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  • I Wrote A Book...With Words And Stuff

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    It's been awhile since I posted to this thing, but now seems as good a time as any. After all, if I wrote a book, I can write a blog. In fact, that's WHY I'm writing this blog. I wrote a book! It's probably the single greatest human achievement... More
  • Here, Read This!

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    There seems to be a lot of crossover between comic fans and video game fans, but there are a lot more gamers than there are comic geeks. I’ve been reading comics since I was a kid, and the artform has only continued to improve. If you are at all curious about comics, here are five books worth reading right now. More

    If you are at all curious about comics, here are five books worth reading right now.

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  • Defending Mario – Why Mario’s Story is Better Than You Thought

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    The original Super Mario Bros. didn’t go out of its way to tell a compelling narrative. Even so, as a kid, I knew a few things about the game. I knew Mario was lost in some kind of weird pipe world. I knew he had to fight his way through an army of shiitake mushrooms and flying turtles lead by King Koopa. And I knew that the evil dinosaur had my princess. Even as a kid, I knew Mario’s story was terrible on the surface. More

    The original Super Mario Bros. didn’t go out of its way to tell a compelling narrative. Even so, as a kid, I knew a few things about the game. I knew Mario was lost in some kind of weird pipe world. I knew he had to fight his way through an army... More
  • On Heavy Rain and Believability in Games

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    I came into work this week, and all everyone seems to be talking about is Heavy Rain. I think this means it’s safe to start talking about the game’s story (even so I’ll try to keep this spoiler-free).

    Heavy Rain is a great game, as you can see for yourself in our review. In fact, the game’s overall reception has been fairly positive. However, in order to put some perspective on the title, I thought I’d talk a little bit about an area of the game I found lacking. More

    I came into work this week, and all everyone seems to be talking about is Heavy Rain. I think this means it’s safe to start talking about the game’s story (even so I’ll try to keep this spoiler-free). Heavy Rain is a great game, as you... More
  • Why I Think You Should Shut Up

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    I was at the game store the other day and witnessed something that disturbed me. More

    I was at the game store the other day and witnessed something that disturbed me. Two men were looking at used Wii games, and one of them picked up a copy of Ghostbusters to show his friend. “Have you played this one, yet?” That wasn’t... More
  • Games I Would Play…If Anyone Made Them #2

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    What would happen if a robot was program so it couldn’t hurt us, and yet it could read our minds?

    If an AI was programmed to learn, could it be raised like a human and mature into an adult intellect?

    What would happen if the programming rules all robots with came under conflict? How might a robot unintentionally put human life in danger? More

    What would happen if a robot was program so it couldn’t hurt us, and yet it could read our minds? If an AI was programmed to learn, could it be raised like a human and mature into an adult intellect? What would happen if the programming rules all... More
  • The Story Of The Shy Gamers

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    I attended a holiday party this last weekend and noticed something startling. My friend had asked me to bring over Rock Band, so I did. When I got to his house there were already a couple dozen people milling about. It was time to get the party’s... More
  • Games I Would Play…If Anyone Made Them #1

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    Someone should make a Sherlock Holmes game.

    I don’t care who, but I think it could be awesome.

    Why, you ask? Simple elementary, my dear. Here are just a few reasons. More

    Someone should make a Sherlock Holmes game. I don’t care who, but I think it could be awesome. Why, you ask? Simple elementary, my dear. Here are just a few reasons. It’d Make A Great Single Player Game – Not many games have tried to... More
  • The Cutting Room Floor: Games That Didn’t Make the Top 200

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    As you are probably aware, Game Informer recently released its list of the Top 200 Games of All Time. I’m sure you thought of a game or two that should have made the list and didn’t. If it makes you feel any better, we had the same problem. Two hundred is a lot of games, but it turns out there are even more great games out there. Here are a few of the games that I fought for, but as was clearly stated in the magazine, “we dismissed Ben’s ideas outright.” (Thank goodness Bryan back me up on the whole Smash Bros. Melee thing.) So here are the games that might have made the list if anyone cared about my opinion. More

    As you are probably aware, Game Informer recently released its list of the Top 200 Games of All Time. I’m sure you thought of a game or two that should have made the list and didn’t. If it makes you feel any better, we had the same problem... More
  • The Greatest Game Of All Time; One Man's Power Dragon Fantasy

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    I get asked, “So, what’s your favorite game?” a lot. Often this question comes from one of my non-gamer friends or someone I’ve just met after they learn that I play video games for a living.

    I like to tell these people that my favorite game is Panzer Dragoon Saga. More

    I get asked, “So, what’s your favorite game?” a lot. Often this question comes from one of my non-gamer friends or someone I’ve just met after they learn that I play video games for a living. I like to tell these people that my... More
  • Awesome Things That Show Up On My Desk #3

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    I have a lot of things on my desk; I don’t always know where these things come from, but sometimes they freak me out. This is what showed up today. More

    I have a lot of things on my desk; I don’t always know where these things come from, but sometimes they freak me out. This is what showed up today. A dust bunny survival kit huh? When would I ever need one of those? What the who-hell? A minute later... More
  • Gaming Is A Great Verb, But A Terrible Adjective

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    I love gaming as a hobby, but whenever someone comes out with a new product specifically marketed to gamers it just comes across as skeevy and exploitive. Why can’t gamers drink normal Mountain Dew and eat Twix like everyone else? Seriously, why do these things exist? More

    I love gaming as a hobby, but whenever someone comes out with a new product specifically marketed to gamers it just comes across as skeevy and exploitive. Why can’t gamers drink normal Mountain Dew and eat Twix like everyone else? Seriously, why... More
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