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Thu
Jun 19 2014 3:00pm

Gaming Roundup: When Will We Truly Experience Next-Gen Gaming?

Metal Gear Solid

Next-gen consoles have now been in the marketplace for 6 months (or just over a year if you include the Wii U, which doesn’t quite stack up hardware-wise with the PS4 or Xbox One). Over that period of time, Sony sold over 7 million PlayStation 4 units. Estimates place Microsoft’s Xbox One in the 5 million units sold range. Even the Wii U showed a resurgence in sales numbers with the launch of Mario Kart 8, and more growth is sure to come as Zelda, Super Smash Bros, and other powerhouse Nintendo titles hit the console. It’s safe to say that next-gen consoles are starting to establish and replace last-gen consoles in living rooms around the world, but when it comes down to it, we as gamers have barely seen the tip of the iceberg as it pertains to true next-gen gaming.

[Where does the future of gaming lie?]

Mon
Jun 16 2014 10:00am

Game of Thrones Episode Review “The Children”

Game of Thrones The Children Arya

It seems fitting that last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was called “The Children.” All of the offspring was running amok—Starks, Lannisters, dragons. While last week’s episode suffered a bit from focusing only on the mostly dull characters at the Wall, the season four finale was literally all over the map. It was a lot to absorb, but it had its high points and left us with some lingering questions to ponder in the long, long hiatus ahead.

[“Happy Father’s Day, Tywin! Your legacy is a lie!”]

Thu
Jun 12 2014 4:00pm

Gaming Roundup: The Best of E3 2014

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3, rolled through Los Angeles this past week, bringing with it a treasure trove of trailers and previews showing off the best of gaming to come. For those not in the know, E3 is widely considered to be the industry’s premier showcase for games in development, and with this being the first show since the release of next-gen consoles, there was plenty of pretty on display.

We know that keeping up with all the news filtering out of E3 can be a daunting task, so we did the legwork for you and zeroed in on what we consider to be the show’s most exciting titles. Consider this your one-stop shop for the most impressive games coming out of this year’s convention.

[Grab a snack and buckle in. Trailers ahoy!]

Mon
Jun 9 2014 9:30am

Game of Thrones “The Watchers on the Wall”

Game of Thrones The Watchers on the Wall

I’ll be on a plane while this episode airs, so the full episode review will be delayed. In the meantime, I've got some preliminary thoughts below, and you can share your reactions to “The Watchers on the Wall” here.

Episode and book spoilers after the jump. Be careful.

[“Love is the death of duty...”]

Thu
Jun 5 2014 12:00pm

Gaming Roundup: Round 10... Fight! A First Look at Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X

NetherRealm Studios breathed new life into the Mortal Kombat franchise in 2011 with the launch of Mortal Kombat 9—a game that not only returned to the IP’s gloriously gory roots but also added a robust fighting system that enabled the game to sustain a community of serious gamers over the long haul, after the initial blood-soaked novelty of tearing out a character’s spine and beating them with it had worn off. Now NetherRealm’s looking to build on its success in Mortal Kombat X, coming 2015. What can we expect?

[“Who’s next?”]

Mon
Jun 2 2014 10:30am

Game of Thrones Episode Review “The Mountain and the Viper”

Game of Thrones Mountain and Viper Oberyn Ellaria

And right here is the Game of Thrones episode where I start to feel the creep of ennui settling over me like a thick blanket. I knew this day would come, but, four seasons in, it still feels too soon.

Why bother getting attached to characters who will likely die grisly deaths? Why wait for seasons-long plans to come to fruition if your side never, ever wins?

And then we get a scene between a handmaiden and a warrior and Game of Thrones proves its still got surprises.

Heed this raven: Major episode spoilers after the cut. Book comments are fair game in the comments.

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Thu
May 29 2014 2:30pm

Gaming Roundup: Watch Dogs Turns You Into A Hacker Extraordinaire

Watch Dogs

It was an eventful week for Ubisoft’s latest offering, the hotly-anticipated Watch Dogs. Not only did the game launch this past Tuesday, but it quickly became the fastest-selling title in Ubisoft history (yes, that includes all the Assassin’s Creed games, as well) and instigated a real-life bomb scare in Australia, to boot (note to Ubisoft PR: small beeping safes in newsrooms from an unknown sender... maybe not the best idea). So what’s the deal with Ubi’s hack-heavy shooter?

