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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...

Ian Bonds

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 ...

Ian Bonds





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...

Ian Bonds



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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3:00 AM on 10.31.2013

Celebrate flosstober with 'Luigi's Mansion With Lyrics'

Internet impresario brentalfloss has done it again, taking yet another videogame theme song and adding his incomparable lyrical styling to it. For his yearly Halloween event (which he dubs "flosstober") he's taken the music ...

Ian Bonds

12:00 AM on 10.28.2013

Telltale posts Walking Dead Season 2 teaser image

Late Sunday night, Telltale Games posted a picture on their Facebook page with the caption "Keep that hair short." According to the text on the image, something to do with The Walking Dead Season Two will happen on ...

Ian Bonds



Review: Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force photo
Review: Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force
by Ian Bonds

Back in February, Zen Studios released three tables based on the Star Wars series, adding to the already vast library of tables for Pinball FX2. They were fantastic, diverse, and just as feature-rich as the other tables for the game. Many believed it would be hard for the studio to match that collection.

These newest tables not only match the previous set but manage to surpass it.

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12:00 PM on 10.19.2013

Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut: UE now on PSN

Deadly Premonition, Jim Sterling's favorite game of all time is now available on PlayStation Network, containing all the material from the Director's Cut that was released earlier this year plus all the previously released do...

Ian Bonds



Review: Atomic Ninjas photo
Review: Atomic Ninjas
by Ian Bonds

Ninjas and explosions: two great tastes that you would think taste great together, right? Throw them in a pot, mix with weapons, gadgets, and frenetic multiplayer action, and you have a recipe for an awesome adventure.

Sadly, I don't think this one cooked long enough.

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Review: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure photo
Review: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure
by Ian Bonds

When they announced that the next Scribblenauts game would include characters and settings from the DC Comics Universe, I was excited. That's a lot of history to pull from, and with Scribblenauts' reputation of including tons of things you wouldn't expect, I was hopeful we'd see more than just Superman, Batman, and a few of the Justice League.

What I got was so much more than I expected, and yet, was still a bit lacking. 

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11:59 PM on 10.02.2013

The Daily Hotness: Artsy Fartsy

Yeah, I think this bit of art from the upcoming Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds is my new desktop image. Today, Conrad and Jordan brought us another Wake Up!, this time with Eldritch, Chris gave us some very quick ...

Ian Bonds

5:00 PM on 09.30.2013

Impressions: Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

"If at first you don't succeed..." is an interesting business model, especially considering that Dead or Alive 5 wasn't really a "failure," per se. However, try, try again Team Ninja did, and we are now treated to a third version of this particular entry in the franchise. When it all boils down to it, does Ultimate really make that big of a difference?

Ian Bonds