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Joanna Mueller is a lifelong gamer who used to insist on having the Super Mario Bros manual read to her as a bedtime story. Now she's reading Minecraft books to her own kiddo while finally making use of her degree to write about games.

Last Stitch Goodnight Funds Finishing Touches

It's impressive to happen upon a crowdfunding campaign that skips all the ambiguity of, “will this game ever get finished” and jumps right into...
System Shock

Crashing The System Shock Reboot

After months of waiting I finally got time to try out the new System Shock demo. Sci-Fi action titles are right up my alley....

Does 911 Operator’s Source Material Pose Ethical Concerns?

911 recordings can be painful reminders of what was potentially the worst day of someone's life. Since these recordings and their transcripts are a...

911 Operator’s Alpha Packs Appropriate Tension

Alpha builds are frustrating and not usually for the right reasons. It's difficult sometimes to taper your enthusiasm for a game to fit what...

Early Access Is Not A Platform For Crowdfunding

An early access title like Ark: Survival Evolved selling over 400,000 units in less than a week is impressive. Hearing that Studio Wildcard brought in more than...

Four Years After $88k Kickstarter, Timber And Stone May Be Finished

Buying an early access title on Steam is something of a gamble. The current system makes no distinction between a title requiring a bit more polish and...

Come On Get Happy, Or Else

After an impressive E3 trailer put it on my radar, I've been looking forward to diving into the retro-futuristic alternative world of We Happy...

Bad Moral Choices Make Bad Games

Part of the allure of moral choices in games is the ability to take the path less traveled. You can be an outright villain...

Answer The Call In 911 Operator

Let's face it, most of us didn't end up working in our first career choice. I still maintain that I would have made an...

Crowdfunding Isn’t The Place For Your Idea

Crowdfunding has opened the floodgates for creatives to bring new and exciting ideas to the world. This is awesome.  The rise of indie developers,...

Drone-Mapped RPG ReRoll Gets Cancelled, Backers Left Empty Handed

Crowdfunding is an investment, not a purchase. This has become the mantra of failed developers meant to shield them from criticism when a crowdfunded...

Why Your Game Demo is Hurting Your Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarter campaigns are rarely hurt by developers bringing too much to the table. As we've covered in the past, typically the opposite is true. Campaigns...

How Eldet Gets Story Driven LGBT Right

With LGBT representation in media slowly growing, it's exciting to see more diverse characters come into their own. The visual novel community seems to be especially...

Fatherhood Isn’t Serious Business In Dad Quest

Dad Quest is on Steam Greenlight, after securing $9,350 through Kickstarter. The new downloadable demo gives players an inside look at Sundae Month's bizarre world of child rearing. In Dad Quest,...

Fictorum Brings Dynamic Destruction To Wizardom

Mages in RPG's tend to be looked at as mere support roles. They are there to back up the beefy tanks and quick striking rogues. Even...

Legion TD2 Backers Receive First Look At Pre-Alpha

AutoAttack Games only secured funding for Legion TD2 a few months ago, but they aren't wasting any time in showing off what they've been working...