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Digital downloads: Up in smoke...

Locoroco Cocoreccho Screenshot

So, it's no secret that I'm not exactly the biggest fan of moving towards a download-only, no-physical-copy future. There are a billion reasons for that, but one of the main ones is that I'm not very keen on trusting some corporation to be honest and honor the "purchases" I've made. Call me paranoid if you like, but I have yet to see the corporation who genuinely has their consumers' interest at heart.

Catherine, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and PAX

Catherine Screenshot

I finally got my copy of Catherine and started it up about 30 seconds after it arrived. At this point I am at exactly the halfway mark and I'm really, really enjoying it. Atlus once again proves that they have some of the best writers around, and their style is second to none. This tale of an unintentional philanderer is having no problem whatsoever keeping my interest... in fact, one particular cutscene had me literally on the edge of my seat.

Links and appreciating older games

GoldenEye 007 Nintendo 64 Box Art

Put GoldenEye 007 (N64) in front someone who's never played it before, and I guarantee that their reaction will be less than positive. However, people who are old enough to have played it when it first hit often speak of all-night multiplayer binges in reverent tones. The difference there is that people who have the proper context know what gaming was like at the time, and what it was like before GoldenEye made the strides in multiplayer that it did.

Seattle Indie Expo 2011

Containment Screenshot

If there was ever any doubt (and really, there wasn't) then Seattle Indie Expo has settled the matter for good—the Pacific Northwest has got a serious surplus of top-notch development talent.

Netflix, Monster Hunter and Serious Sam Double D

Serious Sam Double D Screenshot

The good people over at Mommy's Best Games have sent me an alpha copy of the upcoming Serious Sam Double D and I've played through the first world. Despite being at a very early stage of development, the game is coming together very nicely.

Ms. Splosion Man, Knights Contract and the PAX 10 of 2011

Ms 'Splosion Man Screenshot

So I've been playing Ms. 'Splosion Man on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) for the past few days now. I've been wanting to mention it earlier, but the embargo was pretty specific about not saying anything, whether positive or negative. Thankfully, that embargo ended at, so I can spill...

Catherine's nightmares, Super Powered Love and the Cambodian Space Project

Catherine Screenshot

Catherine, Catherine, Catherine… Only three more weeks or so until this infamously enigmatic title hits, and personally, I couldn't be more excited. Rather than explain why, I'll simply let the latest trailer speak for itself.

Book news, Pixel Fences and Torchwood: Miracle Day

Catherine Screenshot

Not a lot to report at the moment.

Non-game work has been keeping me pretty busy, and since it's summer, the kids are active all day long and go to bed later than usual. Since I don't play single-player or violent games when they're around, my hours for burning through "grown-up games" are limited.

Journey, Capcom's new scheme and explosive fanbuoyancy

Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D Screenshot

Game circles have been buzzing about Capcom's recent decision to release their new 3DS Resident Evil title without the ability to reset data. Confused? Essentially, when a player buys it new and starts progressing through the various modes, all of those stats and unlocks are hard-saved to the cartridge. That's all well and good, except for the fact that if the player wants to wipe the data and start fresh for any reason, it's not possible.

The family that slays together... and an evening with Swery and his Premonition

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Screenshot

Earlier this evening, my oldest son and I were sitting together with PlayStation Portables (PSPs) in hand, team questing in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. After a while, he randomly turned to me and gave me a big hug, telling me that I was the best dad ever. I asked him why.

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