The Short is an attempt to document our gaming lives: what's happening in the industry, what we think is worth noting, or even what we were playing last night.

On The Eve Of Replaying Persona 4

On The Eve Of Replaying Persona 4 

I love Persona 4 like Nicolas Cage loves Pachinko. And I might love Persona 3 more. These two games were the most revolutionary Japanese role playing games to come out of Japan in the last decade; I’m the kind of person who could debate Persona 3 or Persona 4 for …

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Notch Releases Follow-Up To Minecraft

Markus Persson, better known to the world as Notch, the creator of Minecraft, has released his long-awaited follow-up to the bazillion-selling mega hit.
While he has released several browser-based games and a few teaser images of a game called 0X10c, newly-released Cliffhorse has already net the developer 280 000 Dogecoin, making it his …

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Look What We Found: Neotron

When we debuted this column, we never promised that everything we highlight would be brand-spankin’ new. It doesn’t matter when they were released, anyways; if games catch our attention, they’re worth our time.
Neotron is an exploratory adventure racer by Revolutionary Interactive. The team released a playable Alpha last year, and is in the “Concepts” section …

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Ten Hours With Mugen Souls Z

Mugen Souls Z is both the question and the answer at the center of this game.
What is Mugen Souls Z?
It’s Mugen Souls Z.
It’s a curiosity, an intentionally niche game that harkens back to titles from the early PS2 era — think the original Disgaea — that cemented the divide between …

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Look What We Found: The Moon Sliver

I’ve never formalized it, but I’ve told several developers that I think smaller–yet still fulfilling–games are an untapped market. There are many arguments about the price of games on Steam and entertainment value, and there are even more conversations that happen about the price of app for iOS and Android …

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Transfiguration and GMB7

Transfiguration and GMB7 

At this point it’s common knowledge that Austin Wintory knocked the ball out of the park with his soundtrack to Journey – being the first game soundtrack to be nominated for a Grammy, it brought game music to mainstream media in a way usually reserved for blaming games for violence.
I …

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The Hidden Joys of Puppeteer’s Multiplayer

The Hidden Joys of Puppeteer’s Multiplayer 

Last year’s Playstation 3 exclusive Puppeteer has an amazing cooperative multiplayer mode.
It’s nothing life changing — there are no horde modes, persistent faction-based deathmatch, or even microtransactions — but it’s delightfully inclusive and represents the nebulous joy at the center of Puppeteer that can’t be captured in a back-of-the-box quote.
Puppeteer’s …

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Google Pokémon Challenge

Happy April Fools’ Day, and I would even pay a monthly subscription fee if the Google Pokémon Challenge were real.

Seriously – AR w/ Pokémon? HELLS FREAKING YEAH.
Okay, so the actual alternate reality stuff in the trailer seems to be fake; as it is, you can pull up Google Maps on your smartphone, click …

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RPG Club Plays Skyrim: Week 4 Finale

As the month comes to a close, so too does our time with Skyrim. After a long time playing, we all have basically arrived at the conclusion that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has little-to-no replayability. Mike and Ethan reflect on that, while Caitlin gets distracted by over-analyzing the Daedra.

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10 Other Things You Could Spend $30 on Instead of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

$30 certainly doesn’t go as far as it used to. At only half a day’s minimum wage pay, the amount isn’t enough to cover the cable bill or a week’s worth of groceries, let alone a full tank of gas or a week’s worth of public transportation. Fortunately, $30 will …

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