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July 29
2014

Review: The Walking Dead Season Two – Episode Four: Amid The Ruins

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Season Two of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is nearing its climax, and things are getting seriously ugly. With Episode 4: Amid The Ruins, there are a few shockers, but also some quiet moments where you can reflect on how you got where you are and what exactly you did to get there. My spoiler-free review is after the jump!

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July 22
2014

Indie Darlings: Shovel Knight

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Now and again we feature indie games of note, either for their content relevant to LGBT2SQ* communities, or just because.  Welcome to Indie Darlings:  Shovel Knight Edition.

It would have been easy for Shovel Knight to be a derivative nostalgia pile on, a sort of rosy-coloured 8-bit bukakke.  The hunger for all things old-school is ferocious right now – from Capcom’s Mega Man 9 & 10, to Nintendo’s NES Remixes and resurrection of side-scrolling Mario, to Ubisoft’s reverent love letter to incredibad 80s action movies in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.  The market’s clearly there as children of the 8- and 16-bit eras are sprouting grey hair and lapping up reminders of their misty youths and the delightful, punishing, delicious and delirious games that once sustained them.

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July 10
2014

Review: The Wolf Among Us, Episode 5: Cry Wolf

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At long last, it’s time for the grand finale of Telltale Games’ adaptation of the Fables series, The Wolf Among Us. But now that the story is complete, does it all hold together or did it fall apart like a house of cards? Read on for my spoiler-free review!

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July 7
2014

Sailor Moon Crystal: Come Sail Away With Me

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Today is a very special day, a day that I never thought I would ever experience again in my entire life. I shot out of bed this morning like it was Christmas morning and I was going to open the biggest present under the tree. I sat right in front of my TV with my favorite blanket wrapped around me ready to watch the debut of Sailor Moon Crystal.

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June 25
2014

Tabletopping: Monsterhearts

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Tabletopping is a series where Bryce takes a tabletop RPG he has never played before, sits down with some friends, and tries it out. It’s about his first experience with a new game. As a result, rules will be gotten wrong, confusion will arise, and not everything will make sense. Some games rise, and others fall, but either way, stories will be made and told.

Teenagers and monsters must have something in common. They’re matched together so frequently. Teen Wolf, Buffy, Twilight, Vampire Diaries…what is it? Is it the using monsters as a metaphor for the isolation that teenagers can feel growing up? Is it the gratuitous and over-the-top action that can arise? The secret lives that some have to lead? Or a confluence of all of these factors? Well, now you can find out for yourself.

Enter Monsterhearts, by Avery Mcdaldno. Monsterhearts casts the players as—you guessed it—teenage monsters, struggling to get by in a world that is either unaware or terrified of them. Monsterhearts tells you that it knows you could write a better Twilight. I mean, hell, anyone could, right? So do it.

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June 3
2014

Review: The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4 – “In Sheep’s Clothing”

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The last episode of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us felt like it was spinning its wheels, but now the latest episode, In Sheep’s Clothing, feels like it’s actually building up to the grand finale. We also get some more shirtless Bigby wolf in Episode 4, but unfortunately, after the events at the end of the previous installment, let’s just say that it’s really not very sexy. Unless you’re into gaping wounds and compound fractures…

Read on for my thoughts on this episode! (With minimal spoilers — promise!)

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May 20
2014

Review: The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 3: In Harm’s Way

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Since you’re feeling comfortable and relaxed, it must mean it’s time again for another episode of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead to freak you out all over again! Season Two has been focusing more on the living threats than the dead (or undead) ones, and Episode Three: In Harm’s Way, takes it to the logical extreme it’s been building to so far. Read on for my full thoughts (spoiler-free, of course!)

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