The Conquistadork’s 5 Favorite Video Games Of 2013

Between reboots, shiny-new Next Gen consoles, and some of the most intricate storylines the gaming world has ever seen, 2013 has been an absolute crusher for our favorite digital artform.  Nerds like me have been on high alert all year long, and after serious deliberation, I’ve come up with my favorite games of 2013.  As with…

The Grand Theft Auto “Thing”

The gold and bubbly crust of my video gaming experience has always been that of the completionist.  Not the full pizza, mind you–just that delicious hunk of leftovers that some sightless fools talk themselves into throwing away.  However, for many the role of completionist is the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.  My dabbling in…

A Snippet from “The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 1”

The holidays are nearly here, and to celebrate, I’ve got two new articles from the fine folks at Omnigamer and Bell of Lost Souls. The first is a my review of the first episode of Telltale Games’ latest season of The Walking Dead: You’ll come across a new band of survivors, and immediately dislike (or even…

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Next-gen becomes current-gen, quack psychics shuffling loose this mortal coil, and your grandma just won’t stop posting about Obama being a Muslim who stole her cat–it’s been a wild week. In the interest of throwing some interesting things for you, my darling readers, to discuss and glow or foam about–here is my first installment of…

Gamer Pride & Prejudice

So Buzzfeed just did an article on a Jane Austen MMO currently in development and I’ve got to say: Holy Shit. The conversation about violence in video games hasn’t gone anywhere, it seems, and it’s gotten to point where even well-known game developers have expressed in interest in exploring the possibility of giving up their…

Let’s Be A Bad Guy.

In my latest editorial at Bell of Lost Souls, I asked a simple question: What attracts us to the bad guy?  The response was varied in both passion and opinion.  Some posited that everyone sees their actions as justified, and therefore there are no real villains.  Others drew cultural lines.  Others still argued that villains…

Why Books Are Books And Movies Are Movies.

I’m getting sick of adaptations–even when they’re good. When I taught playwriting, there was always a very important lesson that I tried to put as early on in my schedule as possible.  The lesson was fairly simple, and began with a single question: Why are you writing a play? I didn’t (and don’t) mean that…