Mass Effect 3—Let the Haters Hate

So, there has been a lot of hullabaloo about the final installment of Bioware’s Mass Effect 3, the final game in their wildly successful sci-fi RPG series. Most of it stems from the less-than stellar ending to the game. Though this one complaint has opened the floodgates for people to grous about every little thing from day-1 DLC to the inclusion of a multi-player mode. Fortunately for you, this isn’t one of those kinds of posts. I finally got around… Continue »

Dragon Age 2 Mid-Game Review

I’ve read a number of reviews on Bioware’s latest epic RPG Dragon Age 2 lately, and thought I’d throw my two cents in as well. Overall, the reviews have been glowing, there has been much lauding the tighter graphics, amped up action and the fully-voiced dialog. Reading these early reviews got me amped up to jump in and start playing as soon as I picked up my pre-order—although I didn’t since I am an adult and skipping work to play… Continue »

Fol Chen—Part II: The New December

Fol Chen—In Ruins I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the new Fol Chen album, Part II: The New December, trying to decide what I thought of it. Their first album, Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made, was one of my favorite albums of 2009. It’s a quirky little album that is musically interesting with lots of pops and glitches and a tinge of pop-ish self-deprecation that you don’t normally see. While Part II shares many similarities in… Continue »

Spatial Distortion—Lucid

As a musician Jim Brodhagen’s style is varies, from playing guitar in a number of doom and sludge metal bands, to the humor-laden glitch/industrial duo Bobbie Boob, but one endeavor Jim continues to work on is his atmospheric-electronica solo project, Spatial Distortion. On December 23, 2009 Brodhagen released his fourth Spatial Distortion album, Lucid. In the two years since Spatial Distortion’s previous album, Cemetery For Thoughts That Sustained Worlds, Brodhagen has finely tuned his sound. By adding subtle complexity, and an overall… Continue »

Dragon Age: Origins—Initial Impressions

Alright, Bioware’s Dragon Age: Origins (DA:O) has been out for a couple of weeks now. The reviews are in (87/7.2 on MetaCritic) and the bulk of the gaming industry has since moved on, leaving DA:O in the dust like so many prom queens. There is probably no real point in yet another review, but technically that’s not what this is. There’s no way I can give it a fair shake in the limited amount of time that I’ve had to… Continue »

Review: Masters of Doom by David Kushner

2003’s Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture., by David Kushner, is a biography of id Software’s “Two Johns,” John Romero—the gregarious designer—and John Carmack—the Whiz Kid who’s all about programming. Kushner gives the reader an unprecedented look into the roller coaster world of the 1990’s PC gaming boom. Anyone who has played an id title will get a kick out of knowing what went into making their favorite games, and how oversized egos… Continue »