Browsing all articles from April, 2014.

The Best Years for Gaming: Part One

The Best Years for Gaming: Part One 

I love lists. Let me be frank: I have a strange obsession with giving objects value relative to other objects. I don’t want to just accept that one thing is good, and another is great: I want to know how much better the great thing is than other great things.
One …

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Square Enix Music Online Names Dust: An Elysian Tail Best Indie OST of 2012

Square Enix Music Online Names Dust: An Elysian Tail Best Indie OST of 2012 

Recently, Square Enix Music Online did a pretty extensive “Best of 2012” selection, taking a panel of judges and deciding on best Albums and Scores; Outstanding Achievements, Artists, and Productions; and Special Achievements, each for a handful of different internal categories. Right now, I’m listening to the Best Score to …

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Merry Christmas Chad Muska

Merry Christmas Chad Muska 

December equals holidays. Holidays, if you’re sentimental like us, are a time for thinking about your friends and family and how much they mean to you. When games play an integral role in your existence, a lot of your favorite experiences with friends and family will have a videogame smack-dab …

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My Favourite Scam: Holiday Specials

My Favourite Scam: Holiday Specials 

Can I just say how much I love holiday promotions in video games?
I mean, sure, they’re silly, unnecessary, and often shallow ploys to draw in more players during vacation times. This ploy, however, is supremely effective, and I fall for it every time.

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We’re Looking For Some New Folks

Alright, look. We’re busy haulin’ ass through space here, shootin’ shit, killin’ aliens, pillagin’, doin’ our thing. But we just looked around the barracks of our Level 57 Imperial PODCruiser and said, “Holy fuck, where’d everybody go?”
So we’re looking for some new recruits. You can find the details – including …

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Psychonauts is the Rush of Video Gaming

Psychonauts is the Rush of Video Gaming 

Last week one of the things I recall being consternated about on the internet in 2005 came to pass: Rush entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It barely made an impression on the collective consciousness, now, but it’s still a tiny huge deal for us music fans.
Rush, as …

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The Synthetic Orchestra Advent Calendar Brings Games to the Holidays

The Synthetic Orchestra Advent Calendar Brings Games to the Holidays 

When I was a kid, my sisters and I loved doing the Advent Calendar thing. Each night in December, we’d rush to find the right door, behind which would be hidden a little ornament that we could hang along the hearth. As we got older, we added on more …

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Warm Fuzzy Logic

Warm Fuzzy Logic 

Neither of my parents are gamers, but since my dad’s a total tecchie, there has been a computer in the house for as long as I can remember. I think Dad saw the value of video games early on – as educational tools, as entertainment, whatever. While I don’t clearly …

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Violence in the media and politics in the Senate

Violence in the media and politics in the Senate 

I really, really didn’t want the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut to touch Pixels or Death. We write rather silly, sometimes angry, and hopefully insightful commentary about video games here. This isn’t the place for a serious discussion about gun control laws, mental healthcare issues, or gender politics without somehow relating …

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Where Direction Stopped Far Cry 3

Where Direction Stopped Far Cry 3 

Interviews with Jeffrey Yohalem, Far Cry 3′s lead writer, have been making the rounds on the internet: this one with Rock Paper Shotgun being the most exhaustive, the most critical. I recommend you read it, even if you haven’t played the game; sure, it will spoil absolutely everything, but the …

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