When You’re Smiling

By now, you’re probably familiar with Battle Royale or one of its many derivatives: a group of young people are stranded across a massive, inescapable zone littered with weapons, and are charged with killing the rest if they hope to survive. As their numbers are whittled down, friend turns against friend, unexpected romance blooms, and …

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Here’s the DiRT

Even though I own the latest Forza Motorsport and spend plenty of time behind virtual steering wheels, I’m not exactly a racing simulator aficionado. When I’m fixing for an adrenaline rush, I tend to choose something more forgiving: I pop in Mario Kart or Need for Speed, where the key to victory often centers on …

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Patchwork

For the last few months, I engaged in a ritual where the results were always the same; I popped in Battlefield 4 and played a handful of matches before it crashed my PS4, abandoned the experience I earned or randomly booted me out. I’d abandon my session out of frustration, but I always felt compelled …

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Scan in Progress: Darkout and Starbound

At the tail end of last year, not one but TWO randomly-generated, Terraria-inspired space games launched on the exact same day. Starbound had been quite the community darling before it even made it to Steam, but Darkout was a dark horse, a relatively unknown dark horse that lingered in beta on Desura for a few …

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