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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 23:42

Bottom of the ninth at St. Joe's

Gaming through grief

Six floors. Six floors to the top of St. Joseph Hospital and the temporary home of close to a dozen of my family members for the past four weeks. Days like this, the weight on my shoulders told me I was carrying the elevator instead of the other way around. Since my grandmother had been admitted with weakness, things had steadily progressed into a spiral of unknown maladies until she was reduced to a mere shadow of her former self. I sat next to her bed as her eyes flickered back and forth, microseconds of wakefulness that were immediately dragged into what appeared to be nightmarish minutes of restless sleep.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 23:06

If it ain't broke Wreck-It Ralph'

Disney film offers glimpse inside the lives of video games

For people of a certain age, there's nothing quite like classic video games. Sure, technology has advanced far beyond the simple arcade games of the 1980s, but for many of us, those are the games that we'll always remember.

Disney has found a wonderful way to capture that sense of nostalgia with 'Wreck-It Ralph,' giving us a brand-new look at some of those iconic characters.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 22:37

Home-Fake-Home

Skyrim: Hearthfire

So, it's an ill-kept secret that I'm a geek. I enjoy me my fantasy books, sci-fi movies, and RPG video games, including 'Skyrim.' In September, Bethesda released their latest downloadable content (DLC) 'Hearthfire' for Xbox users and in early October to PC players, which is when I got involved.

Now, though most of you know I'm a geek, I'm a geek among geeks when it comes to my playing. I enjoy the lamest parts of 'Skyrim.' While some prefer to go full-on badass, slaying dragons and crafting armor from their skin and bones, I'm chasing butterflies and seeing how many different pieces of pottery I can collect and display in my house. One of my biggest frustrations in the game is how difficult it is to properly place items on tables and display cases. I mean, really Bethesda, did you have to make the physics so that every time I pick something up it flips upside down? Do you hate me that much?

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 22:32

Great Expectations

Looking forward to being disappointed

I remember when 'Halo 3' came out like it was yesterday. Or like it was five years ago. Which, rather coincidentally, it was.

My friends and I had poured hundreds upon hundreds of hours into 'Halo 2's' multiplayer. We had dedicated most of our high school years to it, sacrificing homework time for Team Slayer and basically absorbing ourselves into the universe any way possible. By the time we graduated (I personally thanked Bungie for making 'Halo' in my graduation speech), the rumblings of 'Halo 3' coming out were already starting. We were bombarded with trailers and CG vignettes that reminded us that Sept. 25, 2007 was to be the Third Coming of the Master Chief, and the constant barrage of media wouldn't have let us forget if we had wanted to. Microsoft was the dealer of 'Halo' news, and we were the junkies that scrambled after each tidbit. I remember dropping a bunch of money on 'Halo 3' memorabilia and rewarding my binge with roughly 300 bucks in overdraft fees, but I didn't care. I was riding high on the hype train.

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