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“Metro Exodus” Review

“Metro Exodus” Review

It’s 1972 in Moscow. Nuclear annihilation is a real and present danger. The Cold War is still waged, silently but actually, on the world stage. But in the minds of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, it is not nuclear annihilation which forever changes the face of the planet—it’s first contact.

“Day of the Tentacle Remastered” Review

“Day of the Tentacle Remastered” Review

Point-and-click adventure games have a tremendous history. In the early days of PC gaming, this genre was at the forefront offering up some of the most exciting and memorable romps available. LucasArts and Sierra Entertainment were two studios on the cutting edge bringing us classics like Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, and Space Quest. Indeed, through the first two decades of computer gaming, story driven adventures were among the pinnacle of the artform.

Ted’s Top 9 Games of 2015

Ted’s Top 9 Games of 2015

I’ve been hearing that 2015 is one of gaming’s best years in a long time. Some have told me it is competitive with 1998, 2001, 2004, but… I don’t see it. This year is a strange mix of stellar blockbusters, fun indie games, and sleeper hits. But few of them — very few in fact — were outstanding.

Gamer 2.0: How Gaming and Social Media Help Us Know Each Other

Gamer 2.0: How Gaming and Social Media Help Us Know Each Other

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. Sura 49:13 There are now more than seven billion people on this planet. Boys and girls, young and old, rich and poor, all walks of life, people everywhere are born, they live, and then […]

“Life is Strange, Episode 4: Dark Room” Review

“Life is Strange, Episode 4: Dark Room” Review

“It’s not all bad news in Arcadia Bay. Or is it…?” This quote summarizes Life is Strange, Episode 4: Dark Room rather well. From its opening scene until the haunting, even borderline traumatic last, Dark Room goes there—you know, there.

“The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” Review

“The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” Review

If there’s one thing I can say surely about my favorite kind of games, it’s that I love a good adventure. I love being placed in a mysterious world with a not-so-clear sense of purpose or design. There’s something unique about the adventure genre, wherein you are often left confused, sometimes frustrated, but always intrigued to press on.

We Saved Shenmue. Now Let’s Stop Lan Di.

We Saved Shenmue. Now Let’s Stop Lan Di.

July 17th, 2015 is a day that will be remembered fondly for many gamers all around the world. Shenmue 3 is officially going to be made. I just got my 42nd update from Kickstarter. At $6,333,295 it’s official. We Saved Shenmue. Shenmue, originally released in 1999 in Japan and brought to America in 2000 has been a favorite of gamers worldwide. Shenmue 2, released on the Dreamcast in Japan and the Xbox in America was also very popular. Due to […]

ATWAR: The Changing Climate, Calming the Coming Storm, and the Rising AVALANCHE.

ATWAR: The Changing Climate, Calming the Coming Storm, and the Rising AVALANCHE.

#SaveShenmue and the Rise of the Shenmuenista A lot has happened in the last week. Whether you are a gamer or non-gamer numerous events have entered the cultural consciousness, for better and for worse. For gamers, E3 has wrapped up and, in my opinion, it was outstanding. It was a surprise that E3 was so good because usually, also in my opinion, E3 kind of sucks. Year after year we see announcements and promotions of the annual shovel-ware and supposed or pre-supposed AAA […]

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” Review

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” Review

There is a particular episode in the history of video games I am quite fond of. When visiting the country of Poland, its Prime Minister Donald Tusk gave President Barack Obama a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings— an odd gift from a person who unlikely has ever played the game to a person even less likely to ever play the game. It spoke volumes about the role in which gaming plays and will play in the new […]

“Game of Thrones, Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness” Review

“Game of Thrones, Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness” Review

“If you presume to speak of my dragons, choose your next words wisely.” — Daenerys Targaryen These words close out the third episode to TellTale’s Game of Thrones game. The Sword in the Darkness picks up where The Lost Lords left off, continuing the story of House Forrester. The Forrester clan is an interesting batch because, like the Starks whom they have pledged their loyalty, are often choosing to be proud, brave, and honorable over practical advantages against their adversaries. […]

“Life is Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis” Review

“Life is Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis” Review

There are a lot of reasons to play video games. They’re fun, exciting, surreal and imaginative, and best yet, they can actually be very good. Few games, as good as they are, give you a reason to relate to them through your personal life. Even games which try to bring a realistic perspective often do so through means focused on extraordinary events. Few games, as good as they are, try to extrapolate on life as we know it. They’re focused […]

“Grim Fandango Remastered” Review

“Grim Fandango Remastered” Review

  “Love is for the Living.” -Manny Calavara Gaming, in general, thrives on good adventures. Whether it is a trek through Hyrule or a quest in Tamriel, the setting of a game is one of the core elements that make it memorable or forgettable. Over the past few decades, we have seen gaming evolve from text-based adventures such as Zork into the now popular fully formed open-world. Newer gamers might not be familiar with their roots, especially those who are […]

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