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Portal 2: Ironic non-interactivity

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. WARNING. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. DEPLOYING GAME CRITIQUE CORNER IN 3 2 SPOILERS 1 Okay, glad we got that out of the way. I reviewed Portal 2†for Screenjabber this week; ...

 
 
 

Duke Nukem Forever: Gonna suck, don't care

PRESENTING. GAME CRITIQUE CORNER. REBOOTED. By the way, nothing has changed apart from the graphic style. So, technically, nothing has been rebooted at all. Duke Nukem Forever†is a massive great big joke that just sits and farts in th...

 
 
 

Dragon Age 2: Sexual Freedom

Game critique corner. Iím the worst guy to go to for sex advice, as Iím relatively inexperienced with the matter. Donít take that in the funny way, I havenít dived deep into the hole of sexual diversity in video-games. Perverts. I havení...

 
 
 
 

Grand Theft Auto IV: Liberty calling

Game critique corner Grand Theft Auto IV is probably the only game Iíve ever played that I just cannot decide on. Iíve written about it more than Shadow of the Colossus and Iíve been wanting to talk and rant and prant on about how it wor...

 
 
 

PixelJunk Shooter 2: Small mechanics are the biggest

I reviewed Pixeljunk Shooter 2 for Screenjabber recently and found it to be a rather splendid experience. I found it so splendid that I gave it five stars and made it a probably game of the year contender. My history with the Junky Pixel ...

 
 
 

David Cage doesn't know what a game is

No this isn't a Heavy Rain bashing article. Well... This article just went up on Kotaku: http://kotaku.com/#!5775640/a-plea-for-games-to-grow-up Basically David Cage (Heavy Rain) giving a 'grow up' talk, most of it impromptu. It's reall...

 
 
 

The Curse of Half-Life 2

I often refer to Half-Life 2 in any number of my bloggings from critique corners to the reviews I do for other sites. Iíll tell you two truths: I have never beaten the game and itís cursed. Iíve never beaten Half-Life 2 but I have beaten ...

 
 
 

LA Noire: The welcomed death of the cinematic game

Gosh darn game critique corner LA Noire is shaping up to be one of the most interesting games in recent memory. Itís a mystery thriller that doesnít rely solely on a third-person shooter mechanic and embodies both good writing and authen...

 
 
 

So, I'm trying to help Flixist get working.

Yesterday I posted game critique corner, today I began film critique corner. Man I am so original. After working with the horrible Flixist blogging system (tis still early days) I managed to get my blog on there up and running. http://www...

 
 
 

Infamous 2: Destroy the moral landscape. Again.

Oooooh rebranding! Game critique corner. REBOOT! The original Infamous is guilty as charged. I for one completely and utterly stand for a moral landscape in video-games that treats the player as a person with cognitive thought rather th...

 
 
 

Stacking: Schafer's First Game

Schafer along with the folks at Double Fine have always made the most perfect whimsical worlds for our pleasure. Psychonauts delivered a world inside the minds of many, populated with a visual quirk and a stark style of writing that made ...

 
 
 

Killzone 3: Fun with video-games

Killzone 3 is probably one of the most compelling multiplayer experiences Iíve ever played. It goes beyond the common staple of rewarding for nothing and gives a true sense to the word Ďrewardí. Never have I played a multiplayer experienc...

 
 
 

Feminazi Sluts

I don't often comment on sexism in games since it's too large of a topic to encompass in a simple essay and it can be often too hard to tango. I don't often even thinking about it, but I notice it sometimes. It just sort of crops up from ...

 
 
 

Dead Space 2: Not scary

Goddamn game critique corner I donít think Iíve ever played a game, this generation, that has actually scared me. In the sense that youíre full of fear and dread of what lurks around the corner, or what is chasing you. I feel that Dead S...

 
 
 

LittleBigPlanet 2: Play, Create, Wait

Goddamn game critique corner I reviewed LittleBigPlanet 2 for Screenjabber yesterday and gave it a very clean three stars out of five. It was an enjoyable experience but one plagued by problems that were†prevalent†in the original. In som...

