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Star Vs. The Forces of Evil

Star Vs. The Forces of Evil

With its fast pacing and bright visuals, Star Vs. the Forces of Evil promises a show that is a lot of fun to watch and look at. While it may not be as deep and mysterious ad Gravity Falls, and it may have to compete with Phineas and Ferb for laughs, but Star is a fine addition to the growing trend of well-made Disney animated shows. Read On

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Game Review: Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo

Game Review: Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo

As a veteran of multiple mech games spanning multiple genres from turn based strategy RPG Front Mission 3 to action mech simulation Armored core to fast arcade style game Zone of the Enders. There really isn’t a mech game I wouldn’t play at least once. I’ve even played a lot of the really terrible PS2 era gundam games. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Vita would be dropping a lesser known gem from Japan that seems to combine some of my favorite mech games. That game is Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo. Never mind the obnoxiously long... Read On

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Game Review: Axiom Verge

Game Review: Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge is awesome. Let’s just get that out of the way. It is old school platforming distilled to it’s purest form. When I started playing Axiom Verge earlier this month at was apprehensive at first. I went from playing The Order: 1886 in all its graphical prowess to playing a 16-bit side-scroller. However a few minutes in a part of my brain long dormant since the early 90’s re-awoke. Games like Super Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, and Castlevania pushed gamers such as myself to the breaking point with their extreme difficulty. I remember only getting to the final boss of... Read On

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Game Review: Out There: Omega Edition

Game Review: Out There: Omega Edition

Out There feels like leaving everything else behind. Adrift doesn't quite express the feeling and neither does wandering, it's too hurried and too almost purposeful. Fuel, oxygen and the strength of your hull are a spinning-plate act you're always trying to keep up with. But you don't feel fretful, death comes too easily and your life is lived too out of your control to feel that pressure, again you feel purposefully and hurriedly adrift. Read On

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Game Review: Sneaky Sneaky

Game Review: Sneaky Sneaky

Sneaky Sneaky is a fun stealth-puzzle game for short periods of time, but it's lack of replay value make this a game you should only purchase if you're in the mood for something else other than the myriad of other indie games out there. Read On

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Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom

One seemingly normal night, the Earth was shocked by a giant explosion up in the sky. When they looked up, they discovered that ¾ of the moon had been destroyed. The culprit, a yellow octopus-like alien capable of traveling at Mach 20 speeds! Now after all attempts at killing the alien failed he gave the world governments an offer; he will pose as a teacher in Japan. Of course there was a twist. Not only are the students the drops outs and delinquents of the other schools, but they only have until... Read On

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Game Review: Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball

Game Review: Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball

A long time ago in Boston, I attended a virtual reality meetup– one of the games that caught my eye was Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball. It was a rather unusual FPS- one shot would take you out, you could see everybody’s locations (their names were visible through walls) and it was in levels looked like they belonged in some sort of skating game- albeit one with a disco twist. What I discovered in Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball was an incredibly fast-paced FPS with a friendly community and fantastically creative gameplay modes- at current, it’s one of my favorite multiplayer games. When I’m not playing Dota... Read On

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Game Review: Sunless Sea

Game Review: Sunless Sea

There’s a mysterious and multithreaded story to explore across Sunless Sea’s netherworldly zee. For all intents a trading game, it fills its intimately conceived Victorian depths with horrible delights and delightful horrors. The cargo you haul here is as much political intrigue and tales of terror as it is crates and barrels. Even mystery isn’t so much an abstraction here as it is a tangible object, a literal thing to be blindly traded for understanding or danger. In my earliest voyages the most effecting unknown was the map. Constantly dwindling fuel and supplies were an ever present weight against... Read On

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Funimation’s Free Anime Part One: Twin-tails and Futures

Funimation’s Free Anime Part One: Twin-tails and Futures

There are a lot of places to get anime online. There are trusted streaming sites like Crunchyroll, Animefreak, and even Netflix. There was a time when Youtube could be a reliable source before Google came around. However, Funimation has done a strange thing by letting some of their lesser known (or maybe less marketable shows) be released on their Youtube channel for free. As of writing this article there are six shows available for free streaming on Funimation’s Youtube. So in a three part series I will be looking at two a week seeing... Read On

