Cheating: Then and Now

super checkers
April 20, 2015

  I still remember the first time I experienced cheating. I was in kindergarten and playing a dinosaur-themed version of checkers with a classmate named Braden. The game started out well enough; we moved our checker pieces- delightfully modeled as rubber T-Rexes- across the iconic grid, each space colored to look like rock and lava. This was back when dinosaurs and the floor being made of lava were the two…


The Value of Communication: Talk to People!

April 16, 2015

Hey everyone! Eugene Shenderov here, writing for Game Creators’ Social Forum. Today, I want to talk about talking. Specifically, talking to people, making connections, and increasing your visibility. This is something known in marketing for a long time, and successful people in any industry understand the value of connections. Today, I will try to go through some ways for new designers to increase visibility, and show that you shouldn’t be…


The Benefits of Social Media To the Designer

April 9, 2015

Hello ladies and gents! Eugene Shenderov back again, and today I will touch on how I used social media and personal ‘selling’ to place first in the 2015 Board Game Geek microgame competition.Here is a link we made to our game in the competition: The first thing I would like to note is the tinyurl. Here is the original link: ( Awful, right? It should be made sleeker and…


We’re Giving Away Crysis 2: Maximum Edition!

April 1, 2015

We’ve got a great giveaway this week, the lucky winner will take home an Origin key for Crysis 2: Maximum Edition! You can enter through the Rafflecopter Widget below, here’s how to do it. (1 ticket) Follow Giant From The North on twitter (2 tickets) Visit Giant From The North on Facebook (you can like us while you’re there too. We won’t mind.) (2 tickets) Tweet our message about the…


Board Game Developers Corner: Greetings, and Finding Customers with Social Media

February 23, 2015

Hello everyone! Eugene here, writing for Game Creators Social Forum. We are a group to bring together game creators from various fields to discuss all things involved with game design in a relaxed social setting. Here on Giants, we will be writing about different opportunities and challenges game creators have, both virtual and physical. Hopefully, our tips will be useful to you! Now that the introduction is out of the…


Dad Sings Frozen Wrong, Kid Loses It

angry kid frozen wrong lyrics
February 12, 2015

  Other than the vertical video, this is one of the best videos I’ve seen lately. A dad purposely sings the lyrics wrong to the most cherished toddler movie of all time, Frozen. The kid then proceeds to lose it. Enjoy.


The Cost of Freemium Games

January 14, 2015

I got my first touch screen device (an iPod Touch 3S) several years ago.  It was my baby, but also my gateway drug.  I have hundreds of physical, grade A games, yet it was so easy to not play them.  I had this little toy that made it simple to find a game, download it quickly, start it up, and let that gratuitous rewarding begin immediately.  Even more, it’s free! …


Assassins Creed: Unity – Hold Your Applause

It's a good thing assassins don't need peripheral vision, they just need to look cool.
January 13, 2015

Assassin’s Creed: Unity was supposed to be a huge AAA hit from Ubisoft when released. Unity is the first true Assassin’s Creed released on the Next Gen systems. I am not counting AC: Black Flag because it was released cross-platform on PS3 and Xbox 360 along with PS4 and Xbox One. Unity is a blast to play and takes the franchise back to its roots, centered in the urban settings…


Gamers Vs. Moving: Packing Games

November 15, 2014

I have two things in common with a lot of people right now.  I love video games, and enjoy collecting them.  My current tally says I’m around 500 physical games.  I am also preparing to move several hours away from my dinky little town to a new, less dinky little town.  While I’m thrilled to experience a new town (and enjoy some fresh game hunting grounds), there is a rather…


Writers wanted!

Gaming Writers Wanted!
October 14, 2014

Are you interested in writing for an up-and-coming gaming website? Would you like to showcase your writing talents to the world? Giant From The North ( is currently looking for new writers. If you’re interested, send your information and any writing samples to  If you don’t have any writing samples, we can still get you started. This is not a paid position currently, but you will receive free review copies…