Erik Howe, Sidelines Analyst
Erik Howe

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I'm an attorney with a great deal of experience across multiple video game genres.
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2 years ago

Mass Effect Andromeda: A hype train worth jumping on?

So, this article may be a bit premature but I'm a Mass Effect fanboy so I'm going to write it anyway. The real issue with this game is whether or not we can expect Bioware to correct the ...

Can old games be revitalized?

I've thought about this experience on a number of occasions, but it seems odd that when you reflect on your "gaming career" that so many fond memories can be jarred by actually going back and trying to relive them ...

No Man's Sky: What am I missing?

No Man's Sky, for the uninformed, is an upcoming title that promises a space sim romp through an unprecedentedly huge galaxy which is all procedurally generated. The game itself has an impressive setup to introduce prospective players to its ...

Massive Chalice: A chance worth taking?

Hello everyone and welcome to what I hope to make a recurring feature in my own particular writing: Game Reviews. I think we can all appreciate game reviews from a "see/learn it before we buy it" standpoint. In that ...

Has the Indie Developer experiment been good for gaming?

I've been playing video games for around twenty years in some fashion or another. It all started with relatively educational games (Math Blaster and Reader Rabbit for those interested) and slowly advanced into RPGs, RTSs, and then about everything ...

3 years ago

What makes a gamer?

During the interview to become a sidelines contributor, @Patrick Zimmerman asked what I thought was quite an interesting question. What game started you on the path that lead to being a gamer? I don't know that before that point ...

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2 years ago

@Michael Loving I agree with the different race thing. I'm not sure why they're holding that back as a possibility, but I'm fairly certain they've said that the main character will be human again. I guess ...

I think grinding is just a byproduct of game developers attempting to add more content to pad the "X hours of gameplay" advertisement statistic. In the past, it took the form of endless repeating random battles in the vein of ...

@Daniel'Rivas vas Muldoon and @Patrick Zimmerman I enjoy both those ideas. While it was fun being the badass commando in Shephard, I'd really like to have more of an outlaw vibe from this new one. Maybe an independent ...

I'd echo @Andrew Mittleman for the most part. The class storylines (8 in total) vary wildly in how interesting they are. The Sith Warrior and Imperial Agent were, in my opinion, well done. Conversely, I thought the Bounty Hunter ...

@Patrick Zimmerman I think you'll be excited then as I'm relatively certain the game is going to have an entirely new cast. They've already confirmed that Cmdr. Shepard won't be in the game. And the game ...

I think there's a fundamental difference between a flop due to poor mechanics/implementation and one that is a flop due to it just being a bad game. I think the first is a much more real concern in ...

I mentioned this in another article, but my experience has largely been like your own. I find that going back to try and rehash those old games usually just ends in frustration and me wishing for either a more recent ...

@Daniel Rona I don't want to paint too broad a stroke, but regardless of whether they intended those graphics or not it still comes off as lazy to me in almost all cases. Are there games that are good ...

@Ashley Muldoon I'm right there with you on the FF7 hype train. Oddly enough, I don't particularly enjoy playing Final Fantasy games, but I really enjoy watching them, so I'm most excited to watch someone else play ...

@Max Zaleski That's pretty interesting. I'd heard that Gamestop was getting into the retro market. I'm curious though how sustainable it's going to be. My biggest issues with older games is that, from a technical standpoint ...

I'm going to add Emperor Palpatine to this list. Despite having one of the most convoluted and confusing plans in the history of being a villain he managed to dismantle a galactic republic which had stood for 25,000 ...

I agree with @Michael Loving and @Max Zaleski. Perspective is all about the genre for me. In games where I'm part of a narrative and I put time and effort into the character than I prefer to be able ...

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