Video Games: The Movie has its moments and its flaws

I was immediately intrigued when I first heard about Video Games: The Movie. It is a documentary that examines the evolution of video games and the culture that surrounds them. It got me thinking about my history with games, and piqued my curiosity on where the industry can go from here. We’re at a place where there is more »

“Moms Against Gaming” is hilarious, but some of the reactions aren’t

Video games have been a go-to scapegoat for social ills, especially since the mid-1990s. They’re a sensitive issue. That’s why the Moms Against Gaming Twitter account is pretty great. While operating with the sensitivity of a warhammer to the face, Moms Against Gaming is a parody account on par with the site Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence. more »

D&D introduces LGBT identities in the core ruleset

Dungeons & Dragons has introduced new gender identities and sexual orientations into the Version 5 edition’s core ruleset. That’s great news for a game that is entirely about collaborative storytelling. While there had been nothing to prevent people from playing more than traditional male/female gender identities or any sexual orientation they wanted, it didn’t necessarily more »

Zach Braff’s Video Games: The Movie coming in July

News regarding a video game documentary that should please both fans of games and documentaries  alike has surfaced. Jeremy Snead and Zach Braff’s Video Games: The Movie  secured distribution rights, meaning there is a release data now including a new trailer (see below). As you might guess, the film charts the evolution of the video game industry from more »


Alienware Steam Machines can be Successful

We all know that Valve’s Steam Machines, more commonly known as Steam Boxes, are coming later in 2014. However, some Steam Machine hardware developers, like Alienware, are already voicing doubts about whether or not they will be successful. Instead of questioning, Alienware should be confident in the Steam Machine. It can not only sell, but more »

Democracy 3 Extremism DLC: How Controlling Will You Be?

Democracy 3 was already a complex and fun game. It put you in charge of a simulated country, and showed you how your reactions and choices regarding certain issues would effect your country. It was expanded once with Social Engineering. Now, the trend continues with the Extremism DLC. As of May 13, 2014, your Democracy more »


Final Fantasy XIV Review: Getting Things Right (update)

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Price: $39.99 System(s): PS4 (Also on PS3 and PC) Release Date: April 14, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Square Enix (Square Enix) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence Final Fantasy XIV started off on a bad note. I mean if you have to go free2play more »

Mugen Souls Z Review: Time to be a God(dess)

Price: $49.99 System(s): PS3 Release Date: May 20, 2014 Publisher (Developer): NIS America (Idea Factory, Compile Heart) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes NIS America is a hard company to read. It’s mostly because you never really know what to expect. Their games cover a wide variety of genres and more »

Mugen Souls Z Preview: New Solar System, New Goddess

NIS America and Compile Hearts are coming out with a sequel to Mugen Souls later this month. I’ve been playing Mugen Souls Z for just under three hours, and have learned quite a few things about undisputed and ultimate goddesses. Not enough to review it, mind you, but more than enough to elaborate on my experiences for more »

Dynasty Warriors 8: XTREME Legends Complete Edition review: Medieval mayhem is awesome

Dynasty Warriors 8: XTREME Legends Complete Edition Price: $39.99 System(s): PS Vita (also PS4) Release Date: March 25, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Koei (Omega Force) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Alcohol Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence Some of you have already heard of Dynasty Warriors as well as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. You’ve probably also more »

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Review: Polished, but Short

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Price: $29.99 System(s): PS4 (Also for PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360) Release Date: March 18, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Konami (Kojima Productions) ESRB Rating: “Mature” for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Violence, and Strong Language Metal Gear is one of those series that provokes mixed responses. Some people more »

Koe reaches second stretch goal

Koe, the JPRG that seeks to teach you at least basic Japanese, is on a roll. With five days left in the Kickstarter campaign, Koe reached its second stretch goal while adding some more. This means we’re getting a new area to play around in, which also means more vocabulary. The area is known as more »