No Man’s Sky: The Magic Behind the Mundane

If you’ve been tuned into the conversation around No Man’s Sky for the past few weeks, you’ve likely seen disappointment and anger mix with excitement and wonder. Any game selling itself on exploring an endless number of planets was bound to be divisive; that it didn’t quite hit the lofty goals mentioned in interviews or …

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Scanline Status – Episode 5

The world of Azeroth never left you- you left it. And you were right to leave, and it’s sorry, but baby, it’s changed. Baby, come back. Fight the Legion. Try out our new class revamps. Or maybe you’d prefer a nice mobile game about hacking people’s personal accounts? Maybe what you really need is just …

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Scanline Status – Episode 4

Come in, try a nice puzzle. We’ve seen some movies, we’ve played some games, we’ve got thoughts about eSports. The Overwatch World Cup, Professor Layton, Suicide Squad, Mr. Robot, and the last gasp of our collective patience with Warner Bros’s vision of DC comics. We can’t pour you a cup of tea, obviously- this is …

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Scanline Status – Episode 3

You know what my favorite thing about Pokemon Go is? The number of my friends who have come back to the handheld games because of it. Seriously, I’ve heard so many people say “I stopped playing at around generation 3” who are now grabbing X or Y and remembering what they liked about Pokemon. Evolve …

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The Barren Nature of Pokemon Go

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about how the Pokemon games aren’t really about Pokemon. It’s a thought that’s been gnawing at me for years, and it turns out it’s rather fortuitously timed, for this year has seen the biggest resurgence of Pokemon popularity in years. I am speaking, of course, about Pokemon Go. …

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Bottle Crow Episode 31 – Artstyle, You God

This week on Bottle Crow, we travel back… way back. Watching pro Dota 2 from TI1-TI2 era, we’ve come to some realizations about commentary, pro player insight, and what needs to be done with Pudge. The solo queue life is getting Colin down, and Valve’s negligence is getting on everyone’s nerves. Sorry for the bummer …

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FATED: The Silent Oath – Shake It Off

What standard should a VR title be held against when critically examined? We’re mere months into the life of a brand new format, and while many of its projects don’t share the complexity of your average first person shooter, the novelty of actually aiming down sights or painting with your own hands is undeniably potent. …

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