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…

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…

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…

Let’s Play A Bad Guy: Knights of the Old Republic

More so than any other game of its time, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic opened the door toward games being accepted as art.  Released in 2003, KOTOR had everything: exciting storyline, surprising twists, fully fleshed out characters, fun gameplay, and an amazing soundtrack.  As far as modern role-playing games are concerned, KOTOR is an…

Quacking Down Memory Lane: Thoughts on DuckTales Remastered

There is nothing in the world quite as satisfying as crashing your life to a screeching halt with some finely cut lines of nostalgia.  Nostalgia has been the name of the game for years now–indeed, it’s easy to argue that nostalgia is our generation’s greatest commodity.  And between grindhouse schlockfests that spend millions to look low budget,…

Tomb Raider 2013

Originally published at The Arcade Philosopher on July 18th, 2013.             In the interest of full disclosure, I suppose I should point out that I never played any of the original Tomb Raider titles.  I admit that this is odd, particularly when you realize that the first incarnation of this iconic series was made just as the drunken mechanical…