Translating Transistor

SPOILER WARNING: This article discusses events in the beginning, middle and end of Transistor. Before we discuss what makes its story so special, I must make a confession; from the moment the credits rolled, I was supremely disappointed with Transistor. It didn’t matter that the art was gorgeous, the combat was an inspired meld of …

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Chess 2 is Coming to Steam and iPad

You may recall that Ben and I took a look at Chess 2 when it hit Ouya a while back. We were pretty big fans- it takes the classic strategy game played by kings and paupers alike, and turns it on its head with fresh new ideas that frankly just make the whole thing more interesting. …

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Expanding the Final Frontier – Part One

Gamers are growing disenchanted with the increasingly timid triple A games industry. Risk averse to the extreme, these massive productions are terrified of failure, and thus hew as close to the mob wisdom of focus groups as possible. The scorn heard ‘round the world was deafening when after five years and more than six hundred …

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A Date With Destiny

My feeling has always been that if a game is going to involve a system or mechanic, it needs to do it well. The purest example of this is the jump button- I’ve played hundreds of games where you cannot jump, and it hasn’t bothered me. What has bothered me are games where the jump …

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Live and Learn

Private Will Cage wakes up with handcuffs on his wrist and an officer’s boot in his side. Moments later, he’s whisked away by a no-nonsense sergeant and plopped into a company of close-knit friends that already dislike the new blood (even if he wasn’t branded a traitor). After the typical half-inspirational, half-deprecating pep talk, they …

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