Cooking with TAY: Housewarming Chocolate Babka

This past month I moved into an apartment closer to my new job. It’s the first time that I’ve ever lived totally alone without a even a cat to keep me company, and to be totally honest it feels more than a bit strange. So what better way to make a mostly-empty apartment feel like home than to fill it with the smell of… »10/01/15 6:13pm

The important differences between first-person and third-person games

Picture this: you are a game developer, and you are currently working on a shooter. Obviously you are going to design weapons that pack a punch, program the AI so that it can adapt to sundry in-game situations , and design environments that can accommodate multiple combat tactics and strategies that can range from… »8/26/15 7:25pm

Increase Your Foreign Language Fluency with Let's Plays

Learning a new language can be hard. Correction: learning a new language is always hard. There are hundreds of things to learn, from vocabulary to grammar and beyond. While there are multitudes of ways to increase your proficiency, immersion is always beneficial. Unfortunately, native speakers to converse with are not… »8/25/15 4:00pm

Why anime first-person shooters can be a match made in (gaming) heaven

Before we begin, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I LOVE anime and first-person shooters. In fact, I’ve been watching and playing them respectively since my pre-teens, and I’ve always been captivated by the former’s depth (when done right) and the latter’s high-octane action (again, when done right).
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How Dragon Age 2 Taught Me To Face My Dragon: Depression

Last June, Io9 featured an “In Defense Of” article on Dragon Age 2 which highlighted the strengths the game had, despite less-than-shiny reviews originally received from critics and players alike. James Whitebrook’s article reminded me of the deep fondness I had for DA2 and inspired me to share my story on how being… »7/10/15 7:10pm