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9:39 PM on 10.18.2011

Compilation Review: Prince of Persia HD

I have a confession to make: I missed out on the Prince of Persia trilogy. Yes, some of the most lauded and famous sixth generation games completely escaped my radar. I’m not even sure why. I had a PS2, but I was going thr...   read

4:33 PM on 08.08.2011

Brink Review: Literally On The Brink

Brink is one of those unfortunate games where you see the vision of what the developers wanted as you play but it doesn’t show up on the actual disc. This far future acrobatic opus attracted attention as a new intellectual p...   read

12:32 PM on 08.02.2011

The Grass is Always Greener When it Comes to Sequels

I read a very enjoyable article a few weeks ago on Kotaku. “Speak up on Kotaku” is basically an opportunity for users to say their pieces on anything gaming related, and the best get published on the website itself. User ...   read

10:31 AM on 07.27.2011

Necro Review - Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

I’ve had a rollercoaster of a history with tactical RPGs. I played Silent Storm until my PC overheated but after three attempts I just haven’t been able to get into Disgaea. Tactics Ogre is something I’m even more ambiguous...   read

6:29 PM on 07.24.2011

No Rose Colored Glasses: Vagrant Story

Right on the heels of the less-than-glowing retrospective I gave Xenogears, another classic JRPG is up to bat. This is Vagrant Story with no rose colored glasses. When you grow out of adolescence and mature into an older ga...   read

4:28 PM on 07.23.2011

No Rose Colored Glasses: Xenogears

As some of you regular blog readers may have noticed, I briefly disappeared off the face of the Earth. Starting a business keeps you busy, but things have cooled off, so I'm happy to return to video game writing. I've got a...   read

10:17 PM on 05.30.2011

VGR Review: 3rd Birthday

Parasite Eve is one of those franchises that never made it out of the original PlayStation era when JRPGs fell onto Sony’s first console like autumn rain. The first two games are often held up as PlayStation classics but t...   read

1:25 PM on 05.01.2011

The Value of Sixty Dollars: Epic Games Edition

I was disappointed to read about what Mike Capps of Epic Games said the other week. He made the claim that the ninety-nine cent mobile gaming market on iOS devices is “killing us”, the “us” specifically referring to the co...   read

6:01 PM on 04.21.2011

Fun with Math: M Rated Games and Minors

Out of curiosity I couldn’t help but ask Leland Yee and his chief of staff, Adam Keigwin, what they thought of the new FTC report published today, which indicates that a mere 13% of minors can purchase M rated games at reta...   read

12:33 PM on 03.24.2011

A Tale of Two Open Worlds

Open world games have become something of a staple in video games ever since Grand Theft Auto III revolutionized the genre. Ever since the technology became more readily available, open worlds have appeared in everything fro...   read

9:18 AM on 02.28.2011

Past and Present: Quake Arena Arcade Review

The verdict: If you’re a serious nostalgia buff you may see this as worth 1,200 Microsoft points, but you’re not missing much if you never got into the original game. Towards the tail end of the 20th century into the early y...   read

2:13 PM on 02.15.2011

Five Instances Proving Anti-Game Activists Have Given Up

Video games are nothing if not familiar with controversy. Cliff Bleszinski even pointed out recently that video games are the new rock and roll. It’s a difficult position to argue since a ban was once put forth in the Unite...   read

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