Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

Look What We Found: Invisible, Inc.

Espionage and crime have both been glorified–to a certain degree–in the media, but in the context of games, that’s because they always provide unique opportunities for gameplay. The newest entry into this genre (if you will) is Invisible, Inc. by Klei Entertainment, a game that mixes that studio’s unique aesthetic …

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Conversations: The Peculiar Focus of Bravely Default’s North American Demo

Conversations: The Peculiar Focus of Bravely Default’s North American Demo 

Below, Tom Auxier and I discuss our time with the recently released demo for the North American version of Bravely Default. I wouldn’t usually take the time to discuss a demo on Nintendo’s eShop at length, but I’m a sucker for JRPGs, and Bravely Default is a game I’d been …

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Just… Awkward: A Review Of Al Emmo And The Lost Dutchman’s Mine

Just… Awkward: A Review Of Al Emmo And The Lost Dutchman’s Mine 

In 2006, Himalaya Studios released Al Emmo and The Lost Dutchman’s Mine. Now, eight years later, I’m trying to figure out why it was remade and released in 2013.

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Is itch.io Right For You?

Is itch.io Right For You? 

There’s burgeoning service gaining popularity with independent developers, allowing them to post their games sans approval and set the prices at will. But it seems too much of the conversation centers around the question, “What is it?!”
We’re here to answer your questions about new digital sales platform, itch.io. And more …

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RPG Club Plays KOTOR: Week 1

RPG Club Plays KOTOR: Week 1 

This month, the Pixels or Death tackles Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Two of us haven’t played before, one hasn’t finished before, and the last is an enthusiastic veteran; and you’ll have all our perspectives to enjoy as we play all month.

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Bioshock Infinite’s OST Cockup, And How You Can Fix It (Repost w/ edits)

Bioshock Infinite’s OST Cockup, And How You Can Fix It (Repost w/ edits) 

First, I want to make it clear that the Bioshock Infinite OST is good, and as I’ve said before, I love the OSTs composer Garry Schyman so very much. However, Irrational Games has made a mistake.
As you likely noticed during your playthrough of the game, there are a number of …

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Look What We Found: Permutation Racer

Look What We Found: Permutation Racer 

Big Robot, the team behind the in-process Sir, You Are Being Hunted, has released a free game called Permutation Racer. It’s a procedurally generated racing game, in the lines of Race The Sun, but this game features a greater sense of exploration; the geometries that pop up are less angular, …

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The Secret Of Style: A Review Of Secrets Of Rætikon

The Secret Of Style: A Review Of Secrets Of Rætikon 

Super Meat Boy’s flawless controls wouldn’t have made a splash without its quirky, hilarious characters. Braid’s interesting mechanics would have been reductively described as a two-dimensional Sands of Time without its stylized aesthetic. Antichamber could have looked like Portal. The Dream Machine could have been made with pixels instead of …

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