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Horror gets visceral in ‘Neverending Nightmares’

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. When it comes to horror, movies and video games tend to fall somewhere on a spectrum between “startling” or “disturbing.” Jump scares are cheap, but effective ways to give the viewer a … Continue reading

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‘Costume Quest 2’ is more trick than treat

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Costume Quest 2 is the sequel to Double Fine’s 2011 RPG where on Halloween, kids are the heroes, their costumes are their powers, and candy is the currency. The original was noted … Continue reading

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The rhythm game genre is stayin’ alive with ‘Dance Central Spotlight’

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. One of the hardest parts about transitioning to the new generation of consoles was giving up my beloved rhythm games, and Harmonix was king in that field. There’s no game that utilized … Continue reading

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Call your friends on their fabrications in ‘Fibbage’

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Fibbage may be the single most fun experience I’ve had lying to my friends. Fibbage, a new Xbox One game from the makers of You Don’t Know Jack, came out of nowhere … Continue reading

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‘Journal’ explores sketchy memories

This article was originally posted on The Oakland Press. As a medium that values player interaction as a way to tell a story, video games tend to send the message that the choices we make are tremendously important. In some, … Continue reading

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‘Shovel Knight’ digs up classic gaming memories

This article was originally published on The Oakland Press. Shovel Knight feels like a game that was made in 1990, buried in a time capsule, and unearthed in 2014. Many games have tried, but few have been able to accurately … Continue reading

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‘Drakengard 3’ is a weird, bloody mess

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Drakengard 3 is destined to be a cult classic. If video games had midnight screenings, this would be playing at art theaters to fans in costume as the characters. In terms of … Continue reading

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‘Transistor’ reboots the action game

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Like a powerful computer, ‘Transistor’ from developer Supergiant Games is a complex and fascinating machine capable of feats of beauty on a high level, but based at its core on a solid … Continue reading

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Absurdly-named ‘Drunken Robot Pornography’ features fast, funny jetpack action

This story was originally published on The Oakland Press. First of all, it’s not what you think.   “Drunken Robot Pornography” is the ludicrously titled newest game from developer Dejobaan, who have something of a penchant for ridiculous titles. In … Continue reading

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch review — Becoming father of the year

This article was originally printed in The Oakland Press. Imagine you’re a man just trying to live a normal life, being supportive of your wife, playing games with your children, and doing household chores. You love your family, but you’re … Continue reading

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