Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

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 …

(more)

You’re Going To Make Me Stick Up For The Wii U, Aren’t You?

You’re Going To Make Me Stick Up For The Wii U, Aren’t You? 

Setting out to write for a gaming site, everyone’s got subjects they’d rather not deal with. I’ve got a friend who handles this conundrum by simply not writing anything at all, but I choose to just steer clear of subjects that may ruffle some feathers.
However, it seems the time has …

(more)

Life Is Like A Box Of Candies

Life Is Like A Box Of Candies 

Life is like a box of candies, you never know what you’re going to get.
What might seem like a trite pop culture reference is the heart of Candy box!, a recently released online game that features only a slowly increasing counter and one button: eat all the candies. If you’ve …

(more)

This Week on PODFVEA: LOL

This Week on PODFVEA: LOL 

PODFVEA: Pixels Or Death Free Videogame Enjoyment Association
This week: League of Legends.
Wednesday the 15th, 5:30 PM PST, we’re gonna get a group together and play some League of Legends. The game style will depend on how many show up, so we’ll see!
I don’t have it up now, but I’ll post …

(more)

Punching with a Purpose: A Review of Injustice

Punching with a Purpose: A Review of Injustice 

I’m Batman flinging batarangs at an assassin who’s got an automatic assault rifle in one arm and wields a Zweihander in the other. A few hours later I’m Wonder Woman trading blows with the Greek god of war before moving on to lock lassos with a version of myself from …

(more)

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 …

(more)

Previewing Prime World: Defenders

Previewing Prime World: Defenders 

Undoubtedly the best part about my gig with Pixels or Death is being exposed to things I wouldn’t normally be exposed to (and I’m not just talking about oddities in the corporate bathroom). I doubt I would have given Soul Hackers a shot, but I ended up loving that game.
Lately …

(more)

Killing You Softly: Chaos in Surgeon Simulator 2013

Killing You Softly: Chaos in Surgeon Simulator 2013 

Oh god, I’ve lost another one. I’m not bothering to pronounce them dead anymore, I’m taking in patients and spitting out cadavers with masterful speed. I’m the McDonald’s of malpractice. I deliver cold bodies and devastating news in six minutes or your next lobotomy is free. I’ll even upsize your …

(more)

PODFVEA: Pixels Or Death Free Videogame Enjoyment Association

PODFVEA: Pixels Or Death Free Videogame Enjoyment Association 

We at Pixels or Death love video games. If you’re here, you probably do too. So we all like video games, and there are a bunch of good free ones out there – so this Wednesday marks the first of our weekly event:
PODFVEA: Pixels Or Death Free Videogame Enjoyment Association
Every …

(more)

A Closer Look At The New GTA V Character Trailer

For the entire time I’ve been teaching, there have been three video game series that come up time and time again among my students: Pokemon, Super Smash Bros., and the perennial favorite, Grand Theft Auto. Everybody has a GTA story, a tale of wanton destruction and abuse of prostitutes. Rockstar’s …

(more)