Hit Points by Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown
A newsletter about games and the game industry, from writer, consultant and former Edge editor Nathan Brown
Created 21 Apr 2021
  • #84: Everything but the game
    20 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    [Hello and welcome to the final Hit Points of 2021. There’s something I’d like your help with today, so please do stick around to the end for details. Thank you!] First up, apologies for the lack of a...
  • #83: Ring out
    15 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 2 2
    Did you get the Red Ring Of Death? I think we all did, didn’t we. It was sort of a rite of passage in the Xbox 360 era, and I remember all too painfully the day my launch-wave console finally bit the ...
  • #82: End times
    13 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 5 1
    It is often said that all games are miracles. How else to describe this magical collision of art and science? Phenomenally talented artists, doing things in days or weeks I could never do in a thousan...
  • #81: And the winner is...
    10 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Premiere /ˈprɛmɪɛː/ noun the first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a film. Sorry, just thought that might be helpful to some of you today. I do not want to spend to...
  • #80: Nothing for money
    08 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 6 1
    Happy Halo Infinite day! Sort of! What a distinctly weird release for one of the biggest games of 2021. Delayed by a year, then arriving in tranches — its brilliant multiplayer beta, with its absent m...
  • #79: Plus, ca change
    06 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Much as I am enjoying the immediacy of writing online after a decade working in print, sometimes you can still end up being out of date as soon as you hit publish on something. So it proved last Frida...
  • #78: Battle cry
    03 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    I am once again reminded of the Salad Cream story. For overseas readers, Heinz Salad Cream is a sickly condiment that’s been a fixture on UK store shelves since 1914. It is, shall we say, an acquired ...
  • #77: Castles made of sand
    29 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 3 1
    Hey, remember Axie Infinity? That play-to-earn/blockchain/web3/insert-this-week’s-VC-buzzword-here game that sort of blew up a month or two ago? Until people actually looked into it and saw that the w...
  • Max HP: Tracy Fullerton, USC Game Innovation Lab
    27 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 1
    Welcome back to Max HP — a subscriber-exclusive interview series telling the stories of people in the game industry you probably haven’t heard of, but definitely should have. Today’s subject is Tracy ...
  • #76: Battle Pass 101
    26 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Before we get started: you can get 10% off a 12-month Hit Points subscription right now, and all weekend. (This applies to both monthly and annual subs, btw.) Just in time for the second installment o...
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