Nicholas Abbate

I'm a graduate from Northeastern University's School of Criminal Justice, and have written for a number of websites on the subject of videogames. My experience in the industry is centered around the legal and social aspects of the interactive game world, and RPGs. In addition I have made it a point to keep a close watch on the current Indie movement within videogames. You can email me at nick@gamejudgment.com or follow my twits and such @Nick_Abbate.

I sat down to my computer on Thursday night with a notebook, a pen and Steam’s client opened on my desktop. I copied the review code we received from Telltale games into the correct box and waited as The Walking Dead Episode 1: A New Day quickly downloaded. This is my normal routine for sure, but I wasn’t expecting to play what is likely one of the best point and click action/interactive titles of the last 10 years. Telltale seems to have got almost everything right in their approach to turning The Walking Dead into a video game. You take control of a story about a man with questionable morals, and shape that… (more…)

Assassin’s Creed III is the first time I’ve been really excited for a game since the last time I was really excited for a game. Point being, I tend to get my hopes up a lot when it comes to video games, but there is more than enough reason to get your hands on this title when it comes out in October. I love history, and when I say love, I mean I devour documentaries and text related to the subject. In fact, I enjoy early U.S. history so much that I took it twice in high school (the only AP class I was ever allowed into). It is such… (more…)

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I first started playing Journey. Developed by thatgamecompany of both Flower and flOw fame, Journey boasts amazing visuals, a minimalist narrative, and a co-op experience that I wish we saw more of in the contemporary videogame world. Journey has you taking on the role of a wanderer in the middle of a desert. In keeping with its less is more nature, the game provides you with no information as to your goals, rather it leaves it up to you to traverse the world. Of course, there are obvious markers along the way that give you a general direction to your next destination… (more…)

I’ve been out of the loop for awhile here at Game Judgment, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been paying attention to the news. Most of you know about the whole Tim Schafer Kickstarter thing that happened,right? Well, two million dollars later and it looks like Double Fine is never going to need a publisher again. That’s all well and good for my man Schafer, but what about the rest of those struggling developers on Kickstarter? Ya know, the kind of guys Kickstarter is actually meant to help. So I got this idea for a reoccurring segment I could do on GameJudgment which features the hard work of indie developers… (more…)

Things have been fairly stressful for me over the last couple of weeks. I’m not going to go into details, but suffice it to say that it has been a hectic time in my life. The few spare moments I have had I’ve spent on precious sleep, and even that has been sporadic at best. The mere thought of having to deal with both PAX East and the Boston Comic-Con in April makes me physically ill. You, however, don’t care about my maladies and whatnot. You’re just here for the meat. It’s been a while since I’ve written up an Indie Analog, but I found a few freeware indie games… (more…)

The Old Republic saw release a little over a week ago and needless to say the numbers have been staggering. I expected the game to do well, but I didn’t expect it to do this well. There is a good chance that Star Wars: The Old Republic may be able to overtake the World of Warcraft in its twilight hours – at least where the casual player is concerned. I myself have let my WoW account fall by the wayside and have to put at least 40 hours into SW:TOR since I got the game. That is a large time commitment for me, especially these days. Despite all the praise… (more…)

I’m back from vacation and while I was away it looks like the internet focused and combined its rage onto a single entity that, in all honesty, appeared to deserve it for once. The events I’m speaking of involved a maltreated customer, a horrible PR rep, and Penny Arcarde. Now, I tend to keep my mouth shut when it comes to Penny Arcade. While they have become a major influence on the video game landscape, I always felt they were primarily a part of the webcomic movement more than anything else. I say that because both videogames and webcomics are tied together on a level that I’m not sure I… (more…)

The first Legend of Zelda game was released in February of 1986. About three months later, I was born. I’ve aged with the series, relishing each new release with the same wonder that I felt when I fell in love with A Link to the Past. Both Link and I are celebrating our 25th year, and while we’ve both come a long way on our respective paths, we have both faltered. Over the years, there has been a disturbing shift in the development of conveyance throughout the game world. Rather than using gameplay to teach a player, developers are just simply telling us what to do and when to do… (more…)

I love a good debate. Not only does it give me reason to spout my nonsensical musings at an unsuspecting audience, but it also gives me the chance to look at a topic from another point of view. Normally, I like to argue for a side I don’t agree  with as it gives me a chance to better understand my philosophical opponents, but this time I’m going to be aiming my weapon in defense of a view in which I harbor a great deal of passion. I’m going to tell you why you should give independent games more than a passing glance. If you’re unsure as to why I’m about to… (more…)

I don’t generally comment on the big Triple ‘A’ titles. Unless I find an angle that I think no one else has thought of (and someone has always thought of it before you), I just consider it a waste of my time. However, after playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 the other day, I figured I might as well chime in anyway. You likely know what this post is going to be about. Yup, the Eiffel Tower. How could they do that to the Statue of Liberty – of France? (Fun Fact: The French Statue of Liberty is actually located near the Grenelle Bridge in Paris.) So that was… (more…)

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