Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

10 Signs You’re Being an Overly Exclusionary Jackass To Compensate For Your Insecurity

Seriously. Fuck this shit.
Shame on you Complex. Shame on you.
Zoe Quinn has eloquently composed a rebuttal.

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Phantasmaburbia Ain’t Afraid of Suburban Ghosts

Phantasmaburbia Ain’t Afraid of Suburban Ghosts 

Some of the best art transports you, maybe to a different place, maybe a different time. My favorite games are gateways that draw me into worlds I’ve never known, or worlds I’ve forgotten. When I play Final Fantasy VI I am drawn into the world of my suburban youth, sprawling …

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Mann vs Machine Survival Guide: Spy

Mann vs Machine Survival Guide: Spy 

Spy
Name: Unknown
Job: Uncloak & Dagger
Role: Support
Play If Your Team Has: An engineer and 2+ high damage-dealing classes
Best With: Cannon fodder to distract while you stab
My Canteen: Critical Hit Boost
My Loadout: The Ambassador, The Cloak and Dagger, The Spy-Cicle
[Edit] My loadout is bad, and you should read this instead.

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Bioshock OST: Freaking Terrifying

Bioshock OST: Freaking Terrifying 

As Halloween approaches, I’ve been getting in the mood with costume planning, jack-o-lantern designing, and listening to Halloween-y music. The one album in particular that has been slaking my thirst has been a classic; the Bioshock OST, scored by Garry Schyman.

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Adventures in The Walking Dead – Episode 1: A New Day

Adventures in The Walking Dead – Episode 1: A New Day 

I’ve always been fairly confident that I’d survive a zombie apocalypse.
In fact, a friend of mine and I have discussed it in shameful depth on more than one occasion. We’ve played enough video games and seen enough movies, we said. We have enough combined intelligence, we said. We’d just climb …

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Mann vs Machine Survival Guide: Scout

Mann vs Machine Survival Guide: Scout 

Scout
Name: Unknown (responds to “Big Deal”)
Job: Rapid Recovery (and hurting people)
Role: Offense
Play If Your Team Has: Good defense
Best With: Engineers with sentries
My Canteen: Critical Hit Boost
My Loadout: Force-A-Nature, Bonk!, Fan O’War

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Strategery 2012 is Advance Wars Meets American Politics

Strategery 2012 is Advance Wars Meets American Politics 

Have you been keeping up with the 2012 presidential race? Have you ever played the hit strategy series Advance Wars? If the answer to both is no, you now have the chance to knock them both out at the same time. Strategery 2012, by Silverware Games, comically simplifies the Republican …

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Midnight Musings: Thoughts on HOTLINE MIAMI

Midnight Musings: Thoughts on HOTLINE MIAMI 

Psst…I’m playing this game, right? It’s called HOTLINE MIAMI.
You should be playing it too.
Don’t ask why. I know you want to. But don’t. It’ll ruin it.
Just play it. Be the guy with the mask, with the gun, with the pipe, with the punch. Be the guy with the guts, get …

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Can We Stop Freaking Out About Kickstarter?

Can We Stop Freaking Out About Kickstarter? 

Over the past couple of weeks, two high profile Kickstarter campaigns have hit the proverbial rocks. The first was Haunts, a lovely top-down haunted house strategy game, funded in August, which hit numerous development snags. The other was Shaker, to be developed by Tom Hall and Brenda Braithwaite, an old-school, …

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Mann vs Machine Survival Guide: Medic

Mann vs Machine Survival Guide: Medic 

Medic

Name: Unknown (answers to “MEDIC” and “DOKTOR”)
Job: Doctor Assisted Homicide
Role: Support
Play If Your Team Has: An engineer and 2+ high damage-dealing classes
Best With: Any damage-heavy class (I prefer Heavy, because MvM is all about defense, but also compliments Pyros nicely)
My Canteen: Critical Hit Boost
My Loadout: Standard Medi Gun, Ubersaw, Blutsauger

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