October 29, 2016

Top 10 Worst ‘South Park’ Episodes

South Park is one of the finest comedic series ever made. Period. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s crudely animated creation has acquired its share of controversy over the years, but the fact remains that if it was simply low-brow toilet humor, it wouldn’t have lasted 20 years, and the duo’s […]
July 31, 2016

‘Yooka-Laylee’: Pre-Alpha Toybox Preview

Since the disappointing release of Mighty No. 9 last month, there’s naturally been an increase in weariness over other crowd-funded games fueled by nostalgic properties. Fortunately, the veteran developers at Playtonic Games have calmed those fears by releasing their pre-alpha build [named “Toybox”] of Yooka-Laylee to backers of the project. […]
March 31, 2016

The Lack of Representation of Older Women in Games

There’s a notably absent feature in Xenoblade Chronicles X’s character creation system that demonstrates an ongoing trend in the gaming industry regarding female characters. No, it has nothing to do with not being able to customize your avatar’s breast size in the North American release. The issue instead relates to […]
March 11, 2016
Fire Emblem Awakening

‘Fire Emblem: Awakening’ – A Perfect Marriage of Story and Gameplay

Nintendo has created some of the most beloved, ground-breaking and enduring titles to ever grace the gaming industry. To suggest a recent title from a niche series is among the ranks of their classic titles seems almost like hyperbole. Make no mistake though; Fire Emblem: Awakening is a damn masterpiece, […]
February 7, 2016

‘Paper Mario: Sticker Star’ – A Case Study in Failing your Franchise

Super Paper Mario’s main gameplay hook involved swapping dimensions to show how different perspectives can yield two fundamentally different realities. In the 2D view, a series of blocks surrounding a door would hinder your progress, while the 3D view reveals that the blocks are actually disjointed and you can easily […]
January 25, 2016

‘Yooka-Laylee’ and six design choices we hope Playtonic Games implements

I backed Yooka-Laylee within hours of it being revealed by a group of former Rareware developers [now calling themselves “Playtonic Games” ]. I grew up on Rare’s 3D platformers, and the possibility of game industry veterans making a spiritual sequel to Banjo-Kazooie has me legitimately more excited than any other […]