Video game adaptation an unengaging experience

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:08

Rusty Lake: Roots' worth the price of admission

The Rusty Lake series of point-and-click puzzle games have long been known for their creepy aesthetic; the tradition continues with the recently-released 'Rusty Lake: Roots' ($2.99, available on Android, Apple, Steam, and iOS), a multi-tiered game that doles out the grim backstory of some of the characters that have previously been revealed to players of the unnerving game.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:24

Pokmon GO' causing real-life pain

LOS ANGELES Beware: 'Pokmon Go,' a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:32

'Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art'

New book explores cultural evolution by way of the internet

In a world increasingly driven by rapid advancement in technological capabilities, it can be a little weird to exist as one of those people who, by accident of birth, straddles the line between those largely disconnected from the internet world and those who have no concept of a world without it.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:53

Warcraft' what is it good for?

Video game adaptation offers interesting visuals, messy narrative

Video game adaptations have long been among the toughest nuts for Hollywood to crack. Despite the fact that video games have become one of the most massive entertainment industries in the world, with beloved franchises inspiring millions of people to spend billions of dollars, the transition from small screen to large has rarely been a successful one.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 10:03

King's Quest: Once Upon a Climb

Some people's nerd cred comes from comic books and movies, but mine has its roots in video games. When I was growing up I played King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne on the family Atari-ST. The graphics were what you'd consider a little flat and you had to type in your commands. So things have come a long way, but that doesn't mean we don't miss some of the older-style games.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 10:01

Weekly Time Waster (05-04-2016)

'Zenge: Starborn'

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 12:44

Time Waster (03-16-2016)


Matching games are still quite the rage - who doesn't love 'Bejeweled' or 'Candy Crush' saga? - but you wouldn't think that you could make a real strategy game out of them. Well, you can, apparently. 'Colonization' takes the basic premise of a match three and makes you really work for some payoff.

Published in Time Waster Weekly
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 23:01

Return the Flag

The beginning of a new charity stream

I play a healthy amount of video games.
That's possibly the understatement of the century, but bear with me. I'm going somewhere with this.

I play a healthy amount of video games. I forego almost every other form of digital media and/or entertainment because I fully believe that the variety offered by gaming makes it much more than the sum of its parts. However, there is the stigma attached to the fact that it's a waste of time (spoken by the people that watch 'Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo,' 'Jersey Shore' and 'Sportscenter,' but I digress), and that's something that doesn't shake off easily.
I've just realized that as much as I love gaming, there are ways to make my favorite pastime constructive and bring out the best in the gaming community.

Published in Tekk
Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:02

The King and I

A saga of moving


When I worked at Gamestop, I had a few lucky coworkers who managed to snag tickets to PAX East. If you're not familiar with PAX (or the Penny Arcade Expo, to give it its full name), it's basically a celebration of all things gaming and geekery. Now, being the poor sap (both figuratively and literally) that I was, I couldn't make it that year, but my comrades promised to bring me back a bit of the convention.

I honestly didn't really think much of it until my buddy Ryan came back with a small box and big smile on his bebearded face, handing it to me like an invitation to Hogwarts. I opened it up to find a fantastic little figurine of the King from Castle Crashers. Being a huge, huge Behemoth fan, this was a perfect gift. He immediately took his rightful place at the top of my desk at home, watching over his desk kingdom like the benevolent, if not insane, monarch he was.

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