Cubicle Ninjas brings practicality to virtual reality

E3 2015 had no shortage of virtual reality technology for me to try, and most focused on entertaining. However, one company, Cubicle Ninjas, is doing something entirely different with the technology. Cubicle Ninjas had two projects at E3. One was a virtual tour of Venice, Italy, which had the added benefit of basically being a more »

Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master looks educational and endearing

I have a confession: as a kid, I loved games like Number Munchers and Word Munchers. Sure, they were educational, but they were also a lot of fun. Which is why the Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master release is bringing up all of these nostalgic feelings, because it comes across as the kind of game more »

We won’t get Nikki’s Travel Quiz, and that’s okay

We like to tell you all about great imports around here, but sometimes it makes sense for a game to stay in Japan. Nikki’s Travel Quiz is one of them: there’s no reason you should play it if you don’t know Japanese. We did anyway, of course, and there’s one thing about it that transcends language barriers: more »


Minecraft gets the Love and Hugs treatment this April Fool’s

Minecraft really is a terribly violent game. In it, you destroy the environment, butcher and imprison the local fauna, open portals to Hell, and squander precious natural resources on profane statues. In a world where so much as uttering the word “different,” and not immediately following it written apologies submitted in triplicate, is enough to drive more »

Typing of The Dead: Overkill adds Steam Workshop

As of an announcement posted Friday, March 27, 2015, The Typing of The Dead: Overkill now supports custom dictionaries via the Steam Workshop. Owners of SEGA’s digital title can create their own word lists for use in the game and share them with other users through Steam. Within the first 24 hours, there are already more »

A Mario is Missing Christmas

When I was a child, let’s say 11, people were rather big on educational video games. The idea was to try and capitalize on “new” systems like the NES and SNES to attempt to make learning fun. Which is how, one year, I ended up with both Mario is Missing and Where in Time is more »


Influent Review: The Flash Card Game

Title: Influent Price: $9.99 per language System(s): PC Release Date: March 20, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Three Flip Studios (Rob Howland) ESRB Rating: E for Everyone Since the early days of computers, there have been games designed to educate as well as entertain. Everyone has a favorite childhood game that, when they think back on it, more »

Ship the kids off to Camp Pokemon

Now, when I say you should send your kids off to Camp Pokemon, I meant virtually. There’s no “real” Camp Pokemon. (Yet.) No, there’s only an iOS app designed to give kids something to do and lure them into the Pokemon world. (Because we’ve got to get them started young!) While Camp Pokemon‘s title may more »

Video Game Critic Simulator is good for a few laughs

My parents raised me to realize that sometimes you really need to just laugh at yourself. Sometimes making others happy at your expense is as good for you as it is for them. There’s a reason I always say “Hump Day!” at least once every Wednesday. I don’t care if people laugh at me, at more »

Wii U Virtual Console gets Brain Age (in Japan)

One of Nintendo’s “brilliant” plans to save the Wii U is to make it some kind of Virtual Console haven. However, instead of actually, you know, releasing tons of in-demand NES, SNES, and N64 games each week, it’s instead diversifying the trickle of Virtual Games dripping out and adding GBA and DS games to the more »

Attend Pokemon Art Academy this Fall

“You think that you’re too cool for school, but I have a newsflash for you Walter Cronkite… you aren’t.” Yeah, sorry about that, but I can’t resist the urge to throw in a Zoolander quote when it’s appropriate and, oddly enough, this Pokemon Art Academy announcement has given the perfect opportunity. Just like we all more »

And now there’s educational Angry Birds

I know it’s seemed like Rovio has gone too far with this thing before, but I really think it’s all gone overboard now. We’ve achieved critical, Angry Bird oversaturation. There’s now Angry Birds Playground, an educational program. It’s an educational program that uses Rovio’s Angry Birds characters to help teach pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. It combines more »