Sara Swanson

I picked up a B.A. in English with a specialty in Poetry. I also draw manga-inspired webcomics and play far too much Minecraft in my free time. My favorite game is Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, while my favorite series is Suikoden!
  • Kickstarter Focus: Death Inc.

    Ambient Studios is a team packed full of talent, with developers from Little Big Planet, Fable, Crysis 3, Battlefield 2, SimCity, along with many other...

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    Ambient Studios is a team packed full of talent, with developers from Little Big Planet, Fable, Crysis 3, Battlefield 2, SimCity, along with many other games. They formed the studio so that they could make their games the way they wanted to—and the first game they plan to deliver is Death Inc. The game plays...
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  • Is the Wii U a Next-Gen Console?

    EA is always ready to pick a fight with Nintendo after the company opted to use its own online service, rather than Origin, and has...

    EA is always ready to pick a fight with Nintendo after the company opted to use its own online service, rather than Origin, and has finally had the nerve to say that the Wii U is not a next-generation console. CEO John Riccitiello claims that the next generation hasn’t started yet, even though the Wii...
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    823 points
  • Should We Be Able to Sell Used Digital Games?

    While it might seem like common sense that you can’t sell something that doesn’t physically exist, the option of selling used digital content obtained through...

    While it might seem like common sense that you can’t sell something that doesn’t physically exist, the option of selling used digital content obtained through services such as Steam or IndieCity is heavily debated in places like Germany. After a German court ruled that the trading of used software licenses is legal—and that the author...
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    836 points
  • Top 5 Minecraft Mods

    Minecraft is one of the most successful games of this generation, topping the XBLA and PC charts with its huge amount of sales. However, the...

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    Minecraft is one of the most successful games of this generation, topping the XBLA and PC charts with its huge amount of sales. However, the game has much more to offer than just continuous updates and an infinite world. The game has a huge mod community attached to it, so there’s a huge amount of...
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  • Kickstarter Focus: Spatial Flux

    Playing like a space-age Oregon Trail, Spatial Flux aims to deliver a text-based adventure with high-quality backgrounds and pixel-based sprites for a retro feel in...

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    Playing like a space-age Oregon Trail, Spatial Flux aims to deliver a text-based adventure with high-quality backgrounds and pixel-based sprites for a retro feel in a modern game. The game will be released on Mac, Linux, PC, and several mobile platforms. The project is a collaboration between several different studios, although the project is being...
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  • Senators Continue to Threaten First Amendment

    Unfortunately, it’s that time of the month when we talk about violence and video games again. In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that there...

    Unfortunately, it’s that time of the month when we talk about violence and video games again. In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that there was no proof violent video games increased violence in minors, and yet here we are not two years later with a national study on the very same relationship. Funded by...
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    836 points
  • Disney Games Departing from Greatness?

    Disney Infinity originally had my attention because, well, it’s a departure from Disney’s most recent slew of games. Kingdom Hearts brought an amazing game to...

    Disney Infinity originally had my attention because, well, it’s a departure from Disney’s most recent slew of games. Kingdom Hearts brought an amazing game to consoles and started a whole series, while Epic Mickey was fun to play, innovative, and showed everyone that the Wii still had some life left in it. Both of these...
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  • Top 4 Legend of Zelda Games

    With the announcement of two new Zelda games, it’s about time to take a look back at which games were the greatest in the series....

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    With the announcement of two new Zelda games, it’s about time to take a look back at which games were the greatest in the series. Since Zelda is known for its quality among adventure games, picking the games on this list was incredibly difficult. However, the final list is full of deserving games. Here are...
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  • Has Nintendo Made Its Comeback?

    For the past month, Nintendo has been relatively quiet. With the exception of their big Pokémon X & Y reveal, the company has churned out...

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    For the past month, Nintendo has been relatively quiet. With the exception of their big Pokémon X & Y reveal, the company has churned out next to no titles or information about upcoming releases. Comparing Nintendo to the other two major publishers showed that Nintendo was severely lacking in the month of January. Initially I...
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  • Kickstarter Focus: Homesick

    Homesick is reminiscent of both Dear Esther and Fatal Frame—the beauty of the environment plays a crucial role in the player’s experience, while it can...

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    Homesick is reminiscent of both Dear Esther and Fatal Frame—the beauty of the environment plays a crucial role in the player’s experience, while it can just as easily betray them. It is an adventure game that is inspired by Monkey Island and Myst, and hopes to bring cutting-edge graphics to the genre along with its...
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    818 points
  • Being a Few Years Late Made Nintendo the Top Dog

    Analyst Michael Pachter has struck again, claiming that ‘Nintendo’s a few years late’ with everything that they do. From consoles to concepts, Nintendo’s products are...

    Analyst Michael Pachter has struck again, claiming that ‘Nintendo’s a few years late’ with everything that they do. From consoles to concepts, Nintendo’s products are frequently outclassed by things from the past decade—something that rarely applies to Sony and Microsoft consoles and concepts. He goes on to lament how Nintendo’s online functionality is seven or...
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    839 points
  • Top 5 Game Spin-offs

    There’s no questioning that the majority of high-profile games are made up of sequels, spin-offs, and unoriginal stories—however, this is far from a new thing,...

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    There’s no questioning that the majority of high-profile games are made up of sequels, spin-offs, and unoriginal stories—however, this is far from a new thing, and sometimes can bring out amazing games. Here are five spin-off games that took on a life of their own after their success. 5) Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Pokémon Mystery Dungeon...
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  • Will Next Generation Be Rife With Console Wars?

    Arguing over which console is better has been a habit of gamers since the start of console gaming itself. There are plenty of elements at...

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    Arguing over which console is better has been a habit of gamers since the start of console gaming itself. There are plenty of elements at play, from a machine’s power to its exclusive games. This generation was no exception, with the PS3, XBOX360, and PC fanbase arguing about which is better even now, as we...
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    838 points
  • Kickstarter Focus: Dim Sum Robot #1

    Dim Sum Robot #1 is a small game similar to Tiny Tower and Game Dev Story that simulates a business environment on a small-scale level....

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    Dim Sum Robot #1 is a small game similar to Tiny Tower and Game Dev Story that simulates a business environment on a small-scale level. Made by New York developer Edward Dixon, this game already has many of its features complete, so the PC version is already slated for release. The Kickstarter budget is intended...
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  • Is Sony Going Down an Old Road?

    Sony recently announced a new line of 4K displays, each with far more resolution than anything on the market using a single screen. The display...

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    Sony recently announced a new line of 4K displays, each with far more resolution than anything on the market using a single screen. The display is a bit larger than previous flat screens, but it makes up for it by having an incredible 3840×2160 display size as its standard resolution. While that’s not exactly 4K,...
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  • Weekly News Roundup – JAN 13, 2013

    There were huge announcements this week, with Valve confirming the Steam Box and rumors about the XBOX 720’s specs starting to spread. It’s only a...

    There were huge announcements this week, with Valve confirming the Steam Box and rumors about the XBOX 720’s specs starting to spread. It’s only a matter of time before solid news about Microsoft’s next console appears. Personally, I’ve spent the week getting familiar with the very addicting Feed the Beast modpack for Minecraft. Specifically, the...
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    825 points

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