What BioShock Infinite Could Have Been

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Art book shows a new perspective of Columbia Almost a month after its release, BioShock Infinite is still on my mind, but not for the reasons you might suspect. If you grow tired of seeing the game plastered on just about every gaming website, magazine, and TV commercial, fear not. This commentary does not exist to reiterate the title’s excellence nor is it a rant geared at opposing such praise. Instead, I’d like to shine some light on the world of Columbia before it was a fully realized sky-bound paradise; years ago when the idea of the game was just gaining traction in the...

Shy People Excel At Making Friends In Online Games

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Research from early 2013 reveals that shy people excel at making friends while playing games online. It noted that the more shy the person, the more likely he or she is to make friends online. This makes sense when you think about it, because the addition of anonymity and creating a new identity can free people of their social anxieties. And in doing so, they're able to build and foster relationships with their fellow gamers.

From Insult to Identity: What Exactly is a Nerd?

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Article was originally published on 5/03/13 at Destructoid by yours truly. Exploring the boundaries of ‘nerdom’ Following a swift completion of BioShock Infinite’s 1999 mode last week, I was hit with a particularly potent wave of boredom. Quelling the bubbling cauldron of monotony was easy while skating through the battle-torn dystopia of Columbia. Feverishly hunting down achievements, collecting voxophones, and Bucking Bronco-ing my way to victory pacified me for a time, but that time had passed. Upon repetition, (three play-throughs, in fact) the vibrant collective of...

My Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of 2015, Tephlon Funk!

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Hip hop meets anime I love animated things: cartoons, anime, comics, graphic novels and just about everything in between. There’s something special about the art form; when ink hits parchment an artist’s imagination becomes reality and unlike live-action or traditional media, the boundaries are limitless. Over the past 15 years I’ve feverishly consumed hundreds if not thousands of different animated series ranging from the Japanese masterpieces of Hayao Miyazaki to the sci-fi universes of French animator René Laloux. There’s not much that can genuinely surprise or...

Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Finally on Netflix

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Do you hear that? That's the sound of my inner Netflix addict screaming for joy, because as of last weekend, The Sons of Anarchy Season 6 has been uploaded to Netflix. I'm a latecomer to the SoA crowd. Initially turned off by the premise of a thuggish motorcycle club, my brother convinced me to give it a chance, and one month and 5 seasons later, you might as well give me a cut and patch me in because I'm hooked.

Game Diary: I Want to Like The Evil Within But…

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After 15 hours, 40 deaths, and a myriad of both intensity and frustration, I finished, or perhaps better stated, I survived Tango Gameworks' survival horror game The Evil Within. As the credits rolled and the symbolic curtains began to close, I couldn't help but feel unsatisfied. Sure, I was happy to have earned another notch on my completion belt, but for some odd reason, the vast majority of post-game glee that I felt from The Evil Within was not from beating the game itself, but because I was finally done with it.

Firefall Fanfic Ep4: Old Friends and New Enemies Part 2

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In the previous installment, Briggs had a surprise rendezvous with an old friend among the Sargasso extraction team. A night of celebratory Wiki Wackers served as a successful departure from the seriousness of war, but the spell of normalcy is unfortunately short-lived. Interrupted by a surprise Chosen attack, an enormous Drop Pod enters the fray. The Accord excavation will just have to wait. At over three meters in height, the Chosen monstrosity towers over the pod from which it spawned. Bearing the weight of an enormous Gatling-style machine gun, its jagged crimson armor exudes an audible...

Firefall Fanfic Ep4: Old Friends and New Enemies Part 1

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Welcome to another episode of my Firefall Fanfic. Due to Briggs’ upstanding work aiding the preliminary base in Antarctica, Accord Command has shipped the Lieutenant Colonel across the world to another recently discovered Melding Pocket located in Sargasso Sea. With a bustling Accord encampment already underway, Commander Clark assigned Briggs to oversee a covert excavation operation in the area.  Perhaps there is more to the Accord’s presence in Sargasso than advancing the warfront? Lieutenant Colonel Alexis Briggs – Unofficial Report From frozen wasteland to tropical jungle, my...

Firefall Fanfic Ep3: Winter is Coming Part 2

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In the previous episode, Briggs was sent to the frigid Melding Pocket of Antarctica to provide operational assistance at the new Accord base. During the monotony of compiling information, filing reports, and teaching the ARES newbies about war, the head officer Captain Emmerich received a distress call originating far to the northwest. With a fear of the unknown wasteland, Emmerich refuses to send operators to explore the signal. If they won’t go, Briggs will but she won’t find what she is expecting. In a flood of panic, I jerk the flare wildly in one sweeping motion. The glow barely...