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Out of the Abyss: Mental Illness in Horror Games

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Madness has played a leading part in horror since long before the invention of digital entertainment, to the point where it has become a staple of the genre. Countless movies, books, themed attractions and campfire stories feature old standbys like haunted abandoned asylums, straight-jacketed inpatients screaming b***** murder at padded …

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LA Cops (Early Access) Preview

In Opinion by Elijah Beahm2 Comments

A long time ago, I was lucky enough to review Hotline Miami. It was a brilliant game, so it really disappointed me knowing that most people would probably never play it due to the gruesome gore factor. It was a simple idea, executed very well, that never over stayed its …

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Control Your Destiny: Agency and Video Games

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Let’s face it: the world is nuts, and near-miss asteroids, urban cannibals, bath salts, and Westboro Baptist Church are only the tip of the iceberg of crazy. In the midst of such chaos, nothing is more comforting than a sense of free will and agency. If only reality came with …

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Crawl (Early Access) Preview

In Opinion by Elijah Beahm3 Comments

It’s been a very long time since I played a good local multiplayer game for PC. In fact, the very notion of it still feels peculiar to me. It’s a style of play we frequently see on consoles with games like Borderlands, Gears of War, and Smash Bros., and it’s …

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Darkwood Preview

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It takes a lot to scare me in a game, many titles both AAA and indie have failed, so it was a pleasant surprise when I was genuinely unsettled and tense while playing through the Early Access build of Darkwood. The most terrifying event happened fairly early on as well. …

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained Preview

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Orcs Must Die! was a surprisingly good first title for Robot Entertainment. It proved popular enough to warrant an ambitious sequel that featured co-op and a mountain of content spread across the main game and several DLC expansion packs. They took feedback towards the original and tuned everything to a …

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Destiny Beta Preview

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Their time has come! No longer under the thumb of Microsoft, Bungie is free to make anything they want! So what did they do first? They ran straight under the thumb of Activision, and are basically remaking Halo by way of Borderlands and a dash of the Syndicate reboot. Staying …

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Warface Preview

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Dear Reader, If you just want a yay or nay on whether to try the Warface open beta on Steam, I’m going to save you a lot of time here. Nay. Nay to the highest power. Never touch Warface. Never glance at it, never consider it, do not believe any …