Editorials

What it Means to be a Gamer

What it Means to be a Gamer

I’ve been talking about the qualifications and ideas of the word “gamer” since I was a teenager, but I don’t think I’ve ever summarized it all in one place just yet. My belief is that there is more to being a gamer than just playing games, and in this editorial I will attempt to explain that belief to you in ... Read More »

This Week In Kickstarter-Week of March 29

This Week In Kickstarter

This Week In Kickstarter, we’ve got a revamped space shooter, a post apocalyptic survival game, and a “no experience needed” guitar. Descent: Underground A revamp of the vehicular first person shooter, Descent. Designed to bring the classic space FPS back in a modern style, Descent: Underground features the familiar 3d maze levels of the originals. The game functions as both a ... Read More »

First Person Saturday (Sunday Edition) – Aliens vs. Predator (2010)

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With the recent news of the Predator’s arrival in the realm of Mortal Kombat, this week seemed like the perfect opportunity to revisit Sega’s first crack at the Aliens franchise: 2010’s underrated Aliens vs. Predator. Developed by Rebellion, AvP is a somewhat melee focused FPS with three distinct campaigns. You can play through the events of the game as either ... Read More »

Why I Don’t Like Turning Male Characters Into Women

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A popular topic of discussion that has made its way around the internet as of late is the idea of gender bending many of our favorite characters. More to the point, the idea of taking male characters and turning them into female equivalents. The idea has been applied to many types of media, notably a well received episode of Adventure Time ... Read More »

Overlooked Games: Firestriker, Mega Turrican, and Rakugakids

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I’ve played a lot of games over the course of my life. Starting off with my beaten up 2600 and a like-new NES, moving onto the SNES, Genesis, and just about every other platform throughout the decades. I’ll never forget the joy of renting a game for these systems; rushing home and turning it on to find either a great ... Read More »

Trends, Greed & the Gaming Industry

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There is a saying; “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”, it is known as Hanlon’s Razor. If I was allowed to coin a catechism for the gaming industry, Hnatiw’s Razor if you will, it would be: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by greed.” (I know Hnatiw’s Razor isn’t as catchy but just let ... Read More »

Stop Complaining About Gamer Entitlement

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Gamer entitlement. It has become the second most common buzzword to hurl at gamers, just after sexist and just before misogynist (some people have a hard time spelling that one). The idea of “gamer entitlement” has been around for years, but most got their first taste of it with the release of Mass Effect 3. BioWare promised a satisfying conclusion to ... Read More »

Why is the Federal Government Funding Studies on “Notoriously Toxic” Gamers

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The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced a $29,403 grant to study the “toxic rhetoric” of gamers. The study is titled Notoriously Toxic: Understanding the Language and Costs of Hate and Harassment in Online Games. The title is interesting because it has the implication that gamers are “Notoriously Toxic”, whatever that is supposed to mean. Toxic has recently joined ... Read More »

This Week In Kickstarter – Week of March 22

This Week In Kickstarter

This Week In Kickstarter, we’ve got a ball your kids can hack, an app that creates super hero trailers, a wallet for the modern man, and much more! Hackaball – A computer you can throw Hackaball is a computer ball that can be programmed to invent and play games. Hackaball is a unique tool for creating games for kids to ... Read More »