We had stories that would make PC gamers happy today, and stories that made PC gamers mad. Plus a double-dose for fans of boxing and a single shot for aficionados of medieval torture devices. All that and a heavenly body.

That's a good mix.

If This Is How PC Gaming Will Live, Maybe It Should Die
There was a time when Brian Reynolds was best known for his work on epic computer strategy games like Civilization II, Rise of Nations and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. But nowadays he's the poster child for the casualfication of gaming.



The Excellent Beginning of Portal 2
There are games you can play in a very loud nightclub, with public relations people hovering, reporters sharing the couch, notebook in your lap, distractions everywhere and yet you can tell: This game is very good.



Your Sims Medieval Torture Update
What's more exciting about a Sims game set in medieval times than the olde-fashioned opportunities that miserable era affords players for putting virtual human beings in uncomfortable positions?

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No More Gimped Lyrics When You're All-In with an M
It's an appropriate opening for a song placed in a game that begins in prison. "You know you fucked up, right?" begins "The Loser Wins," by Atmosphere. In another sports game, this would have to be blanked out, or just not used.



The Boxing Game That Starts In Prison Should Be The Better Boxing Game
The Boxing Game That Starts In Prison Should Be The Better Boxing GameIn the second scene of Fight Night Champion, the most unusual boxing game EA has ever made, you're getting beat up in a prison bathroom. You're a guy named Andre Bishop, and you've just beaten a neo-Nazi-looking guy fair and square in a bareknuckle fight in the middle of a ring. Prisoners in orange jumpsuits were cheering you on.



The Massive Chaos-Causing Solar Flares Are Just Getting Started
This week the sun shot off a massive class X solar flare. Its effects on radio broadcasts, electronics, and power are still being felt today, and this is only the beginning.



Felicia Day Teaches Us Proper Dragon Age Dagger Techniques
Felicia Day Teaches Us Proper Dragon Age Dagger Techniques Felicia Day Teaches Us Proper Dragon Age Dagger Techniques Felicia Day, star of the Internet series The Guild, will also be the star of Dragon Age: Redemption a web spin-off to the dark fantasy Dragon Age series that will debut this summer.