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Darren is a scientist and an educator by day, and a writer and reviewer by night. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. Additionally, he produces the Zero Cool Podcast, and he plays board games quite a bit.
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Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it

Tomorrow is everybody's [least] favorite day on the Internet: April Fools' Day. It is the day where one cannot trust anything, and everybody would be better off just staying home and sleeping until it finishes. SmashBros.us d...   more

Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it photo


Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it photo
Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it photo
Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it photo
Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it photo
Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it photo
Site tries to 'reveal' Nester for Smash Bros., nobody falls for it photo



Ditto is your free time-waster of the day

Looking for something to do today while pretending to work? Nitrome has you covered with its newly released puzzle-action platformer Ditto. In it, you control a white creature that looks a bit like a cross between Toro Inoue ...   more

Ditto is your free time-waster of the day photo

Candy crushed: King.com IPO posts disappointing numbers

King.com, the developer behind the bafflingly popular match-three puzzler Candy Crush Saga, went public on the stock exchange yesterday, and it did not perform as well as the casual game behemoth had hoped. Starting at $...   more

Candy crushed: King.com IPO posts disappointing numbers photo

Frog Fractions 2 adds $2B stretch goal to buy Oculus VR back from Facebook

The big news of the week was Facebook's surprising purchase of Oculus VR, the company behind the crowdfunded virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. Naturally, the denizens of the Internet (over)reacted unfavorably, and Minecraf...   more

Frog Fractions 2 adds $2B stretch goal to buy Oculus VR back from Facebook photo

Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism

Games are maturing, and not just in the sense that they feature a lot of sex and violence. Truly mature themes can be explored, like the loss of a loved one and a resulting downward spiral of addiction. Spate takes on those ...   more

Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo


Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo



No objections to Ace Attorney 123's updated graphics

Capcom has announced that Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection will be releasing for the 3DS on April 17 in Japan. Japanese site 4Gamer.net has taken the liberty to compare the original Game Boy Advance screens (left), the upda...   more

No objections to Ace Attorney 123's updated graphics photo

Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville

Fifteen years ago, The Powerpuff Girls was my jam. I used to watch it (along with Dexter's Laboratory) just about every day after coming home from school, but before firing up a videogame. A couple weeks ago, when The Po...   more

Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville photo

What is even happening in this Beat Bros video?

I have watched the video above a couple of times now, but I still do not think I could describe Beat Bros accurately. It looks like developer Ultimate Walrus (of #Snake2 infamy) started making a rhythm-based Bomberman c...   more

What is even happening in this Beat Bros video? photo

First footage of Borderlands 2 for PS Vita shows up

We have known about the PlayStation Vita port of Borderlands 2 for a while, but had not yet seen or heard much more about it. The port is due out some time this year, and now we have the first look at how the shooter plays o...   more

First footage of Borderlands 2 for PS Vita shows up photo

Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey

Though it has been gaining steam in the indie circuit for a couple years now, Mushroom 11 by Untame had not hit our radar until now. Starring a lovable green ameboid fungus making its way through a desolate, post-apocal...   more

Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo


Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo
Indie puzzler Mushroom 11 looks a bit (world of) gooey photo



Fan compiles all three Mother games for Wii

EarthBound (Mother 2 in Japan) holds a special place in the hearts of many, but despite the clamor for it, Nintendo has never officially released Mother or Mother 3 outside of Japan. Mother went through official localiz...   more

Fan compiles all three Mother games for Wii photo

Legendary Castlevania developer Koji Igarashi leaves Konami

A few years ago, Keiji Inafune left Capcom to pursue independent game development. Following in those footsteps, Koji Igarashi worked his last day at Konami this past Saturday, March 15. Igarashi has been synonymous with the&...   more

Legendary Castlevania developer Koji Igarashi leaves Konami photo

Review: Tappingo

Pure puzzle games can have a sort of zen effect for some players. Through repetition, players can almost subconsciously solve logic puzzles that would take an untrained person serious thought. When done well, time seems to me...   more

Review: Tappingo photo

The Blackwell Epiphany release set for April 24

Through the waning and recent resurgence of adventure games, the Blackwell series has been providing classic point-and-click gameplay for the diehards. Last year, Wadjet Eye Games announced The Blackwell Epiphany, the fifth ...   more

The Blackwell Epiphany release set for April 24 photo


The Blackwell Epiphany release set for April 24 photo
The Blackwell Epiphany release set for April 24 photo
The Blackwell Epiphany release set for April 24 photo
The Blackwell Epiphany release set for April 24 photo
The Blackwell Epiphany release set for April 24 photo
The Blackwell Epiphany release set for April 24 photo



The Hero Trap lets you play as a berserk luchador bear

"Lightning fast dungeon crawler" may seem like an oxymoron, but the trailer above for The Hero Trap shows what it means by that: frenetic action gameplay within an ever-changing combination of dungeon arenas. To be honest, I...   more

The Hero Trap lets you play as a berserk luchador bear photo

Meltdown has a lightning gun and a dubstep trailer

Sometimes, players want to take in a thought-provoking narrative, with realistic character development and emotional events. Other times, players just want to shoot robots and blow things up. Meltdown is definitely meant for...   more

Meltdown has a lightning gun and a dubstep trailer photo