[“I saw something no one was meant to see.”]

Thu
May 22 2014 1:30pm

Gaming Roundup: M-M-M-Monster Kill. Epic Revives Unreal Tournament for Free

Unreal Tournament 2014

When the first Unreal Tournament—developed by Epic Games—came out in 1999, it helped introduce and popularize the arena FPS sub-genre, bringing multiplayer-focused FPS gameplay to the masses in a futuristic interplanetary setting. Most 90s PC gamers will recall the game’s memorable arcade announcer (“M-M-M-Monster Kill!”), the iconic Capture the Flag map, Facing Worlds, as well as the rivalry fostered with contesting developer id Software’s Quake III Arena which released at virtually the same time. UT went on to spawn 3 sequels before Epic put the franchise on hold after the 2007 launch of Unreal Tournament 3. On hold, that is, until now—Unreal Tournament is back, and this time it’s free.

[Click to draw first blood...]

Mon
May 19 2014 10:00am

Game of Thrones Episode Review “Mockingbird”

Game of Thrones season 4 episode 7: Mockingbird Sansa

It hurts to fall in love sometimes. Love can make your heart fly, but if you’re with the wrong person, if it all comes crashing down, that same heart can shatter into a million little pieces.

Never promise your heart to someone who trades in lies.

All this relationship advice and major spoilers and more in this week’s Game of Thrones review.

[“Hot Pie!"]

Thu
May 15 2014 5:00pm

Gaming Roundup: What Does the Future Hold for Nintendo?

Super Mario Bros Wii U

Let’s be honest—2013 and 2014 haven’t been the kindest couple of years to Nintendo, the former console giant currently relegated to the role of little brother in the modern console wars between Sony and Microsoft. Between developers taking potshots at the company’s most recent console—the Wii U—and their latest fiscal results citing nearly a half-billion dollars in losses due largely to poor Wii U sales, Nintendo has had a rough go of it, resulting in an inevitable slew of speculation questioning their hardware’s viability in the modern market. There are certainly some mitigating factors to consider, but it’s clear that the company’s current path may lead to treacherous waters. So what does the future hold for Nintendo? Will they continue with hardware development? Can they absorb their current losses? CEO Satoru Iwata shed some light on these questions in an Investor Q&A this week.

[Proprietary software may be the Wii U’s salvation...]

Mon
May 12 2014 10:00am

Game of Thrones Episode Review “The Laws of Gods and Men”

Game of Thrones The Laws of Gods and Men Tyrion

Day-um.

Peter Dinklage’s Emmy reel just got about 30 minutes longer with his absolutely incredible performance last night. While everyone’s favorite Lannister has been MIA more often than not, confined as he was to the black cells, the trial of Tyrion Lannister more than made up for his past absence.

Much emotions, krakens, goats, and major episode spoilers after the jump.

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Thu
May 8 2014 3:00pm

Gaming Roundup: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Looks to Make RPG History

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

CD Projekt Red, the Polish development studio for the critically acclaimed Witcher series, is no stranger to innovation in the realms of RPG narrative, graphics, and gameplay. The first two games of the franchise, The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s dark fantasy Witcher saga) met huge critical and financial success—a feat that enabled the developer to limit the size of their dev teams and build games at their own pace with an almost unheard-of level of autonomy in the industry. CD Projekt Red is currently hard at work on the trilogy finale, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and they’re looking to end the franchise with what they hope will be considered the greatest modern RPG to date.

[“Some fight for glory, justice, or gold. I fight for those I hold dear.”]

Mon
May 5 2014 10:30am

Game of Thrones Episode Review “First of His Name”

Game of Thrones First of His Name Sansa Alayne

A wedding where no one dies? What bullshit Game of Thrones episode is this?!

A new bride and groom, a new king, a new queen, and one old outstanding debt made for a pretty talk-heavy first half of “First of His Name.” The pace did take an unexpectedly fast turn into action north of the Wall, transforming what promised to be a huge detour from the books into a mere spin around the block. After the tantalizing speculation on what a jaunt to Craster’s Keep could mean for two Starks I have to admit that I feel a little silly for getting so excited.

