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Rantview: Ace of Spades

I have just turned twenty-seven years old. I am, as far as the internet is concerned, an old man, cynical and tired. As such, I tend to scoff when I hear game discussion centered about how games should first and foremost be 'fun'. Fun is no...

 
 
 

Endings: GTAIV's BAD END

The worst part is that I had been clamoring for years for a truly mature title, with characters that are actually well thought out and a story that actually amounts to something, and when it actually came out I had to say that I hated it an...

 
 
 

Mass Effect: Correction

So have you heard about how the latest Mass Effect novel apparently has a ton of errors, almost as if it was written by someone whose only previous interest in the franchise has been a list of place and race names that was being used to pac...

 
 
 

Resolutions: Achieve Something

The best way to describe gamification is to paraphrase Steve Butts and say itís a concept as interesting and exciting as its name is stupid, and its name is very stupid. Itís the idea that the same stuff that game designers use to make sure...

 
 
 

A Gaming Carol, Final Part: Gaming Yet To Be

(This is the final part of a four-part series. It begins here, then continues here and here.) Ebenezer had given up on trying to sleep, and was just sitting on the edge of his bed, thinking and waiting for the next internet celebrity to co...

 
 
 

A Gaming Carol, Part III: Gaming Present

(This is part 3 of a 4-part thing. Part one is here and part two is here.) Ebenezer tried to convince himself that what had just happened couldnít have just happened, and probably would have succeeded if it wasnít for the fudge stain, that...

 
 
 

A Gaming Carol, Part II: Gaming Past

(This is part II of a four-part series. The first part is here.) (With effusive apologies to James Rolfe.) Ebenezer had just started to drift into sleep when he started to hear someone swearing. He at first thought it might be some drunk ...

 
 
 

A Gaming Carol, Part I: Prologue

ĎTwas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Thatís because the house belonged to a game journalist, who was at the time getting shitfaced at his office party. ďLadies and gen...

 
 
 

Jim Sterling versus the world

So last week Jim Sterling found exception with the fact that John Walker of Rock Paper Shotgun called Modern Warfare 3 an un-game, and there was almost as much vitriol flying from his loving/hating/kismesisshipping fanbase as there was when...

 
 
 

Zelda Week: Good Samaritan

Majora's Mask is the best Zelda game ever. I never played it to the end, and since I started playing games on the N64 and have an irrational hatred of handhelds there are way more Zelda games that I didn't even play, but I won't take those ...

 
 
 

Rantview: The Binding of Isaac

Look, up on the internet! Is it a rant? Is it a review? Itís both! Itís... a rantview! ...Well, that sounds awful. Is there no better portmanteau? A... reviant? Eh, never mind, itís already on the title. Ladies and Gentleman, The Binding o...

 
 

About The Random Oneone of us since 11:09 PM on 03.17.2011

The Random One was born in the middle of the Brazilian (concrete) jungles, where it was foretold by a figment of his imagination that he would become a great writer. After waiting for decades for the world to recognize his genius, he gave up and decided to actually write things that people might want to read. This is one of the things he writes.