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May 29 – June 4

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:03:29 +0000

This week almost got me to pick a VR game. Giant Cop: Justice Above All hits all the right buttons for my kind of humor, even if the game does just boil down to picking things up and putting them down in humorous ways, which by my calculations makes up approximately fifty percent of the games on VR today (with 49 percent being shooting galleries and the remaining 1 percent being stereoscopic movies on Redtube). But since I don’t have a VR rig, and won’t anytime soon at current prices, I’ll give that one a bye – or, rather, a Not Buy.

(That’s funnier if you read it out loud, but only just.)




Too Long; Didn't Play: Reset 1-1

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:24:40 +0000

Using death as a mechanic in a game that harkens to a genre where death came early and often?

That’s just crazy enough to work!




Orbital Decay – Episode 10

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:57:05 +0000

Welcome to Orbital Decay, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Michael Zenke as he takes Sean Sands, Shawn Andrich, Karla Andrich and Rob Daviau into a mysterious sci-fi adventure where our heroes don't know who they are, where they are or why they've emerged from their damaged cryo pods in the first place.




GWJ Conference Call Episode 554

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:38:03 +0000

Dead Cell, The Surge, Nier: Automata, What Remains of Edith Finch, Tumbleseed, The Making of Perception, Your Emails and More!




May 22 – May 28

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:13:32 +0000

May is, apparently, Old Property Month in the game industry. Last week we saw Reservoir Dogs and The Great Gatsby get videogame transitions, and this week we get Friday the 13th and Vanquish.

Well, I’m nothing if not a bandwagon jumper (or, for Felix’s benefit: a bandwagon pinafore dress). Just the other day there was a bandwagon meandering through my neighborhood, and I said to myself “I should jump that thing!”

Now, I don’t have any particular affinity for Friday the 13th, as I consider Jason to be a Johnny-come-lately that learned the wrong lessons from Michael Myers. I saw one of the movies at a Halloween party when I was in high school, and don’t remember much because I was sitting next to a young lady dressed as a dominatrix. (I was dressed as Garth, from Wayne’s World, in case you were wondering, and my drumsticks were very distracting.)

So let’s go with Vanquish. I didn’t play Vanquish when it first came out, for reasons that I can’t quite recall. It probably had something to do with the incredibly generic title and box art that made me think it was probably a multiplayer game masquerading as something that’s worth the price of a full-priced video game. (See also: Massive Action Game, released in the same year, which narrowly beat out Things On Wheels for the most generic videogame title in the past or future history of video games)

Well, I watched a trailer for Vanquish last week, and it just hit all the right buttons for me. It’s got the stylish action and combo multipliers that used to be my bread and butter back when they made more games that featured them. (Hey Bethesda, you remade Doom and resurrected Prey. How about a sequel to Wet?) I’ll play acrobatic shooters all day, and all night too if they feature giant robots. I even bought Bayonetta just to tide me over, and to get the 25% discount on Vanquish (I’m bad at math when video games are involved). So that’s my game of the week.




Too Long; Didn't Play: Hacknet

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:16:42 +0000

This is the perfect game for anyone who can successfully tar a directory on the first try without Google. Your enjoyment of the game will be directly proportional to how close you are to being that person.




GWJ Conference Call Episode 553

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:36:13 +0000

Prey, The Gaming Afterglow, Your Emails and More!




May 16 – May 21

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:21:37 +0000

Have you ever noticed that nobody in a work of fiction who has the name Decker (or its attendant homonyms) is a good person? They're always vicious military men hunting the A-Team, or cackling mad scientists trying to destroy or enslave humanity (or both, for preference; Deckers tend to be on the ambitious side). [Or systematically murdering Replicants. -Ed.] Being named Decker, I always found it funny that such malignity should be ascribed to a surname that comes from the German word for roofer.

It also makes me feel as though I'm letting the side down. After all, if every other Decker is trying to rule the world, what does it say about me that I'm content to be a Senior Engineer because I don't want to be promoted to management? Shouldn't I have more drive than that?

This week sees the release of The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, which is an FMV adventure game that takes the technology from Her Story and amps it up to make the players feel as though they are actually speaking to psychiatric patients. According to the press kit, if you can type a question, the characters can answer it. Given that normal humans frequently misunderstand my questions and respond with gobbledygook that they believe is an answer, I'm not sure I'll be able to tell the difference.

I'm curious to see what, exactly, is wrong with this particular Doctor Dekker. I’m also interested to see if they can crack the Turing test with pre-recorded video files. One way or another, it's bound to be entertaining. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is my game of the week.




Orbital Decay – Episode 9

Mon, 15 May 2017 03:25:04 +0000

Welcome to Orbital Decay, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Michael Zenke as he takes Sean Sands, Shawn Andrich, Karla Andrich and Rob Daviau into a mysterious sci-fi adventure where our heroes don't know who they are, where they are or why they've emerged from their damaged cryo pods in the first place.




Too Long; Didn't Play: Nefarious

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:16:22 +0000

Have you ever wanted to pilot one of those cumbersome, bloated, sluggish, and incredibly powerful boss robots that gave you so much trouble when you were playing Sonic the Hedgehog?

Then buddy, have I got the game for you!