Trevor Whalen

I am a lifelong, enthusiastic gamer, freelance writer and editor, blogger, and Thief FM aficionado. I think that exploration-heavy, open-ended first-person games are the best vehicle for story-telling, with the finest Thief missions leading the pack.


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Ion Fury Review – Hyperactive Retro Ride

Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison is the ironwoman who’s going to take you on a thrill ride, so buckle up. Ion Fury is a nonstop retro trip. It’s a cornucopia of old-school…

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System Shock 2: Embracing the Enigma – A Brief Retrospective

There are some games that remain in my top 10 list no matter the time of day or my current mood. System Shock 2 steadfastly remains in my top three,…

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Alluris’ Simple, Inclusive Design

Alluris’ description enticed me as soon as I read it: “[A] single-player, role playing game that captures the essence of Oregon Trail if it were a fantasy game with the…

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Doom 3’s Inner Demons: A Conflicted Design

Fifteen years ago, id Software released Doom 3, a game with enormous expectations. Join me as I consider the shortcomings that kept it from becoming a true classic. Doom 3…

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Quakecon 2019: The Elder Scrolls Online Interview

The Elder Scrolls Online has successfully run for over five years now, with 12 DLC game packs and three additional chapters released for it. This past June, as part of…

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QuakeCon 2019: Doom, Dreamcast, Dragon Chocolate, and More

QuakeCon 2019, or the “Year of Doom,” was as fun and exciting a QuakeCon as any. You could feel in the air the hype for Doom Eternal and the official…

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QuakeCon 2019: Doom Eternal Interview with Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin

During QuakeCon 2019, I had the chance to sit down as part of a round-table interview with Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin, executive producer and creative director, respectively, at id…

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Dark Narrative: Doofuses, Drunks, and Boneheads – The Humorous Guards of Thief

Thief’s City is not a world of good guys and bad guys. It’s hard to know who is right, if anyone at all. But there are relatable, common people: the…

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Ion Maiden is Now Ion Fury, Launches August 15

Ion Maiden is now Ion Fury, and it’s coming to PC on August 15. The name change is because of the band Iron Maiden’s recent trademark lawsuit against 3D Realms.…

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Amid Evil Review – Way Beyond Heretic

It’s very likely you’re familiar with titles like Doom, Quake, or Duke Nukem 3D. These games give players a rush of power with big guns to shoot and bigger enemies…

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