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Jun 25 // Nic Rowen

Super Arcade denied permit to re-open in Azusa, California

Once a mecca for arcade and fighting game fans, the venerable FGC hot-spot Super Arcade closed the doors of its Walnut, California location last December after failing to reach a lease agreement with its landlord. After being...
Jun 24 // Nic Rowen

The Arkham Knight PC port proves yet again that only suckers pre-order

Tuesday morning, I had a moment of weakness. After reading some stellar reviews (of the console versions) I allllmost pre-purchased the PC version of Arkham Knight. I've loved every other entry in the series and with those re...
Jun 24 // Nic Rowen

Steam Summer Sale, an embarrassment of riches

I still firmly believe that one of the greatest upsides of being a PC gamer are the twice annual fire-sales hosted by Steam. Those sales, alongside the multitude of other deals and bargains that can be scooped up from Humble ...
Jun 17 // Nic Rowen

What we know about Dark Souls III so far

I could not be more excited about Dark Souls III and the return of lead designer Miyazaki to the series. While I loved Dark Souls II (it was one of my favorite games of 2014), it felt like a very well executed and d...
Jun 16 // Nic Rowen

New show for gamers might be the worst thing I've ever seen

Do you like forced memes? Sure you do. Want to see some YouTube clips you've probably already seen six months or more ago? Of course! How do you feel about awkwardly inserted slang and grown-ass men talking about &ldquo...
Jun 15 // Nic Rowen

Assassin's Creed Syndicate gets PS4 exclusive missions, Dreadful Crimes

The PS4 is getting some exclusive Assassin's Creed Syndicate missions based on the works of some of Victorian England’s most famous authors (although curiously, they didn't name which ones). The Dreadful Crimes exclusi...
Jun 14 // Nic Rowen

Transformers: Devastation confirmed as a Platinum Games title

Well, that was fast. Not a full day after it was leaked, Platinum Games has been confirmed as the developer behind the gorgeously cel-shaded Transformers: Devastation thanks to a premature Best Buy listing. As well as confirm...
Jun 13 // Nic Rowen

What I want from Fallout 4

I'm a huge Fallout nerd. I can wax poetic about the Fallout games and how much they mean to me all day (I've done it before), so to say I'm looking forward to what Bethesda does with Fallout 4 is a little bit of an understatement. I do have some requests though. A wish list of things I would personally like to see in the next installment.  
Jun 13 // Nic Rowen

New Rain World footage justifies the title

I melt every time I see a new set of gifs for Rain World or even a picture of a Slugcat. But for all my cooing and fawning, I have to admit I don't really know much about the game. Other than the exploration and puzzle ...
Jun 13 // Nic Rowen

Cel-shaded Transformers: Devastation is nailing the look

A new Transformers game from Activision, Transformers: Devastation, has been leaked in the lead up to E3, and damn if it doesn't look like an 80's cartoon come to life. Someone better call Cosimano, I think he'll be excited. ...
Jun 13 // Nic Rowen

Valve announces Dota 2 Reborn, new engine, new UI, less frustration

Valve has announced a massive update for their mind bogglingly popular MOBA, Dota 2. Dota 2 Reborn will be a top-to-bottom overhaul, reworking and tweaking just about every aspect of the game. Chief among these changes is a b...
Jun 11 // Nic Rowen

Platinum teasing continues with a Vanquish screenshot

Earlier this week Platinum Games said it'd have an unannounced game to show off at E3. Then it goes and drops this little tweet earlier today. Platinum? Ok, listen -- do not mess with me about this. Don't go and tee up a pos...
Jun 11 // Nic Rowen

Overwatch adds a robotic knight to its roster

Well, Steven asked for more old men and Overwatch delivered. Reinhardt, the latest character to receive a personal sizzle reel, is a 61-year-old self-styled knight who fights evil by encasing himself in a robotic suit of arm...
Jun 09 // Nic Rowen

What righteous fury looks like in Space Hulk: Deathwing

I've been interested in Space Hulk: Deathwing ever since they put out that trailer with the groovy music from Kadebostany a few months back. Today, Streum On Studio (the same team who brought us the wonderfully strange E.Y.E....
Jun 06 // Nic Rowen

In a better world, these games exist

Silent Hills was a dream game. Specifically, it was my dream game. If you asked me before P.T. crept onto the PSN servers what series I'd most like to see rejuvenated in a bold new way, I would have probably told you Silent H...
Jun 05 // Nic Rowen

