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Graham joined Technology Tell Gaming Channel in January 2015. He's been covering games since 2007, mostly at Snackbar Games, where he's Editor-in-Chief. His specialties include accessible imports, local multiplayer and turn-based strategy, and he revels in finding the little weird things that aren't like anything you've played before. When he's not writing, he's a graphic designer, visual journalist and game designer.

Unravel Preview: Yarny is adorable, but Unravel is far from it

Yarny, the protagonist of Coldwood Interactive’s upcoming platformer Unravel, is an endearing little fellow made entirely of yarn. He lives in a world of moss and buttons and puddles, and looks just like the kind of plucky little guy who could lift your spirits. In Unravel, though, Yarny is put through the wringer, and so are your more »

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Interview: Senran Kagura’s Kenichiro Takaki on the series’ overseas success

The Senran Kagura franchise is expanding further in the West this year with the release of both a 3DS sequel, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson, and a PS4/Vita action title, Senran Kagura Estival Versus. Technology Tell’s Jenni Lada and Graham Russell spoke to producer Kenichiro Takaki, with the translation assistance of XSEED’s Jimmy Soga, about the series, more »

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Preview: Blast Ball until the last ball

While playing Blast Ball, the competitive multiplayer component of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, I couldn’t shake a feeling of deja vu. I’d played this before, right? Right!? Yes, it takes inspiration from two very clear sources, both upcoming releases in their own right, though it does so in a way that still manages to feel distinct more »

E3 2015: The public needs the magic of the Need for Speed demo

We got our hands on the new Need for Speed reboot at this year’s E3, and the demo experience — with its competitive elements — is one that everyone should get to have once the game’s released. The “five ways to play” mantra of Need for Speed is built around the ideas of previous installments, and each more »

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E3 2015 Rare Replay Preview: It’s 30 for 30 for 30

There are many out there who appreciate the past works of developer Rare. From Jetpac to Viva Pinata and everything in between, the games have more than their share of fans. Microsoft’s hoping at least some of those fans will pick up Xbox One systems to play Rare Replay, a $30 compilation of 30 Rare titles for the team’s 30th more »

E3 2015 Rocket League Preview: Gearing up for its season

After a successful beta and slowly-building positive buzz for its predecessor, Psyonix’s Rocket League is nearing its July 7 release on PlayStation 4 and PC. The developer’s building on a solid core conceit — soccer, but with cars — and outfitting it with team customization, a season mode and lots of multiplayer options. The original’s more »

E3 2015: Nintendo’s holiday outlook is bleak

Nintendo’s E3 2015 presentation, released as a video much like its periodic Nintendo Direct streams, unveiled some promising games. (Like Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam!) Sadly, though, it looks like it won’t have a holiday anchor to replace the delayed Legend of Zelda title, meaning a collection of well-meaning also-rans will be left to pick more »

Swords & Soldiers II Review: Streamlined scrolling strategy sequel’s slick, silly

Swords & Soldiers II Price: $19.99 System: Wii U Release Date: May 21, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Ronimo (Ronimo) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Mild Language and Use of Alcohol The original Swords & Soldiers was initially a WiiWare exclusive, so it’s not surprising that its sequel, Swords & Soldiers II, is willing to test the more »

E3 2015: What to expect from Nintendo

We’re just days away from E3 2015. What should you know about Nintendo’s plans going into next week? Here’s a breakdown of the information that’s out there so you’ll be ready. What we know Nintendo has explicitly stated that there’ll be no news about the Wii U Legend of Zelda game at this year’s show, more »

E3 2015: What to expect from Sony

What should you expect from Sony’s media briefing and related announcements at next week’s E3 show? We’re here to help! Here’s what you need to know to be prepared. What we know The company has said its 2015 first-party lineup will be “sparse,” with a few projects like God of War III Remastered and Until more »

E3 2015: What to expect from Microsoft

The 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo is next week! We’re letting you know what to expect from the Big Three at this year’s show, starting today with Microsoft. What we know The Xbox One’s holiday season is actually fairly well planned-out: Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5: Guardians and timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider. Forza more »

Should multiplayer-focused games like Magicka 2 even allow you to play alone?

I recently had a conversation with a few of my analog gaming friends about the problem of setting a minimum player count. One said something that stuck with me: “if there’s a solo option in a game, that’s always what I’m going to try first.” The logic was this: you can always play a game more »