Cryptic Studios Has Moved On But Have Their Games?

For those of you in the dark about the current state of Cryptic Studios, the group that created mega super hero sensation titles like City of Heroes and... that's it, their sugar daddy decided it was ...

Some movie studios to skip Comic-Con

You ever get the feeling that some companies just want you to show up, clap and then shut up and go home? The New York Times reported recently that movie studios Warner Bros., Disney, Dreamworks and T...

EQ2 Has The Worst Players On Erf!

I know I could easily deny myself of these experiences if I only made my own group and wrote off some of these people with my own iron fist ruling. Trust me, I have! I don’t take shit when I’m gro...

Lorin Jameson: The World’s Worst Bullshitter

In this world there are a special group of individuals who are hired to spit bullshit into the faces of others. These people are normally hired into public relations or in some dire situations they ev...

Did Smallville’s series finale deliver?

In my opinion Smallville’s series finale did not deliver. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to go off on a tangent about how I wasted years of my life watching the program (however, there were th...

The 30 Plus Gamer

Today your doctor shows you your stats and you’re encumbered with a D.O.T. that could kill you in ten years. Most of us will not give up games, but if we want to continue to play, we have to replace...

The Unsurprising Incompetence of Sony

We all know what’s going on with Sony. For those of you who don’t know, you either don’t game or you live under a rock. The greatest hacking escapade of 2011 has left the company’s loyal consu...

Top Five PlayStation: Racing Games

I've always been of the opinion that fancy graphics are far less important than a well-designed game. I think my continued love or retro games and enduring disdain for modern gaming is evidence enough...

Indie Game Reviews: x3

When Grid Runner first appeared on the VIC-20 it was nothing more than a great but a simple and quite unassuming little budget game. Now, over 20 years later, Jeff Minter, the game's original creator,...

The MMO Separation of Church and State

In those golden days, PvP wasn’t about fighting another player for hours. It wasn’t about outlasting foes. It was like how PvP was in almost every other game in existence, including FPS. Fights we...

Mario’s complete Gameography: Almost

Mario. Had a friend named Mario. Quite a weird bloke, mind you, but that's not the point. Besides, this post is neither about my friends, nor Marios in general. It's all about Nintendo's Mario, and hi...

Top Five SNES Two-Player Games

It can't be a list of the best two-player games without a Bomberman game included! Well, except for the Master System list as that console doesn't have a Bomberman game. Poor old Master System. This w...

Top Five 3DO Games

The poor old 3DO was hardly a run away success, was it? It was released during a difficult period. Change was coming, but not quite ready to be embraced by the gaming public. The fact that it cost as ...

Top Five MegaDrive Shmups

This underrated gem was a pretty early release for the MD but still ranks among its best coin-op conversions. It doesn't have the graphical tricks of some games (see below!), but it is one of the most...

Remake and Reboot

The Wii is also seeing several of these new “interpretations”, as evidenced by Klonoa. The original game of the series appeared nearly ten years ago on the original Playstation, and was a 2.5D pla...

Whatever happened to Video Game Pornography

Frankly, absolutely nothing was considered taboo or perverted enough to be left out and, were the book released in our dark and ultra-conservative era, the censors would be having an editing party. Wh...

Retaining

I do not see the challenge in mastering 100-button combos and posting a video on YouTube about it. One of the biggest problems seems to be balance. There is a fine line between rewarding high levels o...

Top Ten Platforming Cliches

It’s no joke being the hero in a platform game. Once you’ve died a few thousand times you know there are still so many clichés standing between you and success. Here then are the top ten…...

Exploring the Commodore 64: Part 1

My original idea was to ask my fellow Retro Gamer Forum members to vote for a single game that they felt best represented the old beige breadbin, and then do a detailed report on that, but I was soon ...

The Whine List

When Valve announced a sequel to the best-selling Left 4 Dead, you would imagine that the fans would be ecstatic. But no, a developer once renowned for being slow was putting out a sequel too quickly,...

Portable problems

One of the biggest problems for Sony was tailoring games to the handheld console. Too often developers tried to shoe-horn a large game more suited to playing at home into a UMD. Gems such as Loco Roco...

Points Make Prizes

Like a lot of Nintendo users, I am a Club Nintendo member and have been frustrated by the service for a long time. First there was the short length of time the good stuff was available. But then, did ...

Memories of Gaming: II

The only game of note here is After Burner Climax, which admittedly is a fantastic game worthy of the great name, but it seems lonely amidst all the crappy novelty machines. Anyway, from the sad prese...

Top Five SNES Shoot em ups

There had to be a 'cute em up' on the list somewhere and this is surely the finest on the SNES! Indeed, although there had already been numerous games in the TwinBee series, this was the first one to ...

Top Five Spectrum Compilations

Anyone who grew up in the 80's and had a classic 8-bit micro would have worshipped the game compilations that appeared regularly throughout the latter half of that decade, and with good reason - a sin...