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Game Review: Life is Strange Episode 1

Game Review: Life is Strange Episode 1

During the tail end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 I found myself neck deep in adventure games. After a couple of Telltale Games under my belt, DONTNOD steps up to the plate and drops Life is Strange onto my lap.  Life is Strange casts you as Maxine Caulfield a mild mannered high school returning to her hometown to attend a prestigious private high school.  After having a vision in her photography class she awakens to the ability to rewind time ala Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. The conceit of the game sort of flies in the... Read On

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Game Review: Verde Station

Game Review: Verde Station

Verde Station is, in three words, short, strange, satisfying. Hopefully, this review will be at least two of those things, as there’s not much to say about the game that won’t spoil it. All I feel comfortable saying about the premise of the game is  that you’re on Verde Station, a space station that’s researching life in space- or something along those lines. You’re a caretaker of sorts; it’s your job to walk around the ship, water the plants, and make sure that everything’s running as it ought. That’s all I can say about the story. I managed to beat the game... Read On

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Game Review: Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice

Game Review: Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice

Fresh on the heels of Tales from the Borderlands comes Telltale Games first foray into a television property. Game of Thrones episode 1: Iron from Ice is an original story told between the events of Season 3 and Season 4 of the show. With that being said If you haven’t watched the show PLEASE DON’T PLAY THIS. It literally spoils most of the major plot points of the first few seasons. Now much like Borderlands the previous week, this game as a huge pedigree to live up to, and for the most part it delivers. This episode much like... Read On

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Game Review: This War of Mine

Game Review: This War of Mine

Typically when going into a review of a video game it’s customary to describe the visual fidelity of the graphics or how fun the game is. Perhaps you would bring up how deep the combat system is or how engrossing the story is. Maybe one would mention the incredible pedigree of the developer. This War of Mine has none of these things and yet it is an experience that must be played. It is one of the deepest yet emotionally draining games I’ve played since The Last of Us. When I initially signed on to review This War of... Read On

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Game Review: Tales From The Borderlands

Game Review: Tales From The Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands marks Telltale Games’ first effort at adapting an existing gaming IP for their popular brand of adventure games. While at first I found myself being meh to the idea of a Telltale’s Borderlands game, once the familiar intro credits hit I knew this game would be right up my alley. I’ll be the first one to tell you that I own both Borderlands 1 and 2 and maybe put in a grand total of 5 hours combined. While the world and artistry of the Borderlands series has on multiple occasions sucked me in, the transient... Read On

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Game Review: Endless Legend

Game Review: Endless Legend

2009 me is very happy. 2009 me never thought we’d see such a glut of modern 4X titles all expanding on, exploring, exploiting, and exterminating each other in an effort to stake their own claims on our all-night gaming sessions. Endless Legend stands apart from the others, it understands its goals very well, it understands what its competition is lacking and the direction Amplitude Studios have taken it in feels surprisingly unique as a result. After an initial setup menu, with the standard geography, size and faction choices, we’re given a screen that very succinctly shows what drives the... Read On

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Game Review: Insurgency

Game Review: Insurgency

Over the past year and a half or so, I have been struggling to find a decent first person shooter to play. Back in the day, I played Halo 3, and Bad Company 3 religiously with Battlefield 3 in the more recent years. No other first person shooter has really given me the same feeling of fun or consistency that those games did. For some reason, newer first person shooters such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Battlefield 4 are really lacking with consistent mechanics and gameplay to the point that they just weren’t fun anymore, and that’s a... Read On

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Game Review: Elegy for a Dead World

Game Review: Elegy for a Dead World

I’ve been a writer for a long time now. Beyond my work as a game journalist, I’ve written books, poetry, short stories– I even wrote the short story Orion Hunted for the game Steam Marines. Writing is something I love doing, but it’s not something I’ve done while playing a video game- yet in Elegy for a Dead World, a gorgeous but otherwise simple platformer, writing is the core mechanic. Elegy for a Dead World is the latest game from Dejobaan, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Drunken Robot Pornography (which only has anything to do with one third of its name) and Monster Loves You. To begin... Read On