But not as silly as Sansa must feel after meeting her aunt Lysa.

Major episode spoilers ahead. Book comments fair game in the comments. Tread carefully.

[“Mostly I poured wine...”]

Thu
May 1 2014 3:30pm

Gaming Roundup: Destiny Hopes to Step Out of Halo’s Shadow

Prior to Halo’s initial launch for the original Xbox all the way back in 2001, the game and its development studio, Bungie, had to put up with a fairly large number of skeptics questioning the feasibility of adequately translating a modern first-person shooter onto current-gen consoles (or perhaps more significantly, console controllers). Needless to say, Halo’s success erased any doubts as to the long term success of the FPS genre on modern consoles, and paved the way for today’s console FPSes to boot. In 2014, Bungie is faced with a different sort of challenge—to ensure their next game, Destiny, doesn’t just warrant dismissal as a next-gen Halo, but instead can stand on its own two feet and carve out its own niche in gaming history.

[It’s tough to bet against Bungie...]

Mon
Apr 28 2014 10:00am

Game of Thrones Episode Review: “Oathkeeper”

Game of Thrones Oathkeeper Brienne

So it looks like last episode’s much-discussed scene between Jaime and Cersei was just the tip of the storytelling iceberg when it came to departures from George R. R. Martin’s books. There was a lot of outright rage at what those changes would do to Jaime’s character long-term in regards to the plot. Which is to say nothing of how That Scene would or could change Cersei emotionally. Well, we didn’t get any real reflection on last week’s event from either sibling which was a disappointment.

Major episode spoilers ahead. Book spoilers are allowed in the comments, so be careful.

[All hail Ser Pounce!]

Thu
Apr 24 2014 4:50pm

Gaming Roundup: Dragon Age: Inquisition Ignites the Skies on October 7

Dragon Age Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition received a new trailer and a release date this week, and from what we’ve seen so far, the game continues to look incredibly promising. In addition to the trailer’s release date announcement and the showcasing of some incredible next-gen graphics, we learned that BioWare is giving their dragon combat system a complete makeover. (Hint: anyone remember Soldier of Fortune II?)

[“Whatever we were before, we are now... the Inquisition.”]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 10:05am

Game of Thrones Episode Review: “Breaker of Chains”

Game of Thrones Breaker of Chains Dany Daenerys

Last week’s Very Special Episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones was a tough act to follow, but “Breaker of Chains” provided only slightly fewer betrayals, Dornish burn victims, and dead kings. Well, actually, the dead king count remained at one. The actor must’ve had a really easy last day of work on set.

What this hour lacked in all of the above, it made up for it with more terrifying cannibals, some very tarnished buried treasure, and another case of non-book readers probably enjoying this episode way more than book-readers.

Episode spoilers after the jump and book spoilers very likely in the comments. Tread carefully.

[Are we sure it’s not called Meth’s Town...]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 5:00pm

Gaming Roundup: PAX East Edition

Pax East 2014

PAX East hit Boston this week, and massive throngs of gamers turned out to explore the industry’s latest offerings, indie and mainstream alike. There was the odd game reveal, a plethora of indie offerings, and updates on some previously announced mainstream titles, including such highly anticipated titles as Evolve, Shinji Makami’s The Evil Within, and Telltale Games’ first foray into the Borderlands universe.

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Thu
Apr 17 2014 9:00am

Game of Thrones Episode Analysis: “The Lion and The Rose"

Game of Thrones The Lion and the Rose Joffrey Margaery

The last drop of wine has long since been drunk, the joyousness of Sunday night’s celebrations linger no longer and the ghosts of Monday morning’s regretful headaches have dissipated. And so now there’s a bit of distance to talk about Everything Else that occurred in the second episode of Game of Thrones.

The hunts, the breakups, the visions, the pageantry, and of course the spoilers for show and book.

[Where do whores go?]

Sun
Apr 13 2014 9:58pm

Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”

Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose

So. That was Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose." We have to talk about this!

Consider this your SPOILER WARNING for the commentary and comments below. Not just for this episode but most likely for the events in the proceeding episodes and Song of Ice and Fire books. INTERNET FIRE AHEAD!

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