Josh Hinke

Josh Hinke is a part time centaur trainer in Hollywood, while going to school full time to be a professional Goomba. In between those two commitments I write about video games and cool things, like pirates and dragons and dragon pirates.
  • A Bad Year for Games

    I don’t mean to be hyperbolic with the title of the article, in many ways 2014 has been a great year for games.  Especially if...

    I don’t mean to be hyperbolic with the title of the article, in many ways 2014 has been a great year for games.  Especially if your games are titled Shovel Knight or Divinity: Original Sin. But see, that’s kind of the problem I have with this year.  Aside from the two indie darlings of the...
  • Why Every Game You’re Excited For Could Suck

    That summer drought was not playing around, was it?  Things were so dire, you were probably excited about The Sims 4 — before, you know,...

    That summer drought was not playing around, was it?  Things were so dire, you were probably excited about The Sims 4 — before, you know, you played it.  With all the controversy, console warring, and general nonsense that comes with the game industry, I thought we should take a moment to truly appreciate of the...
  • The Con Effect

    The Con Effect.  I think the phrase serves to describe what we’ve seen explode over the last ten years.  There’s no mistaking it, nerd culture...

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    The Con Effect.  I think the phrase serves to describe what we’ve seen explode over the last ten years.  There’s no mistaking it, nerd culture is as big as it ever was, and getting bigger all the time.  From anime to video games to movies to comics to TV to books to everything in between....
  • RIP Summer of Arcade

    I remember asking a friend, “Where do I start with indie games?” I couldn’t tell you the exact date I asked that, much like you...

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    I remember asking a friend, “Where do I start with indie games?” I couldn’t tell you the exact date I asked that, much like you couldn’t tell me the exact date you bought your Xbox 360 (unless you’re hoarding the receipt somewhere, in which case we have more important things to discuss).  I can only...
  • WiiU Begs Ubisoft Not to Leave

    In a heartfelt press conference, featuring Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo begged blockbuster publisher Ubisoft to keep making games for their languishing, largely unsupported console....

    In a heartfelt press conference, featuring Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo begged blockbuster publisher Ubisoft to keep making games for their languishing, largely unsupported console.  Forgotten by Activision, ignored by Electronic Arts, Nintendo finds its lone third-party friend trying to ditch out, like the last person to leave a really lame party. Iwata read a...
  • What E3 Could Learn from Gamescom

    I have been hearing people talking about how we might see Gamescom overtake E3 in the next few years in terms of biggest video game...

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    I have been hearing people talking about how we might see Gamescom overtake E3 in the next few years in terms of biggest video game conference.  Gamescom has begun to grow at an incredible rate, but I think this year provides a different kind of statement for how developers and publishers view the European conference....
  • Internet Witch Hunts and Rise of the Tomb Raider

    The internet loves a good ol’ fashioned witch hunt, one with flaming torches and raised pitchforks.  We might see these moments of civil unrest a...

    The internet loves a good ol’ fashioned witch hunt, one with flaming torches and raised pitchforks.  We might see these moments of civil unrest a lot in games, but they happen elsewhere.  Watch a few hours of SportsCenter, read some celebrity gossip tabloids, when it comes to people and choices we know nothing about, we...
  • Sony Basks in Internet Glory: Gamescom 2014

    Sony kicked off their 2014 Gamescom recap by announcing the PlayStation 4 has sold over 10 billion units.  “That’s right,” said a confident Jim Ryan,...

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    Sony kicked off their 2014 Gamescom recap by announcing the PlayStation 4 has sold over 10 billion units.  “That’s right,” said a confident Jim Ryan, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, “We have sold enough PlayStations that everyone the world has one. Some people even have two.  That just speaks to the quality of the...
  • Microsoft Confirms They Are The Worst: Gamescom 2014

    Microsoft has as a history of unpopular decisions and this summer has been no different.  In only the last few months Microsoft has released the...

    Microsoft has as a history of unpopular decisions and this summer has been no different.  In only the last few months Microsoft has released the Ebola virus in the United States and made prank phone calls to Israel using Palestine’s cell phone.  Suffice it say, good ol’ Phil Spencer has some things to answer for...
  • What If We Didn’t Buy Madden This Year?

    I’ve been playing Madden for nearly 20 years.  It was the first game I played on the SEGA Genesis and has followed me throughout my...

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    I’ve been playing Madden for nearly 20 years.  It was the first game I played on the SEGA Genesis and has followed me throughout my entire life, from Genesis to N64, to PC, to PS2, to PS3, to the current generation, I have been playing EA’s football simulator for as long as I have been...