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Game Review: Scrolls

Game Review: Scrolls

Before Scrolls, I thought that digital card games weren’t for me. At all. There are a few genres of game that I’ve not gotten into- mostly because I never imagined them as being exciting. I’m a video game journalist- I should be trying new things- and thus, I decided to try my hand at Mojang’s Scrolls which, to my great surprise, is a lot more fun than I could’ve imagined- in the space of a week, I played over one hundred games of Scrolls, and while I’m not very good at it, I’ve loved every turn. So, what is Scrolls? Put simply, it’s a turn-based strategy game... Read On

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Game Review: Three Fourths Home

Game Review: Three Fourths Home

Kelly left early in the morning – when her parents were still asleep – a while ago, driving past the empty fields of her childhood, now grey and lifeless, truly drained of color, as if rain had washed it all away, the good and the bad, indiscriminately. She needed to clear her head – She needed some time alone to do some soul-searching by the old house of her grandparents, who had also been washed away by the incessant rain of time. But it wasn’t raining just yet. For her, wandering among her earliest memories, filling the empty space... Read On

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Game Review: A Postcard from Afthonia

Game Review: A Postcard from Afthonia

Would you like to save the world from the evil Lord Urizen? – No, you see, if I put it like that, it sounds like the premise of some kind of fantasy action RPG. Ok, what about this: would you like to help a couple have a baby? – Now, that could be some sort of tower defense in which you defend Mary from waves of little devils while she gives birth to Jesus. Third time’s the charm: a couple is expecting a baby. They are excited, but they are also scared about putting a new life into this... Read On

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Game Review: Super Smash Bros for Wii U

Game Review: Super Smash Bros for Wii U

Nintendo releases another fantastic iteration of the fan favorite franchise that Wii U owners should not miss and may very well be a reason to purchase a Wii U. Read On

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Game Review: Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

Game Review: Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

Kisima Ingitchuna. Those are the Iñupiat words meaning “I am not alone”- and they are the subtitle (and quite suitably the main theme) of the game Never Alone, which is based on the mythology of the natives of Alaska. Published by E-Line Media in partnership with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Never Alone is a platformer in which you play as Nuna, a young Iñupiat girl, and her pet Fox. Since the game features co-op, you can plug in an extra controller and enjoy the game with a friend, or perhaps a younger sibling. The story of the game is pretty interesting- Nuna’s village is attacked... Read On

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TV Review: Gotham (Season 1, Episodes 1-10)

TV Review: Gotham (Season 1, Episodes 1-10)

At the time of my writing this, there has been a bit of an explosion of comic book-to-television show adaptations- there’s Arrow and The Flash on The CW, Constantine on NBC, Agents of Shield on ABC (an Agent Carter miniseries is coming in 2015)- then there are the upcoming comic adaptations, such as the Daredevil series that’s coming to Netflix (and, apparently, it doesn’t have Ben Affleck). Among the current crop, there has been one show that has a rather different tone than the others- Gotham. Unlike Agents of Shield and Arrow, Gotham leans more heavily towards police procedural with a bit of action, a little forensics, and the good old... Read On

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Game Review: A Golden Wake

Game Review: A Golden Wake

A Golden Wake isn’t your average point-&-click adventure game. Set in 1920s Miami, A Golden Wake puts you in the shoes of Alfie Banks, a real estate agent who, after losing his job in New York City, decided to head for Florida in the middle of a real estate boom. That’s a very boring way to describe A Golden Wake, which has a story that’s surprisingly exciting, compelling and, quite importantly, well-written. Delving further into the story, A Golden Wake has plenty of strong characters. The main character, Alfie Banks, is wonderful in that he is flawed- he’s ambitious, occasionally impatient, sometimes a bit too prideful- but... Read On

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Anime Movie Review: Patema Inverted

Anime Movie Review: Patema Inverted

Patema is a princess of an underground civilization that lives below society. These people are just like anyone else except for one crucial thing; gravity is reversed for these people. That’s right; the people who live underground do so out of necessity because if they go to the surface they will fall right into the sky Read On

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