Why I’ll Never Finish DOOM

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When we discuss or review video games we’ll often talk about the controls, graphics and/or the story. Yet,  for all the technical discussions we hardly discuss a game’s content, unless it’s in the context of violence – where we question whether a game is too violent. What we rarely discuss however, is when you stop playing a game because the content is at odds with your beliefs. Because that’s what happened when I played the DOOM demo.  Continue reading “Why I’ll Never Finish DOOM”

E3 Press Conference Review 

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There’s a moment in everyone’s childhood when they come to grips with the truth about Santa Claus. Whether they find out on their own, or some shithead friend tells them the truth, they ultimately come to a realization that Santa Claus, for all his gift giving glory, Isn’t real. Or is he? There are many parents who can’t bring themselves to crush a child’s innocence. It sticks with a child only for a brief moment. And many of us, wishing we still had some of that innocence, cannot stomach taking it away from our children. So we mask the truth, telling them what they want to hear, even if our children know better–Because we care. And then there are parents who will tell it to them straight, because the world isn’t going to cater to the dream’s of innocence and a child would find out one way or another. This year at E3, depending on your camp (Xbox or PlayStation), you were either told the truth or a half-truth wrapped in a nice white lie. Continue reading “E3 Press Conference Review “

20 Minutes with Manhunt

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One of the more interesting aspects of life is when you see someone you had a crush on and the first thought that pops into your head is “what fuck was I thinking?!” You call into question every decision you’ve ever made. But then you also appreciate the growth. Playing older video games is sort of like running into an old crush. Sometimes the game has aged like a fine wine, and returning to it reminds you why you appreciated the game in the first place. Other times, like the one I’m about to discuss here, you wonder why you even thought the game was worth the time in the first place. Continue reading “20 Minutes with Manhunt”