Category Archives: Commentary

Name That Quote: GTA V’s Lacey Jonas, Lindsay Lohan, or Something I Made Up?

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Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar Games, for allegedly using her persona as the basis for GTA V’s Lacey Jonas character.  She is not claiming that the character looks like her, or sounds like her, but rather that she acts like her.  Lacey Jonas is an intentionally over-the-top caricature of the stereotypical, idiotic, soulless, out of

Shovel Knight’s Amazing Release Trailer Marks the End of Our Long Wait

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These days, we hear about upcoming games really early, too early.  If a game reveal strikes our fancy, we sometimes have to wait years to actually play it outside of a showroom floor.  Usually, when we hear about a great new game, it doesn’t even have a release date; it just exists in a hypothetical,

Behind the Hype: What We Actually Know About No Man’s Sky

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When it comes to Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky, I am as fascinated with the game itself as I am with the uncontrollable hype machine behind it.  Before E3, some people had heard of No Man’s Sky, but they didn’t really understand what it was.  After the E3 trailer, millions of people had heard of

That Old Feeling

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At this year’s E3, there were a slew of new games announced as well as some familiar faces returning for yet another showing. Some that have seemingly been in development forever (get it together, Kojima) made an appearance along with a few classic franchises being resurrected from the digital grave. Nostalgia machines like Phantom Dust

Mobile Master Race: It’s Not Actually a Race

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Over the last few years, gaming has made a huge leap into the mainstream via mobile. Video games are no longer solely found within the realm of consoles or PC, privy only to those willing to shell out the cash for a gaming device. Now even your most gaming-inept uncle is getting in on the

Evolve’s 4v1 Trailer Turns Hunted to Wanted

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As much as we enjoyed Left 4 Dead, we really weren’t sold on Turtle Rock’s new project until we watched the recent 4v1 trailer.  Don’t get me wrong.  There was never much chance of Evolve being unenjoyable overall; it just didn’t look like much fun for the player being hunted.  The original pitch sounded a

Trials Confusion: Erik Estrada is Lying About One of Our Favorite Games

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There are basically two types of advertisements out there: the ones that explain why you should buy a product, and the ones that distract you from the reasons why you might choose not to.  Sharks don’t have a lot to do with deodorant, but I have definitely seen them used to sell it.  “Trying to

Titanfall Has AT-AT Catfish Monsters

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Ordering Titanfall and then later finding out it features monsters was like ordering chili-cheese fries and then later finding out they feature blowjobs.  “Titanfall has Monsters??!!” read the first text I received, alerting me to the subject.  Hurriedly, I scampered to open the internets, my eager hands fumbling with the keys.  Could it really be

Five Bold Post-E3 Predictions That Fare Well for Microsoft and the Xbox One

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So rarely do I get the chance to play devil’s advocate for the actual devil.  I kid Microsoft, of course, but they definitely haven’t made many friends this week.  Ever since they announced their used game policy, codenamed the “Satan System” for the duration of this article, gamers have been in an uproar.  We’ve been

Biden’s Violent Media Tax is Stupid, But Not for the Reason You Think

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A couple of days ago, Vice President Joe Biden said that there was “no legal restriction on the ability” of Congress to enact a tax on violent video games, and “no legal reason why they couldn’t.”  That is a completely true statement (maybe).  It is not illegal to tax violent video games, only illogical.  One