Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

The Hidden Secrets of the BloodRayne: Betrayal Soundtrack

The Hidden Secrets of the BloodRayne: Betrayal Soundtrack 

Soundtracks for games can often be hit-or-miss affairs – some can be awful, some can be brilliant. You’ll be happy to know that BloodRayne: Betrayal (available on Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network) falls in the latter camp thanks to the amazing efforts of Jake Kaufman, better known to …

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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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Mike Was Right: New Mass Effect

Mike Was Right: New Mass Effect 

I’ll be straight with you –I don’t remember where I said it.  I don’t remember when it was, or in what medium (it might have been a podcast, actually) but I remember specifically saying something along the lines of “Of course they’re working on another Mass Effect game, and it’ll …

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The Wall Street Journal’s Borderlands 2 Review Is Fine, Actually.

The Wall Street Journal’s Borderlands 2 Review Is Fine, Actually. 

“Gaming is a multi-billion industry and yet there are still complete hacks like this guy writing about it for a publication like the Wall Street Journal. Wow.”
That’s right, today’s internet drama focused around Wall Street Journal writer Adam Najberg expressing his distaste for Gearbox’s Borderlands 2 in favor of more …

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Learning to Speak Pixels

Learning to Speak Pixels 

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that recently we’ve developed an obsession with “really hard games.” I’ve adopted last year’s Dark Souls, the (in)famously self-proclaimed “hardest game ever,” a game so hard its tagline is “Prepare to Die,” insinuating not only will you probably fail quite often, but it’s …

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Scenes from FTL: Space and the Opera

Scenes from FTL: Space and the Opera 

This story came out of FTL, the recently released, former Kickstarter sensation become space opera roguelike. It’s about a bug-like alien, a Mantis, named Scoops.
I hired Scoops onto one of my cruisers, a ship run by two telepathic Slugmen, on the run from the racist rebels. The vessel specialized in …

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Minecraft OST: Sandbox Soundtrack Extraordinaire

Minecraft OST: Sandbox Soundtrack Extraordinaire 

I have a cold; one of those nasty head colds that make your throat feel like sandpaper and your head feel like it’s full of cotton balls and jello. So logically, when my thinkability is impaired, what do I do? Sleep lots, drink plenty of liquids, and play simple, relaxing …

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Why I’m Not Ready for a New Console

Why I’m Not Ready for a New Console 

Recently I ran into a sadness: my PC of six years fell below the minimum requirements for upcoming game Dishonored.. The old girl, who’s already operating off upgraded parts in nearly every area—more RAM, non-packed in video card, second hard drive—tumbled off the board in pretty much every category.
This put …

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New Wreck-It Ralph Poster Features Licensed Characters

New Wreck-It Ralph Poster Features Licensed Characters 

Is this news? No, not really.  Its really just an excuse for me to put this beautiful new Wreck-It Ralph poster on display for you all to see.  I don’t know about you, true believers, but I am psyched beyond words for this menagerie of classic game characters on the …

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My Ascent to Ascension

My Ascent to Ascension 

Ascension! That’s all that needs said, really.
This past year, I discovered the deck-building game Ascension. The fantasy setting, art style, and intuitive rule set make it feel like it’s a game that was designed just for me – it’s a game that relies as much on skill and strategy as …

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