Gaming in the Gaps

It is interesting to me that in this age of graphical fidelity where it is possible to create, in great detail, a nuanced, fully-fleshed world that a player can delve into, that with greater frequency I find myself drawn to games that tell the story of a world in many ways through abstraction.
Conference Call

GWJ Conference Call Episode 450

The Witcher 3,, Tribes Ascend Dead?, Galactic Civilizations III, Your Emails and More! This week Shawn, Elysium, Julian and Allen talk Witcher 3 and get caught up on your emails!

Rising To It

"You play these things for fun, right?" That was a question I heard a lot as a kid – usually after I had spent some time growling and groaning at a particularly challenging level. The question was one of those not-a-questions that parents ask when they want their kids to change their behavior. Unspoken in that question is "calm down. It's only a game."

May 25 – May 31

This week puts me in mind of Zero Mostel. There's Something for Everyone! WiiUsers get the first major first-party release in ages, with a new IP even! Fighting game fans get two, count 'em, two new fighting games.
Sponsored By: Onion Bubs Time Played: 59 minutes, plus commercials. The Kid Review Welcome to another installment of Too Long; Didn't Play, where our motto is "Late to the party, and going home early." Today we're here with The Narrator and The Kid for an exclusive interview about life, destruction, and federal regulations. I'm your host, Pinta Winkles.
Conference Call

GWJ Conference Call Episode 449

Invisible Inc., Ziggurat, GoatZ, Tower of Guns, Our Default Approach to Learning New Games, Your Emails and More! This week Julian, Elysium, Allen and Shawn talk about their default approaches to learning new games.
Drakengard 3

Unhappily Ever After

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for the endings of inFamous: Second Son and BioShock, with brief details from the endings of Drakengard 3 and Halo: ODST.]

May 18 – May 24

I was into The Witcher before it was cool. That’s right, I said it. From the moment it was announced as the first game to use the Aurora Engine (Neverwinter Nights) outside of Bioware, I kept an eye on the series. It took a long time and a lot of engine upgrades before it finally came out in 2007.
Sponsored By: Me, enabled by you Time Played: 99 minutes Achtung! Review Vrrreeeooooowww! Pew pew pew! Bbbrrrremmmmmm! Pshoo! Pshoo! Ach du lieber! Review I should just buy stock in Devolver already. Literally every game they've published has been a real winner with me. Time and again they capture the essence of video gaming as I understand it.

The Case for Social

A few weeks ago I was presenting at a speaking engagement as part of my job. Part of my presentation talked about social media. After the event, one of the audience members approached me, and pointed out how much they didn’t like social platforms. As it happened, the amount of how much this person didn’t like social platform was "a lot."