Browsing all articles from April, 2014.

Kids & Games: ATOMS Express Toys

Kids & Games: ATOMS Express Toys 

While every fiber of my being wants to start this article by quoting “We Are The World,” I’ll spare you. This is important.
I’ve always loved kids – their ingenuity is inspiring, and their minds, uncluttered with thoughts of sexism, race, or homophobia, are free to operate at light speeds without …

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Stealth Games: Why Josh Is Right

Stealth Games: Why Josh Is Right 

After reading about why my esteemed colleague dislikes stealth games, I have been thinking. A lot, in fact. He argues that the reason he can’t really enjoy a stealth game is that there are no payouts for being stealthy (aside from being able to continue the game, making it rather …

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Shadow of the Colossus OST: SO GOOD

Shadow of the Colossus OST: SO GOOD 

Before I start, watch Shadow of the Colossus’ intro:

Just… appreciate that for a moment.
This is one of my favourite soundtracks of all time.
For those who don’t know, Shadow of the Colossus came out in 2005 for the PS2, and it’s interesting because there are only boss fights (it was re-released …

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Hiding Rewards: My Disdain For Stealth Games

Hiding Rewards: My Disdain For Stealth Games 

Every so often, stealth games move to the front of the gaming conversation. While many people love the nuance and tension of stealth games, I… do not. I’d like to make an attempt to articulate why that is.
One of the more common arguments for games of stealth is that they …

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Alan Wake Is Better With Friends

Alan Wake Is Better With Friends 

As you silly American-types celebrate your late Thanksgiving, I think about a couple of the things for which I’m thankful – namely, friends and video games.

A person’s reaction to something can enhance your own reaction; showing someone a scary movie and watching them jump can be just as fun as …

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Game Music Bundle 4

Game Music Bundle 4 

It’s that time again – time for another Game Music Bundle! You’d best read quickly, though, because the bundle ends tonight.
Edit: I clearly don’t know what the countdown does; last night it hit ’0′ and added more music and a week. I don’t know why it adds instead of ends, …

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Who Wants Cliff Bleszinski?

Who Wants Cliff Bleszinski? 

Cliff Bleszinski has defined modern gaming with the cover mechanic, and his games have popularized the use of the now ubiquitous Unreal engine. Now, he’s as free as a bird, hobnobbing with every major development studio he can get in to, potentially looking for a new place to call home.
Fans …

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Muse Games vs Hurricane Sandy

Muse Games vs Hurricane Sandy 

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havok on the East Coast in late October, hitting New York City on October 29th. The new airship battle game (that will get a review here shortly) Guns of Icarus Online was slotted to release the same day. Now, the informed among you may realize that it …

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Microsoft Quietly Lagging in Day-One Digital Offerings

Microsoft Quietly Lagging in Day-One Digital Offerings 

Paper Mario: Sticker Star was released this past Sunday for the Nintendo 3DS system, and not only could you pick it up at your favorite brick-and-mortar establishment, but you could also get it from the eShop. This offering follows other games, like New Super Mario Bros. 2, which was also …

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Abinox: a soundtrack for soundtracks

Abinox: a soundtrack for soundtracks 

From the description, composer lpower was trying to make “Abinox” a soundtrack about soundtracks. So meta. While the goal may seem perplexing, it makes sense once you’ve heard the album; and it helps that the end result is good fun to listen to.
At first, I thought the meta-ness sounded super …

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