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Pokemon Go by the Dashboard Light

On May 7, 2002 the Exton Dodgers beat the Red Sox. I know this because I pitched that evening. We won 6-4 and I struck out three batters. It was my first outing as a pitcher and the Dodgers celebrated our hard-fought victory by drinkin...

 
 
 

Resident Evil 7 and the Return of Home Horror

Resident Evil was never about zombies, viruses, or characters being turned into sandwiches. The original Resident Evil and its police-station sequel were always an exploration of architectural horror. In 1996, Resident Evil’s Spe...

 
 
 

Blind Fire: Homefront's Secret City

[Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be doing a handful of blogs under the title of Blind Fire. Think of it as a column or something. Each blog in the series will be short, off-the-cuff thoughts on some of the game's I've b...

 
 
 

On Skate 2 and the Elusive Concept of Fun

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I love skateboarding. There’s something spiritual about the act of riding a skateboard that resonates within me. Skateboarding, at least as far as I am concerned, is an extension of my p...

 
 
 

The Myth of Moon Hunters

March is a month that feels inexorably linked to mythology. The old mantra of "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb" personifies an entire month into some kind of deific creature, capable of changing its entire being during t...

 
 
 

Presents: Harvest Moon and the farming fury

I have always secretly harbored a desire to be a farmer. There’s something to be said for a lifetime of backbreaking labor and sun-tanned skin. I take delight in thinking about the endless toiling in fields that stretch as far as the...

 
 
 

The Weird Games of 2015

2015 was a pretty crazy year for me. A lot of great things happened for me, but I was also kept grounded by some terrible things that happened as well. Maybe it’s karma or whatever you want to call it, but at least I’m alive, happy, and...

 
 
 

Deadly Camp Solid

There’s a moment during the first few hours of Deadly Premonition that has always stuck with me. After a particularly long day, Special Agent Francis York Morgan rises at the crack of dawn in the Great Deer Yard Hotel. He’s ready to wo...

 
 
 
 

Fallout 4 and the great video game equalizer

I’ve never cared much for the modern iteration of Fallout. I love the classic entries, and enjoyed both Fallout 3 and New Vegas for what they were, but have never understood the Fallout fervor that Bethesda’s recent entries have...

 
 
 

Looking back, saying thanks

Just about six months ago, I wanted to break out of my comfort zone. I’d been writing about games on a site that did decent numbers despite its size for a year or so and I wanted to grow. I didn’t have much of a plan, but I knew...

 
 
 
 
 

Clowns, Cage, and Fears

Apologies if this is showing up in the feed a second time, I'm not really sure what happened but anyway...   I have two main fears in life: clowns and David Cage games. Thankfully, I’ve managed to live a quarter of a century most...

 
 
 

Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die

A couple of months ago, a fellow writer and I were discussing how fortunate the collective gaming world is in regards to its creators and their respective legacies. “We’re lucky,” he told me, “that most of the really...

 
 
 
 

Better With Age: Psychonauts

It might have been a yellow, goggle-sporting youth that changed my life. It also could have been a deranged security guard. Or a defeatist descendant of a legendary conqueror. Perhaps it was the allure of summer camp, or mentally charged ab...

 
 
 
 
 

Splatoon's Six Life Lessons

Splatoon is a really good game. I bought a Wii U earlier this week just to check it out and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Being both a kid and a squid is a magical experience that has led me down an inky path to post-mo...

 
 
 
 

Take Me Out to the Role-playing Game

With The Witcher 3 on the horizon, I have been thinking about role-playing games a lot. I’ve been spending a lot of time playing ArcaniA – The Complete Tale on my PS4 in order to drop a review next week, relishing in the ga...

 
 
 
 

Band of Bloggers - Have Heart, Will Listen

"She dreams of freedom, and the decks of whaling ships fast after the beasts at sea. But alas, she is a woman." Plenty of video games allow you to steal. Games, stemming from darkly lit Dungeons and Dragons sessions, to early CRPGs a...

 
 
 

Survival and crafting peaked in 1999

Crafting and survival are two of the most popular terms in 2015’s video game lexicon. Each week brings the gaming world a new game built around crafting and surviving in an open world. Be it on a hostile island, a zombie-infested...

 
 
 

Good Things In Bad Games - The Crew

Time for some more Good Things in Bad Games goodness. If you didn’t check out the inaugural entry, go ahead and do that now. I’ll wait. Really. Anyway, today I’m going to be talking about a game that isn’t nece...

 
 
 

Good Things In Bad Games - Borderlands

The best part about the internet is that I have always found it to be a place that people can freely express their opinions and engage in conversation with others quickly and civilly. We can all thank Al Gore for this unique ability, f...

 
 
 

You Don't Want a New Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Well, it looks like The Birdman hasn’t retired his digital skateboard quite yet. Recently, the gaming world was abuzz with rumors and speculations regarding the kind of, sort ofconfirmed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, chomping a...

 
 
 

I (inadvertently) stole one of my favorite games

I spent most of the PlayStation 1 era obsessed with Japanese role-playing games. I blame Final Fantasy VII, mostly, since it was the first game I ever bought with my own money, causing it to become the standard by which all other games...

 
 

About Ray Porrecaone of us since 3:42 PM on 03.17.2015

The blogger formerly known as wutangclam. I like strange games and weird people.
 
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