chris hecker

  • Spy Party: The Kotaku Early Access Review

    Spy Party: The Kotaku Early Access Review

    Someone is a spy and you need to take them out. There’s only thirty seconds left for them to bug the ambassador and complete their mission. You see movement out of the corner of your eye? Is that balding man reaching towards the ambassador’s pocket? You take the shot and the party goers scream. Over…

  • Video Games Should Have Fewer Achievements

    Video Games Should Have Fewer Achievements

    SOMA is a standout game, and one of the many ways it distinguishes itself is through its restrained use of achievements. There are 10 on Steam (or 10 trophies on PlayStation), and each is nothing more than a progress marker. They come infrequently and unexpectedly. I wasn’t sure when one would pop up or why.…