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Review: Symmetrain (iOS)

January 18th, 2014 by

Symmetrain is a cool concept — spot the missing items in a mirrored landscape as your train moves faster and faster — but in an App Store flooded with endless-runner games, does Symmetrain steam ahead of the rest?

Mark A. Brooks Played A Lot Of Games In 2013

January 18th, 2014 by

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Looking back, I probably crammed in more gaming last year than any other, which is crazy, because it didn’t feel like that much. But the list speaks for itself.

Chrome Fetish 64

January 17th, 2014 by

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I’ve always thought the N64 controller to be the ugly duckling of controllers, only instead of being a swan – it’s just a duck. Dip that duck in chrome, though, and bam! What a beaut. You look expensive, young birdie. Now fly! Fly into a world of fingerprints and Cheetos residue!

I rather like this controller, if only for the fact that it would reflect my big, beautiful, brown eyes right back at me. It was created by Zoki64, who’s made a big habit out of modifying N64 stuff. Check it out!

Finger print magnet64 [zoki64]

New Dark Souls II Trailer Rears Its Wicked, Horned Head

January 16th, 2014 by

So, who’s excited for Dark Souls II? Oh, that’s right – everybody. At least, everyone should be. While this new trailer only serves to tell us what we already supposed (you will die a thousand deaths, this time in a new land!), it does herald the soon-to-be release date, which is excitement enough for those of us waiting to lose our souls once more.

March 11 for North America, in case you were wondering.

Minimalistic Wallpapers For The Unabashed Gamer

January 15th, 2014 by

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How long has it been since you’ve changed your desktop wallpaper? Probably too long. That stuff’s like underwear – you’ve got to keep it at least pseudo-fresh. Three months is pushing it, buddy.

Don’t be nasty. Change it up today. Here are some good candidates for a newer, fresher computer desktop. These gamer-themed nuggets were all done in a minimalistic style and created by 14 year old Patrick Waye (or dragonitearmy as he’s known on deviantART). More after the jump.

Review: Colossatron: Massive World Threat (iOS)

January 14th, 2014 by

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Colossatron: Massive World Threat has one of the most jarring love/hate arcs ever experienced in a game – initially impressive then diving immediately into disappointment, only to inexplicably grow on you as you fight through the letdown. In then end, Colossatron’s simple nature is eclipsed by its more enjoyable elements, but it takes a little time to get there.

Final Fantasy VI Character’s Myers-Briggs Personality

January 14th, 2014 by


Preview Image: Final Fantasy VI Myers Briggs Infographic

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Final Fantasy VI has one of the most memorable casts of characters in the series. In no small part this is because of the very expressive animations compared to what had come before it in the Final Fantasy franchise. Another element contributing to the expressiveness of FFVI’s cast is the dialogue of the various characters throughout the game which didn’t drive the main plot forward but created alternate story arcs that gave the characters interpersonal tensions through which to express their individualistic motivations. It is through this additional dialogue that the various differences in personalities gets expressed.

Top Ten Games Missing from the App Store

January 14th, 2014 by


Apple’s App Store is home to many terrific games, most of which make terrific use of touch controls. It’s also home to many ports across many different genres, be they mainstream or indie. There are a lot of great games, however, that have yet to be ported that probably should.

I made a the original top ten list back in 2011. Two games from that list were later ported in Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective and Scribblenauts: Remix.

In my top ten list from 2012, three games made the cut in Final Fantasy IV, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, and Theatrhythm. Theatrhythm wasn’t even out when I made the call, but I’m glad it made it to the App Store, though Square-Enix definitely overcharged their mobile fans for the privilege.

Without further ado, I present to you the “Top Ten Games Missing from the App Store.”