Real Catholic Men Can Play Games

The 40 Year Old Virgin

A couple weeks back I read something by a priest arguing that Real Catholic Men should not play videogames. The article was pointless and ill-informed, and proved mostly that the author had not one single solitary clue about his subject matter and only the vaguest notion about “videogames” and the people who play them. We were treated [Read More...]

Child’s Play Charity Sets New Record

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When the creators of the popular web comic Penny Arcade created the Child’s Play initiative in 2003, they had no idea how big it would get. That first year they raised $250,000 in toys and money for kids at the Seatlle Children’s Hospital to “make the holidays a little bit brighter for the kids in [Read More...]

Introducing a New Feature: App o’ the Mornin’

"App o' the Mornin'? If ya makin' funna the way I talk, I'll boost ya feckin' nose."

Back in ye olden days, I had a semi-popular gaming blog with daily feature called the App o’ the Mornin’. It was called that because I 1) reviewed an app and 2) posted it in the morning. Since it was a gaming blog, I stuck to games, but I’ve decided to bring the feature over [Read More...]

Iranian Games Weirdness

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This video popped up in my news feed this morning, and it was odd enough to merit a share. (Sorry, no embedded video.) It offers a small glimpse into the world of Iranian game production, as filtered through the lens of Press TV, the official English-language propaganda wing of the Iranian ruling council. It appears [Read More...]

Same-Sex Romance Comes to Star Wars

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“Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice.” Yoda’s observation about the Sith is about to take on a whole new kind of meaning, and let’s not even think about those long lonely nights on the Millennium Falcon. BioWare, Electronic Arts, and LucasArts are set to introduce same-sex romance to [Read More...]

XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Game Review]

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I’m still kicking around the idea of doing one straight-up game review a week, with some material at the top with content warnings for parents. We’ll call it Fun Fridays and have cupcakes and lemonade! This week, we turn to a remake of the third greatest PC game of all time, a little something called… [Read More...]

Game Review: Dear Esther

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Dear Esther (The Chinese Room, PC/Mac/Linux: $10, Rated: NR) is a game without gameplay. It’s essentially a short story that unfolds though first person navigation of a 3D environment. (It started life as a Half-Life mod.) The superb score and atmospheric visuals provide an emotional canvas which is filled gradually with disconnected slices of narrative as [Read More...]

The I of It [A Week of Time Wasters]

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This week I’m posting five days worth of insidious browser-based time-wasters: little games that will make that coffee break vanish faster than Fr. Z at a Liturgical Dance Workshop.  It looks more like a segment from Sesame Street than a game, but don’t be fooled. The I of It is a wonderful little puzzler with simple [Read More...]


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