Cataclysm: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

For the first time ever, mages seem to be underpowered unless you like jumping around spamming ice lance all day! Maybe underpowered isn't the write word, but they do seem to have a nice big target o...

Top Five Saturn Fighting Games

After revitalising the fighting game genre with Street Fighter 2, the mid-90's saw a huge influx of titles. The 16-bit consoles got a lot of good (and not so good) ones and this continued with the 32-...

My Favourite Games – Part 3

Back in my Sega fanboy days, I used to love it when a game like this came along. It would give me more ammunition to use against those who would seek to besmirch the good Sega name, and would almost a...

Exploring the NES – Part 1

As I briefly mentioned in my 'Exploring the Commodore 64' feature, the computers or consoles we look back upon with most affection are usually the first ones we got, and these are usually gifts from o...

Top Five Sega Master System Two-Player Games

Games-Related Top Fives Disclaimer: I’ve traditionally stuck to the games I know and love so far, and these game-related top fives reflect that. One of the purposes of this blog is diversify my ...

Alliance versus Horde: The PVP Debate

I admit when I began playing on the horde side I expected to win many more BG’s and truth be told I do win more, but that does not mean the same mistakes happen on both sides. Let us look at some of...

My Favourite Games: 1

Some of my many interests include retro videogames, movies, and anime, but I have been complacent in the pursuit of these interests for quite some time now, espically since I've been married. This is ...

What game would you teach your child?

As gamers, many of us who decide to have children may end up getting them into games or at least supporting their own love of games. So the question is, if you could teach your child one game which wo...

DCUO: Qualms With The Game And A Plea For Fixes

I am writing this in hopes that SOE sees this and takes the time to actually start some sort of plan to save their latest MMO DC Universe Online. I am not calling in the apocalypse of this game but I ...

Breaking down the Video Game addiction debate

While it can be a generally true statement that a gamer is less socially mainstream than a non-gamer it is not true that being socially mainstream is the best course for every child. If a gamer has a ...

Why Do I Game?

I remember renting some from the video rental store too. Unfortunately, my mom didn’t quite realize that video games were good for me to be playing and would either limit my time severely, or groun...

What is your favorite flash game?

When you have to stare at a computer screen all day there are a number of things you can do you alleviate the boredom and one of those things is to play a flash game. Perhaps originally flash games wa...

A Gamer Girls Experience

I loved Dark Stalkers and Marvel vs. Capcom. I still play WoW when I have the time (and a functional computer) and the most expensive purchase that I’ve made in the past 2 years was a PS3 for which ...

Games for Girls?

Do you really want to see a new achievement every time your girl finds a lost black sheep? If you are one of those guys stupid enough to share your Facebook account with your girl you are gonna look l...

Games and the XX Chromosome

So why is it still such a shock to see a woman enjoying some good old fashioned interactive virtual fun? Why does the stereotype still exist? Is it because the games themselves sustain female stereoty...

My Introduction within the Sausage Fest!

While I love me some console gaming, my real love is all on the PC, back when Counter Strike first came out. I played it religiously, to the point where I'd get my mom to drop me off at some random ti...

Games I have never beat: Faxanadu

Faxanadu came out in 1989 by publisher Hudson Soft, it is an RPG where you main goal is to defeat the Evil One. After being away from home for an untold amount of time you return to find your homeland...

Are game reviews valid?

You might read a game review and be enticed to go buy or play a game but is a review really valid? How long did the reviewer play the game? Does it take into account replayability and updates over the...

Ranting Saturday: Underwater Quests. Why?

It's Saturday! You know what that means! Time for Umar to rant about something that terrifies or pisses him off. Today, he forcefully tries to sway your opinion on Underwater based quests and dungeons...

What is your favorite Puzzle Game?

I love puzzle games, they are so memorizing! Some of my favorites are Tetris (PC), Peggle (PC) and Hexic (Xbox) and if it’s referred to as a puzzle game – The Last guy (on PS3), others that requir...

Be Thankful, Gamer

On Thanksgiving, many people reflect and remember memories and gather new ones with friends and family. Let us not forget, however, the memories we should be thankful for in games. Umar lets us know w...

APB. I Think U Dun Goofed

Few may remember APB but many remember the backlash the game received when it closed its doors to players in less than a year's time. Even fewer may know that APB is having life beat back into it when...

What is the best classic space shooter and why?

I can’t help but to re-iterate how significant the first accomplishment was. This was in the days before DirectX, before any abstraction layers, back when Men were Men & Women were Women & game prog...

My Favorite Games: Part 9

This first Shinobi game may have eventually been a little overshadowed by Revenge of Shinobi on the MegaDrive but it's still a fantastic game, and this Master System version is my favourite. It's impr...

My Unparallel Loathing of Gaming Hipsters

Hipsters.The word alone makes me want to go on a punching jamboree at a local Starbucks. I’d like to point out my disliking for them in detail. Yes, reader, you will become more knowledgeable on who...

