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Mar 12 // Returner Mike

You're a Bad Person for Enjoying SimCity

Did the title get your attention? Good. It’s supposed to. Now, before you get all huffed over yet another blog about the failures of Maxis, I’ll tell you the good news: This isn’t about SimCity. It includes SimCity, but S...
Mar 09 // Returner Mike

Magic and Gunpower: Shadowrun Returns First Impressions

“Watch your back, shoot straight, conserve ammo and never, ever cut a deal with a dragon.” Those are the words that every shadowrunner knows by heart. To some they were the first words that greeted them when they cracked o...
Mar 07 // Returner Mike

Growing Up Gamer

For the four or five of you who remember, my last article was an overview of Ys Origins. In that article, I briefly mentioned an encounter back in the day with a game the US knows as Wanderers From Ys III. Well, after wri...
Mar 05 // Returner Mike

Indie Cred: Ys Origin - All Along The Watchtower

If you’re a gamer in the US, likely your only encounter with the Ys brand before this era would have been with Wanderers from Ys for the SNES. It was certainly my first experience, and one that has stuck with me since the day...
Feb 13 // Returner Mike

Dare To Be Badass: Project Development Part 2

Hey Destructoidians, Returner Mike here once again with the thrilling second episode of my special, ‘So Your Rampant Insanity Has Driven You To Create Something’. Last post dealt with what I like to call ‘cruel reality’. Th...
Feb 10 // Returner Mike

Herding Cats or: Running a Game Development Group

Apologies, but this’ll be a long one. About a year ago, I received a strange notification. An offhand remark that I enjoyed writing in my free time had caught someone’s attention on one of the more popular social media blog...
Feb 01 // Returner Mike

The Chronic- What? -cles of Valkyria!

So after some confusion with Amazon (and possibly the most amazing customer service experience I’ve ever encountered in my life) I finally got 2008’s critically acclaimed Valkyria Chronicles. While this game has been review...
Jan 30 // Returner Mike

A Payneful Experience

I am nearly finished with Max Payne 3, and have finally come to admit to myself a difficult truth. I don’t like this game. This was a shocker to me, as MP 1 & 2 are games that I consider to be some of the best that the th...
Jan 27 // Returner Mike

Mass Arcade Overview - Xbox Live Five

I find myself in a position I’m becoming rather familiar with (no, not reverse cowgirl)... owning all of the games in an upcoming pack. So now that I’m finally doing this crazy blog thing, I figured I’d spread some of that kn...
Jan 27 // Returner Mike

Daddy Issues - Games With a Parental Theme

Awhile ago, I’d read an article outlining how games are beginning to target older audiences, in an effort to appeal to the finally-aging fan base of our favorite medium. It was an interesting read, and one that wasn’t unexpec...
Jan 26 // Returner Mike

Control vs. Power or Stop Helping Me Dammit!

Recently, I got to play through Resident Evil 6 with a friend of mine, who surprised me with the game as a Christmas gift. Now, this game has received a lot of flak and while admittedly it’s earned most of it, I still think i...
Jan 25 // Returner Mike

Can A Video Game Be Sexy?

Well, I suppose for a debut post, this isn’t a bad place to start. So, sex in video games. This is a topic that has always been on my mind, one I’ve felt gets an awful lot of attention but doesn’t actually benefit from this...

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