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14 July 2014

110-Character Challenge: Is Valiant Hearts a Wise Game? [REVIEW]

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Here’s my review, with additional thoughts, of the multiplatform video game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War. While I aim to keep my bite-size review in 110 characters or less, I missed by two characters. On the other hand, the triumphs and tragedies that occurred during World War I should not be forgotten.

Valiant Hearts shows WWI sacrifices & tech advances. All’s noisy on doggie puzzle front, but hint system’s fair.

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9 July 2014

Some Fine Day Book Review

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Finally, I post this review on Kat Ross’ Some Fine Day. The beginning is flavored with plenty of sci-fi futurism, but it becomes a thriller with a young woman seeking the future she wants. For me, the second half becomes a “page turner” where I wanted to find out what Jansin does next. The following review avoids many spoilers. … Continued &#187

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25 June 2014

Will Gail Z. Martin Satisfy Urban Readers’ Deadly Curiosities? [REVIEW]

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I’m a newbie to the urban fantasy genre, but Gail Z. Martin’s Deadly Curiosities was a sometimes pleasant, sometimes eerie stroll through one the Deep South’s most interesting cities. At over 360 pages, Curiosities is the first major story in a greater narrative. I may have to read the Adventures short stories if I ever have time.

Martin gives readers plenty of magical strangeness with hints of splendor. The heroine is capable, but isn’t impervious. I must get accustomed to 300-plus page adventures where no stone is left unturned, but I think urban fantasy readers will enjoy Martin’s work. … Continued &#187

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23 June 2014

TMNT Visual History Book Contains Much Turtle Power

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History by Andrew Farago should please all Turtles fans. The hardcover book doesn’t disappoint with big, clear sketches, drawings, animation cels, photos, etc. At almost 190 pages, Ultimate is almost a museum on the printed page. Farago puts together an impressive package; even the text shows enthusiasm for the subject and appreciation for their creators and stewards. … Continued &#187

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14 June 2014

Bon! or Bonkers: Nintendo on Wii U Gameplay Streaming

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Nintendo of America chief Reggie “FEES AH-MAY,” responding to Brian Crecente’s question about Twitch support on Wii U, says that Nintendo “[doesn’t] think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself.” On the other hand, Fils-Aime asserts the success Nintendo has with Twitch with events such as Nintendo Treehouse Live and the Super Smash Bros. Invitational.

It’s well known that Nintendo has a spotty record of supporting whatever hot new trends competitors follow. However, Fils-Aime elaborates on why Nintendo feels that way and discusses alternatives. Do you think Fils-Aime’s comments are genuine (Bon!) or generally bizaree (Bonkers).

Read the full article by Polygon’s Brian Crecente for Reggie’s comments and rationale.

Bon! Reggie is Right!

* Watching people merely play games for 30 minutes is actually boring.
* Nintendo, family-friendly company they are, may appear to give consent to undesirable content.
* Nintendo prefers exciting highlights culled from matches (e.g. Mario Kart TV).
* Possible technical considerations not discussed which would drain computer power from the Wii U.

Bonkers! WTF, Nintendo

* Twitch is a very popular, so Nintendo is missing out on giving full support.
* Gamers have found creative uses for streams (e.g. chat interactions, voiceovers).
* Nintendo are simply control freaks waiting for the opportunity to get their cut.

How do I feel? From my limited perspective as a non-Wii U owner, lacking a Twitch channel/app won’t be as big of a deal like the GameCube’s lack of DVD playback or Wii outputting standard-definition video only. What do you think?

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3 June 2014

Book Review: Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner

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Audra is an inter-dimensional psuedo-cop overcame her worst childhood nightmare. Her trusted partner, a vicious clown, WAS that nightmare. They fight… not crime, but nasty threats. … Continued &#187

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Sac-Con June 2014 Report: Power Rangers! Kevin Maguire! Cosplay!

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Seeing the talent that they had lined up for the show, it was hard to think about doing anything else this weekend. I saw the Power Rangers Samurai cast (Alex Heartman, Najee De-Tiege, Steven Skyler and Hector David Jr.), Kevin Maguire (Justice League America and Guardians of the Galaxy), actor D.C. Douglas (Albert Wesker from Resident Evil video game series, Mass Effect character Legion) and many more! … Continued &#187

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26 May 2014

Ain’t Feelin’ It: Million Dollar Arm, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Poker “Documentary”

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Brief thoughts that I decided to combine for in opinion piece. As far as these three things discussed go, I just ain’t feelin’ it. Now, my more grammatically-correct commentary: … Continued &#187

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21 May 2014

Crowdfunding Catches: Stratagem & Flatland

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Here are two games with differing approaches to strategy. Stratagem allows flexibility for more skill-based contests or casual-friendly balance. Flatland wants to take dice games to new dimensions. Peep these games to see whether they’ll be part of your game day activities. … Continued &#187

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14 May 2014

Crowdfunding Catch: Go Extinct!

It’s been seemingly a bajillion years since I’ve played Go Fish, but one educator is looking to create the next evolutionary step in engaging card games.

Teacher and biologist Ariel Marcy of San Francisco concocted Go Extinct, a game that teaches the process of evolution based on Go Fish. She hopes kids will begin to love science via her contribution to “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math). … Continued &#187

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