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I still bought Alice in the Heart

You all know how I feel about the Alice in the Heart translation. It’s abysmal. Quinrose should have gone above and beyond to make their English debut perfect, and instead it’s a heart-wrenching mess. I still bought it. I expected far better from Alice in the Heart and Quinrose. Especially since Yen Press Seven Seas more »

The Last Tinker: City of Colors review: The Legend of… Koru?

The Last Tinker: City of Colors Price: $19.99 System(s): PS4 (Steam) Release Date: August 19, 2014 Publisher (Developer): LOOT Entertainment (Mimimi Productions) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Fantasy Violence The Last Tinker is a grandiose, colorful action-adventure platformer from Mimimi Productions. Mimimi is a German developer with a history of successful mobile games, and The Last more »

Intimate, Infinite: Gamifying Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges is the rare author that’s treasured by academics and mystics alike, his brilliance so radiant and his chosen subjects so diverse they transcend culture and dogma to become something immortal. Attempting to summarize the breadth and depth of Borges’ various obsessions is a fool’s errand, but the following will have to suffice: more »

Casual Friday Casual Game Update for August 22, 2014

It’s that casual game time again. Friday is here, so let’s see what PC games we could relax with this weekend. There are four new casual games available this week, and they cover a nice variety of genres. There are two new hidden object titles, as well as a time management simulation and a jigsaw more »

PS4 Minecraft failed certification

Bad news for people who aren’t content to only enjoy and experience Minecraft on their PCs, , , and . It’s looking like the PS4, Xbox One, and Vita versions might not make their August 2014 release window. While the fates of the Xbox One and Vita versions of Minecraft are still in the ether, more »

Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed Review: Unbelievable adventures in Akihabara

Title: Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed Price: $39.99 System(s): Vita (Also on PS3) Release Date: August 12, 2014 Publisher (Developer): XSEED (Acquire) ESRB Rating: “Mature” for Sexual Themes, Strong Language, and Violence I can’t believe Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed was localized. I wanted it to happen, but figured it would be impossible. You know, more »

Sepulchre: You’ve Always Been Here

Guilt is a terrible thing. I don’t mean remorse, or guilt in the sense of assigning blame, I mean guilt as an emotion. The guilt humans experience doesn’t exist in the animal kingdom. Apes don’t feel guilty because they don’t love their children as much as they think they should, and they don’t torment themselves more »

Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed isn’t offensive

As a female, video game journalist, I’m also asked if I find certain games that I have to play for work offensive. Friends and family are sometimes shocked by titles I play, with Senran Kagura most recently raising quite a few eyebrows. When Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed came around, people started asking my opinion more »

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I wish Sierra’s King’s Quest reboot was point-and-click adventure

Sierra is known for its point-and-click adventure games. Think of the genre as the developer and publisher’s lifeblood. Which is why I’m currently heartbroken, because King’s Quest isn’t going to be a point-and-click series any more. The Odd Gentlemen, developer of the reboot, has said it’s just a general adventure game. Did your heart just more »

This is what Shenmue HD would have looked like

Morning, everybody! Let’s start our day out with something pretty. This screenshot above is from a Korean fan’s endeavor to create an HD upgrade of Shenmue. Is that gorgeous or what? The correct answer to the question, by the way, is yes! Unfortunately, this Shenmue HD project is all the work of a fan that more »

Oracle: Know Thyself

Apophenia is the condition of seeing patterns and meaning in data that is, in reality, unstructured and meaningless: it’s seeing shapes in clouds, malicious intent in a passing glance from a stranger, or a someone’s destiny in tea leaves. Humans aren’t the only creatures that misinterpret information, but we’re by far the best at it, more »

Alice in the Heart is a tragedy

Alice in the Hearts is a tragedy Quinrose makes amazing otome games. That is, dating sims for girls. Alice in the Country of Hearts is among their best, so it should have been a triumph when the PSP version was localized and ported to iOS and Android devices as Alice in the Hearts. Alas, instead more »