Few things have changed the landscape of gaming quite as significantly as achievements. Pushed into the mainstream beginning with the Xbox 360, the concept has been adopted by pretty much every major publisher and platform (except for those stubborn blokes at Nintendo). They add replay value to games by challenging the player to complete various […]Read More What Makes a Good Achievement?
Video games are pretty cool, right? They offer a way to experience epic stories, fun challenges, gorgeous visuals, and plenty more. When you look at a game, you know—or at least have a pretty good idea of—what kind of game it’s going to be. The theme. The mood. The art style. You get the picture. […]Read More The 10 Best Gaming Easter Eggs
Anyone remember when Halo 2 released way back in ’04? It received critical praise and people just loved everything about it. It had a great campaign, fantastic multiplayer, a not-at-all-infuriating ending that provided some kind of closure… Okay maybe that last one is more or less the opposite of the truth, but while a lot […]Read More The Cutting Room Floor: I’m Still Pissed About Halo 2
Welcome to the first of a series in which I talk about my personal beloved franchises that haven’t seen the light of day in quite some time. Chances are most of these series will stay that way, but that’s not stopping me from begging. In this entry, I’ll be performing this ritual in the middle […]Read More Res-Erect: Dead Space
When I was a wee little guy, maybe two years old, my parents owned a Nintendo Entertainment System. My Dad was playing a game about some plumber who made money pop out of turtles’ asses as he sat with a miniature Brett in his lap. For one reason or another, he had to leave the […]Read More Character Creation: The Games That Shaped Me
If you dare, go find any current article about gaming trends and go to the comments section. Scroll through them long enough and I can guarantee two things: You’ll be very depressed by the time you finish and you will find at least five people bitching about the battle royale craze. Nothing pisses these people […]Read More Making a Case for Halo Battle Royale
E3 is where publishers go to show off their upcoming games and Bethesda goes to not announce The Elder Scrolls VI. This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo is right around the corner, so gamers around the Earth (myself included) are eagerly awaiting the official announcements of all the games that will leak between now and then. […]Read More E3 2018: A Prick’s Wishlist
I once ordered a BLT at my workplace’s cafeteria. I didn’t think to check the contents of the sandwich until I was back at my desk. Why would I? It’s a pretty simple sandwich, right? Wrong (apparently). As I chewed on my first bite, the horrifying realization set in. There was no bacon on my […]Read More Sega Genesis Classics: Where the Hell is Sonic 3?