Thanksgiving Gaming Traditions

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Image credits: Reddit User jodycb

Today is Thanksgiving. There's a turkey in the oven, various other assemblages of food in various states of preparation lie strewn about the kitchen. MST3K is on in the living room. The DVR's red light assures us that it's recording the football game. Pre-dinner Thanksgiving is chaotic from every angle, and while some harbor ill feeling towards the holiday altogether, it's always been one of my favorites. If not for the food and time with friends and family, then for the games that have become traditional after dinner entertainment.

Your Pizza Adventure: FMV, Choose Your own Adventure, Serious Nostalgia

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

There was a time in my youth that FMV games were everywhere. Some said they were the future. Those people were wrong, of course, but the sight of an FMV sequence today plucks at my nostalgia strings like few other things can; except for Choose your Own Adventure books. Those things were boss.

The Horrible Hunger of The Ravenous Wattle Gobbler

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gearbox has shed more light on their upcoming Headhunter pack, The Horrible Hunger of The Ravenous Wattle Gobbler. The Thanksgiving themed pack will bring a new area, new characters and a return of the ever-popular Mr. Torgue. Like the last Headhunter Pack, the shenanigans will lead to an immense boss battle, after which each player will unlock a special head to mark the achievement. The Boss this time? An enormous, nigh invincible Turkey monster creature... thing. It's scary, trust me.

InFluent: Using a Game To Learn Languages

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Learning a new language can be really difficult, especially as an adult. There are countless programs and courses available online meant to help make the process easier. From DuoLingo to Rosetta Stone, each has it's own methods and gimmicks to keep it's users interested. When I took my first french class, the instructor told me that the first two semesters would be the most trying. Not through any fault of the language, but because the basics of any new language are difficult to keep engaging. 

InFluent, an independent game from Rob Howland and Emily Olmstead aims to keep the entire process interesting. A classic adventure game, InFluent asks the player to assist inventor Andrew Cross. His device, a handheld language learning tool called the SanjigenJiten has been stolen and he needs help proving that the creation is, in fact, his. 

Humble Store: My Wallet is Weeping with Joy

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today is day four of the debut sale for the Humble Store. The latest addition to the steadily growing Humble Bundle, the Humble Store promises 10% of all sales to charity. Offering a wide variety of games, from Planetary Annihilation and Receiver to larger studio titles like Shadow Warrior and Arkham Origins, the debut sale is offering new games for steeply discounted prices every 24 hours. This new outlet for Humble Bundle titles promises clearer transactions, less DRM, and the opportunity to contribute to some very important charities.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears; Blood of the Werewolf

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

As we've said before, Blood of the Werewolf is incredibly difficult. It's devices and traps are simple, and the most frustrating parts of the game shred nerves like so much paper. These moments stretch on into minutes and beyond as the game taunts you with seemingly simple tricks of timing and agility. It's exhausting at times, but the sensation of finally besting BOTW's gauntlets is more than enough reward to keep you playing.

Tabletop Ruts

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I love tabletop games. Pathfinder has been our game night staple for almost two years now and we've all had a number of different characters in that time. If you're familiar with Pathfinder or any other tabletop roleplaying game, then you're probably no stranger to some of the common issues faced by regular groups. Scheduling, module selection, DM rotation, all these things can end disastrously if not handled well. I think there is a more dangerous problem common to groups everywhere. Let's talk about comfort zones

Giving and Gaming

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Today, The folks from the Humble Bundle unveiled their latest offering. At the same time, Good Old Games has announced their own charity gaming deal. While each of these offers are unique, they both offer some great games and promise to give to some particularly worthwhile charities.

2013 Pumpkin Preview; Kerbal Space Program

Saturday, November 2, 2013

You all know that we love Kerbal Space Program and can't stop talking about it. If you haven't seen any of the coverage we've done so far here are some links. With the most recent video from Squad celebrating Dia de Muertos, we thought it appropriate to share our KSP pumpkins. The one above was inspired by fan art from Timmon26. Our pumpkin doesn't do the original piece justice, but it served as a great inspiration.