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Movie Review: The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

Movie Review: The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

I remember it like it was yesterday.  It was my first time attending the Milwaukee Film Festival, a two week long event featuring independent, international and local films.  I was looking through the brochure when I happened upon one film that caught my eye.  It was an anime film by the name of The Wolf Children.  The little blurb seemed to advertise the film well enough because on the Saturday morning of its release I found myself in the theater.  I remember leaving the theater feeling so moved and inspired that this film would eventually become one of my... Read On

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Game Review: The Collider

Game Review: The Collider

The Collider is a very simple fast-paced game in the same vein as such arcade games as Super Hexagon- as a result, this review will be incredibly short, not on account of laziness but simple because there’s not much to be said. Gameplay, to start with, is very simple and consists of guiding a “spaceship” (really just a white dot) through a long tunnel- there are a series of blockades within the tunnel, and each has a hole (or two)- you must get through the holes and not touch the blockades, or you’ll crash. Some of the holes have coins in them- if... Read On

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Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Part 1

Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Part 1

“Ghost in the Shell; Arise” is a four part OVA prequel of Stand Alone Complex.  This review will cover part 1, which covers episodes 1 and 2.  Before that however, a brief history lesson for those unfamiliar with GITS. Twelve years ago we were treated to the cyberpunk phenomenon known as “Ghost in the Sell; Stand Alone Complex”, an anime adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s 1989 manga. The show centered around Section 9, an elite group of agents specialized in cyber anti-terrorism.  The show ran for two seasons with a couple OVA movies encompassing the two seasons.  The action was... Read On

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Game Review: McDroid

Game Review: McDroid

There’s something wonderfully chaotic about McDroid, a tower defense game about an unusually talkative space ship, a dog robot, and the sentient Planet M. This game, which has seen numerous delays and reworks, was finally released on September 5, 2014- and I’m happy to say that it was well worth the wait; the gameplay’s satisfying, the visuals are fantastic and the story, of which there were a few incredibly different revisions, is pretty enjoyable. The game is available on Steam for Mac, PC and Linux and features co-op, controller support and challenge modes. So, where to start talking about McDroid? Let’s begin with the gameplay. McDroid, as mentioned before, is... Read On

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Game Preview: SpeedRunners

Game Preview: SpeedRunners

I don’t even know where to start this one. First of all I’d like to thank the developers of SpeedRunners for giving me hours of laughter resulting in waking up my parents and most of my neighbors. DoubleDutch Games really did an amazing job at making a game that’s actually fun to play, instead of frustrating (oh don’t worry though, frustration is present as well). But enough chit-chat, let’s get to the point. SpeedRunners is an amazing piece of art in the category of entertainment we call the video game industry. But I should start with the basics, right? SpeedRunners... Read On

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Game Review: Lovely Planet

Game Review: Lovely Planet

Lovely Planet is an FPS about shooting giant flying apples and squares with a bow in a candy-colored world that doesn’t bother to make sense- and that’s alright. Tempting as it is to simply leave this review as it is above, there is more to be said about Lovely Planet- it’s unabashedly bizarre and is worth, at the very least, checking out.   To begin with, gameplay in Lovely Planet is as I explained it before- Lovely Planet plays like most other first person shooters, with a few interesting exceptions. Instead of picking up ammo, you have an unlimited supply of purple cubes that soar through the air,... Read On

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Game Review: Another Perspective

Game Review: Another Perspective

Another Perspective is yet another short puzzle platformer that seems to involve the manipulation of dimensions. For some reason in this Summer of 2014 they seem to be coming in fast and furious- there are too many to play and too few days in the summer. Nonetheless, I decided to try my hand at Another Perspective- I’m happy to report that I have no regrets over having spent a couple of hours to beat the game. As you might have guessed, gameplay in Another Perspective revolves around self-control- specifically, controlling other versions of oneself. You play as a nameless protagonist (one rather resembling David Tennant)... Read On

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Game Review: Spoiler Alert

Game Review: Spoiler Alert

Is this Summer of the Time Travel Platformer? Earlier this season I reviewed, Chronology, a puzzle platformer about an inventor and his snail companion. Today, I’ve got yet another time travel related platformer- Spoiler Alert. What makes Spoiler Alert unique, you ask? In short, Spoiler Alert is a platformer you play backwards- you start the game at an incredibly anticlimactic final boss battle, save the princess, and the credits start to roll- then, they start rolling the other way, and you’re running backwards. You jump on the head of the defeated boss, bringing it back to life, and thus begins your journey to the... Read On

