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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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12:00 PM on 12.17.2014

MechWarrior Online's Community Warfare has taught me what it feels like to be the frustrated parent

In the land of MechWarrior Online, Christmas came early last week. Or severely, massively late depending on your perspective. Much like my relationship status with MWO in general: it's complicated. Community Warfare, the long...

Nic Rowen

3:00 PM on 12.14.2014

Street Fighter V being exclusive might not be the worst thing ever

Ok, yes we all hate third-party exclusives. It's especially grating for a franchise as venerable and well loved as Street Fighter. This is a raw deal for the world warriors out there who have already plunked down money on an ...

Nic Rowen

3:00 PM on 12.11.2014

The real nightmare is that this special edition Bloodborne pack isn't coming to North America

European desks are about to get a little more cluttered with the announcement of a special “Nightmare Edition” of Bloodborne. The €119 set comes with a variety of doodads, including a spooky looking quill set...

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 12.07.2014

Dear devs, stop it with tutorials all the way through the game

“THA'S HOW YOU RIDE A CARRRRRAGOR!" Yeah, thanks asshole. I've already done this like two dozen times. You might have noticed I rode up to your mission marker ON a Caragor. “WHEN UN' ORC IS DOWN, THA'S WHEN YOUR C...

Nic Rowen

2:30 PM on 12.04.2014

The perfect games for your holiday get-togethers

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means quality time with all the family you haven't seen since last year. Unfortunately, "quality time" can quickly devolve into awkward small talk and watching It's a Wonderful Life...

Nic Rowen

10:00 AM on 11.27.2014

Armchair psychology: Why we keep playing bad games

“Destiny is the worst game I can't stop playing” I keep hearing this, or variations of it again and again from my friends, all of whom seem unable to escape the jaws of a game they all claim to hate. And you know ...

Nic Rowen

10:30 AM on 11.25.2014

Project HON's mech combat trailer is amazing and confusing

I wish everyday started with over 20 minutes of gorgeous mech combat. Project HON's impressively long trailer includes everything you could ask for from a game inspired by mecha anime: senseless destruction, giant guns, metal fisticuffs, weaponized grappling hooks, and transforming robots. Best breakfast viewing ever.

Nic Rowen

10:00 AM on 11.25.2014

Dark Souls II is set to respawn on the PS4 and Xbox One

A re-release of Dark Souls II for the current-gen consoles and a DX11 version for the PC has been announced in classic Souls fashion – with a moody and cryptic trailer showing scenes of unimaginable horror. Sign me up.

Nic Rowen

2:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Did Blizzard kill my dreams for a City of Heroes successor?

Spending the last week hearing how great Warlords of Draenor is has put me in a funk. I fondly remember my MMO days, but I've never been able to love another one since City of Heroes was shut down. It left a death-ray-shaped ...

Nic Rowen

12:30 PM on 11.18.2014

Five Nights at Freddy's lore video is spooky

Turns out I was already behind the times when I made a goof about lore videos in my Five Nights at Freddy's 2 review. This excellent YouTube video from The Game Theorists takes a look at a possible deeper meaning behind the ...

Nic Rowen

1:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Review: Five Nights at Freddy's 2

It feels like only a few weeks since Five Nights at Freddy's managed to completely ruin my childhood memories of family restaurants and dancing animatronics. The creepy horror/resource management game put you in the shoes of ...

Nic Rowen

3:30 PM on 11.13.2014

Majestic Nights should be taken away in an unmarked van for its own good

I dig espionage stories. Faceless government agents running amok, corporate interests dominating the nation's politics, scruffy retired spooks pulled in for "one last job"; I eat that stuff up. So I was excited when I heard a...

Nic Rowen

2:30 PM on 11.12.2014

XCOM: Enemy Within on mobile could ruin my life

Every once and awhile I see something that I desperately want but know I shouldn't get because it would ruin my life. Motorcycles, home-installed espresso machines, that sort of thing. Now I can add XCOM: Enemy Within on mobi...

Nic Rowen

12:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Review: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

In 2011, I lost a chunk of my life. An insidious tendril of addiction, despair, and obsession caught me by the ankle and dragged me into the The Binding of Isaac's darkened basement. I lost dozens of hours, whole days at a ti...

Nic Rowen

3:25 PM on 11.07.2014

Blizzard fails to announce Rock & Roll Racing 2

Over at Blizzcon today, Blizzard announced its first new IP in 17 years, Overwatch. However, the studio also failed to announce any tentative plans to release Rock & Roll Racing 2, a cartoonish adversarial racing game fea...

Nic Rowen

2:00 PM on 11.07.2014

Frontier Defense: Titanfall live work shopping its sequel

Titanfall's new horde mode, Frontier Defense, isn't going to win any awards for originality. Frontier Defense tasks a team of four players with the protection a generic space fuel pump called the Harvester, and dumps escalati...

Nic Rowen