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Nic (formerly known as Wrenchfarm) has been an active member of the Dtoid community since 2010. After toiling away in the Cblog mines and Recap Team workhouse for years, he made the jump and became a staff member in 2014. He likes robots, coffee, and pictures of robots enjoying coffee.











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10:00 AM on 11.27.2014

Armchair psychology: Why we keep playing bad games

“Destiny is the worst game I can't stop playing” I keep hearing this, or variations of it again and again from my friends, all of whom seem unable to escape the jaws of a game they all claim to hate. And you know ...

Nic Rowen

10:30 AM on 11.25.2014

Project HON's mech combat trailer is amazing and confusing

I wish everyday started with over 20 minutes of gorgeous mech combat. Project HON's impressively long trailer includes everything you could ask for from a game inspired by mecha anime: senseless destruction, giant guns, metal fisticuffs, weaponized grappling hooks, and transforming robots. Best breakfast viewing ever.

Nic Rowen

10:00 AM on 11.25.2014

Dark Souls II is set to respawn on the PS4 and Xbox One

A re-release of Dark Souls II for the current-gen consoles and a DX11 version for the PC has been announced in classic Souls fashion – with a moody and cryptic trailer showing scenes of unimaginable horror. Sign me up.

Nic Rowen

2:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Did Blizzard kill my dreams for a City of Heroes successor?

Spending the last week hearing how great Warlords of Draenor is has put me in a funk. I fondly remember my MMO days, but I've never been able to love another one since City of Heroes was shut down. It left a death-ray-shaped ...

Nic Rowen

12:30 PM on 11.18.2014

Five Nights at Freddy's lore video is spooky

Turns out I was already behind the times when I made a goof about lore videos in my Five Nights at Freddy's 2 review. This excellent YouTube video from The Game Theorists takes a look at a possible deeper meaning behind the ...

Nic Rowen

1:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Review: Five Nights at Freddy's 2

It feels like only a few weeks since Five Nights at Freddy's managed to completely ruin my childhood memories of family restaurants and dancing animatronics. The creepy horror/resource management game put you in the shoes of ...

Nic Rowen

3:30 PM on 11.13.2014

Majestic Nights should be taken away in an unmarked van for its own good

I dig espionage stories. Faceless government agents running amok, corporate interests dominating the nation's politics, scruffy retired spooks pulled in for "one last job"; I eat that stuff up. So I was excited when I heard a...

Nic Rowen

2:30 PM on 11.12.2014

XCOM: Enemy Within on mobile could ruin my life

Every once and awhile I see something that I desperately want but know I shouldn't get because it would ruin my life. Motorcycles, home-installed espresso machines, that sort of thing. Now I can add XCOM: Enemy Within on mobi...

Nic Rowen

12:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Review: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

In 2011, I lost a chunk of my life. An insidious tendril of addiction, despair, and obsession caught me by the ankle and dragged me into the The Binding of Isaac's darkened basement. I lost dozens of hours, whole days at a ti...

Nic Rowen

3:25 PM on 11.07.2014

Blizzard fails to announce Rock & Roll Racing 2

Over at Blizzcon today, Blizzard announced its first new IP in 17 years, Overwatch. However, the studio also failed to announce any tentative plans to release Rock & Roll Racing 2, a cartoonish adversarial racing game fea...

Nic Rowen

2:00 PM on 11.07.2014

Frontier Defense: Titanfall live work shopping its sequel

Titanfall's new horde mode, Frontier Defense, isn't going to win any awards for originality. Frontier Defense tasks a team of four players with the protection a generic space fuel pump called the Harvester, and dumps escalati...

Nic Rowen

5:30 PM on 11.05.2014

Explore the majesty of the universe, then shoot some dudes in the face with Star Citizen's FPS module

Like the universe itself, Star Citizen's ambitious scope continues to infinitely expand. Chris Roberts himself, infectiously enthusiastic as always, was at PAX Australia last week to unveil the first public demonstration of ...

Nic Rowen

12:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Dark water and the things below give me the shivers

If we're all confessing our gaming-related fears, I might as well share mine. I can't stand the water. More specifically, I can't stand what lives under the water. If there is ever a section of a game that will make me want to stop playing, it probably involves getting your toes wet and taking a little swim with, well, whatever. I can thank Super Mario Bros. 3 for this phobia. 

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 10.28.2014

I miss demo discs

It's hard not to sound like an old man when you go off on something like this. Decrying modern advancement in favor of some kind of nostalgic never-was is always a terrific way to seem out of touch. Intellectually, I know tha...

Nic Rowen

2:30 PM on 10.22.2014

Five Nights at Freddy's 2 jump scares onto Greenlight

Just getting over the PTSD of your last visit to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza? Well too damn bad, because it's time to get spooked again. Normally I'd roll my eyes at the idea of a sequel being announced barely three months since t...

Nic Rowen

1:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Good thing Titanfall is getting a horde mode because there's no one else to play with

In a live Twitch Stream today, Respawn announced and demonstrated a new horde-style game mode for Titanfall, yay! Why am I the only one excited? Well, for anyone else who's still playing Titanfall, we can expect a fairly stan...

Nic Rowen