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  • Review: Cowboys and Aliens

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    I know that this is usually the province of Enigma, but I wanted to talk about it since I think that it shares some problems that overlap with the videogame industry.

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    (WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS) I know that this is usually the province of Enigma, but I wanted to talk about it since I think that it shares some problems that overlap with the videogame industry. I want to start out this review by saying that I quite... More
  • The Top Ten Most Imaginative Games

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    I am looking forward to the Steam release of the game From Dust after playing through some of it at a friend’s house the other day. It is a pretty darn unique experience. Afterward, I pre-ordered it through Steam. After doing that I got to thinking: what are some of the other “out there” experiences that games have offered us in the past? So, without further ado, in my opinion, the games on this list are some of the most original and/or oddest found in gaming. They are in no particular order, since I feel like numerically ranking creativity is tricky at best. Enjoy!

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    I am looking forward to the Steam release of the game From Dust after playing through some of it at a friend’s house the other day. It is a pretty darn unique experience. Afterward, I pre-ordered it through Steam. After doing that I got to thinking... More
  • The Difference between Casual and “Casual”

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    Before I begin, I would just like to say in an appropriately dramatic voice that:

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    Before I begin, I would just like to say in an appropriately dramatic voice that: For those of you unaware I have been in the North Woods for work and now have a few weeks before I return to the business of getting my English degree. I will be trying... More
  • Perfectionist Gamers

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    What is it that drives some gamers to try to attain perfection? Is it the thrill of accomplishment? Is for the sake of masochism? Or is it just to say that it can be and was done? Whatever the reason, the fact remains that many gamers seek to earn all of the achievements on Xbox Live or the Playstation Network or to get 100% completion on the newest games.

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    What is it that drives some gamers to try to attain perfection? Is it the thrill of accomplishment? Is for the sake of masochism? Or is it just to say that it can be and was done? Whatever the reason, the fact remains that many gamers seek to earn all... More
  • Casting the Games: Siraz

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    This commentator has a relatively smaller fanbase than the others that I have covered thus far in the Casting the Games series. This is no doubt due to the fact that he has been combating some chronic sinusitis that makes his voice a bit mucousy and not... More
  • The Top Nine Most Memorable Boss Battles of All Time

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    I have not been able to play any games this week. But that is okay, because for this blog I will be drawing upon my substantial backlog of memorable video game moments to pick out the top nine most memorable boss battles of all time. These are not the coolest boss fights, the hardest boss fights, or what not, but the ones that stick out the most for me in my mind. I feel like I should warn those who are reading that there will be spoilers ahead, so be careful what you read if you are planning on playing these games.

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    I have not been able to play any games this week. But that is okay, because for this blog I will be drawing upon my substantial backlog of memorable video game moments to pick out the top nine most memorable boss battles of all time. These are not the... More
  • Adventures with Python

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    As I have stated in previous blogs, I study English. I am good at writing things and using words (generally). I can write papers, stories, poetry (I actually published a book of it), office documents, etc. However, this skill at writing does not translate... More
  • Temporary Hiatus/Time with Demos! EVE Online

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    I have some sad news (possibly) for those of you that read my blog. I will be working for the next two months in northern Minnesota with little internet access. The natural result of this is that I won't be able to post here for a while. I might be able to squeeze out a blog or two on the one day a week I will be having off if (fingers crossed) I can find a good internet connection. However, I will try to keep writing whether or not I can post on here and then I'll have a whole slew of posts for you all when I return in all of my (note the sarcasm) glory. 

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    I have some sad news (possibly) for those of you that read my blog. I will be working for the next two months in northern Minnesota with little internet access. The natural result of this is that I won't be able to post here for a while. I might be... More
  • Jonathan Coulton: The Musician You All Know (But Might Not Realize It Yet)

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    Jonathan Coulton began his music career while he attended Yale while he pursued his BA in music. While there he joined two a capella groups, the Spizzwinks(?) and the Wiffenpoofs. After college, he worked for a time at a telent scouting agency and a coffee house named Cooper’s Coffee where he would sometimes perform live music. Cooper’s closed and he was forced to find a new job. He eventually found a software company that hired him to help write their code. He did this for eight years while doing music a little on the side. After seeing a performance of his song “The Future Soon,” Coulton was approached by a representative of the Pop!Tech conference to perform the same song. It was at this conference that Jonathan was introduced to Creative Commons, the record label under which he continues to release his music to this day. In 2005 he decided to leave his software company and dedicate himself to music full time. This resulted in the Thing a Week Project, the basic premise of which is self explanatory. He would release a new song every week without fail for an entire year. The project was hugely successful, garnering him many new fans and creating many high quality songs. To date JoCo has released ten albums with five unofficially released albums available on his site.

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    Talented. Funny. Educated. Nerdy. Jonathan Coulton is all of these things and more. He is one of us, a geek, gamer, and nerd culture magnate. You may have heard his name before, but then again you may not. Often when I bring him up in conversation I receive... More
  • Starcraft: Trials and Tribulations

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    Starcraft II is a marvelous game. Growing up I fell in love with the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) genre when I purchased Age of Empires II and began fighting as the Britons, Celts, Chinese, Japanese, and Byzantines. Then came the purchase of Command &... More
  • Shadow of Awesome

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    I am now going to share with you all one of my favorite games, if not my most favorite game: Shadow of the Colossus. If you have not played SotC yourself, you may have heard it in the whole ‘games as art’ debate. There is a reason for that... More
  • Gaming and Escape from New York

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    Those of you who are unfamiliar with the 1981 film Escape from New York, directed by experienced B-movie director John Carpenter, should probably go out and see it right now. To give a brief summary of the film: the year is 1997 and in 1988 crime in the... More