I was gifted the first Hotline Miami game ages ago and adored it. Beautiful colors, intense gameplay, unnerving artwork and confusing narrative + story theming, and the most amazing soundtrack to a video game I’d ever played. I was looking forward to the sequel but was horrified by news of the its tutorial featuring a potentially triggering sexual assault sequence. It was cut short and revealed to be within a fictional narrative within the greater fictional narrative, but I was still not impressed by the justifications, even within the final game. (more…)
Looking for non-sexualized action figures of female soldiers that you can repurpose for your preferred modern day setting? Marauder has you covered. Following on last year’s Task Force Gaming Figures, Marauder launched a line of intentionally generic female soldiers in various paint jobs and with customizable gear setups to use as you see fit. They’re in the same 3 3/4″ scale as Star Wars and G.I. Joe figures, and look pretty darn poseable to boot. (more…)
Nintendo’s E3 presentation pretty much erupted my Twitter timeline into explosions of surprise and joy, after cynicism and low expectations. Starting the show with honest to god Muppet versions of some of the head honchos of Nintendo that morphed into representations of characters from Star Fox Zero, due for a release this winter. We saw new footage of Arwings transforming into different forms, along with descriptions of influence for Star Fox in general- including the classic Supermarionation (heh) tv show Thunderbirds. Many of the games shown off featured anecdotes from the developers, including Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Wooly World.
The glorious relaunch of X-COM: UFO Defense, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, was easily one of the most well-regarded games of 2012. An isometric grid-based tactical game initially released on PC and consoles, the player was the commanding officer of Earth’s last line of defense against an invading alien army with sinister designs on the planet and humankind. Its subsequent character customization DLC, the substantial expansion Enemy Within and its mobile port, and the developer-endorsed mod Long War all helped prolong the lifespan of the XCOM relaunch. It only makes sense that the recent announcement of XCOM 2 was welcomed by fans.
It was with heavy heart that I donned my Abzan clan shirt and pins as an act of defiance towards the events of the Tarkir block in Magic: The Gathering’s latest series of expansions. Dragons have returned from extinction to the plane of Tarkir thanks to a time traveling meddler named Sarkhan Vol, and while good has come from it, the five clans of the plane have been put down and replaced by dragon broods. (more…)