Archive for the ‘Miscellany’ Category

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Power Hour Review: Fantasy Life (3DS)

Let me start by saying that I have been waiting for this game for months. When I saw that Level 5 Studios was making this game I was really hoping for a handheld Ni No Kuni type of game. But be forewarned, that is not what Fantasy Life is. Fantasy Life is a quest based […]

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Fear Through Her Eyes: Analyzing the Female Character in Horror Games

The Final Girl: it’s a trope that’s sure to resonate with any horror fan, regardless of their level of interest or devotion to the genre. Referential to the trend of horror media leaving a solitary female character as its “last person standing,” The Final Girl is generally defined as being that remaining woman or girl […]

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Silencing is not the answer

Recently I had a discussion with a friend about Gamer Gate in light of the most recent doxxing event (Felicia Day, posting about her concerns, became a target). His response? By taking what he deemed to be an offensive action (posting about her feelings on her blog) she essentially invited the harassment. In other words, […]

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Power Hour Review: Sid Meier’s Beyond Earth

Civilization, Civilization, Civilization. When I was in middle school I would wait until everyone was sleeping and then sneak into the office and play Civ II all night, going to school the next day with blurry eyes and disoriented speech patterns from a lack of sleep. I would fake sick to stay home and play. […]

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Episode 88: Legos and Lady Parts: On Gamer Anticipation and Participation

Episode 88: Legos and Lady Parts: On Gamer Anticipation and Participation (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) In this episode we talk about the games that we are most looking forward to in the coming months and why as well as discussions on the latest goings on in #gamergate.

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In Defense of Polygon

When you think about what comprises a game review, what comes to mind? Certainly traditional review elements like a critique of the game’s mechanics, its fluidity, its narrative if that’s something that’s important to you, its graphics and sound, and even its “fun factor” are all things that would be popular answers. But for a […]

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Zombies, and Monsters, and Chainsaws, and… meh…

Last week The Evil Within released, a game I had some high expectations for the title, given that the design team design team includes the self-proclaimed “father of survival horror”, Shinji Mikami. However, while the game seems to tick off all the boxes (creepy hospital- check! Stoic, jaded hero- check! Zombies- check! Ridiculously metaphoric save […]

Borderlands the Pre-Sequel

Because Everything’s Better in Space, AMIRITE?

During last week’s podcast I chose the Borderlands series as my “guilty pleasure” games. The series as a whole is pretty irreverent, the characters are exaggerated, and the games repeatedly present unabashedly non-serious and goofy situations. In many ways, the series reminds me of classic cheesy horror movies- bad, but in the most entertaining and […]

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Tonight I Killed a God

WARNING: This post may be a little bit spoilery for the Destiny storyline, but it’s definitely worth the read Unless you’ve been under a NYMG you know by now that Alex and I have been playing a lot of Destiny (Bungie 2014)…and I do mean a lot. I won’t even begin to tell you how […]

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Episode 87: On Guilty Pleasure Games; Or, It was Destin(y)ed to Happen

Episode 87: On Guilty Pleasure Games; Or, It was Destin(y)ed to Happen (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) In this episode we talk about guilty pleasure games and what constitutes them.