Lane Pushers vs MOBAs

The term 'MOBA' is one that's really bugged me recently as I've begun trying out a few, what I call, 'Lane Pusher' games. MOBA supposedly means "Multiplayer Online Battle Arena" - which to me sounds like it would mean anything where there were two teams of more than 1 a side, all battling online in … Continue reading Lane Pushers vs MOBAs


Competitive Gaming 123

Call of Duty: Soccer Ops

We've written so much here on Agoners about competitive gaming, as per our definitions, that I thought it might be useful to re-state a few things in a single article. A bit of a re-statement of our beliefs; a competitive gaming manifesto if you like. Gaming design for competitive gaming should always mean these three … Continue reading Competitive Gaming 123

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing – Review

Title: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Format: XBox 360 Reviewer: Remy77077 Approximate Time Spent playing at time of writing: 29 hours Modes of play: Single Player, 2-4 Player Split-screen Offline Competitive, Online 2-8 player Competitive, Online Leaderboards At some point playing Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing I realised exactly why I've never been able to … Continue reading Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing – Review


The Revealing Use of Walkthrough Guides

There are a number of ways to tell how and why people play videogames and what type of player they are - are they an Agoner - an actual gamer - playing entertainment software as actual games and challenges for the kinds of reasons we discuss here, or is it for something else? The excellent Brainhex … Continue reading The Revealing Use of Walkthrough Guides


Agoners Game Critiques

Agoners has now posted up it's entire review method and criteria for when we critique games. It's found under our Reviews section at the top, you should definitely check it out here! 🙂


Why I hate level up systems

Time to grind!

As soon as I see people selling pre-levelled up characters and gear, or selling in game gold and the ilk  then I know something has gone badly wrong with a game. If a portion of a game is so bad and boring that people are willing to buy their way into not playing it, that's a red … Continue reading Why I hate level up systems


The Beautiful Game


This video encapsulates so much of what us "gamers" are trying to fight against. For a report that is supposed to be showing us the flip-side of our perceptions of gaming she still manages to start the report with: "If your parents ever told you that computer games would rot your brains" and ending with: "A … Continue reading The Beautiful Game


Fourts and Chaos Part 2: Street Fighter IV and Variety, Viability and Balance

(Continued from Part 1) Part 2: Variety, Viability and Balance Street Fighter IV is often said to have really good balance between characters. It's current tier listing shows it isn't too bad at least as fighting games go - 53 points between top and bottom, 25 characters (2.12 per character). Although HDR's current tier listing shows the … Continue reading Fourts and Chaos Part 2: Street Fighter IV and Variety, Viability and Balance