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Earlier today, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Designed to benefit those differently abled or with limited mobility, the controller is designed expressly to make gaming more accessible. The controller features large programmable buttons with an array of 3.5mm and USB inputs. These inputs allow users to connect switches, buttons, and joysticks to the controller, allowing users to customize their...
  I think there’s something to be said for beauty in a board game. Perhaps because the marriage of a beautiful theme, artwork, and gameplay is so damn hard to find. Board games are riddled with terrible or just plain dry artwork, even despite fantastic gameplay. Just look at Dominion and Castles of Burgundy. Even when a game manages to...
Nintendo has released a notice announcing that the current president, Tatsumi Kimishima is stepping down in June, later this year. He is to be replaced by Shuntaro Furukawa. Tatsumi Kimishima was promoted to the role of president after Satoru Iwata’s death mid-2015. Kimishima is the former president of Nintendo of America from 2002-2006. He will take up a role as...
Among the multitude of features that give Grand Theft Auto games their feeling of real and vibrant open-world is their music catalogue. Each game in the series features several in-game radio stations, playing music from a variety of genres and all with their own personalities. You’re given a selection of soundtracks to your adventures in larceny and murder. In GTA...
Valve has released a statement, following the apparent delisting of Steam Machines from Steam. A Steam Machine, if the concept has slipped your mind, is a prebuilt gaming computer operating through the SteamOS. Designed as an in-between of gaming computers and consoles, Steam Machines held the promise of being able to swap out parts like a PC while maintaining a...
Perhaps, coming after two reviews of other deckbuilder-y (it’s a word, I swear) games, it’s no surprise that I have a soft spot for them. And now with the knowledge that I have a soft spot for these kinds of games (and perhaps judging by my title) it should come as even less of a surprise that I love,...
The Dealer is back. He has forced his way out of the thirteen gates and resides once more over the game. The rules have changed but the stakes have not. It is life or death, and the Dealer seeks his revenge. Hand of Fate 2, like its predecessor, is a deckbuiling, dungeon-crawling action rpg that has players amassing cards and...
  You came to play the game and the Dealer sits opposite to make it so. Build your deck, fight your way through hordes of enemies and defeat the four kings. Because at their heart, all games are about power, are they not? So what’s it about? Hand of Fate is an action-rpg-cum-deck-builder-cum-roguelike brought to you by Australian developers, Defiant (and if...
For a film that initially seemed to go through something of production hell, the 2017 adaption of Stephen King’s IT actually turned out pretty damn well. For those unaware, Cary Fukunaga of True Detective and Beasts of No Nation Fame wrote the initial script of the film alongside Chase Palmer. Fukunaga was also on the project as a director. The 2014...
Cutesy Catharsis Slime Rancher is a first person sort of farm-simulation/exploration game that has you wrangling slimes on a distant planet. For some reason (and don’t ask me why) I felt the game reminded me of titles like Stardew Valley or even Animal Crossing. They certainly have the farming aspect in common; even if Slime Rancher focuses on, well, ranching. Slime...
War of the Planet of the Apes has shown us something we have been clamouring to see: the fact that reboots and sequels can be good. In fact, they can be really good. In recent years, the term reboot came with many nasty connotations. The Amazing Spider Man and recent Ghostbusters films are proof enough of this. Old and beloved...
Just hours ago, Former Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw published to his website a possible summary of the long awaited and highly anticipated Half-Life 2: Episode Three. The post refers to characters, places, and events in the game by a series of gender-bent, alternative names. The plot summary, cryptically titled ‘Epistle 3’ can be found at Marc Laidlaw’s personal site: http://www.marclaidlaw.com/epistle-3/ Currently his...
For those who aren’t familiar with the first game, Shadow of Mordor was a single player action-rpg set in the world of the Lord of the Rings. The game was praised for its nemesis system, which had the orc enemies encountered by the player reacting to in-world events and to player action. It created a dynamic game-world that was...