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Gamers Are from Mars, Players Are from Venus

You know, I fancy myself a pretty nice guy most of the time. I call my mom to tell her I love her all the time, and usually itís not even before I ask for another loan. I donate to local charities regularly. And I always make...

 


It's Uncanny.

A simple wooden door. I've lost count of how many times my gaming adventures have been halted by one of them. In my possession I hold an axe, a crowbar, and my trusty bazooka on my back. But none of these items that are su...

 


You Can Go Home Again. And Again and Again...

Press Start. Such a simple, innocuous command. A directive that lies at the beginning of any playerís journey into a game, that glorious moment when anticipation transforms into reality, and the analog rubber hits the digital...

 


A History of Violence

Something about that Jennifer Helper interview and the misogynerd flamefest that ensued bothered me. Not because she asked for a combat skip button in gamesóit's been experimented with before, and even Bioware offers a ďcomb...

 



Keep It Simple, Stupid.

On a particularly boring and nostalgic night this week I decided to pop in one of the greatest arcade games of all time: The Simpsons Arcade. In the midst of a litany of pithy catch-phrases and indiscriminate henchman whompin...

 







Dude, You Got RPG in My Peanut Butter

(old man Kona sits in a rocking chair next to a fireplace) Ya see kids, back in my day, you knew what a game was when you blew into it a few times and plugged it in. Platformers were platformers, beat-em-ups were beat-em-ups...

 


About konaone of us since 10:16 PM on 10.21.2011

Ever since my dad held me up to a Pole Position cabinet to steer as he worked the pedals, I've been absolutely hooked on games. It just took me 25 years to figure out that I loved writing about them too. I don't have any particular genre biases, I'll play just about anything that involves pressing buttons (that's probably why I shouldn't visit hospitals...). This blog is just the thoughts of a guy who loves games, but is occasionally frustrated when they squander their potential.


 
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