DEMON ARMS | The Darkness II is, not surprisingly, much darker than the Darkness. (2K Games)

Is Let Them Eat Cake the Most Authentic Royalty Simulator of All Time?

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Exploring the Most Beautiful Video Game Worlds

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It's Frightening How Persistent a Child Predator Can Be

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Hide from Big Brother's Roaming Eye with Pixelhead

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Even If Yoshi Is Gay, Where are the Other Gay Video Game Heroes?

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I went and played The Darkness II today, at least part of it. In the level I was fighting my way through some New York subways. After the meeting I had to fight my way through some real New York subways to get to the office. Surreal. –Brian Crecente

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