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Nic (formerly known as Wrenchfarm) has been an active member of the Dtoid community since 2010. After toiling away in the Cblog mines and Recap Team workhouse for years, he made the jump and became a staff member in 2014. He likes robots, coffee, and pictures of robots enjoying coffee.











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8:00 PM on 03.03.2015

Will Bethesda hurry up and announce Fallout 4?

GDC is here, and as is the case with any big trade show or splashy industry event, I'll be on tenterhooks waiting to hear the one piece of news I care about -- When is Fallout 4 going to happen? For years I've expected the an...

Nic Rowen

11:30 AM on 02.27.2015

There is a lot to unpack from this Mortal Kombat X story trailer

Ostensibly this story trailer for Mortal Kombat X is supposed to set the stage for the latest generation of Earthrealm warriors' struggle against the forces of Outworld, but we all know what the real hype is about -- charact...

Nic Rowen

2:30 PM on 02.26.2015

Payday 2 welcomes Jacket from Hotline Miami to the crew

You might not know this, but murderers love cross-brand synergy. That's why hot on the heels of some John Wick co-marketing, Payday 2 is getting a rash of neon-soaked DLC to celebrate the release of Hotline Miami 2. Remorsel...

Nic Rowen

7:30 PM on 02.13.2015

Review: Evolve

Trying to pin down my exact thoughts on Evolve has been trickier than pinning down any kind of prey the game has thrown at me. I was cautious with my initial impressions of the game earlier this week, noting an uneven play ex...

Nic Rowen

8:30 AM on 02.10.2015

Review in Progress: Evolve

If you didn't know Turtle Rock Studios was the brains behind 2008's Left 4 Dead, you could probably guess as much after a few hours with its latest game, Evolve. The zombies might be gone in favor of giant monsters and lethal...

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 02.06.2015

Wow, LJN really hated kids

Widely reviled as one of the worst game companies of all time, LJN earned its infamy way back during the NES era, pumping out terrible licensed game after terrible licensed game. The company was bought by Acclaim where it co...

Nic Rowen

10:15 AM on 02.06.2015

Holy crap, check out the neon Goro hiding out behind Ed Boon!

You know, developers are always looking for pre-order bonuses and special edition swag to get us to buy-in early. They'll hold popular character hostage for a pre-order or contract out an art design house to build a spe...

Nic Rowen

12:00 PM on 02.05.2015

Mecha Trigger made me feel real dumb before it made me feel (kind of) smart

When people say “educational game” I instinctively clench up. I was raised in the heyday of Canadian educational software, with all the impenetrable geography-teaching trucking simulators and embarrassingly stilte...

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 01.30.2015

Get your knives out: A list of the best pointy objects in the business

Knives in games are weird. They're either way too weak and flimsy to be any fun (the weapon of last resort you mess around with for a few moments to delay dying or before you restart from your last, hopefully ammo-rich, save)...

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 01.19.2015

Fan-made Silent Hill game looks like a disturbing delight

If you're looking for something spooky to hold you over between P.T and the full release of Silent Hills, you may be interested in this new, free, fan-made Source mod, Silent Hill: Alchemilla. For a fan effort, Alchemilla lo...

Nic Rowen

12:00 PM on 01.16.2015

I know how to save Call of Duty in a post-Advanced Warfare world

“I don't think I can ever go back to the old style of Call of Duty.” I've heard some variation of that sentence at least once per week since the launch of Advanced Warfare, and if I were Treyarch or Infinity Ward...

Nic Rowen

1:45 PM on 01.14.2015

Mortal Kombat X trailer reveals the return of a couple of fan favorites

Drip feeding out character reveals is a fine fighting game tradition. But this morning, NetherRealm cranked up the dial and mainlined a medically unsafe dose straight to the heart of Mortal Kombat X junkies. A trailer t...

Nic Rowen

5:00 PM on 01.11.2015

Give me games inspired by weirdos and madmen

Celebrities are making games now, this is a thing we're going to have to live with. Kim Kardashian's done it, RuPaul's done it (and apparently her game is surprisingly fun, as our Jonathan Holmes discovered), and of course, 5...

Nic Rowen

9:30 AM on 01.06.2015

Old Man Kung Lao shuffles his weary bones to the next Mortal Kombat tournament

Everyone's favorite Odd Job-inspired warrior will be returning to the bloody fray in Mortal Kombat X. Kung Lao's return was confirmed in the most recent issue of GamesMaster Magazine. And, as always, cutting-edge fashion will be very important to him. (I'll show myself out.)

Nic Rowen

8:00 AM on 01.03.2015

People are soloing Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer mode on the max difficulty already

If you're having trouble with something in a game, never check the forums. It will just rub salt in the wounds. I picked up Dragon Age: Inquisition over the holidays and have been logging some time in the game's multiplayer ...

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 12.27.2014

EventHubs Street Fighter V character poll reveals a terrible crime

Fighting game mega-site EventHubs is running a poll to see which Street Fighter characters fans want to see return the most in SFV. Considering SFV is still pretty early on in development, there is the slim, outside chance th...

Nic Rowen