Category Archive: Articles

Our opinions on certain aspects of gaming or gaming culture.

Nov 17

Looking Back at Tomb Raider (2013)

In honor of the release for Rise of the Tomb Raider, I’ll look back on the reboot that started Lara Croft’s revival and the success (and my complaints) that followed. Normally when we think of reboots, we think of executives in a conference room pitching middling ideas on how the company can make more money. …

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Nov 09

Gone Fishing: Going Back to the Wasteland

By the time this post is published, Fallout 4 will most likely be released. And when Fallout 4 is out, I will most likely not want to write anything because nothing of significance will drop on that day. I’d be thinking too much about going back to the Wasteland. I’ll be thinking about Dogmeat. I’ll …

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Nov 02

Short and Sweet: Games Are Growing Up

Games are growing up. Whether or not the discourse around them follows suit, games will continue to pursue their own objectives that aren’t slavish to ensuring players are having “fun”. For many games made outside of big budgets, “fun” isn’t the main priority anymore. “Fun” has been replaced with themes, morals, and author’s intentions. And …

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Oct 26

The Art of Tidying Your Videogame Collection

Currently I’m reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and I have to say I’m a little intimidated. This self-help book is all about the art of tidying your home and how you too can keep your sanctuary in tiptop shape. It is a very easy read, about 200 pages, and I …

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Oct 21

People Are Not Winged Space Wizards: Video Games and the Quest for Better Representation

When it comes to representation, video games are sorta poor at it. I admit we are getting better. Afterall, last E3 saw many new games announced with a female protagonist and Halo 5:Guardians is giving us a leading non-white character in Spartan Locke. But that kind of representation is still sort of a rarity in …

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Oct 19

iOS Not Compatible: A New Appreciation for Consoles

I think I have a new appreciation for consoles and PCs after reading the latest trouble with the iOS App Store and game publishers pulling their titles off the store due to iOS9 compatibility issues. Huh. If you’ve read any of my diatribes on the app stores, you may have already predicted this was bound …

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Oct 05

A Movie That Could Have Actually Been a Gamerchanger, But Wasn’t

If I told you the BBC made a movie about the videogame studio Rockstar, their biggest selling game GTA, the controversy around the game, and the court battle between Rockstar and Jack Thompson, would you be interested? No? What if I told you Harry Potter was playing Sam Houser of Rockstar North and Bill Paxman …

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Sep 14

The Apple TV and the Death of Consoles. *pffft*

On Wednesday morning, Apple streamed a live press conference to anyone who still uses Safari. In the conference, CEO Tim Cook introduced a new wave of devices for their loyal customers as well as fashion accessories for their watches. Everyone from the biggest enthusiasts to the snarkiest complainers/comedian watched and tweeted their reactions for every …

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Sep 07

The David Vs Goliath Complex in Entertainment

I’m seeing a weird pattern of themes in most of the entertainment I follow, and oddly enough it all starts with a Will Smith movie. After watching the trailer of the upcoming film Concussion, I was not only impressed with the lack of Will Smith’s Fresh Prince persona but also the David vs. Goliath story …

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Aug 31

Hey, Remember LA Noire?

Back in 2011, I wrote a piece for a site (now deceased) about the magic that was LA Noire. At the time, it was the game and I mean THE GAME when it came out. It was the start of the summer and there was nothing like it on the videogame market. LA Noire was …

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Aug 25

The Problem with Cinematic Game Trailers

Recently, The Martian dropped a trailer revealing maybe a little too much plot points (it’s hard for me to say since I read the book). Though I’m sure there are reasons for showing more shots and story beats of the movie (and maybe prove Ridley Scott can still make a good movie), many fans are …

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Aug 17

Interactive Movies are Games

If I had to seclude one bothersome thing about gamers complaining about games (there’s a big list), it’s the complaint about how stories work in games and how stories should work in games. The other is what is and isn’t a game which oddly enough gets tangled into the story problem as well. Usually the …

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Aug 10

Two-ish Years Later – The Wolf Among Us Episode 1

When Telltale announced their followup franchise to The Walking Dead would be an adaptation of Bill Willingham’s Fables comics, eyebrows were raised. Telltale was on a high when The Walking Dead started winning many Game of the Year awards so jumping into another franchise was a bit intriguing. Two-ish years later, how well has the …

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Aug 03

GTA V – Two (ish) Years Later: What’s the Deal with Michael?

Two years ago a little indie gem by the name of GTA V took the world by storm and left its skid marks everywhere. In three days, the game made a billion dollars and, of course, became a popular point of discussion. Chat shows wanting in on the trend regardless of creditability decided to stick …

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Jul 28

Casual Game Mechanics

Ah, summer. Only summer brings out the competitive side of players as I watch videos of cars diving, sliding, and exploding while trying to hit a metal ball inside a goal. But there’s something unique about this particular game, Rocket League if you’re curious, that somehow fits neatly with other successful games of a similar …

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