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OST Case Study: Hearthstone

Blizzard's free to play card game Hearthstone was "released" to critical acclaim earlier this year after a somewhat long open beta. The game allows players to partake in virtual card battles mu...   more

OST Case Study: Hearthstone


Square Ears: The Sound of the NES

The Nintendo Entertainment System has had an astounding impact on the gaming culture of today. It's popularity and abundance of games (both good and bad) made it probably the most recognisable c...   more

Square Ears: The Sound of the NES


OST Case Study: Rayman Origins

In November of 2011, Ubisoft released it's newest entry in the Rayman franchise, "Rayman Origins" on just about any console you could think of. Acclaimed for it's hand drawn art style and action...   more

OST Case Study: Rayman Origins


I'm Not Dead, Just Really Bored. And This Is What I Did.

Oh, hello. Do you remember me? It's been awhile since I've posted anything, you know, and I really hope you didn't forget me. I mean I did buy you that pony you wanted for Christmas and everyt...   more



OST Case Study: SimCity

In 2013, Maxis released a much anticipated sequel to their highly regarded SimCity franchise, however, upon it's launch, SimCity was harshly critiqued (and with good cause). Because of it's intru...   more

OST Case Study: SimCity


Titanfall Review: Bury me in my robot

I never got down with , the franchise Respawn's lead designers turned into a juggernaut before their messy public split with Infinity Ward. The heady fumes of dude-bro machismo associated with ...   more

Titanfall Review: Bury me in my robot


OST Case Study: Bastion

[SPOILER WARNING: I'll be going over some pretty crucial story elements of Bastion here, so if you're trying to save it, quickly go play it and come back! (Although I've heard that enjoyment of a...   more

OST Case Study: Bastion


What is Video Game Music?

Music is an integral part of modern video gaming, from the simplest of chiptunes to the most sweeping of orchestral scores, the music that accompanies a video game can either make or break it. B...   more

What is Video Game Music?


Getting picked on by someone your own size

Bosses are cheap. They tower above your itty-bitty character, just as likely to kill you with a fatal boot stomping as they are likely to erase you with the BFG-GodMode2000 hanging off their ar...   more



Exclusive Invented Interview: Ken "Ken" Levine

It has been 48 agonising hours since Ken "Ken" Levine, Creative Director of Irrational Games, and beautiful mind and silky soft hands behind games such as,and, sent the video gaming world ...   more



Wrench's Indie Game Love Giveaway - Winner

There are two kinds of ways of looking at love. The first is the kind espoused by the Beatles. This is the kind of feelgood generalized love that binds us together as a society, lifts us spirit...   more

Wrench's Indie Game Love Giveaway - Winner


Wrench's Indie Game Love Giveaway!

A few months ago, I held a game giveaway to celebrate my favourite holiday, Halloween. Now I'm throwing one to celebrate a holiday I have a considerably more complicated relationship with V...   more



My Characters Know How to Take A Beating

I've heard fighting games described as speed chess with punches. When you boil them down, fighting games are essentially a series of choices. They play out insanely fast, and you may not even r...   more



Wrenchfarm's Best of 2013

2013 was a weird year in gaming. Old consoles winding down, new consoles stumbling out of the gate, and Steam growing bigger, stronger, and all the time. According to all the previews, we have t...   more



Risk Of Rain Review: The Deluge

Harkening back to the day of the 8 and 16-bit platformer, is deliberately inscrutable roguelike that relishes in its masochistic difficulty curve. Skipping any kind of pretense of a tutorial...   more

Risk Of Rain Review: The Deluge


XCOM: Enemy Unknown Donate your body to science Winner!

OfPWpEKhgfk Last Friday I put out the call, looking for brave Destructoiders willing to defend Earth in our most desperate hour. Willing to go to any length to defeat the alien aggressors, to sa...   more

XCOM: Enemy Unknown  Donate your body to science Winner!


The Twin Famicom - Sharp and Nintendo's Forgotten Weirdo Son

Browsing through the recycle shops of rural Japan, I get a regular lesson in old school Japanese gaming consoles and games. I would have considered myself an expert in the North American sense, b...   more

The Twin Famicom - Sharp and Nintendo's Forgotten Weirdo Son


Win XCOM: Enemy Unknown! Donate your body to science

As you might know from the , I am a BIG fan of . I thought it was one of the best games I've played this year. And now I want to spread the alien blasting love. That's why I'm giving you the ...   more

Win XCOM: Enemy Unknown! Donate your body to science


Review: XCOM: Enemy Within

was my personal GOTY of 2012. Firaxis managed to do what seemed like an impossible task, reinventing the classic masochistic strategy franchise for a new generation, while staying true to its ...   more

Review: XCOM: Enemy Within


Latest Tropes Vs. Cow Dumping is very reasonable

Q45KYFDFj40 Cow dumps are not very comfortable to look at. Really, smelling them isn't either. I've always preferred to taste them. Just kidding. That's my idea of opening with humorous banter. ...   more

Latest Tropes Vs. Cow Dumping is very reasonable


Massive Deal At Future Shop this weekend: AC4, CoD:Ghosts, or BF4 Free

I NEVER do this, but I have to post this super short spammy blog before I got off to work tonight, my Canadian brothers in frost need to know about this. Apparently, this weekend between the 8...   more

Massive Deal At Future Shop this weekend: AC4, CoD:Ghosts, or BF4 Free


Wrench's Spooky Halloween Steam Give Away WINNER!

v4IC7qaNr7I After writing each of the names of people who entered on a tiny scroll bound with human hair and casting them into a Jack O' Lantern with a spoopy ghost carved into it, I recited the...   more



Wrench's Spooky Halloween Steam Give Away BONUS! (Updated!)

Halloween is just about upon us and so are the results of my But much like the psycho killer in a slasher flick, just when you thought it was over, the undead corpse of my contest has sprung t...   more

Wrench's Spooky Halloween Steam Give Away BONUS! (Updated!)


Wrench's Halloween Steam Give Away!

CtgYY7dhTyE Halloween is just about my favourite time of the year. Talk about the perfect holiday, you get dressed up in whatever you want, eat a shit ton of candy, and maybe go to a party and g...   more



My gaming story: The Italian, the wimp, and the scientist

Videogames were an alien concept to me until the Christmas of 1989. Actually, to be completely honest, it was the Boxing Day of 1989. The traditional tag-along commercial holiday honouring the ...   more



I Like Taking It Off, Sticking It In. (NSFW)

I'm not afraid to say it. I like taking it off, and sticking it in. I've been doing it for years, and I'll openly admit that it gives me pleasure in doing so. Some may consider it inappropriat...   more



To fly through space

The glossy 22 page reads more like a testament of faith than a sales pitch. The evangelical copy boasts the vehicle's impressive performance benchmarks and gushes over the many luxury features...   more



Xbox 180? Let's Just Remeasure That...

So by now everyone knows, Microsoft has officially ditched their DRM policies and allowed you the ability to share your games the same way you've done it for...well, ever. On the surface this se...   more

Xbox 180?  Let's Just Remeasure That...


E3 Was Pretty Freaking Awesome

E3 this year was rad. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I was this engaged and excited by an E3 conference. The last few years on the tail-end of our current generation, E3 has felt c...   more



Nintendo's Smash Bros. 'joke' causes trouble

lBoL1Ic9uWw Nintendo caused a bit of a storm during its new Smash Bros. character reveal. The problem arose when Wii Fit Trainer, A WOMAN, said in her character introduction trailer, "Feel the ...   more

Nintendo's Smash Bros. 'joke' causes trouble





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