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On Mastery and the Appeal of Devil May Cry

I have been playing a lot of Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition and that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. I love the Devil May Cry games. The third installment in particular stands out as one of the best action games I’ve ever played. I bought a metal […]

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Op-Ed: Last-Gen Compatibility Hurts Us All

File this under “Unpopular Opinions, ” or in your bum. Your choice. I started this morning, like any other, by checking my Twitter feed. Once again, I read tweet after tweet coming to the defense of game developers. Upon further research, I learned that some people are having a meltdown […]

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Game Gripes: Questing in Heroes of the Storm

I like Heroes of the Storm. I really do. With a stable of games that includes World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Hearthstone, Blizzard is no stranger to competitive multiplayer. With Heroes of the Storm, they have once again managed to leverage this experience to craft a compelling online experience. Heroes […]

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Can’t Handle the Truth — Spec Ops: The Line

Open mouth, insert boot. On its surface, Spec Ops: The Line is another testosterone-fueled, gun-toting hero fantasy. Nearly three years after its release, I knew there had to be more to it than that. It’s a shooter about story and, more specifically, a game about the horrors of war. By […]

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They Break It, You Bought It

A new store policy we’re all too willing to accept? Header and Thumbnail image credit: Anita Hart, used under Creative Commons license 2.0 “[This game is] pretty good considering it was just released.” For a single, innocuous statement muttered in the body of a random user review, the line speaks […]

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On Motivation and Mentality.

I finished The Last of Us over the weekend. I suppose January has become my designated “catch up” month, and I admittedly have always felt guilty that The Last of Us was not in our Game of the Year conversations back in 2013, because the Officially Unofficial Njoystic Deliberation Squad […]

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The Barrier of Barriers

Imagine a land surrounded by long stretches of tall mountains, where snow and ice tower above rich foliage in distinct layers, as the sun’s rays attempt to compete with the natural beauty of the land in what turns a normal sunset into a magnificent spectacle of color. Imagine a place […]

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Prologue: The Birth of an Explorer

The Book of Thadias, An Elite: Dangerous Commander’s Tale Prologue: The Birth of an Explorer Time has a funny way of turning blessings in to curses. Thadias Michael Heston was blessed with enough wits to get him through his academic childhood without ever expending much effort. Not that his marks […]

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How the Kingdom Crumbles.

It sure has been interesting time to be a Kingdom Hearts fan, hasn’t it? To the shock of everyone, the series voice actor for Goofy revealed that Kingdom Hearts III would actually be released later this year, and then Square responded to this claim by making it very clear that […]

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Power of Perspective: The First-Person GTA Experience

(All images via http://www.rockstargames.com/v/) I have personally never been particularly high on Grand Theft Auto, but I thought I always understood the appeal. Rockstar Games have been able to craft city-style playgrounds where the player would be free to do all the things that they should not do. Obviously, this includes […]