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No Rose Colored Glasses: Xenogears

As some of you regular blog readers may have noticed, I briefly disappeared off the face of the Earth. Starting a business keeps you busy, but things have cooled off, so I'm happy to return to video game writing. I've got a lot of backlog...

 
 
 

VGR Review: 3rd Birthday

Parasite Eve is one of those franchises that never made it out of the original PlayStation era when JRPGs fell onto Sony’s first console like autumn rain. The first two games are often held up as PlayStation classics but the series seeme...

 
 
 

The Value of Sixty Dollars: Epic Games Edition

I was disappointed to read about what Mike Capps of Epic Games said the other week. He made the claim that the ninety-nine cent mobile gaming market on iOS devices is “killing us”, the “us” specifically referring to the conventional $60 ...

 
 
 

Fun with Math: M Rated Games and Minors

Out of curiosity I couldn’t help but ask Leland Yee and his chief of staff, Adam Keigwin, what they thought of the new FTC report published today, which indicates that a mere 13% of minors can purchase M rated games at retail outlets - a ...

 
 
 

A Tale of Two Open Worlds

Open world games have become something of a staple in video games ever since Grand Theft Auto III revolutionized the genre. Ever since the technology became more readily available, open worlds have appeared in everything from run-of-the mi...

 
 
 

Past and Present: Quake Arena Arcade Review

The verdict: If you’re a serious nostalgia buff you may see this as worth 1,200 Microsoft points, but you’re not missing much if you never got into the original game. Towards the tail end of the 20th century into the early years of the 21s...

 
 
 
 
 

Enough is enough with the term "ultraviolent"

There’s a new fear word in town. As a medium video gaming is hardly a stranger fear words. You know what I mean: Those specifically concocted fear-inducing buzz words specifically designed by out-of-touch moral guardians to efficiently de...

 
 
 

LittleBigPlanet 2 Collectors Edition Unboxing

I've always considered a game that deserves my purchasing a special edition to be a personal badge of honor. I tend to be a bargain hunter by nature, so it really takes something meaningful or significant to get me to dip an extra $10 or $...

 
 
 

Renaissance Ideas and Final Fantasy VIII

I recently had the chance to try the semi-recently released Final Fantasy VIII on PlayStation Network. I wouldn’t call it a stretch to claim that VIII is one of the most polarizing games ever released. Some people love it, others despise ...

 
 
 

VGR Reviews - Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time

The verdict: Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time is a wasted opportunity after the promising Rabbids Go Home and does nothing that noteworthy. This may seem like a curious choice of review since it can be argued that Rayman and the Rabbids are ...

 
 
 

VGR Reviews - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

The verdict: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow generally works but has to constantly compete with the games that do combat, platforming, and giant boss battles better. Castlevania is one of the many franchises from the old 2D days that never ad...

 
 
 

Five Big Gameplay Clichés of the 2000s

Let's face it: Clichés drive media. Writing a good story alone lends itself to a slew of clichés to resort to. Just as filmmakers deal with the clichés specific to the process of filmmaking, there are a slew of them wholly associated with...

 
 
 

VGR Reviews: Pinball FX 2

The verdict: Pinball FX 2 encapsulates the fun of playing pinball. It's accessible, consumer-friendly, and very worth checking out. Well, go figure. It should happen that the first review I post of 2011 happens to be a very specific genr...

 
 
 

The Mass Effect 3 Wish List

As I’ve already touched upon, Mass Effect 2 was my game of the year. I literally jumped out of my chair in surprise when I saw trailer that officially unveiled Mass Effect 3 and nearly did it again when I realized we would be seeing it thi...

 
 
 
 
 

The Video Game Renaissance

The term "video game renaissance" is thrown around from time to time, either in casual context or to denote how far video gaming has come. However you use it, the mere usage of attaching the term "Renaissance" to something as video games i...

 
 

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