What I’ve Been Playing

October has been a hell of a month. First of all, on October 20th I completed the Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon, and (with the help of some very generous friends) raised $1,462 for Boston Children’s Hospital. Other exciting events included catching a debilitating stomach virus during which I literally lost a week down the…

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Extra Life 2012 Charity Gaming Marathon: Live Blog

A word of caution: my live updates may contain spoilers for Dishonored, and probably also for Lego Star Wars. If you’re worried that discussions of Lego pantomime might ruin the plot of a 30-year-old movie, you might want to stop reading now. Today’s the big day! It’s the morning of Saturday, October 20th, and I’ve…

Review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Remakes are always tricky, but Firaxis beat the odds to deliver a phenomenal game with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Even those who have never touched an XCOM game before should give it a chance. Remakes and reboots are a dicey business. Whether you’re painstakingly modernizing a beloved classic for the next generation (see: Black Mesa) or…

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Extra Life 2012 Is Tomorrow!

The Extra Life 2012 charity gaming marathon starts tomorrow, Saturday, October 20th! Starting at 8:00 AM, I’ll be playing video games for 24 hours straight. That should be more than enough hours to log some good quality time with Dishonored, although I’ll likely end up playing some Lego Star Wars with my son, and maybe…

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Extra Life 2012 Update

Update: we’ve passed our goal—thank you to everyone who has donated! Of course, $1000 was just an arbitrary number I picked, mostly because it seemed achievable and because it looks pretty in our conventional base-10 number system. There’s no reason we can’t raise even more! Just a reminder… the Extra Life charity gaming marathon is…

Diary of an XCOM Soldier

The following is an account of my squad’s activities during the first 6 hours or so of gameplay of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. A remake of the classic PC strategy game, XCOM asks you to command an elite international task force defending Earth against a mounting extraterrestrial invasion. Pretty much everything I’ve written here is exactly…

Review: Borderlands 2

At times tightly designed and brilliantly executed, while at other times uninspired and juvenile, Borderlands 2 is an idiot savant of a first-person shooter. On the lawless border world of Pandora, four “vault hunters”—a soldier, an assassin, a brute, and a powerful sorceress—are on a quest to find an legendary alien treasure. Guided by a…

What I’ve Been Playing

Make a Donation! October is going to be a great month for gaming. Not only am I looking forward to the releases of Dishonored, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and Assassin’s Creed III, I’m also eagerly anticipating the 24-hour video game marathon I’m doing on Saturday, October 20th as part of the Extra Life 2012 charity event,…