Fan Remakes First Super Mario 64 Map in Unity; Nintendo Says “No”

When I was a lad in his first decade of life, the Nintendo 64 launched and, desperately as I wanted one, my parents were not so forthcoming. I dreamt of, instead, getting this massive book on programming 3D games from the bookstore and, having played the first level of Super Mario 64 innumerable times in more »

Bowser Party is Mario Party 10’s true star

The Mario Party series has always performed well in its primary aim, providing a competitive multiplayer experience. Mario Party 10 for the Wii U is no exception, offering both the party-moves-as-one format of the prior game as well as the classic round-the-board-buy-stars version in the Amiibo Party mode. But the true star of the party more »

Sadness over Story of Seasons’ shipping situation

There are things you take for granted in Bokujou Monogatari/Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons sorts of games. Sometimes it’s knowing that certain seeds will available. Others may be having a fishing rod ready almost immediately. The one thing you don’t expect to miss is one of the most critical things in every installment: the shipping bin. more »

Pillars of Eternity commits a cardinal sin

I have a few personal rules about RPGs. These mostly come from my experience in Table Top RPGs, but most of them apply for video games, as well. There are rules such as “Thou shalt not obfuscate what the themes of thy campaign is actually about”, “thou shalt not railroad the player without due warning”, more »

Pillars of Eternity reminds me of Ultima in all the best ways

I don’t have a great track record with isometric RPGs. I always think I like them, but then when I actually play them, I end up not liking them. I’m sure it’s me and not them, because this is even true of some of the gold standard isometric RPGs. The last one I played at more »

Show and Tell: A Good Snowman is Hard to Build (PC)

Show and Tell: A Good Snowman is Hard to Build (PC) Listen, we’re going to have some fun today. You know you like to have fun. Today, we’re going to play A Good Snowman is Hard to Build. Rather, I’m going to play it, and you’re going to watch me struggle to do two things more »

12 of the most useful Cities Skylines mods

Cities Skylines has been my latest obsession, which is surprising since I’m terrible at it unless I’ve got mods enabled. That’s the glory of the game though. Three mods come standard, and the Steam workshop provides a boat load more. With so many Cities Skylines mods to choose from, it can be tough to decide more »

Feast your eyes on Disney Infinity 2.0’s Falcon

All of the Avengers can finally assemble in Disney Infinity 2.0. I guess he had some things to take care of, maybe he was roosting, but that doesn’t matter. Falcon is here now and we’re glad of it. The group is complete and ready to be enjoyed. Besides, we can forgive a little tardiness when more »

Story of Seasons preview diary 3: Finding a routine

One of the most important things about any Bokujou Monogatari/Harvest Moon games is getting settled into a routine. It’s the key to success. Fortunately, my earliest experiences with Story of Seasons have shown that it’s easy to develop a comfortable rhythm with this installment. Within 3 days, I had a Story of Seasons pattern that more »

Let’s look at the Disney Infinity 2.0’s Loki

Let’s look at the Disney Infinity 2.0’s Loki This has been a rather momentous week for anyone keeping up with Disney Infinity 2.0. The last two figures were released, meaning the hunt is finally over. It’s done. No more waiting. The Avengers set is complete. And, one might say it’s a good way to go, more »

Okay? is the next Desert Golfing

Last year, we ended up getting this great time sink for Android and iOS devices called Desert Golfing. It was great, as you’d endlessly hit a golf ball towards a hole on a sandy golf course, relying on proper angles to reach the goal. Now, earlier this month, we’ve gotten what seems to be its more »

Gen Con warns Indiana governor over controversial religion bill

On March 23, 2015, the CEO of Gen Con sent a letter (PDF) to Indiana governor Mike Pence, asking him not to sign SB 101, a law that would implement the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into Indiana state law. Expressing pride in the diversity of Gen Con attendees and concern that the law “could more »