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Games

August 14, 2016

Way to go, Niantic. You’re making me look like a fucking idiot. Since my original defence of Pokémon GO just a few weeks ago, a lot of negativity has come up surrounding the game, and not just from the usual “gamers are losers” crowd. Much of the game’s core fan base are up in arms […]

August 7, 2016

Just a few weeks ago, the finals of the Street Fighter V tournament at the Evolution Championship Series (Evo) were broadcast live on ESPN2. I cannot possibly describe how big of a deal this is. Evo is the world’s largest e-sports event for fighting games and those who make it to the finals are, without […]

July 31, 2016

Valve Corporation is a company that seems to be almost universally admired in spite of all the mistakes they make. Making consistently high quality games and offering incredible discounts on a store filled with almost every game imaginable is certainly a good way to get in the good books of gamers, but trust is not […]

July 24, 2016

Mobile games aren’t exactly my forte. Normally they are something I despise immensely, particularly since the major mobile storefronts are filled with micro-transaction-laden money sinks, cheap knockoffs of said money sinks, and broken ports of triple-A games. It also doesn’t help that I have a Windows Phone and can’t afford to upgrade. It is for […]

July 17, 2016

Though initially stereotypical and unsympathetic, there have been queer characters in video games for at least thirty years—the first exemplar (from a then-major publisher) being Ultima VI: The False Prophet in 1990. However the first game to make being queer an integral part of the protagonist, rather than a choice in a single scene with […]

May 29, 2016

★★ Developer: Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platform: PS4   If anybody reading this is over the age of 30, you may well recognise the name of this game. Long before the dawn of modern PC gaming, Shadow of the Beast—released in 1989, was one of the Commodore Amiga’s most iconic games; […]

May 22, 2016

★★★★★ “I’m so sorry, Red. They took your voice. I couldn’t stop them.”   Step into the shoes of Red, a displaced chanteuse from Cloudbank—the iridescent cyberpunk metropolis in which Transistor takes place. The city is beautifully reminiscent of an art deco space station, a blue-green paradise that glows primarily with accents of white, red, […]

May 15, 2016

When it comes to online multiplayer games, the most important period pre-launch is the open beta testing. For a few precious days your game will be free to the world and in the hands of the harshest critic of them all—the general public. Generating hype to get people buying your game is all dependent on […]

May 8, 2016

★★★ Developer & Publisher: Alexander Ocias Platform: Browser-based, playable at ocias.com, kongregate.com, jayisgames.com.   Prepare to have your self-esteem lowered by Loved, a short, arcade-style adventure game that unabashedly sets out to frustrate and verbally abuse players. The game was conceived and developed by Alexander Ocias, an artist and graphic designer. Loved was constructed in […]

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