Love in the City

In one of the grislier Grand Theft Auto V missions, you infiltrate LifeInvader, a “clever” clone of Facebook where employees air-guitar near their cubicles and admonish folks who can’t sit in beanbag chairs for not fitting the company vision. After tampering with a prototype phone and driving home, you’re treated to fake Mark Zuckerberg blowing …

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The Turing Test: Reports from Europa

For a game ostensibly meant to challenge both the player and their avatar, The Turing Test sets itself up to be evaluated in a field with its own high standards. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a scientist, joined by an artificial intelligence with questionable motives, journey through a series of first-person puzzle …

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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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D4 Season One: Clam Chowdah

In our open-world shooters, linear adventures and virtual sports, we almost never see our playable characters eat or drink. We see advertisements for soft drinks and walk through restaurants, but they’re hollow props meant to maintain the illusion that John Marston must stop for a bite when we’ve turned the game off. Unless the developers …

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Xbox One First Impressions

Both of our writers were tuned in to watch Microsoft’s unveiling of their new Xbox this morning, the Xbox One, and both were somewhat astounded at what they say. After some time to digest and consider the events, they’re here to give you their thoughts.  Colin: I promised myself I’d use a minimum of profanity …

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