Author Archives: Frank Margarella

Why & How Gone Home is Certainly a Game [SPOILERS]

Don’t let the header confuse you – this isn’t a joke-article. It’s not a review on the game’s quality either, as you can find that here. This was sparked from an argument among friends about how games like Gone Home are somehow not games. Gone Home (2013) by The Fullbright Company is a video-game. There [...]
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Space Channel 5: Part 3 – The Sequel That Needs To Exist

Space Channel 5: Part 2 is my favorite game of all time. Hands down. No “ifs”, “ands” or “buts”. I was only introduced to it about seven or eight months ago, around the time I met my current girlfriend, but I could swear on my very soul that it is my favorite. Why? Well, allow [...]
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‘The Stanley Parable’ Review

Platform: Windows Developer/Publisher: Galactic Cafe Genre: Interactive Fiction MSRP: $14.99 USD A creation like The Stanley Parable probably only comes once per art medium. Music had its Bach, literature had Ulysses, and film had Citizen Kane. Now, the games industry has long asked the question of “what is the Citizen Kane of videogames?”. We will [...]
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What’s Phil Fish been up to? Electronic Music, Apparently.

I would be so bold as to expose my safety and call myself a fan of Phil Fish. Yes, he has had public gaffes, but I never really took them as a judge on his character, and instead saw them more as misunderstandings. Plus, his first commercial game, 2012’s FEZ, is still one of my [...]
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Kickstarter Project ‘Hyper Light Drifter’ Reaches $550k, Gets Wii U Release.

Currently my favorite project on kickstarter, Hyper Light Drifter, has reached over $550,000, at the time of this writing $575,742, over its humble goal of $27,000. This broke through their second-to-last stretch goal which allows the developer to release their highly anticipated game on the Nintendo Wii U. Their next goal is a lofty $600,000, [...]
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‘Thirty Flights of Loving’ Review

Platforms: PC/Mac. Developer: Blendo Games. Publisher: independent. Genre: Interactive Fiction. Platform Played: PC/Mac (several times on both). Tell me a story. Close your mouth, put down your pen, unplug your keyboard, cover your face, sit still, and tell me a story. All set? Okay, now tell me a tale about a man and his two [...]
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GOG.com Has 606 Games and That’s Great. Also, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream!

GOG.com, formerly known as “good old games” and one of the best examples of digital distribution on the ‘net, currently has six-hundred and six games in its catalog, which if you did not know, if written in Indo-Arabic numerals (a.k.a. the written numerals that nearly every modern language uses) it looks exactly like the letters [...]
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Inside Scoop: For the Love of God Never Attend Full Sail University

I have wasted almost thirty-five thousand dollars of my life on stupid, useless debt. A car to make sure I get to work: $15k Credit Card bill racked up from buying my siblings christmas presents: $700 School that turned out to be a complete rip-off: $19k That last item is important here, as I somehow [...]
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FTL: Faster Than Light Review

Platform: PC, Mac (reviewed) Genre: Turn-Based Strategy, Roguelike Developer: Subset Games Publisher: Independent When one imagines a grand space opera, the likes of Star Wars, Star Trek, Mass Effect, and Firefly come to mind almost immediately for most people. Big ships, likeable characters, danger, lust, and underpaid special effects artists are the meat and bones of [...]
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bringbackphilfish.com Wants Their Fish Back

With the sudden and inflammatory departure of FEZ creator Phil Fish, a lot of gamers are left with a hole in their hearts. I know I am. But while there are many who proclaim their pleasure of Fish’s departure, there are still people who want Phil Fish to come back. bringbackphilfish.com is a petition site [...]
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‘Don’t let Kanye into his zone’ Review

Whatever you do, don’t let Kanye into his zone. He may not recover… Platforms: Browser-Based Developer: Kanye Zone Publisher: Kanye Zone Genre: Action Where to find it: http://www.kanyezone.com/ Few games exist in which you are forced to face real world issues. The flash and flame in the life of a hip-hop artist are mostly entertained in [...]
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7 Cool (and Free) Games You Should Try

I think I’ve mentioned before how that until recently I was too poor to afford games or consoles, or even a PC that could run any modern (at the time) games without them lagging on the lowest graphical settings. What I did have, though, was a decent enough internet connection to play the plethora of [...]
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Meet Scott Shelby, Telekinetic Babysitter

I dare you to make it through this without crying from laughter. Heavy Rain made a huge splash in the games industry when it debuted in 2010. With solid gameplay and a memorable story that must have been written by a mentally challenged pancake suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Heavy Rain is still a topic of [...]
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Definitely News: Microsoft’s Xbox One to Feature Coin Slot

Next Xbone Reveal: It will sell your secrets to your enemies. Earlier today in a press conference being held by Microsoft, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft Don Mattrick, sporting a completely bright green suit and matching bowler hat, declared that the Xbox One would be featuring a coin slot, primarily to be [...]
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Definitely News: Randy Pitchford Returns Briefly From Bizarro Dimension

In a shocking turn of events, CEO and President of Gearbox Software and cover model of Eyeware Magazine Randy Pitchford had returned very briefly from the Bizarro Dimension in which he had been trapped years ago by his bizarro counterpart and current acting CEO and President of Gearbox Software, Bizarro Pitchford.

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