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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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9:30 AM on 01.15.2015

Cooperative board game Pandemic Legacy set to release October 8

Pandemic has served as a primer to cooperative board games for many who have recently taken up the hobby. Last year Z-Man Games announced that Pandemic designer Matt Leacock and Risk Legacy designer Rob Daviau would be teamin...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Moonman looks like the appetizer to a Starbound entrée

It feels like Starbound has been in development for a long time now. Sure, it's playable, but it is not complete. Perhaps a similarly styled game that is not quite so ambitious may tide us all over. Perhaps we want to contro...

Darren Nakamura

2:45 PM on 01.14.2015

PSA: Today is the last day to register for the free Super Smash Bros. soundtracks

If you are anything like me, you put off registering products on Club Nintendo until months (or years) later, when they aren't worth as much. If you bought both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and you have...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 PM on 01.13.2015

Anoxemia finds horror at the bottom of the sea

The thought of dismemberment and/or mutilation freaks me out, for sure. The thought of instead being stuck at the bottom of the ocean with a dwindling oxygen supply evokes a different kind of terror. Sure, there will probabl...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 PM on 01.12.2015

Gravity Ghost's zen planetoid platforming coming on January 26

Funny, I feel like I just posted about the release date for a delayed indie game featuring voice work by Ashly Burch and music from some of my favorite composers. Talk about déjà vu. In contrast to There Came an...

Darren Nakamura

9:00 PM on 01.12.2015

There Came an Echo set to release on Steam February 24

There Came an Echo is Iridium Studios' second Kickstarter success, but as a more ambitious project it took a bit longer than Sequence to release after its crowdfunding campaign. Originally projected for a June 2014 rele...

Darren Nakamura

2:30 PM on 01.12.2015

LyteShot Kickstarter aims to take gaming outside

Some recent Nintendo games have had little messages gently suggesting that the player take a break and go outside, but LyteShot wants to take that a step further. Built to take outside and play games in actual space with act...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 AM on 01.09.2015

Ever wanted a game based on The Princess Bride? As you wish

The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies. I have probably seen it a couple dozen times over the years. I have never thought that it would be great if I could play touch-based minigames based on the film. Rega...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 PM on 01.08.2015

Fan translates all of The Talos Principle's hexadecimal messages

The Talos Principle uses several different modes of storytelling. There are the dictations from the god-like Elohim, the conversations with the Milton Library Assistant, the recordings of a bygone scientist, the QR code messa...

Darren Nakamura

4:45 PM on 01.07.2015

Bit.Trip studio Choice Provisions teaming up with Intel for skeleton astronaut game Laserlife

Choice Provisions has been teasing Laserlife since the studio was called Gaijin Games. Back in 2010, Jonathan Holmes talked to Alex Neuse about the idea, but the trail went dark for a few years after that. Last year when the...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 01.07.2015

First screens of Tales of Tales' Sunset look groovy

When we last talked about Sunset, it was just beginning its Kickstarter campaign and its fate was unclear. It ended up gathering more than twice its base goal, and developer Tales of Tales started work on it, releasing a tea...

Darren Nakamura

12:15 PM on 01.05.2015

Stylish indie platformer Chester gets sequel this year, demo right now

Chester has not been in the news lately, but back in 2011 it was known for being one of the few worthwhile games on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel. It widened its audience after that by releasing on PC. Our own Jordan dev...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 01.05.2015

Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 is underway

If this morning's Humble Bundle didn't already tip you off, this year's Awesome Games Done Quick event is now running. Every year it gathers some of the best speed runners to show their stuff, streaming the event and collecti...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 PM on 01.04.2015

Why 'make your own game' is a bad argument against criticism

The year 2015 has begun. It is a time for new beginnings. New games are coming out. New experiences will be shared. And yet, the same old Internet arguments will take place. Let's put one to rest right now. There has been gro...

Darren Nakamura

4:00 PM on 01.01.2015

Board Game Review: Evolution

[Note: We've been known to do board game reviews from time to time, and although this one isn't exactly based on E.V.O.: Search for Eden on the SNES, it's close enough. Happy New Year! --Chris Carter] Two things that def...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 PM on 12.29.2014

Be the biggest fan with Paparazzi's asymmetric multiplayer

I won't lie; I was tempted to just post Lady Gaga lyrics as I hum the tune and then call it a day. That would do a disservice to the game Paparazzi, which was featured in the Indiecade showcase at E3 2014. We missed it then,...

Darren Nakamura