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2:49 PM on 06.11.2009

Spore: Galactic Adventures - Teasing or Pleasing?

When Spore came out last year, I think it's fair to say the reaction to the game was pretty meh compared to the hype. Personally, I enjoyed it as a creative sandbox for dicking around, but I can understand how some people w...   read

3:32 PM on 06.08.2009

E-Thrizzle: Pre-Natal Skepticism

Project Natal, Microsoft's motion-detecting controller-less interface, was one of the big stories coming out of this year's E3. I'm looking forward to seeing what developers can do with it, but I'm also pretty skeptical about...   read

10:09 AM on 06.04.2009

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years; Rydia's Tale - Review

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - Rydia's Tale WiiWare Add-On - 300 Wii Points Rydia's Tale is an a DLC add on for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It requires The After Years main story in order to play. You can downloa...   read

9:33 AM on 06.02.2009

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - Review

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - Main Story WiiWare - 800 Wii Points This review is pretty much spoiler-free as far as story content goes, but there is some discussion of characters and how the game ends. Not what happens...   read

12:34 PM on 05.30.2009

EA Sports Active: Uses for the Resistance Band

The Resistance Band When you open the box for EA Sports Active, there is a package containing a long thin strip of rubber that smells sort of like After Eight dinner mints and also kind of like a trip to the dentist. You ...   read

8:03 AM on 03.01.2009

Rememberies of Zelda - Stay Gold Ponyboy

It took a lot of begging and stretching the truth to get my dad to buy a copy of The Legend of Zelda. I was finally able to convince him by claiming that it was an educational game. I said that you had to do math to progres...   read

8:26 AM on 01.31.2009

Rememberies of Zelda - What's in a Name?

The instruction manual for The Legend of Zelda says, "Link, the hero of The Legend of Zelda, does not yet exist. You create Link by first registering your player name". I remember thinking this was some powerful juju indee...   read

12:56 PM on 09.11.2008

Spore: Dumbed Down or Smartened Up?

The consensus on Spore seems to be that it's an interesting - if imperfect - novelty, a collection of relatively simple editors and game play mechanics that ultimately adds up to more than the sum of its parts. One of the ...   read

1:56 PM on 09.05.2008

Let Us Install It

Ran into this offer today at Best Buy: Do you think that they're offering to install the game or the T-shirt? If you were to take them up on the offer, would you have to bring your Wii into the store so that they can inse...   read

11:23 PM on 09.04.2008

Epic Marketing of Wit and Skill

There's a new quasi-lifestreaming site targeting gamers called Raptr. I don't know whether or not the site is useful, but I do know that the explanatory comic strip on the main page is kind of embarrassing. This strikes me...   read

11:05 PM on 06.29.2008

MGS Future: Show don't tell PLZ

<<Spoilers below. Don't read on if you haven't finished MGS:4, or are worried about spoiling any of the other MGS games>> One of the major criticisms leveled against the Metal Gear Solid series is its over-reli...   read

3:58 AM on 06.28.2008

The Start of the Affair: Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

TLDR Version - Zak McKracken totally changed my perspective about what games could be by telling a great story with interesting characters and clever (if obtuse) puzzles. TL Version: When I was a kid, about ten, after eno...   read

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