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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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3:00 PM on 04.17.2015

Wayne Brady will rip out your spine in MK X

Normally a celebrity event like this Mortal Kombat X launch tournament would be the sort of thing that makes my skin crawl. A slimy affair of glad-handing B-list celebrities on the downslope of their careers trying to appear...

Nic Rowen

10:00 PM on 04.14.2015

What would a Daredevil game 'look' like?

I've been watching the Netflix Daredevil series and so far it's good. It's so good in fact, it's made me rethink my entire opinion on Daredevil -- which prior to this last week had been an exaggerated shrug with maybe a sarca...

Nic Rowen

8:30 PM on 04.12.2015

Mortal Kombat X Fatal 8 tournament ends with a bang

Dominique “cR|Sonic Fox” McLean shot and stabbed his way through the competition to become the first official Mortal Kombat X tournament winner this weekend. Sonic Fox dominated the ESL hosted Fatal 8 tournament a...

Nic Rowen

7:30 PM on 04.11.2015

Which low tier character will I waste my time on in Mortal Kombat X?

They say you should never marry for love, but I always do. Every single damn time. I guess you could call me a romantic. If you felt like being less charitable (and possibly more accurate), you could call me a scrub. I couldn...

Nic Rowen

12:00 PM on 04.09.2015

Won't somebody think of the children?

When I was a little boy, Mortal Kombat was a tough sell around my home. Like most pre-adolescents of the era, I was darkly attracted to the idea of ninjas and movie stars decapitating each other in bouts of gladiatorial comba...

Nic Rowen

7:00 PM on 03.31.2015

Review: Evolve: The Hunt Evolves Update

More than a month ago Evolve came out to tepid reactions and muted fanfare. Today's release of the game's first major content update, delivering on the Hunting Season Pass and the pre-order Monster Expansion Pack, might have ...

Nic Rowen

4:30 PM on 03.22.2015

Bind yourself in Isaac shirts

These Binding of Isaac shirts from theyetee.com combine the terror of Isaac with nostalgic love for Zelda, creating something that is making me reconsider my “no game t-shit” policy. The three new shirts include a...

Nic Rowen

2:00 PM on 03.22.2015

Record breaking competitive Dota 2 match lasts over 3 hours

Dota matches have a reputation for becoming grindy slogs, but I'm pretty sure they aren't supposed to resemble the intractable grind of WWI trench warfare. On Friday a qualifying match between competitive teams Cloud9 and SFZ...

Nic Rowen

8:30 PM on 03.16.2015

Rise from your grave! Hawken might not be dead after all

Free-to-play mech shooter Hawken may have a new lease on life with the announcement that it has been acquired by Reloaded Games, the publisher behind APB: Reloaded. “Hawken is here to stay” says Joshua Clausten, t...

Nic Rowen

5:30 PM on 03.14.2015

What can save Titanfall 2?

I absolutely adored Titanfall, but going by the comments and blogs I've read over the past year, it seems like I'm the only person on Earth who did. Every article, news post, or blog written about the game invariably becomes ...

Nic Rowen

6:30 PM on 03.13.2015

Johnny Cage proves he can still do the splits in 7-minute slice of Mortal Kombat X's story mode

If you hate spoilers, you might not want to watch this clip. But, for anyone curious about Mortal Kombat X's story mode, this seven-minute chunk of decapitations and helicopter acrobatics should give you an idea of what to e...

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Review: Five Nights at Freddy's 3

While it has been a mere four months since the last sequel was released, Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is set years after the events of the first game. Crafty businessmen keen to exploit the gory legacy of the infamous ...

Nic Rowen

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