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My wife Kelly and I have an agreement: Saturday is game day. She games. I game. Everyone that ventures into my house on this hallowed day is expected to pick up a controller (or at least flail arms and legs on Kinect). Most Saturdays I scan my library for titles I haven't finished yet. Hot new games usually get the red carpet treatment. Role-playing games from generations gone by also stand out. I don't often go back to revisit games I've already completed. That changed last Saturday. I was feeling nostalgic, but didn't want to go through the bother of digging through boxes to find my NES or Genesis components. Instead, I decided to replay a modern game. The debate of which game to play weighed heavily on my mind. I started mentally organizing the games I enjoyed most from this generation. Before long, my living room floor was covered in game boxes. My wife commented that I was having a Beautiful Mind-like moment. My madness resulted in the creation of this list.
Executive editor Andrew Reiner looks back at his favorite titles. Do you agree with his list?
If I tallied the amount of time I spent on the road covering video game events over the last 18 years, I'm willing to bet two full years of my life are dedicated to the cause. I've been to every Electronic Entertainment Expo since the show's inception, and have attended dozens of small, hole in the wall events across the globe. Somehow, in all of this time, I have not attended one QuakeCon, a show dating back to 1996.
This year, I went to the show to work. Next year, I'll be attending as a gamer
On August 31, all of DC Comics' superhero books are resetting to issue #1. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the entire universe they inhabit are rebooting to create a more modern direction for DC's universe. DC Entertainment's Bob Wayne says all of these stories will be "grounded in each character's legend, but will relate to real world situations, interactions, tragedy and triumph."
I recently met a woman who has never watched any of the Star Wars films. She is familiar with Lord of the Rings only because she read that Liv Tyler starred in them. And she can recall only playing two video games in her lifetime: Super Mario Bros. once with her brother, and thanks to a recent party in my home, Dance Central.
If someone who has never played video games asked you what games they should play, how would you respond?
I'm not a huge fan of multi-universe amalgamations, but man, I love the look of these Star Wars Muppets toys. One of my fondest childhood memories is of watching a Star Wars-themed Muppets episode with my father. If memory serves me correctly, Mark Hamill reprised his role of Luke Skywalker, and battled a Darth Gonzo (one of the figures planned in this series).
Step aside, Mickey Mouse; it's time for the Muppets to visit the galaxy far, far away.
Over 10,000 LEGO pieces (mostly brown in color) were used to create this amazing Star Wars sandcrawler.
I'm a fan of bad things. I've seen more Roger Corman films than I have Oscar winners. I can tell you more about the Legion of Super Pets than I can the Legion of Super Heroes. I bleed Chicago Cubs blue. And over the last few months, I've been digging through Game Informer's vault to find more games like Overblood.
I wasn’t dropped on my head too many times as a child. There are other people like me. Most entertainment mediums recognize that amusement can be reaped from bad things. Look at Twilight. Hollywood has the B-movie. Syfy Network really exists. And comic book writers know all too well that camp sells.
Phil and I haven't gotten around to creating a hub for our show yet, and to be dead honest, I don't know when we will. We're swamped with work, and any time we do find usually goes into shooting a new episode. So, for the time being, I'm going to use my blog as our hub.
Every Wednesday is new comic book day, and the amount of books I pick up determines if I will be able to afford lunch on Thursday and Friday. I usually purchase five to seven books a week, many bearing the names "Batman" and "DC Comics." Over the course of the last few months, I've decided to take a chance on new series I haven't heard anything about. As expected, I've picked up number of terrible comics, including last week's Tyrannosaurs Rex, a comic told mostly from the perspective of an angry (and surprisingly orange colored) T-Rex. I've also stumbled upon a number of comics that I've fallen in love with, such as Mark Millar's wonderfully written Nemesis, a book featuring a villain you can't help but cheer for.
Check out five ongoing books that get my endorsement. Keep in mind, I willingly
purchased a comic book about dinosaurs, so my taste may be quite
different than yours.
From this day forward I will sigh audibly whenever I apply condiments by hand.
A tornado made entirely out of cash sits at the heart of today's entertainment business. Its strong winds are rattling the motion picture, video game, and literary sectors. When a new intellectual property is created in one of these areas, it is engulfed by the storm. As it swirls through the dollar bills, pieces of it are jettisoned, falling like snowflakes across all entertainment mediums.
This is the time of year when my wife starts to complain, I lose touch with my friends, and my beard rivals Gandalf's, not in length but in how unkempt it is. This is the time of year where every gamer like myself starts to panic. The distress comes from the thought "how am I going to find the time to play all of the games that just hit store shelves?"
This is the time of year where every gamer like myself
starts to panic. The distress comes from the thought "how am I going to
find the time to play all of the games that just hit store shelves?"