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11:40 AM on 05.19.2014

Antiestablishment in Dead Space

George A. Romero, famed director of Dawn of the Dead, read the zombie-apocalypse genre as being about "revolution, one generation consuming the next." The idea of the living dead stems from social change, people fearing the d...   read

1:01 PM on 05.11.2014

The Corporeal Supernatural of Uncharted 3

The Uncharted series is touted as the Indiana Jones of videogames; a globetrotting treasure hunt, complete with a wise cracking adventurer, an evil organization and a cheesy romantic conclusion. Working with the archetypes en...   read

6:51 PM on 08.28.2013

Why the Wii U Won’t Lose its Gamepad (Anytime Soon)

Today, Nintendo revealed the Nintendo 2DS. Some people love it, some people hate, most of these people aren't the kids it was marketed towards. It looks like a child's calculator, bulky and coupled with bright colours. But th...   read

11:57 AM on 06.18.2013

Spec Ops Crossed the Line, But the Player Could Not

Wait until you're growing ashen hair and wearing wrinkled skin. By that time, you'll be looking back at Spec Ops: The Line as one of the most important games in the medium's history. Something we lack in our world -- in our p...   read

8:53 AM on 05.19.2013

The Empty Heart of Max Payne

Upon loading Max Payne 3, the violins of the ominous menu music sent a chill down my spine. My mood was dragged down with each note as I began to speculate where this story could go. I was lost in the music, enamoured by imag...   read

10:25 AM on 05.15.2013

How Limbo Made the Devil Cry

There's this statement thrown around nowadays, praising the setting of a game, over its inhabitants. I've often heard people refer to Grand Theft Auto IV as a game about Liberty City, not about Niko Bellic and his plights thr...   read

12:36 PM on 05.12.2013

Far Cry 3

It's easy to look at Far Cry 3 and see another generic shooter, another power fantasy, another desolate open world. But if you spend any time with the game you'll realize there's more to this book than its cover. Player choic...   read

10:11 AM on 05.10.2013

Over-salting Assassin's Creed

The early Assassin's Creed games had a particular rhythm that allowed for the congruence of ancient science-fiction elements, with the historical periods featured in each game. I'm not sure where this originated, but I first ...   read

12:44 PM on 05.08.2013

Assassin's Creed 3 Review

Concealment. Corruption. A blade in a crowd. The imagery has become synonymous with the Assassin's Creed franchise, continually intriguing yet ultimately familiar. Pieced together as a travelogue in time, the series provides ...   read

6:56 PM on 05.05.2013

The Choreography of Dead Space 3

Remember the first time you walked around The Deku Tree in Ocarina of Time? It taught you the ropes: sights, sounds, and all the monster slaying in between. "Cobweb in the way? I can burn it. Strange flora? Must be dangerous....   read

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