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Staff Picks 2013: Game of the Year – Bioshock Infinite

Written by (@leftybrown) on December 23, 2013 in Features, Staff Picks

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2013 was a very good year for video games. It was a year in which indie games became an essential part of a game console launch as big game sequels were. This year’s crop of games offered a plethora of fun and unique storytelling, but of them all there was a game that stood head… Read More »


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Staff Picks 2013: Best Story in a Game – Bioshock Infinite

Written by (@katanasquirrel) on December 19, 2013 in Features, Staff Picks

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Nominees: Bioshock Infinite, Gone Home, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider The original Bioshock set an incredibly high bar near the start of the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 generation of consoles. Crafting a story that is partly a critique of Ayn Rand-ian philosophies and partly a story of deception and betrayal, the game was an instant… Read More »


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Staff Picks 2013: Best Soundtrack in a Game – GTA V

Written by (@leftybrown) on December 19, 2013 in Features, Staff Picks

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Nominees: Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Grand Theft Auto, Hotline Miami, Ni No Kuni I get uncomfortable when a game like GTA V gets nominated for Best Soundtrack in a game. It’s not because I find the content in the game controversial or sometimes objectionable. It’s because Grand Theft Auto V uses several… Read More »


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Staff Picks 2013: Best Co-op Game – Super Mario 3D World

Written by (@LadyPwncess) on December 18, 2013 in Features, Staff Picks

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Nominees: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, Rayman Legends, Super Mario 3D World When I think back to my fondest childhood memories about gaming, they often involve Nintendo, pizza, and some good old co-op with family or friends. Nintendo really has a handle on doing co-op right, they always have, especially when… Read More »


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Staff Picks 2013: Best Indie Game – Papers, Please

Written by (@phneri) on December 17, 2013 in News, Staff Picks

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Nominees: Brothers, Gone Home, Papers, Please, Rogue Legacy Let’s talk about one of the most surprising, glorious, soul-crushing releases of the year: Papers, Please. Papers is a game about bureaucracy, greed, corruption, and stamping papers. Mostly stamping papers. What made it amazing was how quickly the game was able to destroy my sense of empathy…. Read More »


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Staff Picks 2013: Sleeper Hit of the Year – Fables: The Wolf Among Us

Written by (@LadyPwncess) on December 17, 2013 in Features, Staff Picks

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Nominees: DMC: Devil May Cry, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Metro: Last Light, Saint’s Row IV TellTale Games has put their superb storytelling skills to work yet again and created another engaging graphic adventure game. Based off the comic series Fables by Bill Willingham, Fables: Wolf Among Us is an episodic story that puts you… Read More »


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Game of the Year: The Walking Dead

Written by (@leftybrown) on December 14, 2012 in Features

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One could say that, in videogames, this was the year for the survivor. 2K’s Spec Ops: The Line showed a protagonist barely hanging onto his humanity in the midst of a chaotic war and natural disaster. EA’s Mass Effect 3 had Commander Shepard fighting against insurmountable odds from an ancient threat that could annihilate entire… Read More »


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2011 Staff Picks: Game of the Year

Written by (@johncatuira) on December 22, 2011 in Features

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Game of the Year: Portal 2 (Developer: Valve; Publisher: Valve Corp) If you’ve been following our Staff Picks, you’ve already had three hints as to which game won the award for The Married Gamers Game of the Year for 2011. It won Best Storyline. It took the title for Best Co-Op. It earned the dubious… Read More »


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2011 Staff Picks: Sleeper Hit of the Year

Written by (@leftybrown) on December 14, 2011 in Features

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Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Developer: Toys for Bob; Publisher: Activision) Video games for kids are all too often good examples of lazy movie retellings of some hot property or games set around either beauty or public service vocations that reinforce out-dated gender stereotypes. Rarely have they been about imaginative worlds and gameplay that lets kids play… Read More »


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2011 Staff Picks: Best Storyline

Written by (@johncatuira) on December 7, 2011 in Features

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Best Storyline: Portal 2 (Developer: Valve; Publisher: Valve Corp) I’ve always said that for narrative-focused games, a story is the framework that developers mold the rest of the game around. A good story is more than a premise and much more than a checklist of objectives. The fiction of the Portal 2 universe carries over from… Read More »