This isn’t a full blog post. I just wanted to direct you over to a couple of amazing pieces on the reviewing culture currently going on with gaming today.

This one is about why Ars Technica (and everyone else) should avoid metacritic.

This is one about review embargoes (which is time delayed information suppression).

I particularly like the second link due to the fact it’s touting transparency. No favoritism, once news is known you broadcast it and it keeps game publishers honest.

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Goddamn! Those titles get confusing to type if there’s a numeral instead of a word. This blog is in opposition to Raul’s blog here. Anygay, let’s break it down. Read the rest of this entry »

A new Scott Pilgrim trailer is out courtesy of Game Trailers, and it’s fucking amazing. I was brought down slightly by the movie preview due to the fact I realized it was going to be a very dense story compacted into about 110 minutes.

And maybe because of Michael Cera. Maybe.

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Fun sized for your mouth.

So in the segment mini review Juniors I try and sum up a game in around 3 sentences then apply a score that is not only meaningless to you, but you’ll just ignore anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

The Midnight Riders

Rumors, rumors, rumors. Everyone loves a good rumor and with the release of “The Passing”, the first downloadable campaign for Left 4 Dead 2, Valve has unleashed a good’un so if you hate spoilers read no further. Read the rest of this entry »

Related to our last post (oh so long ago), is this short commentary about game manuals and a link to an online digital library of game manuals. I think this is an incredible resource, because I agree with the author that game manuals were often a gamer’s first portal into that world. Being addressed by the player-character’s name and/or rank, having our arsenal described, conflicts being mentioned that have passed– obvious and easy transports to begin the liminal experience of being another person.

Holy nuts, they made a toy inspired by a game vehicle that's not nearly as famous as it's parent property.

I was trawling Digg and saw this link about PC Gaming Manuals and it took me back…

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A few weeks ago I had downloaded the demo for the new Alien vs. Predator game, excited because I love both franchises. I was eager, excited and began to play.

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I own two computers, a PC and a Mac. My laptop is a 1.2 year old Macbook Pro. I love it. I create music, write ad copy, this blog, comic book ideas, sort and edit my photos on it. My desktop is an Alienware Area51 from 2007 that was top of the line at the time (I’ve since upgraded the SLI video cards to a single ATI 5870 HD). On it I play games and read comic books. Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Riot Games: Adding snow to an existing level does not make it a new level. That being said, let’s get to the game itself.

Brace yourself for an ego-shattering pee-hole invasion. This is the sort game style that releases urethra weasels upon the casual gamer. The learning curve is more than steep; it’s the slippery curve of an erect penis looming over you, mocking your impotent attempts to mount it. And if you manage to get on top? Well, if you didn’t play DOTA and you don’t have a friend to show you how to play League of Legends get ready for a thing or twelve (inches).

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