Mechwarrior Online retools its MechLab again

Have you seen a commercial where a company basically throws its last product or several years of service under the bus to promote its new stuff? Like those bizarre ads for Domino's Pizza a few years ago which basically boiled...
Jun 02 // Nic Rowen

Review: Shooter

Shooters seem simple. You step into the shoes of your typical tough guy space-marine or mercenary and empty clip after clip into the faces of Nazis, or aliens, or alien-Nazis from the vaguely disembodied gun bobbing up and do...
May 29 // Nic Rowen

My greatest gaming regret is never making it to one of those ridiculous BattleTech Centers

I've done a lot of things I'm not proud of in my life. I've made a lot of mistakes, missed some opportunities that still feel like a cavity in my heart, know that I've done wrong. But if I'm being honest? My number one regret...
May 29 // Nic Rowen

Darkest Dungeon update adds two new characters, fresh terror

Darkest Dungeon is my jam. I've been playing the hell out of the early access build and while I've had an absolute blast, I was reaching the bottom of the barrel in terms of current content. So it should come as no surprise t...
May 26 // Nic Rowen

Fighting games and roguelikes are my personal school of hard knocks

The last few years of games for me have been all about defeat. Constant, unending, expected defeat. I think I'm better for it. It wasn't always like that. In fact, for most of my life, games have been all about completion, vi...
May 25 // Nic Rowen

League of Legends debuts near-instant punishment system for toxic players

Just this weekend I was chatting with a friend of mine who told me he recently quit LoL after several years of playing because he just couldn't put up with the scumlords and jerkbags that seem to make up a large portion of th...
May 24 // Nic Rowen

Bears Vs Cyclopes in the Witcher 3

Despite the positive reviews (such as the one by our very own Chris Carter) I've been hesitant to jump into The Witcher 3. It sounds great, but with a potential run time clocking in at 100 hours and up, I don't want to buy a...
May 20 // Nic Rowen

Live-action Rock Band 4 trailer looking for bodies

Are you a Rock Band fan living in the Seattle area with nothing to do for the next few days? Do you mind standing around bored stiff for hours on end while gaffers, grips, and roadies endlessly disassemble and reassemble sets...
May 19 // Nic Rowen

Daybreak bans thousands of H1Z1 cheaters

Nearly 25000 cheaters just got the permanent boot from H1Z1. According to Daybreak president John Smedley's Twitter, the purge targeted cheaters using ESP hacks, a cheat designed to reveal other player's location and status a...
May 18 // Nic Rowen

Amazing Nuclear Throne teaser inspired by Doom 4

Rami Ismail of Vlambeer was inspired by today's super hot, extra informative Doom 4 teaser to whip up a little something for Nuclear Throne. This tantalizing glimpse of the frenetic early access title (that you can play right now) is a conundrum wrapped in a riddle. I know I'll be spending the rest of the day breaking apart this teaser frame by frame and comparing my findings on reddit.
May 14 // Nic Rowen

Torture yourself with this fan-made trailer for Silent Hills

I still can't get over the cancellation of Silent Hills, and this fan-made trailer from GLS Machinima isn't helping. It's a short clip and was made a few months ago, but its more than Konami seems interested in giving us and...
May 10 // Nic Rowen

Early Access Review: Black Mesa

Half-Life was like a magic trick. It was a game you could show to people who weren't gamers and they'd get into it, a gateway drug. A real game (not some glorified puzzle book like Myst) that had the cinematic flair and prese...
May 08 // Nic Rowen

Five Night at Freddy's fan film is short and creepy

Horror movie trailers always give away the best bits of the film, and this fan made short for Five Nights at Freddy's by Typhoon Cinema is no exception. You've got all the greatest hits, spooky music, fuzzy security cameras,...
May 06 // Nic Rowen

P.T. is no longer available for download, even if it's already in your library

If you thought the story surrounding Konami's falling out with Kojima, P.T.'s delisting off the PSN store, and the cancellation of Silent Hills couldn't get worse, I have some gross news for you. As of now, P.T. has been comp...
May 05 // Nic Rowen

NetherRealm promises 'huge improvements' for the PC port of Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X on PC has been like an extremely tasty looking bowl of soup that is way too hot to eat. Every time I try and take a sip, I get a mouthful of scalding molten pain (laggy, unplayable matches being the metaphoric...

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