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  • Exploring Old Tombs with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

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    I had it lined up perfectly. There was another platform maybe five feet away. Beneath it, hundreds of feet of falling water crashing into the sharp rocks at the bottom. All I had to do was make the jump. Then things went off the rails. The rocks beneath me began to crack, and I took off running. A last second leap from the falling boulder took me across the gap, where I grabbed the edge of the rock by the tip of my fingers. 

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    I had it lined up perfectly. There was another platform maybe five feet away. Beneath it, hundreds of feet of falling water crashing into the sharp rocks at the bottom. All I had to do was make the jump. Then things went off the rails. The rocks beneath... More
  • Why the New Smash Bros Could Be the Best

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    Hit stun is the best part of the new Super Smash Bros game for Wii U. Forget the new characters. You don’t need new stages. Hit stun is the biggest change Nintendo made, and it’s awesome. 

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    Hit stun is the best part of the new Super Smash Bros game for Wii U. Forget the new characters. You don’t need new stages. Hit stun is the biggest change Nintendo made, and it’s awesome. Most casual players wouldn’t know what hit stun... More
  • Game Development Can’t Go On Like This

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    When Ubisoft made headlines this week, it was for all the wrong reasons.

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    When Ubisoft made headlines this week, it was for all the wrong reasons. The French gaming publisher aimed high this Christmas season and released two Assassin’s Creed games on the same day. It should have been a major coup for the company, something... More
  • Who Knew You Could Recruit Morinth in Mass Effect 2?

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    The surprise hit me when I was browsing an old Game Informer. It came out a couple months after Mass Effect 2 and had a flow chart describing how to save your teammates during the suicide mission. Only something was off about Samara's entry. 

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    The surprise hit me when I was browsing an old Game Informer. It came out a couple months after Mass Effect 2 and had a flow chart describing how to save your teammates during the suicide mission. Only something was off about Samara's entry. "Samara... More
  • I'm Not Having Fun With Skyrim

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    I don't know what the problem is. Maybe it's being too comparative. Maybe it's too-high expectations. Maybe it's from missing the hype train entirely in 2011. 

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    I don't know what the problem is. Maybe it's being too comparative. Maybe it's too-high expectations. Maybe it's from missing the hype train entirely in 2011. Whatever the reason, I cannot bring myself to enjoy Skyrim. My last blog post... More
  • The Real Best Xbox 360 Games

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    I enjoyed reading the official Game Informer list of the top 25 Xbox 360 games. It's a good collection that hits all the high points. Everything there deserves its spot. 

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    I enjoyed reading the official Game Informer list of the top 25 Xbox 360 games. It's a good collection that hits all the high points. Everything there deserves its spot. However, I can't help but feel like they didn't get everything. There... More
  • Saying Goodbye to Bioshock

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    Life isn't fair. Irrational Games put out one of the best games of 2013 (if not the entire console generation) when it released Bioshock Infinite. Ken Levine and his team spent years building one of the best-realized and compelling worlds in gaming. It was incredible. 

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    Life isn't fair. Irrational Games put out one of the best games of 2013 (if not the entire console generation) when it released Bioshock Infinite . Ken Levine and his team spent years building one of the best-realized and compelling worlds in gaming... More
  • Spelunky is Infuriatingly Fun

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    Remember fun games? Enjoyable ones?

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    Remember fun games? Enjoyable ones? Spelunky isn't one of those games. Borderlands writer Anthony Burch called it "one of the most unassumingly mindblowing games of the past 10 years." Spelunky is one of the most infuriating things I've... More
  • Permadeath Makes Games Way More Fun

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    I started playing Minecraft again. The game maintains timeless appeal. You spawn, collect items, and fashion the world to your design. The simplicity calms me and doles out enjoyment in small, consistent doses. Minecraft is fun.

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    I started playing Minecraft again. The game maintains timeless appeal. You spawn, collect items, and fashion the world to your design. The simplicity calms me and doles out enjoyment in small, consistent doses. Minecraft is fun. And yet... the game lacks... More
  • PC Gaming As We Know It Is Dead. Long Live PC Gaming!

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    Epic announced a new Unreal Tournament game, and it seems too good to be true. The company release it free for Windows, Mac and Linux. The community can help with development, which will be live-streamed over Twitch. Epic will also sponsor an official marketplace where users can use the game's source code to create and sell mods. Epic makes its money from taking a cut of the mod sales. 

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    Epic announced a new Unreal Tournament game, and it seems too good to be true. The company release it free for Windows, Mac and Linux. The community can help with development, which will be live-streamed over Twitch. Epic will also sponsor an official... More
  • Games for Mac Are Awful

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    The worst part of owning a Mac is gaming. I bought a MacBook Air a while back because it worked great for my journalism and programming classes. A computer that weighs three pounds and runs for 12 hours? Sign me up. 

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    The worst part of owning a Mac is gaming. I bought a MacBook Air a while back because it worked great for my journalism and programming classes. A computer that weighs three pounds and runs for 12 hours? Sign me up. But then I try to play games. Christ... More
  • Why I Play Games Without Sound

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    It started when I was a kid. I was playing Pokemon Red on my Game Boy Color. The game's music emitted from the translucent purple plastic. 

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    It started when I was a kid. I was playing Pokemon Red on my Game Boy Color. The game's music emitted from the translucent purple plastic. "Can you turn that off?" my mother asked. "Sure." I reached down and moved the tiny plastic... More
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