Flip the Switch

So, okay. Can I spoil the McRib magic for you? I’m going to need to if we’re going to talk about Nintendo. We cool? Duck out if we’re not cool. This is your official warning that there will be spoilers for the McDonald’s classic sandwich “The McRib.” Alright, all the cowards have left- perfect. Let’s …

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Taking Pokemon Lore Way Too Seriously

I was delighted, and pleasantly surprised, by the announcement of the Pokemon Sun and Moon demo. There was never much question for me if I’d get it- I am, in my own way, a pretty demented Pokemon superfan. Still, a chance to get an early look at the game, first-hand, was appreciated. The fact that …

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All That You Can’t Leave Behind

World of Warcraft is full of storied characters, locations, events, and even weapons: artifacts of great power, that turned the tide of various conflicts in deus ex machina-ian fashion. Let me tell you a story about a sword called the Ashbringer. Forged from a crystal of pure Light (oh, sorry- in Warcraft lore, Light with …

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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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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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Hitman Episode 2: When in Rome

This is an article on the second episode of 2016’s episodic Hitman. Our piece on the introduction and first chapter can be found here. One way or another, the second level of Hitman 2016 was always going to be its breaking point. Traipsing around Paris as an impostor fashionista back in March was certainly a blast, but …

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Shiny is the New Purple

I think we’ve lived this lie long enough. I say this as a big fan of the classic Nintendo Pokemon franchise- I own at least one entry of every single main “generation” of the series. I have a deep and abiding passion for the magical world it envisions, and the creatures that inhabit it, from …

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