Backlog Quest: Day 4 – Spider-Man: Edge of Time – On the edge of good

Dear Journal, Today I found out that two Spider-Men (mans?) are not always better than one. Spider-Man: Edge of time was Activision’s follow up to the sleeper hit Shattered Dimensions that took the more traditional Spider-Man and teamed it up with the surprise star from Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man 2099.  Together the duo must fight to restore the proper time-line after […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 3 – Jurassic: The Hunted – Dinosaur go boom!

Dear Journal, Today I kicked a Spinosaurus’ ass. Jurassic: The Hunted is one of those games that I’ve probably seen a million times and have always wondered whether or not I should play it.  I knew it wouldn’t be all that good, there was no way, but (perhaps brought on by early memories of Turok) something in me needed to […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 2 – Centipede: Infestation – C’mon you apes! You wanna live forever?

Dear Journal, Today I fought a giant centipede for control of a garden. Centipede is pretty much what you would call a classic.  The game has been around forever and has existed in almost as many forms as there are legs on a giant centipede.  So a “true reboot” of the franchise sounded interesting, and the bright colorful graphics of […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 1 – Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 – Awkward hunting is awkward

Dear Journal, Today I spent some time with my psychotic father hunting deranged animals all over the world. That is to say, what the hell did I just play? I had seen them in stores quite a bit, and there is no shortage of them, so I had wondered for quite some time just what these Cabela’s games had to […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 0 – The Adventure Begins

Dear Journal, Today I realized I have a problem. How did this all begin anyway?  I suppose I have Cheap Ass Gamer to blame, at least in part.  At what point does a deal on a video game literally become so good that you can’t resist it?  Well, apparently, for me that point doesn’t take much. I mean, how did […]

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I survived a trip to L.A. and all I got was OH MY GOD E3!

  E3 is the dream conference in the eyes of a gamer.  In that magical land of sack boys and blue hedgehogs you’re treated to all of the upcoming games and consoles.  A lot of us have to experience it through the warm, comforting glow of a computer screen.  However, some fortunate souls get to step through the doors of […]

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In Depth: The 10 Ways Indie Developers Fail to Market Their Game

No matter what format, what system or what game you are developing for, there are certain things that can doom your game regardless of how good or bad it is from the start.  While this article is written with a focus on XBLIG’s, much of these apply to any indie game developer looking to make a dollar off of their […]

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Dr. Geek: The Indie World of Chicagoland

At the C2E2 extravaganza that was last weekend, there were panels on the game development industry in the Chicago area. These panels ostensibly had two roles: to let the con-goers know that yes, there is a game development industry still around in Chicago, and to discuss just what that industry currently looks like. What also emerged from the panels were […]

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A first hand look at the Pokemon Battle Royale art show

People, hey, seriously, look at this. This is awesome. Now, I won’t say that I’m an avid art fan, nor would I say that I don’t have a level of respect for it.  That said, it’s rare that something like the opening of an art gallery can tear me away from Netflix or a cold beer.  Apparently though, all it […]

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Dr. Geek: Treating Video Games like Cigarettes

Every so often, it seems another politician seeks to spend his or her political capital on an endeavor aimed at curtailing video games.  In the 1990s, such endeavors led to the formation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and the rating labels for video and computer games.  After the formation of such a self-regulatory system, companies and states have sought […]

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