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Freebies Series – Spartacus: Legends

Freebies Series – Spartacus: Legends

Welcome ladies and gentleman to the aptly named Freebies Series: a number of game reviews dedicated to free games available now. With the release of the new Playstation and Xbox, as well as the fact that people love free stuff, we have decided to unveil this new series dedicated to gamers who want casual gaming at no price. We will be kicking off the series with Spartacus: Legends, a fighting game based on the Starz series Spartacus (surprise surprise). And so here we are: greetings and welcome to the arena. Spartacus: Legends starts with the classic fighting game tutorial,... Read On

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Game Review: Transistor

Game Review: Transistor

From the makers of Bastion, the game with the really awesome narrator comes Transistor with yet another awesome narrator and a great gameplay hook. Supergiant took the formula that made Bastion enhanced and refined it and made something truly exceptional all the while pivoting genres. From the excellent soundtrack to the great artwork and level design, this game delivers in every category Transistor had its hooks in me from its opening moments. The one thing that Transistor accomplishes that Bastion never did for me was to endear its protagonist to me. This was done with the use of its... Read On

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Game Review: Ether One

Game Review: Ether One

When I first caught wind of Ether One, I couldn’t help but imagine it as a combination of the concept and gameplay of To the Moon and Myst with the visuals of Bioshock Infinite. As I played the game, I came to realize that Ether One is a thing far greater than the sum of these parts. In Ether One, you play as a Restorer; thanks to a fantastic advance in technology, you can enter the mind of a patient whose memories are falling apart. Thus, Inception-style, you walk around in the dream world of a dementia sufferer with the goal of helping her keep her memories together. I... Read On

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Game Review: Chronology

Game Review: Chronology

In general, I’ve had pretty good experiences with time travel- not so much in my own life, as I’m stuck going at a fixed rate in a single direction. I’m talking about time travel in video games, which I’ve generally had fun with- Braid, Chrono Trigger, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego- time travel and video games is generally a winning combination. Thus, I was pretty excited when I heard about Chronology- a puzzle platformer in which an old fez-wearing inventor, aided by a talkative snail, jumps between a beautiful past and a broken future in order to save the world. The gameplay, in general, is pretty... Read On

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Freebies Series – Spartacus: Legends

Welcome ladies and gentleman to the aptly named Freebies Series: a number of game reviews dedicated to free games available now. With the release of the new Playstation and Xbox, as well as the fact that people love free stuff, we have decided to unveil this new series dedicated to gamers who want casual gaming at no price. We will be kicking off the series with Spartacus: Legends, a fighting game based on the Starz series Spartacus (surprise surprise). And so here we are: greetings and welcome to the arena. Spartacus: Legends starts with the classic fighting game tutorial,... Read On

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Game Review: Qualia 3: Multi Agent

Game Review: Qualia 3: Multi Agent

Serendipitous. That’s how I’d describe my experience with Qualia 3: Multi Agent. After receiving an e-mail about the game, I decided to try it out- in spite of never having heard of it, I realized that there couldn’t be any harm in trying it out. At worse, it’d be a boring, derivative shmup. At best, I’d find a few hours of excitement. In case you haven’t noticed, Qualia 3 is a shmup in which you play as a strange creature in the depths of a cyberpunk ocean- the titular “Multi Agent”. Your tripartite body has three main abilities- at your head is your main weapon, at... Read On

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Game Review: LUFTRAUSERS

Game Review: LUFTRAUSERS

I find it hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a year since I got to chat with Rami Ismail about his new game, LUFTRAUSERS. It was a real pleasure talking with him at PAX East 2013- since then, he has made some fantastic progress on his game. I’m honestly not a big fan of shmups- they generally don’t excite me. LUFTRAUSERS, however, is the exception to the rule, and with good reason. In LUFTRAUSERS, you dogfight in a little airplane over a WWI/WWII styled theater of war above water. You launch from a submarine into a hostile sky... Read On

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Game Review: Ring Runner

Game Review: Ring Runner

Talking about space-shooters is difficult for me, since I am not a big fan of them. I’ve had my share of these kinds of games, yet they didn’t grab my attention. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t hate these games, I am simply uninterested in the genre. But as every genre, this one also has its own gems. Ring Runner is something like that. But let’s start at the beginning. Since I don’t like to spend too much time writing about the story, I’ll try to keep it short. You wake up on a ship with a strong headache, you... Read On

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Movie Review: The Wind Rises

