If you’re a guy, as most gamers are, it’s very likely that your Mom...
My wife once said to me, “Babe, I know that you’re in the middle...
Ahh, parties. When we were kids, they involved pizza, soft drinks, and ice cream...
I love music. It’s both art and math; it has the ability to influence mood, setting, and atmosphere; it can rev you up, keep you going, and wind you down; it expresses emotion from love to hate, determination to depression, joy to sorrow. So it should come as no surprise when I say that I [...]
The Humble Bundle, one of the best-known indie bundle offerings today, has joined up with independent game studio Mojang (best known for Minecraft) to once again help raise money for charity and at the same time bring other small, independent game studios into the limelight. The Mojam Bundle #2 is the second collaboration of these [...]
Ahh, the roguelike and roguelike-likes. Randomly generated levels for a different experience every playthrough, “perma”-death, and learning curves sharper than the weapons you use to defeat the hundreds of baddies that await you in the deep, dark dungeons. They come in a hundred different flavors, from typical dungeon-crawling (Nethack, Dungeons of Dredmor) to really weird [...]
Today we’ll be getting to the third and most current incarnation of the Free Bundle; the theme for this one seems to be frenetic multiplayer and platforming. With that in mind, I will offer a disclaimer: I was only able to play these games alone. It didn’t take much away from the experience, though! Now [...]
Yesterday we covered the first release of The Free Bundle. Today we’re covering the second, and while the games are different, the quality is still very high and the price remains at zero. Under the Garden Under the Garden is a sandbox-style exploration game, taking place in a winter environment. The cold of winter [...]
Yesterday, we covered 5 Indie Bundles to Watch; their common element was that you paid a low, low price – often $5-7 – for half a dozen indie (and some not-so-indie) games. Even if the money often went to charity, the price may have seemed to still be a bit too steep for many gamers, [...]
The Monkey Island series. Grim Fandango. Day of the Tentacle. All of these are classic PC games that helped to define what the Adventure genre was about: quirky puzzle logic and impeccable storytelling in worlds that seemed to live and breathe, in spite of the technological limitations. Primitive pixel art and limited animations proved to [...]
You know that feeling you get when listening to your favorite band’s new album for the first time? You’re elated to hear the new music and every new track, new mood, makes you more emotional. And then when the album’s done, you sit there a bit surprised at how short it seemed. Playing it a [...]
Psychological thrillers in gaming have had a few standouts; Eternal Darkness (Gamecube) and Silent Hill (Playstation 1) immediately spring to mind. Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake attempts to join their ranks with a riveting mystery laying the foundation for the polished gameplay. But is it really worthy of being in the company of other thriller titles [...]
Life 1, Day 1: I wake up on a beach, with nothing but a backpack and a flashlight, which should be useful because for some reason it’s night. Flipping the switch on my light, I take stock of my surroundings. Directly in front of me is a road crossing my path, and huge mountains, [...]
If you’re a guy, as most gamers are, it’s very likely that your Mom was the one trying to protect you from all the horrors and terrible influences that the world throws at you once you hit your teens (and even younger, nowadays): gratuitous sex, drugs, crime, and violence exist not only in Hollywood but
My wife once said to me, “Babe, I know that you’re in the middle of a game right now, but blah blah blah time with me blah blah get laid tonight blah blah blah.” I’m sure she had some very valid points, but I don’t think she realized just how much I needed to concentrate
Ahh, parties. When we were kids, they involved pizza, soft drinks, and ice cream cake. Now that we’re older, we still have those things but the soft drinks are now hard and there’s a bit more vomiting involved. Unless you invited one of those kids who had an unhealthy love for ice cream cake. You
Growing up, I never really appreciated the juggling act my father pulled; after taking me and my sister to school in the morning, he’d go to work for 12 hours. And then on the weekends, he’d continue to be a great dad and take us to our piano lessons with the promise of fast food