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First Impression Video!

Well, I’ve been threatening this for a long time, and I’ve finally gone and made my first game video. In it, I play Dreadbit and Ripstone’s latest puzzle extravaganza, Ironcast! Please subscribe and like and all that other wonderful jazz… A full, written review is forthcoming!

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Chasing Rabbits: Thoughts On “Shelter 2″

In 2013, indie developers Might And Delight released Shelter, a game that put you in the role of a mother badger as she protected her quintet of babies (badgerlings?) from predators, fed them, and guided them through a forest filled with dangers. It stuck out in my mind due to its unique art style, emotional investment in its characters, and atmosphere that seemed to mourn nature’s cruelty while simultaneously celebrating its beauty. Shelter also has the distinction of being the first game I’ve ever played where motherhood is central to its storyline.

It was all of this that caused me to truly enjoy my time with Shelter, despite its linear gameplay and short playtime.

So you can imagine my excitement when Might And Delight announced that they would be releasing a sequel that would expand upon the original game in a meaningful way. So, the $25,000 question becomes, did they succeed in that?

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A Labor Of Love: Thoughts on “Cults And Daggers”

On February 14th, 2015, game developer Rod Humble took to the internet to ask you not to play his game. “Hey there! Thank you for considering buying my game. Please let me take a moment to try and talk you out of it!” he said. “Cults and Daggers is a niche strategy game I made by myself about…

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Season 2 of Smite Begins!

Hi-Rez Studios announced today that the Second Season of their popular god-stomper Smite includes a new Conquest map, a new god, and changes to items! Knowing how much Hi-Rez loves to pile on the goodies, I doubt this info is even scratching the surface.

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Shelter 2 Has A Release Date!

Good news from Stockholm-based game developers Might And Delight–Shelter 2 officially has a release date!

That’s right, on March 9th, 2015 you will be able to take on the role of a mother lynx as she bears, rears, and protects her family of adorable baby lynxes (lynxlings?) from predators, starvation, and just generally the world at large.

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Four In February — “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning”

It has been a week since I announced my participation in the time-honored video game tradition of Four In February.

I may have bit off more than I can chew.

At 29 hours of gameplay, the oft-overlooked action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is far from the longest game I have ever finished. But that is only because at a certain point I remembered to look at the calendar.

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All The Right Answers: Thoughts on “Life Is Strange, Episode 1″

More than anything else, the “school spirit with a sinister underbelly” setting combined with the time travel mechanic makes Life Is Strange remind me of Donnie Darko. Add in a smattering of Twin Peaks oddness and “missing girl” mystery, and you’ve got a story that leaves you feeling curious and unsettled. Dontnod has done a great job at leaving you wanting more, and engaging you with a setting and plotline that feels urgent and foreboding.