Ron Welch

I love dissecting game design, seeing what works and what could be improved. While RPGs, shooters, and strategy games are my favorites, I'll tackle just about anything. I also do voice overs, make an award winning wing sauce, and (formerly) write about post-apocalyptic goodness.


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Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Review: Turn-Based Perfection

In the grim darkness of the far future, there are no men of science, only priests serving the immortal machine. To unlock lost technology and achieve spiritual purity, these tech-priests…

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10 Years of Left 4 Dead: Hunters and Boomers and Smokers, Oh My!

The mid 2000s had a lot of great zombie games, but none pushed the envelope like Left 4 Dead. Not only did it influence the future of asymmetrical multiplayer, but…

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Gaming Obscura: Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland

Goosebumps was an incredible thing for ‘90s kids. Now, 25 years later, the children’s horror anthology is still growing. While the original series ended in 1997, the Goosebumps franchise has…

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10 Years of Saints Row 2 – Anti-Charles Bronson

Saints Row 2 represents a different time, not just for Volition, but for games as a whole. Just as other open-world crime games were turning gritty and realistic, Saints Row…

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10 Years of Spore – A Reputation Well-Deserved?

It is better to innovate and fall short than to stagnate and succeed. Every misstep is a small success, a burst of inspiration telling us what can be improved. That’s…

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Saints Row IV Five Years Later – Hail to the Chief

Every Saints Row game, I think, represents the commercialization of both the 3rd Street Saints and the franchise itself. Saints Row 2 hit the sweet spot, balancing wacky diversions with a…

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Thief of Thieves Review – Post Mortem

The protagonist of Thief of Thieves is often insulted for being a jack of all trades, master of none. That phrase also describes the game itself and carries the same…

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Five Years of Papers, Please – Glory to Arstotzka

Mass Effect. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. Saints Row. When a game’s title music puts you in just the right mood, you know you’re in for a good time. Then there’s…

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Beholder 2 Will Make You Empathize with NPCs

Adventure games are evolving. The days where bestselling titles like Day of the Tentacle and Sam & Max Hit the Road reigned are long behind us. While Telltale is still king…

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Pool Panic Review – Look, But Don’t Touch

It’s hard to recover from a bad first impression. That’s the story of Pool Panic, the newest title from Rekim and Adult Swim Games. From the announcement trailer, you might…