Review: Castles of Caladale

Designer: David Wilkinson Publisher: Renegade Game Studios Category: Family Game / Tile-Laying Player Count: 2-4 Price: $30.00 MSRP In my writing on board games, I have long campaigned for the importance of games with simple, clean rules. Gamers often misunderstand just how difficult board games can be. You might think Ticket to Ride is child’s play, but I’ve seen…

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“INSIDE” an Analysis of the Allure of Sin

Let’s just say this definitively: INSIDE, the newest game from Playdead, the makers of LIMBO, is about sin. You got that? It’s all about sin. Now, I’ve thought also to tailor this article about the game’s tech, immersion, and a number of other things, and I could. That’s the brilliance of what the European studio…

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Video Games and Coming to Terms with the End

I recently realized that the active season of my life in which I played video games was coming to a close. I say “realized,” but more accurately, it was a decision. I decided I would close the curtain. To recognize the stature of said decision, you must first understand a few things. Make no mistake—I love…

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Review: Harvest Moon Animal Parade (Wii)

Developer: Marvelous Interactive Publisher: Natsume (US) Genre: RPG, Simulation Rating: E  Price: $19.99            Harvest Moon is oddly a game that I find myself picking up around this time of the year. It’s harvest time, it’s a time of warm feelings, good food, and some of the best produce we’ll enjoy year-round.…

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Review: Cognition—An Erica Reed Thriller Episode 3: “The Oracle” (PC)

Developer: Phoenix Online Studios Publisher: Phoenix Online Studios Genre: Mystery Roleplay Crime Thriller Rating: M Price: $3.99 If you haven’t played the other games I recommend stopping right here and reading both the Episode 1 and 2 reviews. I’ll try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but a huge reveal occurs in this episode, one that is…

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