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A Response to Durango’s Potential Always Online DRM and “Deal With It”

Posted in News, Ideas, & Rants, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2013 by SebastianSB

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The following was written in response to the recent “deal with it” controversy and the rumors that Durango (the next Microsoft console) will require an always online internet connection in order to function.  It is also rumored that this restriction is designed as part of a strategy to remove used games.  I write this knowing full well that these are just rumors that may not come true. Continue reading

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Spoiler-Free Thoughts on the End of Mass Effect 3

Posted in News, Ideas, & Rants with tags , , , , , , , on April 1, 2012 by SebastianSB

I beat Mass Effect 3 last night (spoiler free). It was certainly interesting. I had been exposed to so much anti-hype before even starting the game that it was hard not to be worried about the whole thing, but I found the story of the game to be incredibly satisfying throughout. Some of my favorite characters died, some didn’t, but I thought all of them got pretty satisfying conclusions to their story lines. I was shocked at times, and actually cheered at others. Jacob’s was perhaps a bit boring, but that might just be because he was a character I always found boring. It reminded me a lot of the final Harry Potter movie, which was pretty damn satisfying for people who cared about the series. Continue reading

Games You Should Not Buy Your Partner for Valentine’s

Posted in News, Ideas, & Rants with tags , on February 13, 2012 by tsunamishadow

Valentine’s has come upon us again, and for reasons I can’t quite pin down, I don’t hate it as much as I used to. Maybe it’s the presence of no adverts about Valentine’s being slammed in my face (which I am more than grateful for). What my concern is at this point in this year is the astonishing amount of artform-crap that has been spewing out of everywhere. No movies are remotely interesting to the point where I think that This Is War looks quite good. No books have come out that make me want to cower in Waterstone’s for fifteen million hours. And most disappointingly, almost every selling game has next to zero appeal. So instead of having a rant about Valentine’s Day, I’m going to have a rant about recent popular games.

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Family Research Controlled By Sith Master

Posted in News, Ideas, & Rants with tags , , , on January 30, 2012 by SebastianSB

It seems that Bioware is including same sex relationships in their popular Star Wars MMORPG in order to satisfy fans, but Family Research is up in arms over the issue.  I normally wouldn’t bother talking about something like this, I mean the title itself is already redundant.  What, you mean that one anti-gay religious organization with a misleadingly neutral sounding name is against gay people being in something?  What a shocker!

Things get interesting however when you take a look at Tony Perkins’ incredibly poor word choice during the broadcast. Continue reading

Eurogamer Expo 2011: Thursday, Sept. 22nd

Posted in News, Ideas, & Rants, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2011 by tsunamishadow

Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Dance Central 2, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Mario Kart 7, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Burnout: Crash, The Gunstringer.

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Using Patches as a Crutch

Posted in News, Ideas, & Rants with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by SebastianSB

I would like to begin by clarifying that this is not a review of Dead Island.  This article is meant to highlight a growing trend in the video game industry that I find unacceptable. Continue reading

Review: Bastion

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , on September 5, 2011 by SebastianSB

Most of us have played an isometric dungeon-crawler by now, be it Diablo, Torchlight, or Sacred.  You trudge through a series of large regions that recycle the same environments ad nauseam, defeat hordes of enemies with largely one-button combat, and pick up dozens of useless items along the way.  Each time you visit town you can expect to spend a good five or ten minutes repairing your equipment, selling the masses of garbage that you’ve collected, turning in quests, and distributing your new stat and skill points.  Bastion does away with a lot of this tedium. Continue reading