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Games of the Year 2014

It has been an interesting year, for gaming and myself. Perhaps not the best for either. Having been plagued by health problems that began with my back, extended through my neck and extremities, resulting in some ongoing conditions, has left me with little time for gaming. I decided to take some time off and work on […]

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‘Cloudbuilt’: The Devil Is in the Design

Can be seen on PopMatters Cloudbuilt is a high-speed, self-described parkour-platformer. While it evokes many games and genres that came before it, most notably Mirror’s Edge, it is definitely in a class all its own. One part Samus, one part Sonic the Hedgehog, this action-adventure hero, Demi, aims high as she runs over and through […]

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Can be seen on PopMatters It’s a tale as old as time. Father rises to power by saving the world from the minions of Satan and the underworld. Father is slain by son in a fit of Oedipal rage. Father returns from the dead for vengeance and the chance of eternal peace. And, oh yes, […]

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‘The Banner Saga’ Is Worthy of the Name ‘Saga’

Can be seen on PopMatters The gods are dead. Building on the ancient tradition of Nordic storytelling, Stoic Studio’s The Banner Saga manages to tell a story that is both epic and intimate. The Banner Saga doesn’t bombard the player with backstory as many RPGs do. That isn’t to say that there isn’t a well-fleshed out world to explore, […]

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Games of the Year 2013

It has been an interesting year in gaming. There have been many milestones in the triple A space and the indie scene continues to boom. It is also the first year in my adulthood that I have been active enough a gamer to put together some sort of “best of” list. My list will not […]

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First Impressions: The Walking Dead: Season Two

Contains minor spoilers Clementine is growing up before our eyes. The Walking Dead: Season Two has begun, and just in time for the holidays. If The Walking Dead doesn’t say holiday season cheer, I don’t know what does. Telltale had revealed that Clementine would be returning as a playable character, so that isn’t so surprising. I […]

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Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Can be seen on PopMatters With so much to say about Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, it is difficult to know where to begin. Originally released in 2000 by BioWare, which was based on the 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeon & Dragons role-playing system, Baldur’s Gate II became widely praised as one of the greatest role-playing […]

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Now Playing: Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Currently I’ve been playing Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition in order to review. While I am an avid RPG fan and a fan of BioWare in general, I must admit I am new to the Forgotten Realms universe. And my first  observation is, wow, modern RPG players are really very spoiled. Baldur’s Gate II uses […]

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‘Shadow Warrior’ Respawns a Classic Shooter

Shadow Warrior is a game with one foot in the past and one foot in the future of the first-person shooter genre. Shadow Warrior is a reboot of the 3D Realms cult-classic PC shooter from 1997 and in many ways retains much of the same spirit as the original. Shadow Warrior is a game that faces its racial past, acknowledges […]

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Currently Playing: Dishonored

Finding the Fun in Dishonored What first drew me to Dishonored was it’s unique art style and it’s outlandish powers. Ever since my childhood, filled with comic books and science fiction and fantasy media, I had dreamed of having supernatural powers. The ability to teleport(blink) and transport your mind telepathically into another body(possession) immediately brought […]

‘Battle Royale’ vs. ‘The Hunger Games’

After screening the San Francisco premiere of Battle Royale, made possible only because of the success of The Hunger Games, it is time to compare and contrast the two films. To set the scene, we open on a dystopian near futuristic world, yet seemingly familiar, overrun with crime and violence. Teenagers are forced to fight […]