Browsing all articles from April, 2014.

Retro Game Music Bundle: Nostalgia-riffic

Retro Game Music Bundle: Nostalgia-riffic 

A music bundle relying on nostalgia is an amusing move, especially for someone who didn’t play any of the classic games showcased in the new “Retro” Game Music Bundle. But even though I don’t have the nostalgia, I am really enjoying the music.

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Soon It Will Be Here: A Review Of The Yawhg

Soon It Will Be Here: A Review Of The Yawhg 

What can I say about Damian Sommer and Emily Carroll’s The Yawhg without ruining it? Well, it’ll be here soon. The Yawhg came out today, and the Yawhg itself comes in six weeks. Will you be ready?
The Yawhg is a multiplayer choose your own adventure story about the six weeks …

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Transitions: The Heart Forth, Alicia Interview

Transitions: The Heart Forth, Alicia Interview 

Alonso Martin may be in over his head.
The Mexican-born film director has written and helmed nearly twenty short films, and in that time, he’s gained an appreciation for the medium and its ability to convey a feeling. By now, with film, he knows what he’s doing. But an idea soon …

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Dracula Backwards: A Review Of Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate

Dracula Backwards: A Review Of Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate 

It seems as though the entire Castlevania series is haunted by the specter of one title, a progenitor whose shadow darkens the countenance of every single title that has followed it.
Symphony of the Night was a masterpiece of design, a fluid and open-ended game that fused the ability-based exploration of …

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DOTA 2: A Primer

DOTA 2: A Primer 

Everything is a zeitgeist. Well, by definition that’s impossible, but in practice it’s basically the only real truth: everything is the result of a conflict of diametrically opposed ideals. In its original use, Hegel intended it to define a final state of existence, an “ideal ideal” that resulted not from …

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Hopping Brilliant: A Review Of The Night Of The Rabbit

Hopping Brilliant: A Review Of The Night Of The Rabbit 

In workshops, bedrooms, and studios across the world, people who grew up on titles like Space Quest and The Curse of Monkey Island  are now making their own adventure games. Proudly wearing their influences on their sleeves, they’re making strides in the genre by cherry-picking their favourite elements in these …

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Just Another Day On Rook Island

Just Another Day On Rook Island 

I’m watching them from the bushes. There are five of them, at least five that I can see through the lens of my camera. One on the roof, two patrolling the gate, one in the door of a shack, and the last sitting on the ground next to his dog. …

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God, Give Me Puzzles: A Review of Reus

For the past few days Reus has confused me. On the surface a gorgeous God Game, Reus doesn’t play like one. It draws you in with one set of ideas, then gives you something different. It’s damn attractive, but it’s like ordering a coffee at your local watering hole and …

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Magic & Gathering: A Review Of Prime World: Defenders

Magic & Gathering: A Review Of Prime World: Defenders 

We’re all allowed to hate certain genres, and for me, that genre is real-time strategy games. They simply aren’t interesting to me. I often find them repetitive and lacking in any real feedback mechanism; games devolve into fits of rage, trial, and error, requiring multiple attempts to master missions, and …

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How to Be a Thrifty Gamer

How to Be a Thrifty Gamer 

My gaming has always been on a budget. When I was a kid, I bought videogames about three times a year. This has led me to do three things ever since:
1. Research games that had the longest amount of gameplay.
2. Achieve a certain level of cognitive dissonance by enjoying every …

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