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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:57

The Ballad of The Villager

With the advent of an HD version of 'Age of Empires II,' my friends and I have been replaying the original to brush up on our skills. After a few games, we started to notice some incredibly odd things about the world that 'AoE2' resides in, such as the fact that trees are more hardy than most walls. That got my imagination going, and I had to wonder, what do the denizens of this weird place actually think about what's going on? My next thought that the best person to tell this tale of woe and oddity would be one of the immortal villagers who has been chopping wood since the Dark Ages. The rest, as they say, is poetry.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:00

In retrospect: Shadow Complex'

I have a few different weaknesses when it comes to games.

Number one: if a game is shiny, invoking even the slightest bit of cel-shading or comic styling, I have to play it. There is no and, if or but about it. The game must be played, for my eyes must consume the shiny. It's as if I have some sort of straw attached to my eyeballs and each wonderfully colorful game is a delicious milkshake of pleasant palates.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:17

The Assassination of Lord British

It seems to me that In every geek's life, there seems to be a defining moment, a moment of clarity that either drives you away from your hobbies of choice and pushes you into the arms of popular societal norms of watching reality TV and going to bed at 10, or one that cements your status as a someone who's proud to stand outside 'normal' pop culture lines and say, 'I'm so frigging glad I'm not them.'

Seeing as the geek culture that most of us know and love only really started toward the early '80s, it's not like we have generations of examples to pull from. Speaking from personal experience, I've watched quite a few potential geeks that seemed to give up on it and simply took their place in the rat race without even so much of a struggle. It was like a jacket that they could take off, hang up and never look back at again.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 17:04

Homestead, Part III: The Synergy

Sister

This part of this series may be the hardest one to write yet, because there is literally enough material to fill a massive tome with appendices and a few epilogues. My sister and I are digital war buddies. If there is a magic system, we have abused it. If there is a leveling system, we have destroyed it. If there is a mega-super-secret boss, we have had such epic battles with it.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:38

Homestead II: The Rivalry'

It was the summer of 2005, as I remember it. The map was Ivory Tower. No time limit. Just me, my brother, and a 'Halo 2' match to 100 points. Today would decide once and for all who the greatest 'Halo' player in the Waite household was. We sat down in the basement, our wits and reflexes prepared for the epic showdown of our lifetime.

As long as I can remember, my brother and I have been competing. Not just your average, run-of-the-mill, normal sibling rivalry, but a cutthroat variety of competition that drew power from our souls and an unquenchable desire to win and better each other. It first manifested itself in playing baseball in our backyard, with Nick destroying me game after game, but I refused to quit. No matter what, I was going to beat him one day.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:53

Father

Homestead: Part One

Good news, multiplayers! I'm back from my momentary retreat to the darkest recesses of Valhalla (Thor claims you owe him five bucks, by the way)! To make up for my month-long sabbatical, I'm starting a new series on how gaming has woven its way into my family and the tales that it begat. Hope you enjoy!

I wasn't particularly old enough to remember the momentous event, but it was spoken to me as a young child, passed on like an oral history of our gaming heritage. Whether or not it's actually true, I don't know. But if it's not true, don't tell me, because the tall tale is better than reality.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:38

A Truly Black Op

A Halo fan dives into competitive CoD

It was inevitable, really. Major League Gaming, the premier e-sports bastion, was built on the back of 'Halo.' They grew exponentially by word of mouth and the exploits of its stars, and by the time 'Halo 2' rolled around, it was a full-blown pandemic of competitive gaming. Names like Walshy, OGRE 2, Captain Anarchy, Karma and Ghostayame started traversing online forums just as easily as Jeter, Clemens and Ruth. It became a culture unto itself, shepherding dreams of professional gaming to a whole new audience.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:42

What If This Article Had Lyrics?

A look at Brentalfloss's genuine irreverence

If you were growing up in the early '90s, you always had one of those friends, the slightly awkward ones that your parents made you include in your activities even though you were always a little uneasy about being around them. But being the good friend that you were, you invited me um ... that friend over. You dusted off the NES, threw in 'Kirby's Adventure,' and you and your friends took turns. Sure as clockwork, that weird friend would start singing along with each of the tunes. Not just humming, but starting to make up words to go with the 8-bit tunes.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 09:17

Fanbases At A Glance

Reputations of some of gaming's biggest communities

Friendliest: Minecraft'

I've never seen such a community spring almost out of nowhere, build a foundation (pun not intended) of solid contributors and have such an open attitude toward newcomers. Stacks and stacks of creations populate the great video oasis of YouTube, including 1:1 replicas of the Enterprise, 'Game of Thrones' locales and fantastic original building projects. Cities share their skylines with effigies of Nyan Cat and Sonic, all pointing toward the incredible joint efforts of each server's community. The modding community has come together to create some fantastic additions to the already-addictive core game. If you're about to dive into 'Minecraft,' go headfirst. The fans will greet you at the bottom, possibly with diamonds.

Thursday, 27 December 2012 20:59

Read All About It

A year at the Maine Edge

It was the end of 2011. I was sitting in the Nexxlinx cafeteria, sipping an energy drink and wonder what exactly my life was trying to pull. I had lost my job at Wal-Mart, I had moved out my apartment and back into my parent's basement. It was three in the morning, and my soul-sucking job as an Electronics Arts customer service representative was doing nothing for my morale. I had hit rock-bottom. One of my sole joys was wandering over to the Maine Edge kiosk and perusing the myriad, interesting articles. It was a paper written not by industry-hardened individuals, but real people. There was an honesty and openness that you generally don't find in a paper.But they didn't have a video game section.I, having years of experience in running off my mouth in a grammatically-correct fashion, decided to throw one of my college papers in their direction. I figured I had nothing to lose, because what was one more 'no' in a world that insisted on dragging me into the silt of depression?

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