2012 IndieCade Shows its Force

Last weekend I got the chance to visit IndieCade, a festival of independent games in the L.A. neighborhood of Culver City. Featuring galleries of video, board and card games, developer competitions, titles like Guacamelee and Aatheuo and presentations by game industry bosses, it was an awfully fun convention to visit. The underlying feelings I left with were of exhilaration and awe at the creativity of the ideas I saw and the resolve by their authors to realize them. 2353

GAME REVIEW: “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD”

In the era of Nintedo 64 and Playstation 1, there was one king, and one king only of skateboarding. That of course was the Bird man, Tony Hawk. Long before "Skate." came out, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater had players shredding skate parks, building massive combos, and there was nothing else like it. Skip forward 8 iterations of the game later, and we arrive at "Tony Hawk's RIDE", an ambitious step towards peripheral gaming with an actual board the players could stand on. The game itself was incredibly mediocre and sub par, but I can't help but admire the ambition set forth

GAME REVIEW: Spelunky

Games today have a problem. They will coddle you. The interface will tell you what to do, where to go, and how to get there. A map is given to players to show them exactly where they are and what they are doing at all times.  At times, it feels like us gamer's are watching events unfold, instead of unfolding them ourselves. It's with this that I am happy to report that Spelunky is a true homage to what gaming used to be.  A standout title in this man-baby ridden tutorial snooze fest.  Spelunky is a dirty, mischievous, and painstakingly difficult

Game Review: “Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013”

Fans of Magic: The Gathering will be pleased to know that Stainless Games and Wizards of the Coast have teamed up once again to bring their latest offering of their continuing series, Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, available now on Xbox 360, PS3, Steam, and for the first time iOS. Previous games in the series have allowed players to get a feel for Magic in a set format, with themed decks and this is no exception. The new Magic game brings 10 new decks each with 30 cards to be unlocked. Duels of the Planeswalkers (DotP) 2013 is

B-Sides Top 5 E3 2012 Games

  Another year, another E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo)has again left gamers wanting more. E3 has always been about showing what game publishers and developers have for the industry for the forthcoming year. Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts may hold the press conferences for the whole world to see, but for some reason this year some of the best games of E3 were hidden on the show floor. Sony's focus on Wonderbook could have easily been spent showing off some of their great smaller titles such as Papo & Yo, or King's Quest, showing what the PSN has to offer. Microsoft

GAME REVIEW: “Lollipop Chainsaw”

  Lollipop Chainsaw is the newest game from the twisted minds of Suda 51 (No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned), and Hollywood director James Gunn (Dawn of the dead remake). You play as Juliet, a cute, ditsy, and anatomically correct high school cheerleader. Juliet is no ordinary cheerleader though, she comes from a family of zombie hunters, and knows how to kick some serious butt. On her 18th birthday, a serious zombie outbreak takes over, causing many casualties, including Juliet's boyfriend, Nick. Being the wacky world it is, Juliet decapitates her boyfriend before the infection takes over, performs some wacky ritual, and voila,