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Mini-Games: A Torrid Affair

It was an unusually warm spring day as my brother, grandfather and I packed into a Champaign-colored Buick setting out on a road trip down to Florida to spend a week of spring break with family. Being nine, I had little interest in the sc...

 
 
 

XBLA Review: Scrap Metal

Fifteen years ago a small company called SingleTrac began designing a game that would be the delicious brainchild of the ever irrepressible David Jaffe and Scott Campbell and would change how we looked at racing and combat as video game g...

 
 
 

Toy Soldiers: A Surprise Attack of Fun

World War I was incorrectly labeled as, “The War to End All Wars”, but rightly so. It was when all the various technologies emerging at the turn of the century suddenly became used for warfare and while history buffs might find that fact ...

 
 
 

Casual is the New 'Hardcore'

Gamers born in the 1980s have, for most of their lives, been playing electronic games as they’ve evolved into what we have today. While many abhor the use of labels to players such as ‘casual’ or ‘hardcore’, they still persist regardless....

 
 
 
 

Why I Game - Part I

We all have our reasons for gaming. Some play to escape the drudgery of an otherwise stressful day. Others might play because they want to enjoy the game as a work of art. Many do it just for the fun of it. But for me, I was raised on it fo...

 
 
 

Top 10 Games of the Decade

Fair warning: This is a video intensive post. Enjoy I sincerely believe that while technical achievement and graphical eye candy are all well and good, the thing that stands out succinctly best is when a game is genuinely fun. As artsy as ...

 
 
 

Alien Breed Evolution Quite Entertaining

There are few times when a Xbox Live Arcade Game has been genuinely able to make me jump when a twinge of fear hits me, however Alien Breed Evolution did it repeatedly. Surrounded by human corpses and under siege as multiple alien creatur...

 
 
 

A Belated Top 10 Games of 2009

10. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Dispensing with the original formula of base building, Dawn of War II took the stance of kicking ass without having to hunker down first to do it. Taking the role of the silent Space Marine Commander,...

 
 
 

My PS3 Love Affair, Round Two

So, I had a Playstation 3 for a while. It was a saucy little number touting its sweet little 40 GB hard drive. We had our torrid love affair much to the dismay of my Wii and Xbox 360, but in the end, it wasn’t meant to be. After waiting w...

 
 
 

First Thoughts - Gratuitous Space Battles

Real-time Strategy has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Ever since I got my first taste of Warcraft 2, I've been hooked and haven't looked back. Cut to the summer of this year as Positech Games releases Gratuitous Space Battles. Tak...

 
 
 

When Digital Downloads Go Bad

It seems that there was a little speed bump amongst all the joy of the annual Steam sale. The Consumerist reports that all Ario wanted to do was gift his brother a game via the digital download client, but what happened is a bit more conv...

 
 
 
 

Video Dissection: Heavy Rain

As a quick warning, this post contains a significant amount of pictures, thank you and on to the feature presentation. While anxiously biding time until Heavy Rain falls upon us, I've been checking out as much as I can about the game. ...

 
 
 

Top 10 Developers for the Xbox 360

Let’s face it, without developers; the 360 would just be nothing more that a sweet paperweight that you could watch DVDs on if you were so inclined. But being the technical powerhouse that it is as a system and having the library of games i...

 
 
 

Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming Review

Growing up, I never really got into the Harvest Moon titles because the suggestion of farming was always eclipsed by my blatant desire to kick tons of ass and save one world or another from the threat of complete annihilation. When Harves...

 
 
 

Puzzle Quest Galactrix Review

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords was perhaps one of the best titles to ever make its way into the hands of gamers; unfortunately the same cannot be said for its follow-up title. Puzzle Quest Galactrix from Infinity Interactive gave...

 
 
 

New Darksiders Trailer Reminds Us War Is A Horseman

A warrior, even a Horseman of the Apocalypse, is nothing without a mighty steed to carry him into battle. Sure, we could go on and on about video game characters that don't have a horse, but we could relate it any which way. Kratos rode P...

 
 
 

Top 10 Classic Xbox Arcade Live Titles

I have chosen for the sake of this list to separate Indie titles from developer titles as it would be relatively unfair to put some up against others. So, with that said, let’s begin. 10. Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 Simple and utt...

 
 
 

Gears of War 2 Gives Gamers Hollywood Pacing

I finally finished playing Gears of War 2 and while I wait for you to pick you jaw up off the floor, allow me to fill you in on what the game left me with in the way of an overall impression. While the game felt like it had finally come int...

 
 
 

Why Microsoft Won't Slim the 360

The Xbox 360 has been out for quite some time and with Sony having finally released a slimmed down version of their titan-sized Playstation 3, it was only a matter of time before critics began to wonder if Microsoft would do the same. The 3...

 
 
 

Review: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

War is Hell, or so we would believe having played through various iterations of Call of Duty, but Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising would have us believe it isn't so hellish. Taking place on a fictional resource-rich island that just ha...

 
 
 

What sort of RUSE is this?

Well, I got into the RUSE beta. It would be awesome now if I could actually get passed the loading screen, but there seems to be an error that nobody is able to get around and Ubisoft is yet to release a fix for.

 
 
 

First Thoughts - And Yet It Moves

So, I was on Penny Arcade the other day as I usually am when I stumbled on 'And Yet It Moves'. I checked out the trailer and decided to give the demo a go and sure enough I was hooked. AYIM has all the qualities of a standard fair platfor...

 
 
 

First Thoughts - Continuity

There are some pretty incredible flash games coming out now that illustrate a creativity that we as a gaming community wouldn't otherwise be privy to since the amount of independent game developers making it to one of the major consoles or ...

 
 
 

Nintendo Dpad Shutting Down

In a post today, it was revealed that Nintendo DPad, probably one of the best independently operated blogs covering Nintendo news will be shutting down. In what I can imagine is the final post, there was a definite feeling of fond farewell,...

 
 
 

Review - Fallout 3

Since Fallout 3 has been out for a while and I’ve had ample time to reflect upon my feelings of the game. I thought it was time I finally published a full on review for it. The memorable Fallout 3 introductory cinematic paints a grim portr...

 
 
 

Section 8 Demo Impression

So Section 8 is coming out tomorrow and after playing the demo a few times I have some thoughts I would like to share. To kick things off, it is one of those multiplayer titles that feels like Unreal Tournament or Team Fortress. Actually, t...

 
 
 

Top 10 Xbox Games You Can Play on 360

Be it backwards compatibility or stuffed somewhere in the Games on Demand service via Xbox Live, these are titles that shouldn’t be missed, regardless of being on the Xbox or not. So, sit back, relax and get ready for a brief lesson in what...

 
 
 

Where'd the Good Guys Go?

If you haven't noticed lately, the definitive good guy is seemingly being slowly shifted out of the gaming pop culture as we know it. Gone are the days of Link, Mario and the heroes we knew were definitely good, the white knights that would...

 
 

About AndrewG009one of us since 1:33 PM on 07.28.2009

"I kind of miss the days when games were judged on their game-playing merit alone. I'm a little concerned about how far we (the game industry) are into the licensed four-page-ad marketing blitz era these days, which may be a natural evolution of the industry. But I'm always worried when we put more emphasis on glitz and production values than on the game. That's a trend that looks good for a while until you realize there's no game industry any more. If we don't have gameplay, we can't really compete with other forms of entertainment because we can't do graphics as good as the movie industry and we can't make sounds as well as the recording industry. All we can do that's special to us is be interactive. So we have to hang on to that and make sure we do a good job." - Sid Meier


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