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We need a new ToeJam & Earl game

I spent hours as a child watching my father play ToeJam & Earl or, as my mother appropriately called the game, Burp & Fart. When I was five, this Sega Genesis classic made absolutely no sense. Who was Earl and why does he look like a pot...

 
 
 

Iím suffering from review writing fatigue

As a small child I dreamed of reviewing games as my full-time job. Literally, I actually had dreams about being an adult and reviewing games as a career on multiple occasions. Unlike most little boys, becoming a policeman or firefighter w...

 
 
 

The world needs a new Road Rash title

Remember the Road Rash franchise, EAís violent motorcycle racing series? Well, I think itís exactly what the gaming industry needs right now. Itís time for a re-imagining of Electronic Artís classic franchise. I remember playing the orig...

 
 
 
 

Pokemon Black and White 2 will hurt the 3DS

I was a little confused when Pokemon Black and White 2 was announced last week for the Nintendo DS. Why isnít the game coming to the 3DS? It might come as a surprise to some people out there, but Iím actually a big fan of the Pokemon fra...

 
 
 

Will the PlayStation Vita be successful?

Now that Sonyís extremely powerful handheld, the PlayStation Vita, has made its way to North America, gamers everywhere are asking the same question Ė will the PlayStation Vita be successful? The market has changed drastically since the...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Review: Kirby Mass Attack

Kirbyís Mass Attack for DS features ingredients common to great video games, but it just doesnít manage to get them together. The title offers vibrant graphics and a classic Nintendo character (Kirby), but thatís where the appeal ends. ...

 
 
 
 
 

Halo isn't as good as I remember

Iíve always had a strange attachment to the Halo franchise. For me, Halo: Combat Evolved was the game of high school. Everyone was playing it and cafeteria conversations always somehow ended up being Halo related. But lately, I canít stan...

 
 
 

Club Nintendo finally doesnít suck

Okay, maybe Ďsuckí is a strong word Ė because Club Nintendo does have some cool rewards Ė but the items are highly subjective. Unless youíre twelve or otherwise into stickers, posters, and other Nintendo related swag, there havenít been m...

 
 
 

Skyward Sword is motion control perfection

The Zelda series is a franchise that hasnít changed much over the years. Thereís an over world, dungeons, a princess in distress and an angry, magical, evil enemy. During every Zelda adventure you traverse various elementally themed dunge...

 
 
 

Review Ė Kirbyís Return To Dreamland

Kirbyís Return To Dreamland is possibly the easiest game Iíve played in my entire life. Usually this is a bad thing, but in this titleís case, itís simplicity and ease actually works in its favour. The gameís levels are varied and extrem...

 
 
 
 

Three Problems With Skyrim

Before I get flamed, let me first say this: I really like Skyrim. I feel that itís one of the greatest technical achievements in video gaming in the last 5-10 years. It just has a few issues that are really starting get to me. Skyrim is...

 
 
 

ĎCheatingí Should Be Part Of All Games

Over the course of the past weekend, I volunteered at a local Toronto games festival called Gamercamp. Although, as a volunteer, I didnít have much time to enjoy all festivities, I did manage to sit in on a few extremely interesting prese...

 
 
 

Review Ė Super Mario 3D Land

Super Mario 3D Land has convinced me that three dimensional effects can actually add to a gameís overall experience. The recent remake of Ocarina Of Time on the 3DS looked amazing, but the 3D effect really didnít alter the gameís gamepla...

 
 
 

I Know Nothing About Skyrim

Iíve been eagerly anticipating Skyrim for years. Iíd probably even say that itís the only release Iíve been excited about in a very long time. Thereís a reason for this sense of excitment and anticipation though. Usually, when Iím inter...

 
 
 
 

My First Video Game: Micro Machines

For the last half hour Iíve been trying to remember the very first video game I ever played Ė but for some reason I canít. I donít know why I donít remember my first video game; I can recall countless other gaming related memories (youív...

 
 
 

Review Ė Nintendogs+Cats

Nintendogs+Cats isnít the kind of game I typically go for, but it isnít supposed to be. The title is obviously aimed at a younger audience, not someone who is 22-years-old and male. That being said, Iíve done my best to examine Nintendoís...

 
 
 

Iíve Grown Up Gaming

Iíve pretty much grown up with a controller in my hands. I canít even remember a time when I wasnít playing some sort of video game Ė gaming has been an incredibly huge part of my life. You know how certain songs often remind you of speci...

 
 
 

Review - Star Fox 643D

Star Fox 643D takes amazing advantage of the Nintendo 3DS' 3D capabilities. It's just a shame that it's overall design is showing its age. Star Fox 643D is a remake of the N64 classic and is faithful to the original game. You play as Sta...

 
 
 

How To Improve Your Gaming Skills: Headphones

I've always used headphones when I game; for me it's the only way to completely immerse my mind. I find they allow me to lose myself in the experience and forget about the many distractions that perpetually nag at my subconscious. More t...

 
 
 

These Are The Video Games My Girlfriend Plays

I donít understand why my girlfriend enjoys the video games she does. They arenít from any specific genre, some are brimming with violence, theyíre often for age groups she doesnít fit into and, most importantly, a lot of them involve gun...

 
 
 

Why I Don't Like Dead Island

I havenít seen a game receive this many polarizing review scores in a very long time. Reviewers either love Techlandís Dead Island or absolutely hate it; there arenít many with opinions inbetween. To be honest, I really donít know what I...

 
 

About Patrick ORourkeone of us since 4:56 PM on 05.01.2010

I'm a Ryerson University Journalism graduate and freelance Journalist/Blogger extraordinaire with a soft spot for video games and technology.

I've been gaming my entire life and blog extensively about my travels through gamedom on my website
GameJudgment or follow me on Twitter at Patrick_ORourke.

Gaming is me, without video games I really can't define my self as a human being - it's a somewhat sad reality but oh so very true.
 
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