Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

Pixels Or Death Game Jam: Critics Put Up Or Shut Up

Pixels Or Death Game Jam: Critics Put Up Or Shut Up 

A few of the individuals behind Pixels or Death are having our own game jam, wherein, over the course of a weekend, will make our own games.
We suspect that your first question is, “Why!?” You mean, why on earth would a group of passionate individuals commit their free time to (hopefully) bring …

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Crash! Boom! Pow! Catchphrase!: A Review of Thunder Wolves

Crash! Boom! Pow! Catchphrase!: A Review of Thunder Wolves 

The most important thing you need to know about Thunder Wolves is that it’s a game called Thunder Wolves. It is a game that overflows with flame decals and hair metal guitar riffs and one-liners and stupid action movie callsigns. It’s a game that uses, in totally unironic ways, words …

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It’s Not You Final Fantasy XIV, It’s Me

Look, when you called me on Friday and told me you were going to be in town this weekend, I should’ve just said I was busy. God, I was busy. It was stupid for me to make plans, to get your new number, to check online and see how good …

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You’re Wrong, but that’s OK: Mass Effect 3

You’re Wrong, but that’s OK: Mass Effect 3 

I often find myself in conversations with people who seem to think that a particular game really ought to be played and enjoyed by everybody. These people are wrong, but in spite of being wrong they allow me to bring up a better point: some games just aren’t meant for …

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Snore Simulator: A Review Of Pro Cycling Manager 2013

Snore Simulator: A Review Of Pro Cycling Manager 2013 

I keep a notebook when I’m reviewing a game. It’s for jotting down notes, thoughts… anything I think might be of value when stitching together a review. To give you an inside look at the process, and since I think they might be telling, here are my notes for Pro …

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Steam Cards and Gamer Vanity

Steam Cards and Gamer Vanity 

One of the most marketable aspects of gamers is that we, as a culture, tend to be vain. Like, seriously vain. It’s one of the reasons the whole ‘fake gamer girl’ thing is such an issue; we’re so vain we don’t want someone claiming to be one of us without …

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Kids & Games: An Animal Crossing Education

Kids & Games: An Animal Crossing Education 

Last week, I purchased Animal Crossing: New Leaf for my Nintendo 3DS. I bought it for myself, but after only a few hours of playing, one of my daughters–my oldest, age six–popped over the top of the 3DS and seemed to feel utterly betrayed that I had engaged in conversation …

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Ia! Ia! GLaDOS Fhtagn: A Review of Magrunner: Dark Pulse

Ia! Ia! GLaDOS Fhtagn: A Review of Magrunner: Dark Pulse 

A good puzzle game is an elusive thing. Tune it too tightly and it’s an infuriating reminder of your incompetence, little more than an endless parade of excuses to tab over to a walkthrough. If you’re too generous, it’s a non-experience, a “Best Participant” ribbon and patronizing smile from the …

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Creators Could Be Killing Kickstarter

Creators Could Be Killing Kickstarter 

There are trends. There are things starting to emerge. We are teetering on the edge of something that could scare people away from Kickstarter and Indiegogo forever.

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Indiegogo’s Frontiers Failure

Indiegogo’s Frontiers Failure 

Frontiers is an Elder Scrolls-style role-playing experience currently in development by Lars Simkins, and the story of its journey in crowdfunding has as many twists and turns as the games it apes.
Simkins is a visual effects artist who has worked on Breaking Bad, Fringe, and The Hunger Games, and he’s …

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