Eric Thornton is a sentient ape who lives in a minor arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. He is mostly water.

Black The Fall Preview: Shadowy men on a shadowy planet

Black The Fall is a forthcoming black and white game where players wander a ruined landscape populated by sadistic machinery and zombies. In spite of being a 2D side scroller Black The Fall isn’t a platformer, but a kind of survival horror game with some light puzzle elements. The game doesn’t provide you with speed more »

Distance: When Space Cowgirls Get The Blues

Distance plays like a deleted scene from Kentucky Route Zero, a student film Conway and his companions would stumble across that would do absolutely nothing to elucidate their situation or get them closer to their goal, but would lend a dash of enigmatic color to their world. Distance‘s brevity makes it feel like an interlude more »

Sunless Sea Preview: The Paddler In Darkness

In the massively overcrowded realm of free-to-play browser games, one name consistently rises to the top, distinguishing itself as the preeminent source of lowered productivity in cubicles the world over: Fallen London. While most browser games only merit a few clicks before being abandoned forever, Fallen London consistently succeeds in capturing players’ imaginations, and occasionally more »

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Review: Cross-Platform Promotion In Disguise

Price: $49.99 System(s): Xbox 360 (Also available for Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, PC) Release Date: June 24, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Activision (Edge of Reality) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Violence Comedian James Adomian has a brilliant routine where he deconstructs the trope of the Gay Villain, clearly and succinctly explaining how villains from Ursula more »


Battle Princess of Arcadias Review: Last Exit to Capital Town

Title: Battle Princess of Arcadias Price: $29.99 System(s): PS3 Release Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Nippon Ichi (ApolloSoft) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Violence and Mild Language Beloved subjects, the kingdom is in turmoil. We’re besieged by monsters. Hostile kingdoms surround us on all sides. Our ruler is an incompetent waterfowl. Action must be taken. more »

Heartwood: The Walk Takes You

There are many ways to walk. There’s taking a constitutional. There’s perambulating about the town. There’s hiking, there’s trekking. If you’re carrying something a walk can be a hump or a schlep. Depending on your mood you can strut or stroll, promenade or peregrinate, traipse, tramp, or take the air. I’m personally fond of “stoating” more »

Mechanic Escape Review: Mr. Difficult

Mechanic Escape Price: $4.99 System(s): PC Release Date: April 15, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Tekneo Games (Slak Games) ESRB Rating: N/A There are two types of gamers in this world, adhering to two irreconcilable schools of gaming thought. The schism that created these two groups can be traced to an incident in prehistory when one caveman more »

Flash Frozen: The Iceman Killeth

We humans enjoy a rich surfeit of ways to die. Our continuing survival is the product of a delicate balance of interconnected factors, any of which can easily fall out of whack and destroy us: too bright or too dark, too wet or too dry, too hot or too cold. Right now those of us more »

E3 2014: Sony Press Conference Liveblog

at 10:51 Eric Thornton said: And that’s all she wrote, she being me in this case. Goodnight, internet! at 10:51 Eric Thornton said: A flood of images, just in case we haven’t been completely overstimulated already… at 10:49 Eric Thornton said: Talk about a teaser… at 10:48 Eric Thornton said: Man, Nathan Drake looks even more »

E3 2014: Sony Press Conference Liveblog

E3 2014 Predictions: The Desolation of Swag

E3! The Electronic Entertainment Exhibition! The trade show where the greatest luminaries of the video game world come together in a grand bacchanal of video game love, corporate messaging, and dubious personal hygiene! There will be bright lights! There will be loud noises! There will be attractive women who are paid damn good money to more »

Adventures In The Space Engineers-iverse

As Alfonso Cuarón taught us in his documentary Gravity, LIFE IN SPACE IS IMPOSSIBLE, though it does have very high production values.  In spite of this blockbuster advice, there still remain intrepid souls willing to brave the hostile void, determined to eke out an existence in the infinite vacuum of outer space or perish in more »