Dying in Game: What’s the Weirdest Way to Go?

It was Nietzsche that wrote, "What does not kill me makes me stronger". In reality, that's regularly true. When it comes to videogames, it really depends on how you are about to be killed. In some cases, dying is part of the learning process. In other games, your demise will only result in a minor punishment, or have… » 2/26/15 8:00am 2/26/15 8:00am

The 14 Songs of Valentine... in Video Games

On February 14, Anne Howard Shaw's Day is celebrated after the leader of the women's suffrage movement in the United States. Coincidentally, it is also the same day where the feast of St. Valentine is celebrated in numerous countries around the world to pay respects to the martyrdom of many Christian figures that… » 2/14/15 1:00pm 2/14/15 1:00pm

14 Strangest Romances in Gaming

Love in both gaming and real life can be as strange and erratic as Tetris pieces. Sometimes the tetriminoes fit, but just as often jar against each other, jammed into disjointed layers that we hope will eventually layer into completion. There have been lots of strange romances in gaming, as perennial as Mario's… » 2/13/15 7:20am 2/13/15 7:20am

You Really Shouldn't Overhype Cities: Skylines

All yesterday and today I've seen disappointment with Cities XXL (which is somewhat justified) and nothing but gushing and anticipation for Cities: Skylines, to the point that I've decided that, as a Colossal Order and Cities in Motion fan, I need to put my word in for everyone's sake. » 2/11/15 4:30am 2/11/15 4:30am

The Magic of Stream Interaction and Gaming

I don't believe myself to be a popular person. In middle school and high school I had my group of friends, and that was a-okay with me. I was approachable towards others and always polite, but I didn't go necessarily out of my way to try to "fit in" or make "faux-friends". If I was just acquaintances with someone,… » 2/10/15 7:30am 2/10/15 7:30am

Battlefield: Hardline Has the Best In-Game Radio Ever

As long time Battlefield players, my usual group jumped at the Hardline open beta going on now as soon as we could. One of my friends and I had the same experience when first starting the game: Start the new Hotwire mode, get in the car, be greeted by an epic soundtrack to accompany the four passengers going out to… » 2/09/15 8:00am 2/09/15 8:00am

There are 117 Games, Physical Items on Club Nintendo Right Now

The Not Dead Yet (but soon to be) Club Nintendo* quietly updated their Rewards Catalog this Groundhog Day. And like that jerk Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil that told us Spring 2015 is just a myth, so too is it hard for me to believe that the wealth of games and physical goods currently being offered is real. » 2/03/15 4:30am 2/03/15 4:30am

A Timeless Conclusion With the Man Behind A Hat in Time's Amazing Score

A Hat in Time made a lot of promises during its Kickstarter campaign, from extra sets of levels to co-op, but amongst the list of goals there was a name that caught my attention. If the game reached a certain goal during its pledge, Grant Kirkhope of Banjo-Kazooie fame, would compose a track for the game. » 2/02/15 4:00am 2/02/15 4:00am

Selective Memory: A Look At Nostalgia

Well friends, tomorrow is my 26th birthday. I'm getting old! I've been doing this gaming thing for a while now, and like many of you I have a ton of great memories from that time. Often it's easy to let those good memories cloud out the less than great memories, which can have a bit of a negative effect. We don't… » 1/28/15 7:30am 1/28/15 7:30am

A Timeless Chat with the Man Behind A Hat in Time's Amazing Score

Last November while browsing my life away, I decided to check on a game that was released in the late 90s. You see it's a tradition of mine to replay Banjo-Kazooie every couple of years, a game that for most is memorable not only for its unique twist on the platforming genre, but also for its music. Many years have… » 1/26/15 4:00am 1/26/15 4:00am

Atlas of Rock: Japan

For the last eight months or so I have been exploring the rock and metal music from various countries around the world here on Atlas of Rock, the ongoing series for my Metal Monday Column, and have discovered many bands and artists along the way. Today we arrive at one of TAY's favorite countries at long last! » 1/20/15 6:30am 1/20/15 6:30am

Over And Over Again: A Discussion On Replayability

Replayability is a quality that many of us look for in games that we are considering spending our money on. For a lot of people it's hard to justify spending money on a game if they're only going to play it once. Thinking about it though, just what constitutes good replayability in a game? I'm sure many of us have… » 1/14/15 6:00am 1/14/15 6:00am

Forcing The Fun: Trying To Click With A Game

No matter how hard you try there will always be things in life that just don't click with you. This happens to me with gaming quite often. As someone who enjoys trying pretty much any game I can get my hands on I do my best to get into the groove of anything that I get the chance to try, but sometimes it just doesn't… » 12/31/14 4:01am 12/31/14 4:01am

Objection!: Disagreeing Over Games

I enjoy playing games. As obvious as that statement may seem, it feels to me like many people who are into gaming these days are just as (if not more) interested in expending their energy disliking games and spreading their dislike rather than just enjoying those they like. This is nothing new by any means, but it… » 12/23/14 6:10am 12/23/14 6:10am