Browsing all articles by Ben Chapman, Author at PIXELS OR DEATH.

Don’t Restart: Failure is Part of It

I was once very thrilled to show a friend the greatness that is the game Company of Heroes. He had great taste in strategy games and I figured it was a perfect match. But, when I settled him into the first mission – a loud, brief, chaotic recreation of D-Day …

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Why the Boss Battles of Deus Ex Were Actually Brilliant

Why the Boss Battles of Deus Ex Were Actually Brilliant 

My name is Adam Jensen and I have electrocuted myself with the floor fourteen times. I’m not my target, but the floor is coated in some conductive liquid and the boss I’m trying to kill is an augmented cyborg that is stunned by the electricity spewing out of circuit breakers …

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Strategery 2012 is Advance Wars Meets American Politics

Strategery 2012 is Advance Wars Meets American Politics 

Have you been keeping up with the 2012 presidential race? Have you ever played the hit strategy series Advance Wars? If the answer to both is no, you now have the chance to knock them both out at the same time. Strategery 2012, by Silverware Games, comically simplifies the Republican …

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Size Doesn’t Matter: The Strange Popularity of Nuketown

Today’s gaming market is all about bigger. The giants of the shooter industry are constantly looking to trump each other with bigger battlegrounds. Battlefield 3 used its massive Operation Firestorm map as a badge of honor during release and Planetside 2 has been understandably touting its incredible 2,000 player size. …

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Violence is Therapy

Violence is Therapy 

I once punched a man. It was in self defense and there were extenuating circumstances, like the fact that I was sixteen and wearing a white t-shirt on which I had written Fuck Communism. It started when a man with the biggest ear-gauges humanly possible hit me on the nose. My vision …

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Wagons and Dragons: Why You Should Be Playing Super Amazing Wagon Adventure

Wagons and Dragons: Why You Should Be Playing Super Amazing Wagon Adventure 

The Xbox Live Indie Marketplace is what it would look like if art galleries took submissions right off the streets. You end up with a lot of things not worth seeing. But, the advantage to that chaotic mess of entry-level work is the occasional gem that manages to surprise you. It’s been …

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Apocalypse Doctors Without Borders

Apocalypse Doctors Without Borders 

I broke my leg yesterday. Not in the real world, of course. Don’t be daft. Does it seem like I play contact sports? No, it doesn’t. Mostly because I just used the phrase “contact sports.”
The injury happened in DayZ, a zombie apocalypse mod for the three-year-old Arma II that has …

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Introducing The Short

If brevity is the soul of wit, then The Short has cast soultrap all over wit, because this is where the short things live.
I get it. You love reading about videogames, but sometimes you don’t have the patience to sit through a whole, lengthy article. The Long, after all, is …

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