Insider Discussion: The Update Post

We will continue adding to and updating the website. We are currently launching a user submission feature so you can post news, articles, editorials and more. Now we will have to review, approve and e...

Lots of Dollars, little sense

It has been proven by Apple’s model that if you offer media, for a low price, consumers will buy more and more because it is no cheap. You can by a song or an Iphone application for ninety-nine cent...

What went wrong with The Matrix Online

So close quarters it was. MO used a system called interlock. When engaged, you are linked to your opponent with the battle arranged into rounds like rolls of the dice in D&D. In each round you and you...

City of Heroes: The Best and Worse

What thrilled me about COH is that even at level 1 most classes could fight more than one mob at a time. The game was designed so you could take on a ton of minions, a few Lt.’s and one Boss or Arch...

What I’ve learned from Everquest

One of my fondest and funniest memories was off a female dark elf shouting that her boyfriend cheated on her and she was selling all of his loot for revenge. I was able to deck out my character in gea...

What is your favorite video game theme song?

As music became a larger part of gaming individual songs became fan favorites like Celes’s Theme from Final Fantasy VI or the Kelethin music from the original Everquest. Like in movies the right kin...

What impact did gaming have on your career path?

When I moved to Miami in 97’ the first thing I wanted to do was get back into computers and meet like-minded people and that led to my time at Alienware where my love for gaming flourished. It was t...

Final Fantasy XIV: A Fantasy I Want No Part Of

After some hands on time with Final Fantasy XIV, Umar goes into detail about his journey through the open beta process and a full review of the game as its release date closes in....

Consoul: Is Life A Game?

Consoul is a great animation by Lasse Gjertsen that poses the great question: "Is life a game?"...

(Real)time has run out

So Scottish developer Realtime Worlds has gone into administration, following the poor response to its online game APB, leaving ambitious future project MyWorld hanging in the balance. What has gone w...

Games Are Not Art

It’s an observation vs interaction argument. Some art can be interacted with. Some people make sculptures that can be moved, but that isn’t changing it, just rearranging it in a way that is intend...

False Start

Sony confidently predicted a ten-year lifespan for the PS2, and that has come to pass. They are now suggesting a similar tenure for the PS3, and it could be to their advantage. This year has been a st...

Exploring Expo Expectations

The E3 Expo is a lot like a roller-coaster. There’s the anticipation of that first hill (the build-up to the show with hints of what’s coming), the sudden drop into the exciting parts (the actual ...

Video Game Art Is In The Eye of The Beholder

Sometimes, physicality is not enough merit to consider a form of entertainment media as a source of art. What about the ability to portray controversy? The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger portraye...

SteelSeries – Pro Gaming Laser Mouse & Pad

In the real world, or at least in mine I found the XAI to work well be it surfing, FPS, RTS or MMOs. I think the key is it functions well out of the box even if you don’t do any custom setting, but ...

My video game Christmas Story

Seven stores later with no NES in sight I just wanted to go home and quit. I felt Christmas was ruined and didn’t even want to celebrate it anymore. Nothing my mom said or did make me feel any bette...

I proposed by hacking Chrono Trigger

...some might feel doing something like this is stupid or nerdy, well its nerdy, but not stupid at all. We have all kinds of strange proposals, strange to us, but not to the people involved. With show...

Ode to the Angry Sun

Everyone loves the angry sun from Super Mario 3 and so I give you my Ode to the Angry Sun. Memories of the Angry Sun by ~Neslug Ode to the Angry Sun – By J.A. Laraque Shining so bright in the desert...

What happened to Gamer Television?

How about a tech show for advance people, sure it may go over the head of some, but it is one half hour out of the day where other tech people would actually want to tune in and not hear calls from Be...

Classic Gaming Beauty Pageant

This noble beauty believes in the more traditional role of fantasy princesses. Zelda spends most of her time either in a magically induced sleep or trapped in some dungeon waiting for a hero to save h...

Are we better gamers?

We all have changed over time and in addition new types of games have come on the scene. Women gamers and people over the age of fifty playing games are at an all time high and games have to adapt to ...

Obscure Gamer: The Next Generation Game

With the annual E3 show less than a month away, it seems certain that there will be no announcements on the next generation of hardware. Indeed, the focus will be on upgrades and add-ons for the curre...

The Software Hunter

Sure, sometimes when picking a title it was hit or miss. A well written description and a nice screenshot could be misleading, but for the most part after spending so much time making your decision yo...

State of the LAN Party IV

By the time consoles invaded my LAN party we had reduced in size to just a few friends, but the new presence was noticed. Games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero replaced the twitch action games we playe...

Star Trek Online – To Bridge or not to Bridge

Regarding the addition of bridges, Craig Zinkievich, the executive producer of Star Trek Online, told the AP, "We didn't want to have interiors at launch. We thought it was just a little bit too much....

State of the LAN Party III

In our LAN group there was actually a divide between those who played EQ and those who did not. The pure gamers, as they called themselves, hated the fact that we talked so much about EQ and one said ...