Browsing all articles from April, 2014.

And It Makes Us Think: Impressions of Bioshock Infinite

And It Makes Us Think: Impressions of Bioshock Infinite 

The Setting & The Stage - by Jarrett Poole
Bioshock Infinite hasn’t reminded me of what a good game plays like; instead, it’s reminded me of what is missing in today’s gaming market place.
In terms of gameplay, gunplay in this case, Bioshock Infinite doesn’t do anything groundbreaking – there’s a different aspect that elevates …

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The Bandwagon: Loving to Hate Game Developers

The Bandwagon: Loving to Hate Game Developers 

The bandwagon rolls into town and we run and clamber over one another to hop on board or at least catch a splinter as it bumps and clatters on its merry way. After a while, the splinter festers and fever grips us. Everyone is getting sick around us, all in …

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Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis 

I’ve always been enamored by MMORPGs. Riveted by the social aspects, I’ve read countless articles on the online happenings of these virtual worlds.  But there’s something that itches under my skin when I play these games. My avatar never seems personal; it’s never a unique reflection of my character. The …

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Playing the Idiot in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Playing the Idiot in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 

The three highly trained special operatives surrounding my character disappear into the shadows of the blown-out buildings. A moment later they radio in to confirm that they’re ready to take out the enemy soldiers patrolling the devastated Dagestani city where the mission is taking place. My guy — I can’t …

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The Chrono Trigger X Jay-Z Mashup

The Chrono Trigger X Jay-Z Mashup 

A new mashup has taken the videogame music world by storm in the past week. This album is “Chrono Jigga,” produced by 2-Mello. It takes Chrono Trigger songs and crosses them with lyrics by hip-hop super-star Jay-Z.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Taking my love for hip-hop and my unabashed obsession for …

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Infinity Blade II Helped Me Accept iOS Gaming

Infinity Blade II Helped Me Accept iOS Gaming 

It started as little more than bleak clouds on the horizon and the distant rumble of thunder. “One day,” people would say, “we’ll play all our games on devices we’ll carry with us, things that will be our phones and organizers.” I’d point up at the brilliant sunshine over our …

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Neverwinter: Previewing an MMO I’d Actually Play

Neverwinter: Previewing an MMO I’d Actually Play 

I stay away from MMORPGs because I get easily addicted with stupid marketing ploys, and often I find the ploys and the games that stoop to them simply frustrating. I have no desire to try to cut down the largest tree in the forest with a herring; it’d take forever …

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Five Great In Medias Res Opening Stages

Five Great In Medias Res Opening Stages 

There are certain games I’ll never play again. Games that, no matter how amazing they were, I just can’t drudge up the desire to amble through their opening sequences for a second time. Dragon Quest VII is easily the worst offender, with multiple hours going by before the first battle. …

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Can We All Just Calm Down About Thief?

Can We All Just Calm Down About Thief? 

If you live in the same Ion Storm inspired corner of the internet that I do, you’ve probably heard the brouhaha about the upcoming Thief’s redesign of its titular thief, Garrett. He’s gothy. He’s gothy, and they want to make him more mainstream.
That word—mainstream—caused a portion of the internet to …

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Armadillos Roll Out: A Review of Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS)

Armadillos Roll Out: A Review of Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS) 

Dillon’s Rolling Western is a good game – it’s actually really good – but it hits home in this weird way. While I’ve never been clinically diagnosed, people have always told me that hanging out with me is like hanging out with the ADHD kid in school.
When I play Dillon’s …

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