpedal on their in-game monetization.

In this post, I’d like to present my personal view on the matter and hopefully clarify some misconceptions.

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Valkyria Chronicles [Switch]

These events would tell a story of tragedy hidden in the mists of time. A story of courage and trust, of persecution and hate… and of love blooming, even through the face of war. What follows is a record of this conflict, and of those who fought, lived, and died.

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Super Mario Party [Switch]

With Mario Party 9, the iconic couch PvP series ditched the ruthless winner-takes-all gameplay in favor of making everyone feel like a loser in a crappy wagon mode that nobody asked for. I’m pleased to report that Super Mario Party is a return to form with proper boards, classic rules, and plenty of 4 player shenanigans.

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Devcom 2018

Another year, another game developer conference. This was the first time I attended Devcom, and I have to say it’s a pretty good replacement for the now defunct GDC EU. There’s a decent selection of speakers, and the attendees come from all sectors of the games industry which gives the event a slightly less corporate feeling. The on-site catering service is still pretty lackluster though, and I sorely miss Respawn.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe [Switch]

Nintendo went above and beyond porting Mario Kart 8 to the Switch, and despite the impressive amount of polish I can still clearly recognize the game I fell in love with all those years ago. This is without a doubt the definitive Mario Kart experience: Pure, simple and fun.

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A Day as Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance in the context of game development is sometimes seen as a dream job from the outside where gamers get paid to play fun games. Having spent time in the QA chair, I thought I’d shed some light on the profession.

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