Arcen Games to Reduce Staff

Most of the time, when we bring you news about the gaming industry here at eXplorminate, it is a joy. This time, however, it isn’t. Arcen Games announced last Thursday that they would be laying off much of their staff. For those who might not be familiar, Arcen Games is producer of renowned games such … Continue reading Arcen Games to Reduce Staff

2015 End of Year Statistical eXamination

eXplorminate is a 4X-centric strategy site dedicated to promoting and understanding the 4X genre. As part of that mission, I’d like to begin a new tradition at the site. At the end of each year, I’m going to publish a few vital statistics for all the new 4X and 4X-lite games that were released that … Continue reading 2015 End of Year Statistical eXamination

How I’d Like to See 4X Development Evolve Part 1: An eXposition

The world of 4X is changing. The genre is innovating like never before. Endless Legend brought a revelation in faction differentiation. Thea: The Awakening showed that card-based combat can be done properly. Sorcerer King proved that there’s nothing wrong with a 4X game having a preset climax to make the endgame interesting. Star Ruler 2 … Continue reading How I’d Like to See 4X Development Evolve Part 1: An eXposition

Devs, Want More Money?: An eXposition

Indie developers have to scrap and scramble for every dollar they get. They operate on razor-thin margins most of the time and any additional income they can generate is greatly treasured. Whether it’s through regular social media updates, posting videos on YouTube, doing Twitch streams, appearing on podcasts, or any other type of community outreach, … Continue reading Devs, Want More Money?: An eXposition