Reminder: Assassin's Creed IV Is Great

I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed lately. First Unity then Rogue, I’ve since moved onto (or returned to) Assassin’s Creed IV, and playing all three in quick succession has reminded me of one thing: Black Flag is a very good video game, better than most people gave it credit for when it was first released. » 4/20/15 8:30pm Monday 8:30pm

The Many Literary Ventures of Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

Code name: S.T.E.A.M. is an interesting game. The art style is something reminiscent of the Silver Age of Comic Books mixed with Victorian undertones. Gameplay wise it takes mechanics from two popular, yet very distinct genres. Regardless of how the game looks or plays, one aspect that really baffled me when the game… » 3/24/15 2:51pm 3/24/15 2:51pm

Is This Anime Season Really That Bad?

If you've hung around Ani-TAY recently (or many other anime communities), you've probably heard it: "This season is pretty dry", "Winter season this year isn't very good", or something else along those lines. Compared to other anime seasons, Winter 2015 DOES look pretty rough. The volume of both good shows and shows… » 3/09/15 7:30am 3/09/15 7:30am

Actually, Bulletstorm Is An Excellent Shooter

Bulletstorm was one of the best games of the last generation, tragically ignored because of an awful marketing campaign, an even worse PC port, and the fact that EA wanted audiences to spend $60 for a seven-hour campaign, which is a steep price by any metric. It's too bad because once players got past all that, they… » 3/02/15 12:31pm 3/02/15 12:31pm

The Most Unappreciated Platformers of the '90s

Super Mario World, Sonic The Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie — the number of platforming series and characters that rose to stardom in the '90s was notably the highest in gaming history. Truly a golden age. But for every new Mario game there was always a few lesser-known titles waiting in the wings. Those… » 2/25/15 11:00am 2/25/15 11:00am

Video Games Are Too Perfect, Which Is Why I'm Playing More Board Games

Outside of work hours (or work assignments), I'm finding myself playing as many board games as I am video games these days. I'd long assumed the reasons for this was the obvious: that sitting around a table, beer in hand, was an infinitely more social experience than sitting on my couch shouting at strangers (if I was… » 2/22/15 7:00pm 2/22/15 7:00pm