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Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The siren call
My introduction to The Elder Scrolls series involved watching a friend use the same spell over and over in a forest full of endlessly re-spawning rats, in an effort to level up his magical abilities.
| December 01, 2011
Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
What did you expect?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 felt formulaic — but, oh, what a wonderful formula it was. Modern Warfare 3 follows an identical trajectory.
| November 29, 2011
The Divine Sister's comic convent at SpeakEasy Stage
Larry Coen directs SpeakEasy Stage's Boston premiere of Charles Busch's The Divine Sister, this time without Busch's gender-bending talents in the starring role of Mother Superior.
| November 02, 2011
SpeakEasy's heart-wrenching Next Fall
It's a story you've heard before: a young gay man, raised by Bible-thumping Southern parents who would disown him if he were to come out, moves to New York City.
| October 05, 2011
Review: Gears of War 3
The COG's sordid past comes to light
Gears of War 3 should feel familiar. Except the female characters have guns now.
| October 05, 2011
Review: Resistance 3
Murderer with a heart of gold
Fall is shooter season, and Resistance 3 is the first of many, though it will likely not emerge as the frontrunner.
| September 13, 2011
New Rep's new Rent stays mostly true, with one twist and some noise
Highs and lows
Every director who helms Rent must struggle in the shadow of the original production.
| September 14, 2011
Company One takes on Jason Grote's whirling 1001
Grote uses the same framing device as the original One Thousand and One Nights , which begins with Shahriyar (Nael Nacer) discovering his wife's infidelity and deciding that the only way to prevent his future wives from cheating is to marry virgins, deflower them, and execute them the next morning.
| July 26, 2011
Review: Nintendo 3DS
Is Ocarina of Time enough to make the Nintendo 3DS worth it?
Nintendo's newest handheld console, the 3DS, costs $250 — the same amount the Wii cost at first, making the 3DS the most expensive handheld to date.
| July 19, 2011
Brink trips over itself
There's an old joke about shooters: "No one plays the campaign." Everybody just skips ahead to the multiplayer. So why should developers even include that pesky story mode?
| June 09, 2011
Review: Mortal Kombat 9
Mortal Kombat 9 represents everything that's awful about video games. It's trashy, it's corny, it's gory, it's sexist, it's racist — and it's deceptively addictive.
| May 10, 2011
Review: HBO's Game of Thrones
It's a long story
In spite of the obstacles to making Martin's story succeed as a TV show, someone at HBO must be a fan, because Game of Thrones — named after the first book in his series — makes its live-action television debut this Sunday, April 17.
| April 14, 2011
Review: Dragon Age 2
Dragon Age 2 appears, at first, to have little going for it. The combat system stoops to Kingdom Hearts levels of easy. You press the basic attack button as fast as you can while occasionally switching to other buttons for more-powerful abilities that recharge.
| March 31, 2011
At PAX, everyone gets along
PAX East came to the Boston Convention Center this past weekend, bringing 69,500 gamers together for three days of video and computer-game demos, nerdcore concerts, panel discussions about the industry and gamer culture at large, and chances to meet the convention's hosts, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the author/artist duo of the popular gaming webcomic Penny Arcade.
| March 16, 2011
From Cleopatra to Picasso to Alan Turing: Spring theater in Boston
Famous historical figures come to life on the Boston theater scene this spring.
| March 14, 2011
Gaming, rape culture, and how I stopped reading Penny Arcade
When Dickwolves attack
One September evening in 2005, I sat in a packed MIT lecture hall and watched as Mike Krahulik drew the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory on a blackboard.
| March 07, 2011
Review: Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Flashy fan service
MvC3 doesn't even attempt to take a stand on crossover match-ups, since all the fighters must be of comparable strength, or the game won't function. Is it ridiculous to see the Phoenix lose against Magneto? Yes. Fans of X-Men know that's impossible, but in this game, anything can happen.
| February 23, 2011
Review: Dead Space 2
The engineer, unmasked
It's been three years since Dead Space, both for us and for protagonist Isaac Clarke, who wakes up with no memory of what's happened since we last saw his simple spaceship-engineering assignment turn into a fight against undead monsters called Necromorphs.
| February 02, 2011
Sexiest video game studs of 2010
A banner year for pixelated pieces of ass
Shameless objectification. That’s what gamers like to see: toned, fit bodies performing fantastic physical stunts in skimpy outfits. Thing is, the games industry isn’t just pandering to their straight male audience these days. We’re starting to see some equal-opportunity eye candy.
| August 04, 2011
Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops
Historical fiction: Black Ops packs the Cold War with action
Like other Call of Duty games, Black Ops is rated M for Mature, but that rating doesn't cut it anymore.
| November 17, 2010
Review: Kirby's Epic Yarn
Gaming in Neverland
Kirby's Epic Yarn is for the kids
| November 02, 2010
The Current Issue
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