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GameCrank: Clogged Pipes–Is Mario Getting Fat?


April 30, 2013

  Mario. I think we're fairly well acquainted with him at this point. I'm not going to go over how "Mario" has changed video games and the world over the last 32 years, since that would be boring, obvious, and trite. Mar...

Evelyn Oliver (center), playing Alice Little, and other cast members (left to right) Erik Fliegauf, Jack McCauliffe, Ashley Olafsen, Henry Vumbaca, and Taylor Forsmo prepare the

Uncommon Nonsense

January 29, 2013

GameCrank: The Perfect Game?


January 13, 2013

The discussion over objective quality is one that has rattled my brain for a long time now. On one hand, a part of me wants to fundamentally reject the idea of a perfect game on my belief that there's no such thing as perfect, ...

GameCrank: A Postmortem Wii Retrospective


December 17, 2012

So, the WiiU is out. It's been doing okay... I guess. It's still a bit early to judge, so I'll leave my commentary for after the Christmas sales stop rolling in. Then we can talk numbers. For now, I want to take a look ba...

GameCrank: Horror-rific Part 2: A Walk in the Woods and Nothing Else


November 12, 2012

Part two of a two-part piece by Patrick Pontes. Welcome back. Modern horror games are suffering because they're letting go of the atmospheric, tension-building aspects of their design and instead focusing on action, combat, and ...

GameCrank: Horror-rific Part 1: What Makes a Good Horror Game


October 22, 2012

Part one of a two-part piece by Patrick Pontes. Horror. Every time it's brought up, people try to describe it as a genre of gaming that's either disappearing or making a comeback, but nobody ever says why. The closest thi...

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