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

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: The Forever War

The story of ‘s campaign employs the tried and true science fiction method of portraying the future as just like the present, only moreso. The technology is even more advanced than it is now. The idea of the sovereign nation-state is even more irrelevant in the face of globalized neoliberal economics, non-state actors, and the more »

2014 Best Black Friday Xbox One Deals

The leaves are off the trees.  A bitter frost haunts the air.  The days are overcast and dreary.  This can mean only two things: 1. Global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the sinister cabal of Al Gore, National Public Radio, and The League of Women Voters. 2. Black Friday will soon be upon us. more »

Prelude to Dragon Age Inquisition: The Tapestry and Dragon Age The Last Court

Dear reader, please take a moment to brace yourself. Draw up your spiritual essence. Fortify your mind. Clench whichever part of you needs clenching. Then, and only then, absorb the following sentence: Dragon Age 2 came out in The Year of Our Lord 2011. Twenty Eleven! That’s three iPhones ago! Has it really been so more »


16 Free DLC Packs Announced For The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Polish developer CD Projekt Red is famous for their singular devotion to their fans.  They’ve never forgotten their humble origins selling pirated computer games out the back of a van behind the iron curtain, making a point of staying DRM-free and retaining their company’s original moniker despite the fact that they they no longer sell more »

All hail The Internet Archive’s 900 game Internet Arcade

The Internet Archive, the non-profit organization dedicated to preserving as much publicly available information as humanly and electronically possible, has recently begun hosting a massive library of classic coin-op games, dubbing the collection the Internet Arcade. The Internet Arcade allows users to play games in their web browsers using emulation software called JSMESS that maps classic more »

My Favorte Horror Game: ILLBLEED

Before I found my copy of in the basement tucked in a pile of forgotten discs, I wasn’t sure I hadn’t imagined the entire thing. A few hazy images of the game lingered in my memory like fragments of a half-remembered dream, but they couldn’t be real, could they? A giant robotic spider you steal more »

The Evil Within: Your Meaty Fate

is a brilliant, shining example of how a potentially excellent game can be thoroughly undermined by clumsy design.  Playing it made for the most wildly inconsistent gaming experience I’ve had in recent memory, eliciting fear, frustration, amusement, disappointment, intrigue, and disgust in equal measure, often within the course of the same level.  The Evil Within‘s more »

The Uncle Who Works For Nintendo: Slumber party massacre, maybe

Michael Lutz has a distinct talent for making twine games that take ordinary situations and tweak them, revealing an undercurrent of unease that steadily metastasizes into full blown terror. Patrick is a game about a man who’s mistaken for someone else so many times his identity begins to erode. My Father’s Long, Long Legs is more »

Alien: Isolation: A Beautiful place to die

Alien: Isolation is an odd beast, but so is the series that spawned it. The original, 1979, Alien film is a masterpiece of atmospheric tension that could’ve only been made when Ridley Scott was at the height of his directorial hubris, possessed with an obsession for world building. The sci fi technology of Alien seems more »

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition Review: A Relic

Title: Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition Price: 19.99 System(s): PC (Also on iOS and Android) Release Date: Oct, 15, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Phoenix Online Studios (Pinkerton Road Studios) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Animated Blood and Mild Language You know how when you give a hot dog vendor a gift certificate, he more »

Neverending Nightmares Review: The Nightmare Continues

Neverending Nightmares Price: $14.99 System(s): PC, Ouya Release Date: Sep 26, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Infinitap Games (Infinitap Games) ESRB Rating: N/A   Neverending Nightmares is quite simple from a gameplay perspective, asking you only to walk from the left of the screen to the right or, in exceptional cases, the right of the screen to more »

Uncanny Valley Preview: Less Than Human

The uncanny valley. The name given to the eerie feeling elicited when we come into contact with something that’s almost human, but not quite. The term “uncanny valley” has been fully assimilated into our culture, proving so relevant it’s migrated out of the field of robotics where it was first coined to touch all stratas more »