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Why I play violent video games

First-Person Shooter
When I was 15, I made a new best friend.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  February 06, 2013


Get on your snow (re)boots: Video game makeovers in 2013

With the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 now in their seventh and eighth years of existence, they've been around far longer than previous console generations.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  December 21, 2012


Thinking man's action: Top games of 2012

At some point, it stopped being a trend and became the reality: the most interesting, thought-provoking games aren't mega-budget retail releases, but smaller downloadable titles.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  December 19, 2012


Outside the box: PC indie games of 2012

Here are five PC indie games of 2012 that serve as important counterpoints to the Halo s and Mass Effect s of the mainstream gaming world.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  December 19, 2012


Boyfriend Maker 101: We have met the boyfriend, and he is us

Laser Orgy
Two weeks ago, references to an iOS game called Boyfriend Maker began flooding my Twitter feed.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  December 06, 2012


One woman’s battle against the anxious masculinity of the fighting-games scene

A Challenger Appears
Arcades are dead, but the fighting-games community has straggled on without them, via gaming meet-ups in stores, bars, and basements.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  October 16, 2012


Boston Festival of Indie Games: The next step

Game On
Game On
By: WEI-HUAN CHEN  |  October 04, 2012


Beyond shooters

10 video games that will invade your brain this fall
In an era of scripted set pieces and action sequences that are no more than glorified shooting galleries, Dishonored aims to give players the tools to author their own experiences.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  September 18, 2012


Review: Darksiders II

A tour of gaming tropes
"Gentlemen, I'm not going to mince words. THQ is in trouble. We're bleeding cash, and we need a hit game to save our ass. I want you to tell me what you're going to do to make Darksiders II that game."
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  September 04, 2012


Review: Orcs Must Die! 2

Monster Mash
We're all happy to see more games that deal honestly and maturely with questions of life and death, and that question the player's role in perpetuating the cycle of violence.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  August 21, 2012


Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

Senior circuit
Making new Tony Hawk games obviously wasn't working. Why not make the old ones instead?
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  August 07, 2012


Review: Spec Ops: The Line

Friendly fire
Heavily inspired by Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and even more so by Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now , The Line follows a three-man squad of Delta operatives into a ravaged Dubai.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  July 18, 2012


Review: Quantum Conundrum

Space and time
Of all the brainteasers on offer in Quantum Conundrum , a new downloadable puzzle game, the toughest one to crack is how to discuss it without comparisons to Portal .
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  July 06, 2012


Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

Mixed messages
At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
By: MADDY MYERS  |  June 29, 2012


Review: Max Payne 3

Max Payne's bloody Brazilian getaway
Max Payne 3 makes video-game violence mean something again.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  June 15, 2012


Review: The Walking Dead: Episode 1

Dead reckoning
Halfway between a traditional point-and-click adventure game and a Heavy Rain -style interactive fiction, the central aim of The Walking Dead is to put players in impossible situations with no good outcome.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  June 08, 2012

Review: Diablo 3

Review: Diablo 3

Always on
Where is your copy of Diablo 3 ? It's not on your computer. It never will be. It is in the cloud, with all its virtual spoils streaming live over the Internet.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  June 03, 2012


Review: Trials Evolution

On the right track
Trials Evolution is a game about launching dirt bikes off sweet jumps, gunning for record-breaking times, and occasionally doing backflips. It's like a modern-day Excitebike .
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  May 15, 2012

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