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5:12 AM on 03.12.2013

You're a Bad Person for Enjoying SimCity

Did the title get your attention? Good. Itís supposed to. Now, before you get all huffed over yet another blog about the failures of Maxis, Iíll tell you the good news: This isnít about SimCity. It includes SimCity, but S...   read

2:39 PM on 03.09.2013

Magic and Gunpower: Shadowrun Returns First Impressions

ďWatch your back, shoot straight, conserve ammo and never, ever cut a deal with a dragon.Ē Those are the words that every shadowrunner knows by heart. To some they were the first words that greeted them when they cracked o...   read

4:25 PM on 03.07.2013

Growing Up Gamer

For the four or five of you who remember, my last article was an overview of Ys Origins. In that article, I briefly mentioned an encounter back in the day with a game the US knows as Wanderers From Ys III. Well, after wri...   read

9:29 PM on 03.05.2013

Indie Cred: Ys Origin - All Along The Watchtower

If youíre a gamer in the US, likely your only encounter with the Ys brand before this era would have been with Wanderers from Ys for the SNES. It was certainly my first experience, and one that has stuck with me since the day...   read

2:57 PM on 02.13.2013

Dare To Be Badass: Project Development Part 2

Hey Destructoidians, Returner Mike here once again with the thrilling second episode of my special, ĎSo Your Rampant Insanity Has Driven You To Create Somethingí. Last post dealt with what I like to call Ďcruel realityí. Th...   read

3:51 PM on 02.10.2013

Herding Cats or: Running a Game Development Group

Apologies, but thisíll be a long one. About a year ago, I received a strange notification. An offhand remark that I enjoyed writing in my free time had caught someoneís attention on one of the more popular social media blog...   read

11:17 PM on 02.01.2013

The Chronic- What? -cles of Valkyria!

So after some confusion with Amazon (and possibly the most amazing customer service experience Iíve ever encountered in my life) I finally got 2008ís critically acclaimed Valkyria Chronicles. While this game has been review...   read

1:47 AM on 01.30.2013

A Payneful Experience

I am nearly finished with Max Payne 3, and have finally come to admit to myself a difficult truth. I donít like this game. This was a shocker to me, as MP 1 & 2 are games that I consider to be some of the best that the th...   read

6:02 PM on 01.27.2013

Mass Arcade Overview - Xbox Live Five

I find myself in a position Iím becoming rather familiar with (no, not reverse cowgirl)... owning all of the games in an upcoming pack. So now that Iím finally doing this crazy blog thing, I figured Iíd spread some of that kn...   read

4:03 PM on 01.27.2013

Daddy Issues - Games With a Parental Theme

Awhile ago, Iíd read an article outlining how games are beginning to target older audiences, in an effort to appeal to the finally-aging fan base of our favorite medium. It was an interesting read, and one that wasnít unexpec...   read

5:32 PM on 01.26.2013

Control vs. Power or Stop Helping Me Dammit!

Recently, I got to play through Resident Evil 6 with a friend of mine, who surprised me with the game as a Christmas gift. Now, this game has received a lot of flak and while admittedly itís earned most of it, I still think i...   read

2:31 AM on 01.25.2013

Can A Video Game Be Sexy?

Well, I suppose for a debut post, this isnít a bad place to start. So, sex in video games. This is a topic that has always been on my mind, one Iíve felt gets an awful lot of attention but doesnít actually benefit from this...   read

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