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Steam Grid View - Making and Using Custom Images

For years I neglected the "grid" view in Steam Ė I preferred the "detail" view because it seemed easier to navigate. Last winter, though, I decided to try the grid view as a way to limit wha...   more



Square Enix - Sellout Sh*tbags

It was revealed this week that would be coming "exclusively" . I put that in quotes because the phrasing of the announcement left it open for the game to release later on other platforms. Will...   more



10 things about UsurpMyProse because I DONíT KNOW!

Oh, why, hello Dtoid! I didnít see you come in. I was just sitting here by my fireplace, enjoying a nice glass of cognac as I discuss the dayís politics with other men of great stature. By which ...   more

10 things about UsurpMyProse because I DONíT KNOW!


I'm sick of saving Hyrule

After finally finishing , I believe thereís only one phrase that can adequately summarize my feelings toward the seventeenth entry in the storied franchise: Seriously, Hyrule? Link had to sa...   more



Transistor - Custom Images For Steam Grid View

I made a batch of custom images to use in the larger Steam grid view for Transistor. The default image is okay, but not terribly exciting: To use a custom image for a game in the large grid vi...   more



The Past: Who the hell puts Mew under a truck?

Ten year olds are idiots. Letís face facts Ė it is a miracle that any of us are sitting here today, instead of having perished during the age where the only thing preventing us from chugging do...   more

The Past: Who the hell puts Mew under a truck?


Steam Holiday Sale damage report

The holidays are over, which means itís time to put away the Christmas lights, stop pretending like you can tolerate your loved ones, and survey the smoking crater the latest Steam sale has lef...   more

Steam Holiday Sale damage report


My big, stupid, honking list of 2013's best videogame... things

Time marches on. A tide sweeping over us in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years. Orchestrating the rise and fall of civilizations. Establishing cities of elaborate wonder before...   more



The Steam Controller: Shut Up and Listen

Since the last Friday, I don't think I've seen so many otherwise intelligent people say so many ignorant things. Just . While I'm sympathetic to having a negative gut reaction when faced with ...   more



A PC Gamer's Guide to Shopping Online

I've been meaning to make this guide for a long time. I get a lot of great deals on PC games, and I want to teach you how to do it, too! It's part strategy, and part knowing where to look. To tha...   more

A PC Gamer's Guide to Shopping Online


GTX760 4GB OC - Unboxing & Mini-Review

† So I picked up a GTX760 4GB OC this Monday. I didn't really it, but I tend to buy stuff for my PC when I'm badly depressed Ė and September is a very bad month for me (no, not 9/11). If you ca...   more

GTX760 4GB OC - Unboxing & Mini-Review


What PC Gaming Really Costs

I'm getting tired of people telling me how expensive PC gaming is. If it was, I'm pretty sure I'd know, seeing as I've been a PC gamer for 15 years. So I decided to write a blog to set the record...   more



Game Soundtracks Part 1: You Have More Than You Think

I've been on a game soundtrack kick lately. Since my ex-girlfriend died two years ago, I have had difficulty concentrating and it's made getting schoolwork done almost impossible. Listening to ...   more

Game Soundtracks Part 1: You Have More Than You Think


Make Blogs Not War

This started as a blog about me personally, but I think what I've learned Ė that blogs are a better place for debate than article comments Ė applies to everyone. † Those of you who know me well...   more



Mortal Kombat Komplete PC - initial port impressions

So far it looks like a well-done port. Everything you expect is there, including improved visuals and local multiplayer. Online is one thing I did not get to test yet. I experienced performance...   more

Mortal Kombat Komplete PC - initial port impressions


Sega's Classic Franchises: Could They Be Brought Back? (pt. 2)

If you missed it, you can check out . In it I talk about how Sega has abandoned a lot of great IPs, and some formulas that might be used to reboot them. In Part 2 I want to get specific. So...   more

Sega's Classic Franchises: Could They Be Brought Back? (pt. 2)


Sega's Classic Franchises: Could They Be Brought Back? (pt. 1)

Why has Sega abandoned some of its most popular older franchises? And what could they do to bring those classic series into the 2010s? One of my favorite games in recent memory has been . I t...   more

Sega's Classic Franchises: Could They Be Brought Back? (pt. 1)


Doug TenNapel, I hate you and I hope your game gets funded

Heroes will always disappoint you. I donít mean to sound like a fourteen year old who just discovered Morrissey, but the sad truth is that no amount of faith in the inherent good of humanity ca...   more



Sweaty Hands & Gaming - An Actual Solution

One of the most frustrating things I've dealt with as a gamer is sweaty hands. I'm guessing it's a problem for a lot of people, considering companies have gone so far as to make controllers with ...   more

Sweaty Hands & Gaming - An Actual Solution


Kinect and Xbox One - Problems and Concerns

While Microsoft has done a 180 on its DRM policies for the Xbox One, Kinect remains a pack-in item that is required for the system to run at all. Yet very few games have been announced for it, it...   more

Kinect and Xbox One - Problems and Concerns


PS4 Saves Consoles For One More Generation?

After Microsoft's wretched handling of the Xbox One, I wasn't surprised to hear that Sony "won E3" today. But I don't think that's the biggest story. Looking at the PS4 as a complete package, wh...   more

PS4 Saves Consoles For One More Generation?


Complicity: The Unique Storytelling Power of Videogames

*Spoiler warning* This article contains major spoilers for and minor spoilers for . Can videogames tell stories as well as books or movies? If so, do they have their own unique strengths in t...   more

Complicity: The Unique Storytelling Power of Videogames


Why we should never pay $60 for a videogame

Iím cheap. Frugal. Miserly. A man of generic brands and packed lunches. Of 2-for-1 deals and 10% tips. Someone who feels a twinge of regret over every cent that leaves their bank account.† Na...   more



Original Memes, Humor, & Closeups by Jinx

Over the last couple years I've ended up making quite a few game memes. Since they are original and most of you haven't seen them I figured it might be fun to share. They are slightly biased towa...   more

Original Memes, Humor, & Closeups by Jinx


Newtwo: Game Freak's blatant attempt to ruin my childhood

Look Game Freak, we need to talk. I know youíre hard at work on and Ė after all, that umpteenth boulder puzzle isnít going to lay itself out Ė but we need to address this past weekendís, shal...   more



Indie Gems by Jinx - Steam Indie Spring Sale Edition

With Steam's going on, I thought I'd highlight some great indie titles I've played that seem to get overlooked. I have included mini-reviews for each, plus media and links to make checking them ...   more

Indie Gems by Jinx - Steam Indie Spring Sale Edition


PS4: What Does 8GB of DDR5 Mean For The System?

While most of the system's specs leaked ahead of time, the big surprise at Sony's PS4 event was the inclusion of 8GB of DDR5 RAM (GDDR5, actually; I abbreviated it for this article). While the ...   more



The PS3's RAM Bottleneck

I've always had an interest in gaming hardware, PC and console. I wanted to add my feedback on an issue I find particularly interesting - the PS3's performance, or lack thereof, despite its a...   more

The PS3's RAM Bottleneck


The top ten Steam games I will never play

I canít be the only one who feels a twinge of guilt every time they open Steam. Playing a game on my laptop means having to search through a sea of grey for a handful of bright spots. I realize...   more



Hi! I'm Manny, Mighty Pirate!

So this is my blog. Feel free to make yourself at home. Take a seat and put your feet up. Can I offer you a refreshing Fresca? The main purpose for this blog existing is because I love video g...   more

Hi! I'm Manny, Mighty Pirate!





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