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PAX East 2014: Day Three Wrap-Up

9:30 AM – It’s the third and final day of PAX East 2014! Sunday is the shortest of the three days, but easily feels the longest. I really can’t imagine how exhausted the exhibitors are at this point (though that’s due in part to my poor emotional intelligence and limited capacity for human empathy). 11:00…

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Review: BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)

BioShock Infinite does what the BioShock series does best, weaving a thrilling narrative into a rich and captivating world. Like any medium for artistic expression, video games can allow us to experience fantastic new worlds that entertain and inspire us. Unlike most other mediums, though, games also allow us to interact with those worlds. This…

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…

PAX East 2012 Starts Tomorrow!

This weekend is not only Easter, but also my wife’s birthday… however, while my wife and kids are off with my in-laws searching for Easter eggs and binging on ham, I’m going to be here in Boston at the Penny Arcade Video Game Exposition (East Coast Variety)—also known as PAX East. In other words, either…

How Much Fun Can You Fit in Your Pants?

We’re well into 2012, and so far this year I’ve been largely silent on the Interwebs. The reasons for my little unannounced hiatus are (1) I’ve been working on a very time-consuming side project (which recently died a graceless, bureaucratic death), and (2) at some point a naked little person burst out of my wife…

Review: Gears of War 3

As a critic, I’ve found the most challenging reviews to write involve games to which I have a particular emotional attachment, and this is certainly the case for the Gears of War franchise. As long as I’ve had an Xbox 360, Gears of War has been a constant and dependable companion. Sure, every once in…

Review: L.A. Noire

As I continue to work my way through reviewing the substantial pile of games I’ve played this year, this week I find myself encountering another Rockstar Games offering: L.A. Noire. In this interactive crime drama, you accompany detective Cole Phelps he slogs through a morass of dirty cops, corrupt politicians, and mutilated corpses in an…

Hiatus

With this post, I’m officially returning from a four-month hiatus. It’s been a whirlwind summer so far, including but not limited to major life events such as thesis defenses, graduations, new jobs, and pregnancies. (You know, it’s apt that the word “hiatus” comes from the Latin word for yawning, because my hiatus has not involved…