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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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Oculus VR announces developer conference Oculus Connect

In a blog post this morning, modern virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR announced a new developer conference with a focus on its hardware. Oculus Connect is intended to "bring together engineers, designers, and creatives from a...   more

Oculus VR announces developer conference Oculus Connect photo

Handsome Jack gives out hot tips for surviving on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's moon

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is only about three months from release, but there is still so much more to learn about it. Borderlands 2 antagonist Handsome Jack is here in a video previously exclusive to E3 attendees, to show ...   more

Handsome Jack gives out hot tips for surviving on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's moon photo

@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted

It has been a long time since we have seen or heard anything new about the classic arcade game Q*bert. Despite being such an iconic character for its time, the weird orange macaroni-nosed jumper never really rode the wave to ...   more

@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted photo


@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted photo
@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted photo
@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted photo
@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted photo
@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted photo
@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted photo



Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game

You know Teddy Diefenbach, right? He is one of the people working on the Kickstarter uber-success Hyper Light Drifter, and he just cannot seem to stop making new games. At E3 we got to play a bit of his newer title Kyoto Wil...   more

Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game photo

SNES-style battle music album Boss Battles for the Soul is out now

Last year, electronic music creator Mark Reichwein ran a little Kickstarter campaign for his pet project: to produce an album of boss battle music in the style of various 16-bit era games. The catch is that these track would ...   more

SNES-style battle music album Boss Battles for the Soul is out now photo

Little Mac's pink sweatsuit will be in Super Smash Bros.

When people think of Little Mac, they generally think of one of two things: punching and that radical pink sweatsuit he wears in the training scene of the original Punch-Out!! In a Miiverse post (embedded below), Super Smash ...   more

Little Mac's pink sweatsuit will be in Super Smash Bros. photo

Team17 to publish post-apocalyptic strategy-sim Sheltered

In years past, Team17 has mostly been known as the studio behind Worms, but lately the studio has been expanding that image by publishing other UK-based, independently-developed games. Last month we saw the publisher pick up...   more

Team17 to publish post-apocalyptic strategy-sim Sheltered photo

Limited Edition Reading Rainbow OUYA up for grabs now

Late last month we talked a bit about the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter, which is in its last few days now. When it passed $4 million, producer of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (among other, less important things) Seth MacFarlane...   more

Limited Edition Reading Rainbow OUYA up for grabs now photo

TerraTech lets you build heavy machinery to ravage and plunder some alien world

I am not ashamed to admit this: I loved the Gummi Ship in Kingdom Hearts and I loved the vehicle construction in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Something about taking big chunks of brightly colored material, putting them t...   more

TerraTech lets you build heavy machinery to ravage and plunder some alien world photo

Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer

Since its release in January, Octodad: Dadliest Catch has sold over 250,000 copies, according to developer Young Horses. The awkward octopus-in-dad's-clothing simulator is a lot of fun for those who take the time to really l...   more

Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer photo

Timespinner evokes Symphony of the Night, but with time manipulation

Metroidvanias are totally in vogue right now, but a lot of the time (as with Ghost Song or ReVeN), they feel more Metroid than 'Vania. Not so with Timespinner. Former Bungie employee and founder of Lunar Ray Games Bodie...   more

Timespinner evokes Symphony of the Night, but with time manipulation photo

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit coming to 3DS in September

We first heard about Cooking Mama 5 last year, and expected to see it out then. Today, Majesco announced that Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit will release this September for the 3DS. This will be the second Cooking Mama ga...   more

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit coming to 3DS in September photo

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 announced as a mobile exclusive

Civilization Revolution was an interesting thing. As it was pared down to function well on consoles, handhelds, and eventually mobile devices, many diehards considered it dumbed down from the roots of the series. Still, it so...   more

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 announced as a mobile exclusive photo

Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar

The reveal trailer for Dreadnought pushes a lot of the right buttons for science fiction fans. It puts potential players into the right frame of mind and really sets up the scale of the endeavor. Combatants will not be dartin...   more

Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo


Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo
Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar photo



The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers

Nestled in a parking lot across the street from the convention center in Los Angeles was Devolver Digital's phalanx of air conditioned campers. The publisher had a good mixture of highly anticipated titles like Hotline Miami ...   more

The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers photo

New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screens show Wilhelm's abilities, Pandora-rise

A new batch of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screenshots have dropped, and they show off some of the more recently announced features. Wilhelm's Surveyor bots Wolf and Saint can be seen battling a new type of creature that look...   more

New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screens show Wilhelm's abilities, Pandora-rise photo


New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screens show Wilhelm's abilities, Pandora-rise photo
New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screens show Wilhelm's abilities, Pandora-rise photo
New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screens show Wilhelm's abilities, Pandora-rise photo
New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screens show Wilhelm's abilities, Pandora-rise photo
New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screens show Wilhelm's abilities, Pandora-rise photo
New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel screens show Wilhelm's abilities, Pandora-rise photo