Browsing all articles by Adam Harshberger, Author at PIXELS OR DEATH.

Killing God At 24, Part 1: Introduction

The single greatest line of videogame advertising copy I’ve ever read sits, in a retro-future sans serif, on the back of the packaging for Squaresoft’s insane JRPG, Xenogears: “Stand tall and shake the heavens.”
I encountered that magnificent group of the words for the first time in the summer of …

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Started From The Bottom Now We Here

Started From The Bottom Now We Here 

Started from the bottom now we’re here
Started from the bottom now my whole team fucking here
Started from the bottom now we’re here
Started from the bottom now the whole team here, nigga
- Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
Freddie “The Prophet” Phelps is standing at a the top of the three-point line, dribbling …

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The Path of Exile Soundtrack Sucks, So Here’s Some Better Stuff To Play To

Alright, so I’m me and you’re you. Or you’re me and I’m you. Whatever. We’re hanging out, or maybe we’re alone, and we’re having a good time. We want to play some videogames, so we boot up  Path of Exile. It’s a little weird at first. It feels like it’s …

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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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Vana’diel Memories

Vana’diel Memories 

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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Here’s What We Think About That Kellaway Financial Times Article

Yesterday’s  internet controversy centered around this article in Financial Times  by Lucy Kellaway. She’s not a gamer, but she was asked to serve on the committee for selecting this year’s GameCity award, alongside several other non-gamers. The award seeks to drum up cultural conversation around videogames. In the article, Kellaway …

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I Am A Videogame Sampler

There is a television. It has videogames on it. My hands are holding a controller and I am staring at the television. It might be dark in the room. My cat is rolling around on her back next to me.
The videogame wants me to do something. Kill some dudes. Build …

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4 Possible Reasons Why Kingdom Hearts 2 Isn’t In The New Bundle

4 Possible Reasons Why Kingdom Hearts 2 Isn’t In The New Bundle 

I was heartened by the recent news that our good friends at Square Enix will be releasing a Kingdom Hearts compilation in the near future. “In HD, even!” I said to myself, smiling. Birds chirped, children laughed, the fragrances of fall danced in my nasal cavities.
My levity did not last …

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Five Observations From The First 10 Levels of Guild Wars 2

Alright, look. I’m not the MMO-head I used to be. There may have been a time when I could plow through the experience curve on an inhuman, week-long bender of 12-hour gamebinges. There might have been a time when I could play videogames for more than six hours at a …

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A Eulogy For The MMORPG Subscription Fee

A Eulogy For The MMORPG Subscription Fee 

With the release of no-reocurring-fees behemoth Guild Wars 2, the free-to-play-ification of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and both TERA and The Secret World seemingly inches away from dropping their monthly charges, I’m ready to finally state the obvious: subscription-based MMORPGs are fucking dead.
In part, it’s a good thing: subscription …

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