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Extra Life 2012: Play Games. Heal Kids.

I’ve never had much interest in the whole “charity” thing. I don’t particularly enjoy helping people I know, much less complete and total strangers. However, one thing that does interest me is finding new ways to validate the unreasonable amount of time I spend playing video games. Also, as a father of two, I have…

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1st Annual Boston Festival of Indie Games Wrap-Up

Saturday was a gorgeous day, the kind of bright and sunny, yet breezy and temperate weather that makes me love autumn in New England. However, rather than spend outdoors one of the few perfect September days we get here in Boston, I chose to lurk in dark auditoriums and elbow my way through crowded (and…

Review: Mark of the Ninja

Mark of the Ninja not only perfects the stealth genre, it transcends it, such that even non-stealth-game fans are likely to enjoy its rewarding gameplay and captivating atmosphere. “Fun” and “rules” are two concepts frequently placed at odds with one another, and yet one of the basic truths of video games is that they are…

Review: Dust: An Elysian Tail

Whether you view it as a visually evocative action-adventure or as a testament to its creator’s talent and persistence, Dust: An Elysian Tail is a game worth experiencing. Whether video games are “art” is a question that has largely been settled, at least by anyone whose opinion I value. These days, someone arguing that “video…

My Fall Preorder Lineup

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Preorder I’ve gradually grown to love “preordering” upcoming titles before they’re released. Originally I viewed the practice as a way for desperate Gamestop employees to harass you at the register, by running through all the additional games they’d like you to buy beyond the one…

What I’ve Been Playing

After a July full of PC gaming, I returned last month to the comfortable embrace of my Xbox and Nintendo 3DS. Let’s look at some of the titles I checked out during August. Dark Souls (Xbox 360) With no new titles immediately demanding my attention, I began last month’s gaming by returning to an older…

Review: Darksiders II

Like its predecessor, Darksiders II combines familiar game elements in ambitious new ways. While it can be a bit rough around the edges, fans of the original should be satisfied, and newcomers to the franchise should give it a look. Darksiders II is the sequel to the 2010 post-apocalyptic adventure game Darksiders, developed by Vigil…