Browsing all articles from April, 2014.

Xenogears, and a Regret

Xenogears, and a Regret 

 

As someone who’s written huge tracts on role playing games, both Eastern and Western, over the years, I’ve always had two secret shames. The first—never having played Baldur’s Gate 2 beyond its introductory dungeon—was resolved two years ago; it ended up being perhaps my favorite Infinity Engine game, a hundred …

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Why I’m Not Backing Project Eternity

Why I’m Not Backing Project Eternity 

We can all agree that Kickstarter has done some pretty amazing things for videogames. It’s given small developers whose projects would normally get eaten alive by EA or Activision the chance to circumvent the Machine and acquire resources they otherwise wouldn’t normally have to make and sell their game, oftentimes …

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Silent Protagonists: Doin’ It Wrong

Silent Protagonists: Doin’ It Wrong 

People seem to have two main reactions to a silent protagonist; either that the silence made the character easier to identify with, or that the silence made the character flat and boring. Both those reactions rely on the silent protagonist being an empty vessel or almost a non-character, either to …

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Meridian 59 And The Open Source Adventure

Meridian 59 has had a strange and wonderful life, and it seems it will happily live out its twilight years in the loving hands of the open source community.
Seeing its first release in 1995 and beating Ultima Online to market by about a year, Meridian 59 is considered by many …

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Ubiktune’s Pilot Bundle

Ubiktune’s Pilot Bundle 

I have another music bundle to tell you about!
C-Jeff, the artist behind Preschtale, is one of the minds behind the netlabel Ubiktune – and their Pilot Bundle ends today! Although the site doesn’t say it, the organizer tells me that “the main part of the money will go to the …

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Hating Dark Souls: A Love Story

Hating Dark Souls: A Love Story 

Dark Souls is great. This isn’t exactly news any more, but I’ve been late to just about every party in my life, and the Dark Souls party hasn’t been an exception. It’s great for all those reasons you’ve heard a thousand times before: challenging, rewarding, a wonderfully dark world rich …

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Fastfall: The Dustforce OST

Fastfall: The Dustforce OST 

Fastfall, by Lifeformed, is easily one of my favourite albums. I mean, we’re talking top 10 here – and I like a lot of music. To understand my love for Fastfall, you first need to know about the game for which it was composed: Dustforce.
The premise is simple: the world …

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Dr. Seuss And The Atari 2600

Dr. Seuss And The Atari 2600 

Sometime in 2010, Shelia Botson bought an old filing cabinet at an estate sale in California. When cleaning it out at home, she found a spiral-bound notebook resting on the bottom that had evidently fallen behind one of the drawers. She was astonished to find the name “Theodor Geisel” written …

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4 Possible Reasons Why Kingdom Hearts 2 Isn’t In The New Bundle

4 Possible Reasons Why Kingdom Hearts 2 Isn’t In The New Bundle 

I was heartened by the recent news that our good friends at Square Enix will be releasing a Kingdom Hearts compilation in the near future. “In HD, even!” I said to myself, smiling. Birds chirped, children laughed, the fragrances of fall danced in my nasal cavities.
My levity did not last …

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Games with Attitude: Bubsy in a Dated Movie Reference

Games with Attitude: Bubsy in a Dated Movie Reference 

 

Remember when I launched this series on nightmarish oddities from the early 90′s with Dino City, a game that, despite my best instincts, I quite enjoyed? Maybe it was the mental kind of successful, the kind which runs around with a trash bag on its head and starts a new …

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