Your Humble Servant

Today, the Humble Bundle site rolled out its latest “Pay what you want” bundle of games- the Humble Origin Bundle. Electronic Arts, one of the most arrogant companies in gaming, is getting in on the humility business. Already it’s setting records for the Humble site in sales, and everything except a small piece used for …

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Papers, Please: Glory to Arstotzka!

It’s almost impossible to describe what makes Papers, Please so special in a short window of time. Taken at face value, permitting/denying access to an imaginary Eastern Bloc country sounds like a boring, monotonous job. However, stepping into the booth by the border reveals a world of grey morality, deception and paycheck-to-paycheck survival. The act …

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Review: Shadowrun Returns

Almost two decades have passed since Shadowrun last graced home consoles (ignoring one ill-advised attempt at a multiplayer-focused reboot in 2007). Its unique blend of medieval fantasy and cyberpunk noir left a memorable impression on the older crowd, but after the third game, the video game branch of the franchise went dormant. Thanks to Kickstarter, …

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Buy Stock in StreetPass Rabbit

Well, goddamn. When Nintendo updated the 3DS to add a businessman rabbit that used classic sales tactics to fleece you of your hard-earned dough, I nodded in respect. Don’t pretend that you’re different from used car salesmen, embrace how creepy your hard sell is. A kind of honesty I appreciate. What I did not expect was …

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Playlist: August 3rd

Man, I’m glad to say goodbye to July, aren’t you? I mean, I guess it’s a fine enough month- too hot for my tastes, but otherwise fairly inoffensive- but nothing comes out in July. Nothing! We haven’t had anything exciting to write about released. August looks to be much more interesting. I’m looking forward to it. …

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Intentional Inconveniences

Feeling rewarded in gameplay often stems from the small successes. The well-timed critical hit, the lucky dodge, the perfect loot drop, the gorgeous skill shot. Not experience-defining, but little wins that push the experience over-the-top. We’ve seen these moments misused as well, though- a boss fight that should have been intense and challenging falls flat …

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