January 9th to 15th

This week will finally bring a few new games to market although you'd be hard pressed to call any of them blockbusters. The Mega Man X Collection on the PS2 looks like it might be a nice all-in-one and Samurai Showdown V on the Xbox is the latest release of one of my favorite arcade fighting games of all time.

Dragon Quest VIII

"Dost thou love me?... But thou must!" -- Princess Gwaelin, from Dragon Warrior 1

Behind The Curtain

With 2006 freshly upon us, I thought now would be a good time to offer some bold predictions for the New Year! And I swear upon this jar of homemade strawberry jam, that if any of my predictions are wrong I will shave off my bea "… I'm sorry, what? "… Who did?! "… Certis? No! He never writes articles! "… A duck? Well, what the hell am I supposed to talk about?

Samorost 2

I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.--the Flower, from Antoine De St. Exupery's The Little Prince

Bold Predictions: 2K6!

While other sites are welcome to prance around with their fancy "Best of 2005" game awards and retrospectives, I prefer to spend time making unsubstantiated predictions about the upcoming year in gaming.

January 2nd to 8th

After a surprisingly relaxing holiday, we're back! 2006 is going to be an interesting year for the industry as game sales continue to dip as a whole and the other big players release their next-gen consoles.
"It wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast." - Jack Denham.


For the past six years I've been unable to instantly recall my age. It often takes a few seconds. Sometimes I even have to look at my driver's license and do the math. Last year, as the calendar was almost used up, I discovered that my birthday was upon me yet again, and after doing the math, I realized that it was the thirtieth time.

Games As Art: In Memory of Dolores Haze

This month, what I consider the greatest literary work of the 20th century celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. It's the best writing I have ever and will ever read; the prose is crushing, effortless: a creature of power and beauty and horror. I was lost from the first simple, chilling words:

Games and History

People commonly maintain that constructive criticism is always welcome, for the reason given in the name. Destructive criticism, on the other hand, is thought to serve little purpose, since it can only inflict harm, and harm is to be avoided.