Movie Review: The Wind Rises

“The wind is rising! We must try to live!” So said the French poet Valéry; his words open Studio Ghibli’s latest Oscar-nominated achievement, The Wind Rises. The Wind Rises is based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a Japanese engineer who simply wanted to create airplanes. The film begins during Jiro’s childhood; he dreams of sailing the skies, but his nearsightedness prevents his dream from ever becoming a reality. Still, Jiro longs to touch the sky in some way or another. One of his teachers nourishes his interest in aviation by supplying him with English-language aeronautical magazines- though he’s... Read On

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Game Preview: Ten Second Ninja

Game Preview: Ten Second Ninja

I’ve honestly never been a big fan of time-trial styled games. Running against oneself never struck me as particularly exciting. My excitement over Ten Second Ninja came as a surprise to myself- something about the game appealed to me, and I couldn’t quite put a finger on what it was. Having played a preview build of the game, I can now say what it was that initially drew me to Ten Second Ninja: the game is as fun as it looks. The goal of Ten Second Ninja, as the name suggests, is to clear each level in ten seconds... Read On

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Game Review: Bionic Dues

Game Review: Bionic Dues

Walking into Bionic Dues, I couldn’t help but feel slightly overwhelmed. For once, staring at my gigantic monitor felt like staring at areal control panel. For a game like Bionic Dues, this is tremendously deceptive, given how simple gameplay actually is. Bionic Dues is a roguelike rather like Lufia or Dungeons of Dredmor; gameplay consists of moving through grids. Each time you move from one tile to another, that’s counted as a move. There are other units on the grid- your enemies. Whenever you take a turn, they take a turn. Typically, they’ll move towards you in an attempt to destroy your robot-... Read On

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Game Review: Dark Matter

Game Review: Dark Matter

Dark Matter is a metroidvania platformer that, for the most part, flew under the radar- it wasn’t until there was a controversy over the game’s ending that people took notice of it. I’m not going to go into detail on that issue- I’d much rather talk about the game and how I felt about it. The game’s a sci-fi platformer that puts you on a spaceship nearly devoid of life; your only companion is a freakishly intelligent AI who guides you through corridors and laboratories. The ship you’re on was, at some point, attacked by a mysterious race of... Read On

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Game Review: Guncraft

Game Review: Guncraft

       Ever since the initial release of Minecraft, and it’s increase in popularity throughout the years, many video game titles have tried to receive this popularity themselves, typically with very little success. Guncraft, in many ways, is the product of this scenario. The game from the outside looks as if it’s a rehash Minecraft, except with Guns, of course. However, looking deeper into it, there’s a glimmer of difference that really shows that Guncraft knows what it’s trying to accomplish and is more than a hollow mimicry, even though it does have several features that are indistinguishable... Read On

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Game Review: How to Survive

Game Review: How to Survive

Nowadays we can’t have a month without a new zombie-themed game, and it’s getting boring. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way. Same stuff over and over again, with a few exceptions. I can’t say that every new zombie-themed game is boring, because that’s not true. There ARE really good and fresh games in this category. There are games that can still show something new. Games like How to Survive. To be honest, I wasn’t really enthusiastic when I heard about the game. The whole stuff sounded like a big cliché. I wake... Read On

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Game Review: Game Dev Tycoon

Game Review: Game Dev Tycoon

The first time I heard about Game Dev Tycoon, it was because of something hilarious that the developers did to people who pirated their game. When I saw their game, I thought it looked interesting but reminded me a little too much of Game Dev Story- having played it, I can say that while the gameplay is tremendously similar, it makes some big improvements on GDT, though there are some elements I thought could’ve been better handled. To begin with, Game Dev Tycoon is a gamer’s game- if you follow the industry, you’ll probably get a real kick out of the feuding... Read On

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Game Review: Final Exam

Game Review: Final Exam

While Final Exam may come off as a cheesy, horror beat'em up, it's simple gameplay and co-op mode make it a fun game. Read On

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Game Preview: Fish vs. Crabs

Game Preview: Fish vs. Crabs

I’m a big fan of aquatic life- I keep an aquarium, and when I was younger, I wanted to become a marine biologist. There’s something wonderful and surreal about creatures that live in the water- it’s comparable to outer space (in a few ways). It goes without saying that I was rather excited by Fish vs. Crabs- it’s a rather simple tower defense game in which fish and octopods defend a nest full of eggs from an invading army of crabs, shrimp, and unfriendly crustaceans. If you’re not familiar with tower defense gameplay, it goes a bit like this: enemies will... Read On

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