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Borderlands Review

Stranded (And Bored) In The Wasteland

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HIGH Millions of guns to choose from, theoretically...

LOW The "adventure" is pure contrivance, utterly lacking a soul.

WTF Where's the onscreen mini-map? Why do weak guns auto-equip?

Critter Crunch Review

Bland Name, Tasty Game

Critter Crunch Screenshot

HIGH A new, predatory twist on puzzling.

LOW The difficulty of the final third feels haphazard and unrefined.

WTF Rainbow-colored regurgitation.

Thoughts on leaked Modern Warfare 2 footage (Spoiler Alert!)

Spoiler Alert for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 fans!!

This morning on Twitter, I saw a link come in mentioning Modern Warfare 2. I don't really give a rip about it and I've been skipping over most of the masturbatory OMG-look-at-this-new-feature news on it, but this particular tweet was from one of my recent follows who I perceive as being a pretty sharp dude, and his basic reaction to this piece of news was essentially "holy s**t." That in itself isn't usually enough to get me to click a link, but like I said, this guy has had some interesting things to say, so I checked it out.

Ah, to be old and fragging: Roles for the elderly in video games

Ah, to be old and fragging: Roles for the elderly in video games

Many video games are escapist in one sense or another and have to deal with the maximum agency afforded to the player, and in most cases we're talking about agency in the idealized, physical sense.  If the protagonist is not physically attractive or physically "able" (and this is to say nothing of the marginalizing of the physically handicapped or disabled in video games... perhaps a topic for future discussion), at the very least he/she is youthful... iconic of the kind of template for change and dynamic narrative-based character shifts we all look for in the classic bildungsroman that forms the basis for games ranging from Braid to Fable 2.

When have you created a game character of a different race?

When Have You Created a Game Character of a Different Race?

Over the past week or so, it seems like the issue of race in gaming has been picking up steam. I've come across two great posts on the subject, one from Paul Tassi and a sardonic take over at the Play Like a Girl blog. More pertinently, an illuminating study from the USC Annenberg School of Communication revealed that minorities—and particularly Latinos—are woefully underrepresented among protagonists and other characters in leading video games.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves?

Yay!
66% (352 votes)
Meh.
9% (48 votes)
Nay!
5% (25 votes)
Don't care.
20% (109 votes)
Total votes: 534

Switchgames and what's the big deal with Borderlands?

Switchgames and what's the big deal with Borderlands?

Borderlands is the game everyone's talking about at the moment, although I have to admit that I'm a little bit (well, okay, a lot) puzzled at all of the positive buzz is getting. It's currently rocking an 84 at MetaCritic and no one has a bad word to say about it on Twitter. However, my experience was basically the opposite… it started poorly and failed to come together for me, leaving me bored and disaffected.

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