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Review: Indoor Sports World photo
Review: Indoor Sports World
by Ian Bonds

Bar games (or pub games) can be a fun diversion when you're out and about: hanging with friends, drinking, and generally making a fool of yourselves when at a bar. The bar atmosphere and playing with friends is what makes games like billiards, snooker, air hockey, and darts fun.

So naturally, a portable title featuring unpopulated venues and minimal online support is a perfect way to play them. Or rather, it isn't.

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10:00 PM on 12.23.2013

Brentalfloss gives us Super Mario 3D World with lyrics

If you follow Brentalfloss on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed how obsessed he's been with the soundtrack to Super Mario 3D World of late. I figured it was only a matter of time before he gave it the "what if it had...

Ian Bonds



Review: Rush (Wii U) photo
Review: Rush (Wii U)
by Ian Bonds

I love playing games on the Wii U, but I run in to the same problem with every one of them. I find myself looking down at the screen on the GamePad more than up at the beautiful HD visuals on the TV in front of me. I play games on the Wii U as if I'm playing a handheld like the 3DS; head down, shoulders slouched, never looking up. It's a weird sensation, as I always feel like I should be watching the screen, but I'm a creature of habit.

Evidently, Two Tribes has ported its PC puzzle game Rush over to Wii U with me in mind. The entire game focuses solely on the GamePad's screen itself, and utilizes its unique control scheme to that effect as well.

Oh, and it's excellent.

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6:30 PM on 12.17.2013

Starbomb is here, shove it in your eyes and earholes

Starbomb is the adult-oriented, videogame-themed supergroup of EgoRaptor, Game Grumps, and Ninja Sex Party, and it's here to rock your face off. The above video, "Luigi's Ballad," is the first single from the self-titled alb...

Ian Bonds

7:30 PM on 12.09.2013

Colossal Shadow of the Colossus fan art is just that

DeviantArt member Andrew McGee has visualized each of the various Colossi from Shadow of the Colossus into one image, showing exactly how they compare to one another in scale. It's a breathtaking image, especially when you co...

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8:30 PM on 12.03.2013

Stick it to the Man is out now for PS Vita

The ever-hilarious and awesome game Stick it to the Man is available right frikkin' now in the PSN store for PS Vita. If you read my review, you know that I absolutely loved the charm, style, and humor of this game and I high...

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Impressions: Rainbow Moon (Vita) photo
Impressions: Rainbow Moon (Vita)
by Ian Bonds

Strategy RPGs seem to thrive on handheld systems. While many are released on console, it often takes a port to a portable build for gamers to take notice. With a sequel already in the works, EastAsiaSoft has seen fit to port last year's Rainbow Moon from PS3 to Vita, and the experience remains mostly intact from the console version.

This is both to its credit and its detriment.

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10:00 PM on 12.01.2013

Clem isn't the only one returning in The Walking Dead S2

Earlier today, Telltale Games' Twitter account Tweeted the above picture, with the text "A familiar face returns in #TheWalkingDead Season Two premiere episode, "All That Remains," releasing this month." For folks that have p...

Ian Bonds



Review: BandFuse: Rock Legends photo
Review: BandFuse: Rock Legends
by Ian Bonds

My family is very musically inclined. My father sings, and my mother sings and plays guitar. My wife's family is also musical; playing piano, guitar, drums, etc. between her, her brother, father, aunt, and so on. When I was about 12, I got an acoustic guitar for my birthday. I didn't start taking lessons for it until I was 17, in high school, once they finally started offering classes.

I'm the mutant of the family. I have no real discernible musical talent. While I do a passable job at singing, I can't really play any instruments. And yet...I own four guitars. Real ones. I also own four plastic guitars for games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. That's how you'll get me to learn and play: make it a game.

BandFuse: Rock Legends was made for people like me. And people like my family. And sometimes, both at the same time.

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3:00 PM on 11.24.2013

This 'Gamer Song' is just as good as you think

German YouTuber ForbiddenNickname clearly loves videogames. So much so that he has penned what I'm sure he feels is the greatest gamer anthem in the history of ever. Your mileage may vary. In what is some sort of weird hybri...

Ian Bonds



Review: Stick It to the Man! photo
Review: Stick It to the Man!
by Ian Bonds

If you know me, you know what a big comedy fan I am. Comedy is kind of my whole life, my passion, my raison d'etre, if you will. Videogames are obviously one of my other passions. So, when the two meet, I tend to be very hopeful, yet cautiously optimistic. Comedy in video games tends to be very hit or miss (as does comedy about games, but I self-aware-ingly digress) but when it works well, it's a rare thing of beauty.

Stick It to the Man! is a thing of beauty.

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3:45 PM on 11.21.2013

Injustice: Gods Among Us finally available for Android

Warner Brothers Interactive announced today that Injustice: Gods Among Us is finally available for Android devices as a free download via Google Play, and will also be available through the Amazon Appstore soon. Previously o...

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6:30 PM on 11.12.2013

BandFuse: Rock Legends tracklist revealed

Realta Entertainment has revealed its star-studded track list for the upcoming BandFuse: Rock Legends, and it's an interesting mix. While standard rock songs from Pearl Jam, Rush, and Heart are expected, there's a smattering ...

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7:45 PM on 11.11.2013

BandFuse: Rock Legends announces final in-game mentor

BandFuse: Rock Legends, the music videogame that claims to transform players into real-world guitarists, bassists, and vocalists using legendary rockers, has announced its eighth and final in-game mentor: Alexi "Wildchild" L...

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Impressions: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U) photo
Impressions: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U)
by Ian Bonds

Last year, after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Black Forest Games was able to take what started as a Mario rip-off with the Great Giana Sisters and turn it into a unique, beautiful platformer. After being one of the first Steam Greenlight games released, as well as popping the title on to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is now available in Mario's home base.

Arguably, this may be the best version yet.

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Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate photo
Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
by Ian Bonds

Batman: Arkham Origins tries to tell the tale of how the Dark Knight was first introduced to many of his iconic foes. It was built on the groundwork of previous games in the series, and while the story may have faltered a bit the gameplay remained mostly the same, taking Batman to various locations around Gotham City as he gathered intel and weapons to take down the villains who held the city in their clutches. Say what you will about this prequel, but the formula is there for a decent "Metroidvania"-style adventure.

Blackgate seeks to do the same on handhelds, albeit with more of a 2.5D perspective, and a bite-sized story set just a few months after Origins. While in theory this plan sounds good enough, its execution leaves a lot to be desired.

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