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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


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



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!


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


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



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



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



E3 2013: Bring back the love

It's been a bummer lately hasn't it? The Wii U was a bit of a disappointment, the internet has been on fire over the Xbox One's inscrutable DRM schemes, and it seems like there's been a differe...   more



Naked inflatable man: Dtoid sent me stuff!

About two months ago I got a message from Andy asking me what shirt size I wear, that Niero wanted to send me a little something for all the "badass blogging" I've done. Cool! A free Dtoid shir...   more



Violence: I want to have control

Before last weekend, I could honestly say that I've never walked out on a movie. That was before I went to see . I'm not going to sugar coat it or try to defend my delicate ego, I couldn't h...   more



Reborn for a new generation: Games that need a next-gen reboot

In the new generation of consoles, reboots and reinventions are in, and sequel numbers have become passe. Chopping off the number at the end of the title and adding a colon or subtitled to a ...   more



Asymmetrical Balance: The Spider and the Scout

The Spider is the most recent addition to the garage in . And people hate it. "It's useless. It sucks. Every other mech is better, pls buff it noa." Balance is a tricky thing in multiplaye...   more



Wrenchfarm's Best of 2012

It's easy to be a snob. It's easy to write 2012 off as a dud year in gaming. I mean hey, the consoles are winding down, releases are drying up, the Wii U landed rocky, and this was another year w...   more



The meaning of N.I.C

So I wanted to participate in this latest meme sweeping the toid. Turns out my name is associated with some racially charged slang that I just can't live up too. I'll just be sadly walking down ...   more

The meaning of N.I.C


Stompy Stompy: A new players introduction to Mechwarrior Online

is a game where 16 giant stompy robots fight each other to the death with laser guns and cannons that fire shells the size of an average family sedan. If that image tickles your heart, you owe...   more

Stompy Stompy: A new players introduction to Mechwarrior Online


Masks are #*!&ing awesome

One of my favorite parts of Halloween are the masks. Fun superhero helmets and naughty-nurse medical masks. Creepy creatures and frightening villains. The alluringly mysterious and artistic - I...   more



XCOM: Enemy Unknown will flank your feels

is game comprised of devious gameplay loops and crushing pressure. Everything about the turn-based tactical strategy game has been weighted and measured perfectly by the sadistic minds at ...   more

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will flank your feels


Prepare to Die Again... And Again...

edition is more than the PC port that the hardcore crowd clamoured for (and then true to form, "boycotted" in a snarky huff). It is a love letter to fans of the series. A tip of the hat to ...   more



Injustice: Gods that (Probably) Won't Be Among Us

got my attention as soon as it was announced. A DC franchise fighting game based on the surprisingly good engine? Yup, count me in. The roster is already looking good. Batman and the other b...   more



It's A Trap! The Drake Sword and You. (Dark Souls blog)

I love jolly cooperation. It's a big part of why I keep coming back to . I've spent entire evenings with my summon sign down in a tough place like Sen's Fortress or the New Londo ruins, lending...   more






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