Category Archive: Video games

Nov 19 2013

Saints Row IV is the most fun I've had playing a game


In the first ten minutes of Saints Row IV, I climbed up a nuclear ICBM, in flight and on a course to hit the US, and disabled it, as Aerosmith's Don't Wanna Miss a Thing played and my teammates told me how much they'd miss me and appreciated my sacrifice. Naturally, I survived and became …

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Oct 17 2013

Virtual reality is finally coming next year


Virtual Reality has been a joke for years. For all the derision heaped on nonexistent flying cars, jetpacks, and cures for cancer, no seemingly straightforward bit of technology has been vaporware for so long. 1992's film The Lawnmower Man enticed us with the idea of entering a fictional world, a facsimile of Star Trek's Holodeck, …

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Aug 21 2013

Let's Play Mass Effect - Episode 1

Jessica and I embark on a journey to snark all over a great video game. Part1: Part 2:

Jul 09 2013

Bioshock Infinite


How much of life can you evoke in a medium where the point of view is confined to that of a man walking around shooting things? Game designer Ken Levine has been trying to answer this questions for many years. The first game of his I was aware of was System Shock 2, where you …

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Sep 27 2012

The Witcher 2 is basically fantastic


Fantasy isn't my favorite genre. It's nearly always set in some vaguely medieval setting, but without Christianity (who can separate those?) and includes a ton of lore about magic, dragons, along with elves, dwarfs, and other variations on humanoids who have different British accents. The trappings take over, and not much compelling ever seems to …

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