Game blogging update and Baseball HOFs

I'm going to move future game blogging to my Patreon page. I will occasionally make comments about non-gaming (i.e. sports stuff) here, but the gaming stuff fits more over there. I'll be starting my YouTube channel soon, so keep an eye out for that! As far as the Hall of Fame voting, in all honesty, there…

Game design and Uplink [A partial review you can use [TM] ]

In the Steam Summer sale, I picked up an upgrade for Prison Architect that also got me the entire back catalog of Introversion. One of those games was Uplink. Uplink is a hacking game; it's somewhat similar to Hacknet, which is much newer and text based (and in my opinion, the better game), but there's…

So long, Barkevious

I am an acknowledged fan of Barkevious Mingo, both in Madden and in real life. However, apart from his ridiculously awesome name, he produced surprisingly little on the field. He is now a New England Patriot for the price of a fifth round pick. The Patriots think he can contribute on special teams and/or act…

This War of Mine: The Review You Can Use [TM]

This War of Mine is the hardest PC game I've ever played. I do not mean that it's difficult, although it is. I mean that some of the most heart-wrenching moments I've ever experienced in gaming occurred while I was playing it. This War of Mine is a fairly simple premise: you control a group…

Thoughts on Stellaris and game design

It's been out now for about two weeks, but this is the first chance I've had to write about Stellaris, the space 4X/grand strategy developed by Paradox Development Studios. If you haven't played a PDS game yet, Stellaris is very accessible, more so than almost any other game PDS has ever done (Crusader Kings II…

Gaming update

I haven't talked about games in what seems like forever, so I'll do a quick hits style thing of what I've been playing lately. -- XCOM 2 remains entertaining and enjoyable. Some needed improvements over the previous one, good tone, good overall plot. I like that it assumes failure in the previous game, which leads…

End of Madden 16

I haven't officially traded it in yet, but I've deleted it from the PS4, so there's that. I thought I'd share some final thoughts about Madden 16 and what could be improved for next year. -- The email system needs an overhaul. I would love to get useful emails, like "Joe Thomas retired and entered…

Desert Island Games

I recently got into a discussion regarding video games. Suppose you're on a desert island. You don't have to worry about food, shelter, electricity, or anything, but you will be all alone. What ten video games will you bring with you? Here's my list: Shining Force 2.  The best tactical RPG ever, and a game…

A tale of three games

What with the dissertation and other various and sundry responsibilities, I've dialed back my gaming somewhat. There have been three games that I have been playing, so here are some quick notes on them: -- The Witcher Enhanced Edition (PC). The Witcher is an RPG, but it's an action RPG like Skyrim or Fallout. The publisher…