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PAX East 2013 - Thoughts from the show floor

Written by (@nightskyre) on March 24, 2013 in Opinion, Pax East 2013

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It’s been a pretty incredible weekend so far here at PAX East 2013. I’ve spent a lot of time wandering throughout the show floor, the tabletop area, and even catching a few panels when I can fit them in. I’ve seen some triple A titles, some indie stuff, some board games, and a ton of… Read More »

Five Ways to Love at PAX East

Written by (@nightskyre) on March 19, 2013 in Features, Pax East 2013

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PAX East is just a few days away. I, for one, am stoked. It’s just an hour drive away for me, and in my home state, so it couldn’t be more convenient. So many like minded gamers coming to one place for a glorious weekend of gaming overindulgence is a rare treat for the North… Read More »

Disney Infinity: To INFINITY And Beyond!

Written by (@nightskyre) on March 12, 2013 in Opinion

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Geeks grow up. We get married. We have children. Geek parenting circles are fraught with hand-wringing discussions about how to properly introduce our children to our hallowed culture. Great debates pass through these circles: Star Wars: Episode 1 or Original Trilogy? (Original) Star Trek: Original, Next Gen, Voyager, or DS9? (Next Gen) Spider-man, Superman, Batman,… Read More »

2 Tabletop Gamers

Two TableTop Gamers: We Play Together - Three Cooperative Board Games

Written by (@nightskyre) on March 7, 2013 in Features

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When many people think of board games they think of the classics: Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, etc. More recent “classic” games include Life, Monopoly, Sorry!, and more. All of these games have one attribute in common - something that I have personally seen discourage some from playing them. This one aspect of nearly all board games… Read More »

Hardcore or Not: Nintendo’s Difficulty in Recapturing the Core Gamer

Written by (@nightskyre) on January 29, 2013 in Opinion

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A video was posted on YouTube last Thursday coming from the Arabic gaming site True Gaming. In this video Noah Hughes, Tomb Raider‘s Creative Director, talked about a number of topics including the fact that the latest reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise will not be playable on the Wii U. At first blush this… Read More »

Review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Written by on November 5, 2012 in


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Eleven years. Eleven years ago I was a sophomore in college, falling for the girl who would eventually become my wife and figuring out what the difference was between variable scope and polymorphism in my programming classes. Eleven years ago … Read More…

XCOM: UFO Defense - The Final Countdown

Written by (@nightskyre) on October 8, 2012 in Features


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This is the fourth and final piece in a series of retrospective looks at XCOM: UFO Defense in light of tomorrow’s release of the remake/re-imagining - XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The first three pieces can be found here, here, and here. Fresh off my experience with the Enemy Unknown demo available at PAX Prime, I returned… Read More »


The Avengers: Second Screen Experience

Written by (@nightskyre) on October 5, 2012 in Features, Reviews

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The Avengers has been hailed the best comic book movie ever made. There has never been a movie with as much crescendo, as much plot development, as much background information, and as much disparate prequel influence as The Avengers. Five full theatrical releases preceded The Avengers and the post credit “easter egg” clips of each… Read More »

Review: Mark of the Ninja

Written by on September 25, 2012 in


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Mark of the Ninja is a new side scrolling stealth action game from Klei Entertainment. From potted plants to shadowy doorways, Mark of the Ninja bleeds stealth. You play as, unsurprisingly, a ninja, focused on navigating your way through circuitous levels, completing objectives and avoiding detection. One of the most striking aspects of Mark of… Read More »

PAX 2012: Hands-On XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Written by (@nightskyre) on September 24, 2012 in Opinion

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Before you read this, please feel free to take the time to read my first two pieces on XCOM here and here. When I left you, I was off to find information on X-COM: UFO Defense. Stepping into the 1993 release as a wanton shoot-from-the-hip 2012 gamer, I was clearly underprepared for the complicated gameplay… Read More »