Make the DC Universe Compelling Again: Injustice 2 Review

June 15, 2017

Injustice 2 has been out a couple weeks now, and I’ve finally gotten enough quality time with it to actually write a review. I was a big fan of the first game’s single player story mode and online play, and was feeling some good vibes about this game prior to its release. As far as the story mode goes, Netherrealm Studios (NRS) continues to deliver on making great narrative content…

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What Mass Effect: Andromeda Got Wrong

May 17, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for all the Mass Effect games (particularly Andromeda) follow. For the past month or so, my free time has been dominated by Mass Effect: Andromeda. I’m a huge fan of the original trilogy, and consider them to collectively be well within my top 10 video games of all time. While the ending of Mass Effect 3 left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth (Indoctrination Theory…

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World of Warcraft: Legion – Midterm Report

April 20, 2017

Some corrections (4/21/17): One of the perils of taking a while to write an article is that references to time quickly become inaccurate. Mass Effect: Andromeda released on 3/21/17, which is obviously more than a week from when this article went live. Also, since I didn’t fully read the patch notes, I didn’t realize the new raid instance, The Tomb of Sargeras, is actually unavailable, and will be unlocked sometime…

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Board Game Review: Secret Hitler

March 29, 2017

Have you ever played a game of Cards Against Humanity and thought, “This game is great, but it needs to involve more lying to my friends and references to Hitler”? Do you not know what Cards Against Humanity is, but do know you like social deduction games? Do you not know what a social deduction game is, but do enjoy the bluffing of poker and have a good poker face? If you…

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Game Review: Star Wars Force Arena is an OK Way to Pass Some Time

March 9, 2017

I generally am not into mobile games. While I do play some games on my phone, it’s generally either Hearthstone or the World of Warcraft Legion App, both of which are tied to the PC in some way. I did play Fallout Shelter for a bit, but got frustrated with its quirks that made for some confusing moments. Generally, whenever I happen to try a mobile game it goes like…

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Standards of Review

February 23, 2017

“Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. is crap” – Theodore Sturgeon (Sturgeon’s Revelation) This is commonly revised to “Ninety percent of everything is crap,” and simply called Sturgeon’s Law.  Sturgeon was an author and a critic of horror and science fiction and saw that the genres had their faults, but…

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Injustice 2 Trailer Impressions: The DC Universe Actually Gets Interesting

January 26, 2017

I generally don’t consider myself a fan of the DC Universe at large. That changed a bit when the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us was released in 2013. While it is on the surface playing on the overused trope of “yet another alternate reality story” it does center on a rather interesting premise: what if Superman just totally lost his shit and decided to take over the world? It’s quite…

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RIP Xbox Fitness (Challenge)

December 16, 2016

Well, the Xbox Fitness Challenge is over. Not entirely. In a bizarre decision from Microsoft, despite the official “sunset” date being on June 30, 2017, the Xbox Fitness team has discontinued two of its oldest, most varied and most substantive workout routines over 6 months early: Mossa and 10 Minute Solution. Together, they represent a total of 33 different routines containing workouts ranging from low-impact dance moves to weight-lifting; from…

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Every Hearthstone Expansion Arbitrarily Ranked

December 14, 2016

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, Hearthstone’s eighth expansion, has just been released. We’re nearing the 3-year mark since the game went live and now seems like a good time to take a look at all the expansions released so far and give them a bit of an evaluation. Everything here is completely arbitrary and based on personal opinion. Feel free to file any complaints and/or errors in the comments if you feel…

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Xbox Fitness Challenge: Month 2

December 8, 2016

Note: If you want to read more about the challenge kickoff, check out the Xbox Fitness Challenge Kickoff post. Now I know why people choose to start exercise and diet changes as New Year’s resolutions instead of kicking it off in November. I absolutely don’t want to make excuses, but here are the “challenges” that I faced sticking with my plan for November: The change of season means coming down with…

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