• Why the Male Power Fantasy Has an Important Role in Gaming

    Some people got into a huff yesterday when game designer Warren Spector spoke out against Wolfenstein: The New Order as yet another “adolescent male power...

    Some people got into a huff yesterday when game designer Warren Spector spoke out against Wolfenstein: The New Order as yet another “adolescent male power fantasy” first person shooter to hit the market. He of course apologized today, kind of. The Male Power Fantasy is a term that you’ll hear thrown about a lot in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A Closer Look at the IllumiRoom

    Microsoft recently revealed their latest innovation to go alongside the Kinect—IllumiRoom. It extends the field of vision outside of the television and projects it onto...

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    Microsoft recently revealed their latest innovation to go alongside the Kinect—IllumiRoom. It extends the field of vision outside of the television and projects it onto the walls, furniture, and whatever else you have in your game room. Although there were a few odd behaviors in the demonstration and stills, it seems like a sound product...
  • On Freedom of Speech and Video Games

    There seems to be no shortage of politicians seeking to blame violent video games as the cause for the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, as opposed...

    There seems to be no shortage of politicians seeking to blame violent video games as the cause for the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, as opposed to lax gun control or psychological issues, but a town in Connecticut has decided to up the ante. As previously reported on the site, a group dedicated to helping the...
  • How Journey Succeeded to Become Game of the Year

    In all regards, Journey was a beautiful game. It stunned gamers everywhere with its breathtaking visuals, despite how simple the graphics and models were compared...

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    In all regards, Journey was a beautiful game. It stunned gamers everywhere with its breathtaking visuals, despite how simple the graphics and models were compared to other PS3 games and other games on the market. While it did have amazing titles like Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead, and Halo 4 competing against it, it...
  • Weekly News Roundup – DEC 30 2012

    This week was rather slow, with everyone distracted by the holidays! I didn’t even manage to finish my Greensleeves redstone composition in Minecraft (although the...

    This week was rather slow, with everyone distracted by the holidays! I didn’t even manage to finish my Greensleeves redstone composition in Minecraft (although the room for it is all hollowed out, thanks to the help of a friend). I’ll probably use it for another song. Ideas, anyone? Speaking of Minecraft, the documentary was released...
  • Top 5 Gaming Wishes of 2013

    2012 is wrapping up pretty nicely, especially since none of those apocalypses ended up happening. As we exchange our calendars and turn over the page...

    2012 is wrapping up pretty nicely, especially since none of those apocalypses ended up happening. As we exchange our calendars and turn over the page for a new year, here is a small wish list of five things I would like to see next year (and hey, might actually happen!). 5) Next Gen of Pokémon...