Richard Costa

Staff Writer

Ape meets keyboard. Hack for hire, recovering academic and RPG enthusiast who started gaming on MSX in the late 80s, then witnessed the glorious 90s on PC.


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Unravel Lovecraftian Mysteries in Colina: Legacy

At some point in 1995, I played Alone in the Dark. It was my first proper horror game. Even though my crappy 286 PC didn’t have a sound card, it…

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Review – Slay Queen

The world of The Witcher stands out as a subversion of fantasy tropes. Sapkowski took Tolkien’s legacy and turned it on its head, conjuring a more cynical and naturalistic vision…

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Embrace Your Post-Human Inner Beast in Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

What if a boar-man and a duck-man partnered up in a bleak post-human landscape? This isn’t some bizarro version of Looney Tunes, but the actual premise of Mutant Year Zero:…

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Interview with Developers of Kartridge, A New Indie Distribution Platform Launching Today

As reported in September, the webgaming portal Kongregate announced their own digital distribution platform called Kartridge. It enters a highly competitive market, towered by the colossal, ever-growing Steam. While there…

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Return of the Obra Dinn Review – Tour de Force

Imagine a logic puzzle designed by Edgar Allan Poe, the creator of the detective story. It would be a specific type of puzzle, similar to the Zebra Puzzle or Einstein’s Riddle.…

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Magic: The Gathering Arena Announces Streamer Events And Direct Multiplayer

Magic: The Gathering Arena entered open beta on September 27. The game has since enjoyed a great influx of new players that didn’t manage to get a closed beta key–100…

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Shadows: Awakening

Shadows: Awakening is the third game in the Heretic Kingdoms ARPG series, following Kult: Heretic Kingdoms (Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition in NA) and Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms. It’s set in a unique fantasy world and…

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Shadows: Awakening Review – Good Old Grind

The first rule of fantasy should be to avoid the generic. This is much harder than it seems, because the genre incorporates its innovations. Tolkien was once uniquely innovative, but…

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Gwent: Homecoming Rebuilds Itself From The Ground Up

The Gwent: Homecoming open PTR was announced on October 5 and it was available to play for five days. I’ve been obsessed with Gwent since the closed beta started in October…

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Return of the Obra Dinn Release Date Announced

The developer of Papers, Please has just announced on Twitter that his upcoming mystery investigation game Return of the Obra Dinn will be released on October 18. In 2014, soon after the release of…

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