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Aerosmith can’t make Guitar Hero sing again
It is somehow fitting that the Guitar Hero series should follow the trajectory of the countless rock bands who achieve too much success too soon.
| July 28, 2008
Back to the future
A new generation of Space Invaders
Of all the things to love about games, the best is when one comes out of nowhere to knock you upside the head.
| July 15, 2008
The wheels come off for Guitar Hero
It’s more pleasant than being eaten by a T. Rex.
| July 08, 2008
War of words
The final Metal Gear Solid doesn’t go down quietly
“War has changed,” Solid Snake tells us, both at the beginning and at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots . He would know.
| July 01, 2008
Ninja Gaiden II scores a flesh wound
To judge by the way they’re portrayed in video games, ninjas are suffering from an identity crisis.
| June 17, 2008
Bourne to lose
Action, but no thrills, in this Conspiracy
The Bourne Conspiracy is a video game not directly based on the Bourne films starring Matt Damon — a fact its makers have taken great pains to obscure.
| June 10, 2008
Inherit the wind
The Wii’s first original, downloadable content
One of the most exciting aspects of this console generation has been each platform’s approach to downloadable content.
| June 03, 2008
The World Ends with a bang, not a whimper
New gameplay quirks erupt from The World Ends with You like popcorn from an industrial-strength popper.
| May 19, 2008
Citizen Kane? Or ‘Citizen You’?
Grand Theft Auto IV puts the player behind the wheel
Anyone who wants to know what makes a video game a video game — what makes it different from movies, television, books — can find the answer in Grand Theft Auto IV .
| May 15, 2008
Shell on wheels
The Nintendo Wii’s kart attack
Unless Nintendo is planning to drop a surprise Kid Icarus remake on us, Mario Kart Wii will be one of its last franchises to make the leap to the next generation.
| May 07, 2008
The brutal but beautiful Ikaruga
Warning: if you’re the type to scream profanities and toss controllers when a game is too difficult, you’ll want to give Ikaruga a wide berth.
| April 28, 2008
Sex, violence and video games
Reconciling the irreconcilable
Popular culture has always had a bogeyman. These days, it’s most often video games being accused of leading the nation’s youth astray.
| April 23, 2008
A stellar prequel to Final Fantasy VII
One of the enduring images from 1997’s Final Fantasy VII was a short cinema showing the rogue warrior Sephiroth disappearing into a wall of flame.
| April 15, 2008
Bros. in arms
Nintendo puts nostalgia on Smash
Look — there’s Link fighting Bowser! Whoa!
| April 07, 2008
Dark Sector goes down in blades of glory
We’ve all known someone whose IQ score was off the charts and who was unable to untie his own shoes. Dark Sector is the video-game equivalent of that guy.
| April 01, 2008
Army of Two fights the good fight — mostly
September 11 has featured prominently in books, movies, and TV shows, but video games have danced around the subject — until now.
| March 24, 2008
The rhythm method
Patapon bangs the drum slowly
Rhythm games have a proud and noble tradition as one of the most innovative genres around.
| March 18, 2008
The venial Sins of a Solar Empire
Let’s get the important part out of the way first: Sins of a Solar Empire has the best name of any game you’ll play this year, or even this decade.
| March 11, 2008
The Club isn’t for everyone
“Why am I doing this?”
| March 03, 2008
The Devil you know
No great leap for Devil May Cry 4
For the truly hardcore — those gamers who thrive on punishing difficulty — the Devil May Cry series is godhead.
| February 20, 2008
Burnout goes open-world
Risk versus reward — that’s what the Burnout series of racing games has always been about.
| February 11, 2008
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Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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