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I've probably spent more time creating characters, builds, and dreaming up party compositions in my head than I have actually playing games. It seems odd to think of it in that way, but if I could somehow tally it all up I be...


When Nintendo announced its DLC plans for Mario Kart 8, there was a combination of collective groans and cheers across the internet. The latter group was on the right side of history, it seems. When the first DLC Pack dr...


It's no secret that I'm a Tony Hawk guy. I'd enjoyed nearly every entry in the series outside of the boring Proving Ground and the iffy Ride subseries, and that rumor of a new fully-fledged game has me all hot ...


A friend of mine got a good deal on a Wii U recently. That meant that I finally got a chance to play Captain Toad. It's really humbling to know that people at Nintendo have also played Monument Valley. I played through a bunc...




If there's one thing my grandfather fought for in World War II, it was the right to monetize memes. Of course, he was in the Italian army, the side that rightfully lost the war, because all your grandfathers were fighting aga...


They say you should never marry for love, but I always do. Every single damn time. I guess you could call me a romantic. If you felt like being less charitable (and possibly more accurate), you could call me a scrub. I couldn...


When I was a little boy, Mortal Kombat was a tough sell around my home. Like most pre-adolescents of the era, I was darkly attracted to the idea of ninjas and movie stars decapitating each other in bouts of gladiatorial comba...


Yesterday, we talked about From Software Director Hidetaka Miyazaki's favorite boss fight from the Souls series. Interestingly enough it was the Old Monk from Demon's Souls, an encounter that blurred the l...


[An earlier version of this piece had an inaccurate statistical description of one of the downloadable weapons. The offending paragraph has been updated for factual accuracy.] I know, I'm late to the party. Despite being inte...


Between the recent release of Bloodborne and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, I've completed five playthroughs between them. It's a perfect time as there aren't a lot of huge releases currently, and I'll rarely, if ever, see the release of two Souls games at basically the same time. So that got me thinking, what's your favorite?


Once upon a time, adventure titles were among the hardest challenges in the gaming universe. "Pixel-hunting" is a phrase many old school gamers are all too familiar with, searching for the exact right spot on the screen ...


When it comes to crafting videogames out of the norm, there’s one question developers should ask themselves: What are we afraid of? Games are the perfect medium for exploration of bizarre, unnatural worlds, and yet it s...


The other day a friend and I were discussing custom amiibo, and what we were going to do when Mega Man came out. The possibilities for painting him are endless, considering the fact that he has thousands of different weapon c...


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After six long years, the Club Nintendo program is ending. It's not all bad news though -- Nintendo is starting up a new program this year, and it has the potential to be better. Also, more rewards are being added in February...


Roughly a year and a half after the 3DS launched in 2010, the Circle Pad Pro was announced. Due to numerous complaints about the lack of a second analog stick on the portable, Nintendo relented, in the weirdest way possible -...


Dead Island was a massive hit for Techland, due in part to the massively misleading trailer for the game. Having played through it with a co-op partner, I found some enjoyment out of it by way of the multiplayer element, but ...


The year 2015 has begun. It is a time for new beginnings. New games are coming out. New experiences will be shared. And yet, the same old Internet arguments will take place. Let's put one to rest right now. There has been gro...


I have roughly seven days of playtime logged into Destiny. I have a level 31 Warlock, Titan, and Hunter who are all one piece away from level 32 -- the current cap. I've completed the new Crota's End raid roughly 20 times, 10...


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The best part of the core Destiny experience at launch was the Vault of Glass raid. It completely blew away everything else the game had to offer, and was on an entirely different level mechanically. Every encounter was ...


At every Sony event this year, the portable rhetoric was identical -- the Vita is getting games, but they're ports, or in rare cases, multi-platform releases of existing games. As an original Vita and 32GB memory card owner s...


Phew. I was scared there for a second. Even though NIS' newer catalog doesn't really match up to its older classics, we recently learned that the developer/publisher may go under if Disgaea 5 doesn't sell. Thankfully tha...


“THA'S HOW YOU RIDE A CARRRRRAGOR!" Yeah, thanks asshole. I've already done this like two dozen times. You might have noticed I rode up to your mission marker ON a Caragor. “WHEN UN' ORC IS DOWN, THA'S WHEN YOUR C...


Man, Bungie. Now instead of a collective of the community being angry at Destiny's glitches and issues, you have pissed pretty much everyone off right before the launch of the expansion. It's something that could have easily been avoided with better communication -- a lesson a lot of other people in the online/MMO space have learned with experience. So what went wrong?


While the story eventually normalizes with both groups, you have somewhat of a difficult decision at the start of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Do you go with the Persona 3 crew, or the gang from Persona 4? I know a few...


I've been spending a lot of time with Rosalina in Smash Bros. I've been interested in her before the game was released as I like the character quite a bit, and Luma sweetened the deal. After an extended amount of play, I...


Over the weekend, details came out of PAX Australia regarding the first downloadable Vault Hunter for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. At first, it looked to me like a commendable gesture for a series that receives a lot of criti...


Last week, we saw the announcement and reveal trailer for Hatred -- a game that puts the player in control of a suicidal person who sets off on a rampage to kill as many citizens and cops as possible before being killed ...


It's really tough to get out there and meet people, whether it's online or in the real world. I remember that feeling as an introvert, always being nervous as to whether or not someone would be silently judging me basically a...


In case you haven't heard, Nintendo announced another version of the 3DS called the "New 3DS." It has a second stick, faster download speeds, it runs faster, has amiibo support out of the box, can communicate direct...


When P.T. was announced at gamescom a few weeks back, no one really jumped for joy. Billed as a "playable teaser," the interactive trailer was very much a game, and come to find out -- it had many elements of old school ...


Nintendo's Virtual Boy is a very easy target. Released on August 14, 1995, the strange gaming device represented a shift in Nintendo's marketing campaign, as it attempted to sell the unit to older gamers rather than focus on ...


I was playing Final Fantasy XIV the other day, engaging in my weekly static raid group (we just beat Turn 7!) when I realized something -- I refer to most of them by their callsigns and not their real names. In fact, I s...


Although many people like to have a conversation about what the "best" game of all time is, the conversation about the most "important" game you've ever played in your life doesn't happen with the same frequency. Some games j...


I've been gaming since the Atari 2600, so I've touched quite a few controllers in my time. I remember the long nights of Mario Party where the Nintendo 64 controller etched a temporary scar into my hand, and the lengthy battl...


It's crazy what can be considered a "beta" these days. Often times, betas are nothing but glorified demos, providing very little in terms of actual stress testing and used as more of a marketing tool. Sometimes I really miss ...


"Hey man, you want to go out tonight?""Sorry dude, I gotta raid." How many times have you either said that phrase, or heard it from a friend of yours? Whether you "get" MMOs or not, the fact remains that upcoming MMO WildStar will have a major focus on raids, which is either good or bad news for your social life.


Recently Nintendo posted their financial figures, and once again -- it's not looking good for the Wii U. Their goal was to sell roughly 9 million units for the year, but revised projections put them at 3.6 million f...


Back in 2003, I was introduced to what would become one of my favorite games of all time -- Amplitude for the PlayStation 2. Although I had dabbled in the prequel (Frequency), it wasn't until Amplitude dropped that ...






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