 
 
 

Microbot: You've got a friend in me

Gaaaaawddaaaamn game critique corner. I reviewed Microbot for Screenjabber yesterday and found it to be a generally horrible experience. It was full of repetitive combat, bad aesthetic design and a host of other problems. There was somet...

 
 
 

Dead Money: The real game

IíVE BEEN BUSY. SORRY. DONíT JUDGE ME GODDAMNIT. ANYWAY, GODDAMN GAME CRITIQUE CORNER ON SUNDAYS FROM NOW ON BECAUSE I SAID SO! Downloadable content usually means a rushed little chapter that is pumped out for a quick buck or an overpric...

 
 
 

Honourable mentions of 2010

I apologize, I really do, I spent ages trying to get my head around how I would do this on my DTOID blog. BBCODE is a travesty amongst men and I had neither the patience or Googling botherment to bother to find out how to do lists. Instea...

 
 
 

Worst game of 2010: God of War III

Spoilers for God of War III It's that God of War III is horrible designed, it is. It's not that I hate its guts in every single respect, I do. It's not that it won 'Best PS3 Game' over Heavy Rain in the Spike VGAs, it is that kind off. I...

 
 
 

Best design of 2010: Give Up, Robot 2

Give Up, Robot 2 is probably the best flash freeware game thing I have ever played, ever. If it were a woman, the woman would be mine. All mine. Dibs. I have not encountered a flash game of such high quality ever since playing it, and aft...

 
 
 

Mass Effect 2: Friends like these

Gosh darn game critique corner The PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 launches later next month, and I am ruddy looking forward to it. I never picked up any of the extra DLC and itís all included on the disc along with a comic that h...

 
 
 

The Flawless Victory of 2010

Super Meat Boy may be the finest retro game ever made. It beats Shatter to death with its meaty stick (heh) and it certainly triumphs over any of the old retro game design flaws. Itís the retro made better, and I cannot believe to this da...

 
 
 

The most important game of the year

When an art-game is made, it is celebrated. Itís picked apart by many groups, eaten and cherised. Unfortunately, art-games have never hit mainstream appeal. I can safely say itís a lack of actual Ďgameí part that keeps them from reaching ...

 
 
 

Bulletstorm: I don't want your story

Goddamn game critique corner Video-games are awesome. Thatís Bulletstormís philosophy. Thatís an awesome philosophy. If you wanna make something awesome, turn the ĎDuke Nukemí factor up to 11. Honestly, if you havenít heard or seen Bulle...

 
 
 

OST of the year: Super Meat Boy

Dooodooodoooodoodoodooodumdumdumdudedlydeldydooododooodooododododdah dah doo dah dummmmmm duuuuuurud daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah duhhhhh YES. Danny Baranowksy is the Michael Jackson of chiptune music, dead serious. I've yet to find a guy who's ...

 
 
 

Why Kane and Lynch 2 is my game of the year

IO Interactive's Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days is said to be one of the worst, if not then the worst game of the year. Gaming media alike have called it to shame, and that IO Interactive are a corpse of something that once resembled stealth ...

 
 
 

LittleBigPlanet 2: I can do science me

I fell in love with the original LittleBigPlanet, just something about it astounded me. Of course, this was back before it was even released, I was one of the hot guys on the Beta scene, churning out levels and working out the kinks. It l...

 
 
 

The Blogossus end of the year awards.

I do a bloggins called Blogossus. I get lots of hits. End of the year awards kinda obvious to do. I'll be writing giant posts about each of the awards, 500 words in length. A specific one of them will appeal to this community in particula...

 
 

About Nathsiesone of us since 4:57 PM on 02.26.2010

I'm Nathan Hardisty, an author, ex-editorial writer for Platformnation.com, ex-games writer at Screenjabber. I now write for a variety of sites on the internet while still updating both my DTOID blog and my regular blog, which can be found below.

I am currently writing for Flixist.com

Also I'm incredibly pretentious about video-games so beware. I might just hipsterblow your minds.

I can be reached at:

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