Survival Never Changes: Thoughts On NEO Scavenger

It’s impossible to play Blue Bottle Games’ retro-style RPG NEO Scavenger and not think of the original Fallout.  This is not meant to be an insult–to suggest that the designers behind this post-apocalyptic piece of roguelike did nothing but stand on the shoulders of giants to get where they are.  On the other hand, it…

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…

Let’s Play A Bad Guy: Spec Ops — The Line

For the next game in my Let’s Play A Bad Guy series, the overwhelming temptation (and outside suggestion from readers) was that I had to go with Grand Theft Auto 5. Being that it is the biggest game in the world right now (and will likely remain so until GTA6), this seemed like the obvious…

Macabre Memories: Altered Beast

They say that survival horror is largely dead as a genre.  Who are “they”, you might ask?  Why, I’m referring to the mysterious voices that whisper out of the Internet Machine, dear reader, and kindly stop interrupting or I’ll beat you with this sack of belt buckles.  But while the genre itself might have seen…

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…

What Exactly Am I Doing Here?

This morning, a friend posted what appeared to be some sort of video game reviewer’s manifesto.  Long-winded and heavily antagonistic, it attempted to take to task video game reviewers who had the audacity to all laud the same games that he felt were entirely boring and unoriginal.  Bioshock Infinite, for example, he deemed a 2nd…