The Bumbling Burglars

Since my brother was gracious enough to toss me an invitation to the Payday 2 beta, I’ve been storming the virtual banks and shops of Washington, D.C. with three other random, wannabe criminals in tow.

The Best of Both Worlds – CvS2

I’ve been thinking about what makes Capcom vs. SNK 2 so special- I tried to give an overview in last week’s Playlist, but it really wasn’t enough space to both introduce the game and then explain its unique charms. It isn’t just that it’s a Versus game- Marvel vs. Capcom doesn’t have nearly the same …

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Goddamn Mondays: 7/29

Continuing from last week, our Goddamn Monday starts with a descent in the the dark underbelly of Don’t Starve: the caaaaaves. A loading screen divides the surface and the cavernous depths, and then we’re ready to roll. My investigation of the caves confirms my initial thesis: yep. It sure is dark in here. The hole …

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Playlist: July 27th

A productive week here at Scanline. I wonder sometimes, what should we call people who work at Scanline Media? Granted, there are only two of us right now, but maybe we’ll get more someday. Scanners? Linemen? Linebackers? Or just Scanlines? I think I like Linemen best. Scanline Media, debating the things that matter. Here’s what …

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The Ghost of a World

I am a creature of nostalgia, it is fair to say. There are books I have read a half-dozen times, video games I keep coming back to, and movies I can watch over and over with a smile. For me, the deadly trap of World of Warcraft is not the gameplay or world- though I …

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Let’s Argue: Full Steam Ahead

Greenlight, the Marketplace, the Workshop, Trading Cards… Valve’s digital distribution platform Steam has been changing a lot, and changing fast. As the unspoken leader of the digital future, what Valve decides to do with Steam is going to have some pretty massive effects on this hobby of ours. So what should they do with all that …

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Goddamn Mondays: 7/22

This week, we’re going deep into the world of Don’t Starve. It’s not my first time to rodeo with this game, but given how quickly it manages to kick my ass, I doubt you’ll notice a lack of the incompetence that usually defines this feature. Enjoy! What dramatic event ended with me being thrown (violently, …

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Playlist: July 21st

Ben: As we approach the end of the Steam summer sale, it’s time to examine your potentially long list of purchases and wonder what you were thinking (unless you managed to resist the temptation. If so, congratulations!). I made a few questionable decisions but overall, I’m very satisfied with the moderate additions to my gigantic …

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The Merits of Manners

Colin: When I read Ben Kuchera’s article this morning, “Why you want assholes to make your video games,” I must say I was a little taken aback. It was a unique position to write from, to be certain, but the outcome felt a little… forced? There were assumptions in it that I did not agree …

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