Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Is Impressively Mediocre

Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Is Impressively Mediocre

I was such a mark for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 that as soon as it was announced, I knew I was going to own it. I didn’t need to see the trailer, the roster, any of it—just the name. MUA (and the X-Men Legends games, and Marvel Heroes when it was active) just… hit that sweet spot for me. Gauntlet-style play, Marvel (more specifically, X-Men) characters, powers and combos, I’m here for it. Every time. (more…)

GYGO: Extremely Specific

GYGO: Extremely Specific

Do you like extremely specific catalogues of minutiae in video games? Well, you’re in luck! Check out the The Video Game Soda Machine Project, which is a blog collecting the appearance of vending machines selling soda in video games. This is absolutely something I would not have thought of cataloguing, but it completely makes sense: soda is in itself a part of pop culture, and how developers and designers choose to depict it in their games can say a lot about their views on both the product and the culture around it. The list is pretty comprehensive—I had no trouble finding multiple posts for DCUO, a game I once spent too much time playing. (more…)

September Roundtable: Actually Educational Edutainment

September Roundtable: Actually Educational Edutainment

It’s September—though many of us have left our academic lives behind us, there is still something wonderful about back-to-school season, so let’s talk about learning in games! (more…)

PAX West 2019: Personal Accounts of eXistentialism

PAX West 2019: Personal Accounts of eXistentialism

What is PAX?

I’m not asking that in like…a high school report sense, but an existential one. Am I PAX? Are we all PAX? I don’t know. Did you know that at PAX you could play a demo of Solasta: Crown of the Magister? I do, because I got many emails about it. A fun fact about me is the more aggressive a PR person is, the more likely I am to not engage. I am petty and filled with spite. (more…)