A while ago I stumbled over a project called Nirvana thanks to a mention over at SuperMutant. It certainly is not the first time that one of our interviews features a remark along the lines of Â"a small team in [insert overly exotic countries such as Germany] is currently working on...Â".

July 12th to 18th

Your mileage may vary, but happy Monday! I have a confession to make this morning, IÂ'm not proud of it but here goes. IÂ'm constantly tempted to play Japanese RPGÂ's despite the fact that I havenÂ't enjoyed one since Final Fantasy VII. I donÂ't like the way most of them portray their characters as children.

Summer Doldrums

Another fairly slow news week for you guys to chew on.  The forums have been full of addiction and obsession over Joint Operations, a small clique of us have rediscovered Rise of Nations, and there's been some well tempered enthusiasm for the coming season of football.  In short, weÂ're pretty well sated, and thus unusually calm.  In some ways summer is the best time to be a

Sometimes I Feel Like I'm a Pawn in a Game

I've jumped on the Rise of Nations bandwagon this week and am learning valuable RTS skills such as pouting and pretending I'm having network difficulties. As I instruct my citizens to run this way and that, building temples and chopping down trees, I can't help but think I'm letting them down.


Once upon a time there was a breed of men which we might term Real Men™.  These Real Men™ went to great lengths to ensure that they participated only in the socially sanctioned activities of men, wore male appropriate metaphorical pants, and were possessed of a certain cold, reserved manner.  These men knew their place in the world, the value of a dollar, and would never have used words

Confessions of a GameFAQer

I had a bit of an unintentional intervention this weekend. In fact, it came from my good friend Comcast, whose incompetence, laziness and generally poor customer service left me without internet access all weekend. Besides spending the fourth almost blowing myself up, I went through my Gamefly games, my Netflix movies and even watched a little TV.

Do You Come Here Often?

I started to play Zelda: The Wind Waker the other day. Or rather, I started to play it again. I hadn't touched the game in months. Getting back in to it was a little awkward. Firstly, I'd forgotten what I was supposed to be doing. Secondly, I'd forgotten how to do it. I knew I had to ask a boat for assistance. It could give me a hint about my next task.

A Blade of Stormwind

Certis made me a deal.  I could play on his WoW account, as long as I made it worth his while.  Now, normally this would involve nakedness and possibly chocolate, but this time he wanted me to write something for all you poor saps who continually feed his ego...er, read the site.  Thus, Quest Log was born. Quest Log is my fictional interpretation of the various quests and adventures that

July 5th to 11th

ThereÂ's nothing coming out this week thatÂ's much worth talking about IÂ'm afraid. Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow for the Gamecube and Way of the Samurai 2 for the PS2. I seem to recall that the original Way of the Samurai was very short and the replay value relied solely on playing through again and making different plot choices.

What A Difference A Week Makes

So, last week was a great week to start this new column of ours.  You guys were waxing oodles of clever, thoughtful, gaming commentary on the bountiful topics laid at your feet.  I guess all that news and debate left you guys, and the industry, a little spent.  Last week I was literally beating away your witticisms with a stick; this week, not so much.  I feel like a man trying to use