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‘Gone Home’: An Achingly Honest Snapshot of the Human Condition

Advertisement<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article was originally published May 25, 2016</i><p>There are a lot of games that are touted as having something to say. A</i> …

Love Stories

'Gone Home' - expands the territory of conventional videogame storytelling

Advertisement<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article was originally published March 28, 2017.</i><p>As a teenager, I felt I would never age. Yet I also knew I would, …

Two Sides of the Same Rupee: Puzzles and Combat in 'Oracle of Ages and Seasons'

Released simultaneously for the Game Boy Color, <i>Oracle of Ages</i> and <i>Oracle of Seasons</i> marked the first of Capcom’s three forays into <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> …

The Story of 'Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth': Lore Recap

In the build-up for <i>World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth</i>, releasing on August 14th, Blizzard has been building a story strung across cinematics, …

World History

'Chasm' Review – Making the Basic Metroidvania

<i>Chasm</i><i><br>Publisher: BitKid</i><i><br>Developer: BitKid</i><i><br>Reviewed On: PC</i><p>It’s no stretch to say we’ve been in the retro-revival trend for the better half of a decade …

Indie Gaming

Ranking the 'Wario Ware' Franchise

With the release of <i>Wario Ware: Gold</i>, it’s time to look back on the entirety of one of Nintendo’s strangest franchises. There are few series that have …

Retrogaming

'What Still Remains' Offers a Different Vision of a Post-Apocalyptic Society

<i>What Still Remains</i><br>Directed and Written by Josh Mendoza<br>2018/USA<p><i>What Still Remains</i> adds a fresh perspective on the post-apocalyptic thriller by …

Mad Max

Deep Inside 'Inside,' Desperately Trying to Break Out(side)

Six years after the release of the sleeper hit <i>Limbo</i>, developer Playdead followed up with another puzzle-platformer involving a boy on the run. At the …

20th Century

This Week in Gaming News: Plagiarism is (Red) Dead Krool

Well, would you look at that? Last week I was away from the gaming sphere as I took in the Edinburgh Festival and didn’t have enough time to collate …

Retrogaming

GLOW Season 2: A Feel Good, Thought-Provoking Piledriver of Fun

<b>Note: Beware of Spoilers and Wrestling Analogies</b><p><i>GLOW</i> is a show about some awesome ladies from the 80’s dressing up and throwing each other around in …

Sexual Harassment

Saddle Up: 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Promises to be a Fun Ride

Despite playing and beating RockStar’s beloved <i>Red Dead Redemption</i>, I was that rare individual who found it unremarkable. Though I enjoyed my time …

Red Dead Redemption

'Yakuza 0': Money, and Fighting, and More Money

<i>Yakuza 0</i><br>Developer: SEGA CS1/Ryu ga Gotoku Studio<br>Publisher: SEGA<br>Platform(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC<br>Release Date(s): 03/12/2015 …

SEGA

Nintendo's Shutdown of Emuparadise Should Concern Us All

The death of Emuparadise, one of the last major sites part of the video game emulation community, via threats by Nintendo, sends a chill down my …

Retrogaming

'Octopath' Travelers Interact a Lot — In My Mind, Anyway

<i>Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail</i>.<br>— Ralph Waldo Emerson<p>Sometimes you don’t really have a choice …

Cover Art

The Curious Case of How 'Forza Horizon' Changed My Relationship to Xbox

My parents frequently tell the story of how I beat the original <i>Super Mario Bros</i> when I was only three years old. So, I’ve got about three decades of …

Forza Horizon

'The Meg' is Harmless Summer Fun

<i>The Meg</i><br>Directed by Jon Turteltaub<br>Written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber. Based upon the novel by Steve Alten<br>2018 / USA / China<p>Just …

Star Wars Anthology Series

'Jaws' and the making of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece

Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw star in this terrifying thriller about an enormous man-eating Great White Shark that terrorizes the …

Steven Spielberg

Game Boys, Ep. 114: Sea of Dweebs

First of all, yes, I did use the word “dweebs.” Second of all, yes, the Game Boys are playing <i>Sea of Thieves</i> once again, this time to experience the …

Sea of Thieves

The Best Films of Fantasia Film Festival 2018

The 2018 Fantasia Film Festival has wrapped its three-week run in Montreal, and after extensive coverage and much deliberation, we have finally put …

Film Festivals

Captain Toad DLC or I'm canceling my 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' pre-order

As I waited in line as one of the first people to play <i>Super Smash Bros. Ultimate</i> at E3 back in June, I felt a plethora of emotions wafting over me. …

Retrogaming

Anime Ichiban - Our ‘Jump Force’ Hopes and Dreams

<i>In Anime Ichiban, we take a look at our writer’s totally personal, totally subjective, possibly biased, and possibly stupid opinions regarding anime</i> …

Anime

Jeff Lemire, the King of Quiet

When thinking of a conventional graphic novel, silence isn’t always considered as a defining characteristic of the all-time greats. Sure, the absence …

Graphic Novels

Games That Changed Our Lives: 'Secret of Mana'

Better known as 聖剣伝説2 (<i>Seiken Densetsu 2</i>) in its native country of Japan, <i>Secret of Mana</i> is a 1993 Super Nintendo release fondly remembered by many …

Final Fantasy

Fantasia 2018: 'Luz' - A Stylishly, Psycho-Thriller for Fans of Vintage Horror Cinema

<i>Luz</i><br>Directed by Tilman Singer<br>Written by Tilman Singer<br>2018 | Germany<p>Often when reviewing movies, many critics (myself included) love to offer up …

Film Festivals

'Better Call Saul' Season Four Seems Content to Take its Time

There are shows you can watch while engaged in other activities. <i>Better</i> <i>Call</i> <i>Saul</i> is not one of them. This is a show that really asks you to pay …

TV

Attack on Titan S3, Pt. 1: The Human Enemy

<i>The following article contains spoilers for the first 3 episodes of Attack on Titan’s 3rd Season.</i><p><i>Attack on Titan</i> is back with a bang, a thud, and a …

Anime

'Octopath Traveler's' Take on Party Interaction is a Breath of Fresh Air

I knew JRPGs were my favorite types of games from the moment I received my first Pokemon in Pallet Town and struck out on what would become the …

Tweens

The Smash Community Made One Thing Abundantly Clear at EVO 2018

The Smash community made it abundantly clear at EVO 2018: They <i>hate</i> Bayonetta. They hate Bayonetta so much, in fact, that the <i>Super Smash Bros Wii U</i> …

Fighting Games

'Road to Ballhalla' Calls Back to One of Gaming's Earliest Formats

<i>Road to Ballhalla</i><br>Developed by Torch Hill<br>Published by tinyBuild<br>Available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC<p>There’s something so utterly charming …

Dark Souls

Fantasia 2018: 'Wilderness' Barely Overcomes its Excessive Runtime

<i>Wilderness</i><br>Directed by Yoshiyuki Kishi<br>Written by Takehiko Minato and Yoshiyuki Kishi<br>2018/Japan<p>Focused on the youth of Japan, <i>Wilderness</i> is an oddly …

Anime