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A Farewell to Ownership: Game Streaming and the End of Physical Media

Assuming the world of video games continues down the path it is on, physical media won’t be around for much longer. It’s not just the prevalence of digital storefronts like Steam or the PlayStation store that lead me to believe that. No, now we’re

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Understated Works of Art: The Games of thatgamecompany

Beauty alone doesn’t make a game great, and there was one aspect that had me fearful from the begin

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They Are Billions Review: Pulse-Pounding Zombie RTS With a Steampunk Sheen

Single-player RTS game that drops you straight into a broken world post-zombie apocalypse

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We Need More Weird Games Like Earthbound

Nowadays, that old-school colorful aesthetic is well loved. Simple line drawings and cutesy characters are all the rage in the indie space. The music is great, and the many, many battle themes are catchy and weird as all heck.

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'Night in the Woods' Is a Mumblecore Journey Worth Taking

The art style is eye-poppingly delightful. Everything is two dimensional, with characters that almost feel like colorful cardboard cutouts. Animation is simple but charming. The music is catchy in a not-exactly-hummable sort of way,

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End of the Handheld Era: The 3DS’s Death Creates a New Video Game Industry

This year at E3, Nintendo revealed a lot of exciting information. A new Animal Crossing! A Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel! and a couple of new Mana series releases out of nowhere! But one of their biggest announcements was one they left

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Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Review

World War II has been done in video games so many times before, it’s become a cliche. Rather than attempting to break new ground, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, a polished-up version of last gen’s Sniper Elite V2, simply leans into that cliche. This is

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What Is to Come: E3 2019 Tells Us What We’ll Be Playing

Each year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as the cool kids call it, brings us an advanced look at all the cool new games coming to every major platform. It’s an opportunity for developers and publishers to showcase the best they have to

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For You Non-Switch Owners: Octopath Traveler Is Now on PC

I’m going to take some time out of my day to admonish you -- beg you -- to consider picking up Octopath Traveler, the former Switch exclusive that is finding a new home on PCs this week. If you don’t own a Switch, then you’ve been missing out on one

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Who Has the Time? The Very Best Short Games

Oh, to return to the days of near-limitless free time. Sure, homework needed to be done, chores finished, but in high school the evenings and weekends were wide open for gaming. (Yes, I didn’t have the most active social life.) Nowadays, with a job

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What Dreams May Come: Yume Nikki

There is a lot to love about the current video game scene. Games that we couldn’t have begun to imagine in the 90s are coming out left and right with crazy premises that would never have gotten the greenlight from major publishers. And this is

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Change Is Good: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix surprised the gaming world last week by re-revealing, after a multi-year absence, the Final Fantasy VII Remake it has long promised. And it looks good. Trading the original game’s turn-based battles for an action-oriented system, it’s

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Know When to Hold ‘Em: Tips for Building a Classic Game Collection

If you frequent this space, you know I am pretty obsessed with classic games. To cap off a month spent largely at gaming conventions (the recent Midwest Gaming Classic and this month’s Bloomington-Normal Gaming Convention), I thought I’d share my

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The Best Adventure Games of All Time

In the early days of gaming, it was all about competition. Pong was a one-on-one deathmatch to determine who was the best… white square reflector. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit too grandiose a description of the classic ping pong simulator. But the

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In Case You Missed It: The Game Boy Advance Was Super Good

This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the O.G. Game Boy. That means high-quality portable gaming has been a thing for almost my entire life, and I don’t think I really appreciated it until recently. Back in the 90s, I remember thinking

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Among Friends: The Midwest Gaming Classic 2019

Gaming can be a lonely hobby. Even players who spend a lot of time in online deathmatches aren’t necessarily forming close bonds with the people they’re fragging, but if you’re primarily a single-player gamer, your chances for interaction with

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Back in My Day: Why Play Old School Games?

I love some objectively bad games. But try not to think less of me. It’s not a matter of having bad taste; it’s a nostalgia thing. See, I’ve been playing games since I was really young. By really young, I mean barely old enough to hold a

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Making Friends and Frying Foes in The World Next Door

The Switch is becoming the indie platform. It was an honor originally held by Xbox 360, then PlayStation 4 and Vita. But as Microsoft and Sony aim for the higher-volume pastures of AAA gaming (or focus on game streaming and other subscription

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