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Mike Worby

Mike Worby is a human who spends way too much of his free time playing, writing and podcasting about pop culture. Through some miracle he's still able to function in society as if he were a regular person, and if there's hope for him, there's hope for everyone. He's the managing Games editor for Goomba Stomp, and the creator of the weekly Buffyversed column.

Buffyversed #29: “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” Lets Its Hair Down and Just Has Fun

If the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer shows us anything, it's a renewed sense of confidence in itself. Like its characters, Buffy is a hell of a lot more sure of itself in its second year. particularly as the season goes on. While "Halloween" showed that this show was more than willing to get silly for an episode, "Bewitched, Bewildered and Bothered" doubles down on that to glorious effect.

‘Dark Souls III’ Echoes the Haunted Vision of a Dying World

There are few series that have such a signature look and feel as the Dark Souls franchise does. Each entry is brimming with haunting tales, grim...

Buffyversed #28: “Phases” Adds Another Super Power to Buffy’s Justice League

When Buffy first assembled her squad of Scoobies, they were mostly there for moral support. They would help where they could but were ultimately not up to the task of dealing with most of the supernatural creatures that the slayer goes up against.

Now That ‘Twin Peaks’ is Over, Can We All Just Admit that Dougie Was...

Is Dougie some avatar for the common man, in all of his inferiority? Is he meant to be a commentary on recent politics? Hey, maybe. You know what? Your guess is as good as mine on that front, and you're more than welcome to have at it but I have another theory, one of my very own that I'm actually pretty content with: Dougie was a huge waste of everyone's time.

How ‘Life is Strange: Before the Storm’ Helped Me Empathize with my Fiancèe’s Loss

This is, ultimately, the power of the gaming medium when placed into the right pair of hands: the ability to completely replicate a feeling that the player may have never experienced

A Look Into The Most Controversial and Unfilmable Scene In ‘It’

The scene in question is the one that people are generally referring to when they use the phrase "that scene". So why all the pussy-footing around? What is it about this scene that has fans of It so close-mouthed?

Buffyversed #27: “Innocence” Turns Buffy on it’s Head in One Fell Swoop

Well gang, we're here. We've made it at last! Lemme tell ya, there were some touch and go moments for me to get my unbelieving significant other to this point ("Bad Eggs" and "What's My Line, Pt. 1" are two relatively recent examples) but we finally made it over the hump. 

Could Cersei Be ‘Game of Thrones’ Real End Boss?

If you've ever read The Lord of the Rings, then you know that villains can take many shapes and forms

10 Years Later: ‘The Assassination of Jesse James’ Is A Rather Lovely Thing

It's something truly special when a new western can find itself entering the classic canon of the genre, and 10 years ago, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford joined those esteemed ranks. 

Buffyversed #26: “Surprise” Marks a Serious Game Changer

After a couple of weeks that have been mostly used to stall us from the conclusion of "What's My Line, Pt. 2", a conclusion that saw Dru and Spike rising from the wreckage of a burned out church, "Surprise" is the game-changer we've all been waiting for.