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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Used to be Terrible. Now it's Terrific.
by Todd VanDerWerff
I've watched all of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and at the beginning, it was pretty awful. The show, now well into its second season, has improved drastically and it became some of my favorite weekly viewing. As Vox's Todd VanDerWerff notes, the series "seems designed to turn every single negative on the show into a positive through sheer force of will."
Before 'Firewatch' was a 3D World, it was a Painting
Campo Santo spilled more details about its upcoming Firewatch title back at GDC, including how the game's narrative and visuals started as a single painting from artist Olly Moss.
John Madden Hockey
Real players are rarely content with their ratings in video games. That was the case with EA's beta version of NHLPA Hockey '93: The players realized their 16-bit characters weren't as good as they should've been. To fix the issues, EA took cues from Madden to make the corrections.
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