Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

Two Brothers Puts a New Spin on Classic Gameboy JRPGs

Two Brothers Puts a New Spin on Classic Gameboy JRPGs 

“Starting to get sick with excitement…the game has never felt more real to me than it does today…”
That’s what Ackk Studios co-founder Brian Allanson tweeted last June when Two Brothers began to near completion. Since then, Brian and his crew have been putting the finishing polish on a labor of …

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Just Like Your Least Favorite Animes: A Review Of Agarest: Generations Of War

Just Like Your Least Favorite Animes: A Review Of Agarest: Generations Of War 

Agarest: Generations of War released last month on the PC, four years after it appeared in English for the first time. This is alternately a great and terrible thing.
It’s a good thing because Japanese role-playing games are a sort of exotic breed on the PC. As someone who likes this …

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Forget Those Realms—RPG Club Plays Baldur’s Gate II

Forget Those Realms—RPG Club Plays Baldur’s Gate II 

We all knew this was going to happen eventually, right? I mean, how could any self-respecting RPG Club not have a Baldur’s Gate game on the syllabus? Seeing as how the newfangled Enhanced Edition is on its way in a matter of days, we simply couldn’t resist this opportunity to sink our hooks …

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Delicious Popcorn: A Review Of Deadfall Adventures

Delicious Popcorn: A Review Of Deadfall Adventures 

You know that super fancy popcorn you get from Boy Scouts—the flavoured candied stuff that’s kinda overpriced but still good? That’s Deadfall Adventures. It’s fancy and it’s pretty, but it’s just popcorn. It doesn’t break any new ground and it doesn’t revolutionize the way we do business, but it’s a …

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Fortune Favors The Bold In Sleep No More And The Stanley Parable

Fortune Favors The Bold In Sleep No More And The Stanley Parable 

Taking risks is part of playing videogames. Recent hit Dark Souls is one of the best examples of this, a game which gives you nothing and demands everything for even the smallest morsel. It punishes and rewards experimentation in equal measure, smashing you in the face when you roll right …

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Windborne Preview: Minecraft For Me

Windborne Preview: Minecraft For Me 

At this year’s PAX Prime, I stood in line for a chance to get a pin. While I didn’t get the pin, I did get drawn into a game that I’m really excited about—Windborne. At the time it looked like a Minecraft clone with some extras added on, but having …

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Matthew Porretta: A Look At Alan Wake’s Voice

Matthew Porretta: A Look At Alan Wake’s Voice 

Today I continue my quest to educate gamers about the voice actors who have such a strong effect on their lives. This time, I focus on Matthew Porretta, but according to one of his fan sites, Porretta has “expressed an opinion to keep his life private” – so no amount …

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Add Breasts and Stir: On Gender Equality in Videogames

Add Breasts and Stir: On Gender Equality in Videogames 

I haven’t played Grand Theft Auto V, but I think it’s probably sexist.
There are some readily apparent flaws in this line of logic, but that didn’t stop gamers from using it. Gamestop reviewer Carolyn Petit docked the game’s score a single point for its sexism, writing that the women …

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Reimagining the Quest in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Reimagining the Quest in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons 

Trigger warning for the brief mention of some in-game events concerning suicide.
 Knights, back in the day, were big on quests. Keen to prove themselves in battle, or find treasure, or rescue maidens they would often set off on their ponies into the dark forest, where strange sights and happenings were …

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Perfect–Now Do Better: A Review Of Goodbye, Deponia

Perfect–Now Do Better: A Review Of Goodbye, Deponia 

When I was in grade school, I had an art teacher named Ms. Gragilla. She was only in our school for one year, but about a third of the way into that year, I started to notice that I—a straight “A” student—was getting (gasp!) “B” grades on my art assignments, …

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