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Free Games that Shaped New Sub-Genres!

Free Games that Shaped New Sub-Genres!

Just as there are no new stories, you can also claim that there's no new games. However, it does not mean it isn't fascinating to look back and see where the subgenres that are popular today have their roots. Now, I am not going to claim that these are the deepest roots, but I am going to select some games and talk about them and their impact. Best of all, all the old games I am going to list can be played today, legally, for free! That's right, take a trip down memory lane and relive the games that may...

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First Blood's - Blood in The Streets Dota 2 Tournament

First Blood's - Blood in The Streets Dota 2 Tournament

Blood in The Streets (B.I.T.S.) is a new European tournament to hit the Dota 2 scene, with seven teams invited and one gaining entry via a People’s Choice Qualifier. B.I.T.S is a double elimination best of three tournament, with a best of five grand finale and a $5000 prize pool. We here at Antlion are proud to be sponsoring this first-time event as a main sponsor and want to continue to support the Dota 2 community!   From the start the hype around this tournament has been interesting, with the disbanded Ninjas In Pajamas originally keeping their spot and changing...

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It's all a (Game) Balancing Act

It's all a (Game) Balancing Act

Before I was the marketing guy here at Antlion I spent 14 years running a marketing and consulting company for games. In that time I consulted closely on a number of fascinating sides of the game industry, including being the guy who picked which games got published and which got rejection letters (All the power was mine to hold!), the monetization strategy of games, I even got to be lead designer on a few titles by some strange twist of fate later in my career. One thing I always loved consulting on were game balance issues. Understanding game balance is...

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Echolocation Games & Simultaneous Invention

Echolocation Games & Simultaneous Invention

In society and technology it happens, sometimes, that two or more people/cultures create the same thing at more or less the same time. It's called Simultaneous Invention. This too happens in games, where suddenly the technology, the past products, and the right circumstances create several games of the same "new" genre to magically appear all at once. This is typically followed by a long and drawn out argument of who was first, but in the end, history will remember the game that does best, which is not always the one who finished first. History aside, it came to my attention...

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Safety in a new world of games

Safety in a new world of games

My mother used to yell at me about the dangers of video games. “You’re sitting too close to the TV!” was a pretty common shout I’d hear from the top of the stars. You can’t even SEE the TV from the top of the stairs! Not that she was wrong… mom radar is a weird thing. However, other than a severe case of Nintendo Thumb I never considered gaming a risky endeavor. With the rise of Pokemon Go there’s been a lot of articles covering safety while gaming in AR. From muggings to car accidents the simply fact is distracted...

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