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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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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

4:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Nic Rowen's list of the best games of the year

2014 was such a weird year in games for me. If you had asked me last January how I thought this list would have shook out, I'd have been far off the mark. For one thing, I would have expected a slew of amazing new Xbox One an...

Nic Rowen

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