Hairy Tales [Game Review]

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Hairy Tales Developer: Arges Systems Platforms: iOS: $1, Mac: $3, PC: coming soon Rated: n/r Content: Nothing objectionable, unless brainless hairy fairies occasionally falling to their doom off a flat world somehow offends you. As further proof that the most interesting game mechanics are now being developed for mobile systems, I offer Hairy Tales, a weird [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...]

Give Out Free Copies of Plants vs. Zombies This Halloween

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You read that right. PopCap and the American Dental Association are teaming up to offer free copies of Plants vs. Zombies to trick or treaters this Halloween. The “Stop Zombie Mouth” campaign is aimed at replacing tooth damaging candy with a healthy addiction like computer gaming.  Just go to the site and print out a [Read More...]

Game Review: 10000000

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10000000: EightyEight Games, iPhone/Touch/iPad, $2. Content issues: none, unless you’re one of those weird Christians who believe works of fiction containing magic are the devil’s truss or something, in which case … just go away.  For iPhone Launch Day, and as a bit of a break from the current whirlwind of fake Jesus news, I [Read More...]

iOS Game Review: Axe in Face

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This is a response to a request from Catholic man-about-town Victor Lams, who liked the recent Serious Posts well enough, but urged me to get back to the ding-dang game reviews already. So I give you this oldie-but-goodie: still one of my all-time favorite iOS games. (And Victor, you still owe me two bucks or [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...]

$5000 to Play for Free

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Every year around this time I begin a deeper descent into the world of gaming. As Editor-at-Large of Games Magazine, and a writer for many others, I keep up with games year round, but in July and August, I co-edit the Games Magazine 100, an annual awards issue and buyer’s guide to the best of [Read More...]

Is EA Sports Trying to Exploit the Penn State/Sandusky Story?

Last year's NCAA videogame included this unfortunate name for a Penn State game

I’m still on vacation, but I wanted to share the kind of things that fill up the inbox of your average videogame reviewer. Yesterday, while I was bobbing around in a boat, drinking my beer and minding my own bidness, the PR company for EA Sports sent me a press release headlined “Play as the [Read More...]


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