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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 »

Story of Seasons preview diary 2: A Home of one’s own

In most Bokujou Monogatari/Harvest Moon games, players begin with a farm that’s a less than ideal living space. After all, you’re inheriting something that no one has manned for years or only starting a new life. Story of Seasons follows this trend, but there’s a significant difference. A player isn’t stuck with the worst lot more »

Cities Skylines reminds me that I suck at sim games

How do I city? I mean, seriously. I’ve read plenty of beginner’s guides relating to Cities Skylines, and I still haven’t figured it out. The glory of Cities Skylines is that it tosses you into the deep end immediately. There are a few tutorials that will pop up when you first encounter a new section more »

Story of Seasons preview diary 1: Welcome to the community

I didn’t inherit. I was chosen. My skills were judged, and I was found worthy. Oak Tree Town needs fresh blood. The town was growing, but reached a plateau. That’s why I’m here. Veronica, head of the local guild, sent out an alert. The goal? To invite in a prospective farmer with the most potential more »

Shelter 2 Review: What did I just play?

Shelter 2 Price: $14.99 System(s): PC Release Date: March 9, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Might and Delight ESRB Rating: Not Rated If you’re not familiar with arthouse movies, then allow me to explain what they are. Arthouse movies are essentially movies that are made in order to make some artistic point. They’re not movies in the more »

Cities Skylines knows exactly how to fight piracy

Piracy is difficult to evaluate. Most would agree that theft is wrong, but also have trouble equating clicking a download button to nabbing the crown jewels. It’s even more difficult to combat, as the continued failures of virtually all digital industries have proven. Cinema, music, software, video games — everyone has tried ratcheting up the more »

I guess everyone’s playing Cities Skylines

City building simulations are awesome, but they haven’t gotten the proper kind of love and attention owed the genre over the last few years. I mean, SimCity Societies and SimCity? It’s refreshing to see a game like Cities Skylines suddenly come out of nowhere and do so well. It’s proving people still want and love more »

This War of Mine gives back with new DLC

People have varying feelings about DLC, especially when it relates to small items or cosmetic changes. If it weren’t for a very important part of This War of Mine‘s add-on, it could easily earn some ire. Except it won’t. This supplement will be universally adored, because it’s doing a wonderful thing. 11 Bit Studios has more »

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Cities Skylines will bring city sims up to date March 10

Cities Skylines, developer Colossal Order’s profoundly modern take on the classic civilization simulation formula, is set to release tomorrow on March 10, 2015. That makes today your last chance to join the horde of early buyers who’ve already pushed the title to the number-one spot on Steam. Indeed, Cities Skylines has, for the time being, more »

Job Simulator is first title for the Vive VR device

We first heard about Valve and HTC’s partnership yesterday. Now Owlchemy Labs has some ideas about what we should do with the darned thing. It has revealed Job Simulator, which takes place in a future that sees most tasks done by computers. Job Simulator will allow the citizens of 2050 to experience what the good more »

Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires Review: Conquering Made Easy

Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires Price: System(s): PS4 (Also available for Xbox One, PC) Release Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Koei Tecmo (Omega Force) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Violence, Alcohol Reference, and Mild Suggestive Themes I honestly can’t remember the last time I played an Empires installment of a Dynasty Warriors game. My focus has more »

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Seven Hotties, All My Husbands: Words can be painful

At the behest of our honorable editor here at the Technology Tell Gaming Channel, Jenni Lada, I have started playing the infamous romance simulator Seven Hotties, All My Husbands. As Jenni previously mentioned, the game revolves around a lonely designer who wishes she could marry a hot guy. The morning after she yells this wish more »