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Day of the Tentacle is the Best-Designed Adventure Game Ever

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The more recent news with Tim Schafer and the rest of the folks at Double Fine is a Full Throttle remaster and the Psychonauts sequel they’ve crowdfunded. While these are both very awesome things, let’s not let that overshadow the truly important, groundbreaking, earthshaking game that Double Fine released last year: Day of the Tentacle.

Okay, so it’s just a remaster of one of Schafer (and Dave Grossman)’s older Lucasarts titles so maybe it already finished up all its earthshaking when it was originally released in 1993. But perhaps you made a huge mistake and missed the game back then. Heck, some of you might not have even been alive for the original release, which is kind of a valid excuse, I guess.

But even if you did play it back then, this is an adventure game well worth revisiting because it’s one of the only well-designed adventure games in existence. With the sharp increase in fans-turned-indie-developers as well as the popularity of Telltale’s episodic titles, the adventure game genre has experienced a recent resurgence. It’s too bad so many of the games are poorly designed.

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December 24th, 2016 at 7:14 pm

Joe’s E3 Odyssey – A Tragedum in 3 Parts | E3 2013

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Here are all three days of my spiral downward at E3 2013 in a convenient playlist.

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June 12th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Tough Love #3 – How Gaming Alienates: Bad at Sex

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June 6th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Tough Love #2 – How Gaming Alienates: Violence

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What up.

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April 3rd, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Bioshock Infinite Review

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Here is my rather delayed BioShock Infinite review if you like that sort of thing:


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April 3rd, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Lazy Nostalgia: How Mobile Gaming Could Be a Real Work of Art

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I wrote this.


Here’s an excerpt:

“The discussion of whether video games are art or not is one no longer worth having. Games are a form of creative expression and those of us who continue to play them must be getting worthwhile experiences – emotional, mental, or otherwise – out of doing so. The more valid question is whether games are good art or not because, well, not a lot of modern games particularly overextend themselves when it comes to trying to take the medium in unique directions and mostly we’ve got boring, samey games.”

Remembering Your First Game: Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

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I wrote this big ol’ thing for Den of Geek about how Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders is basically a bad game, yet one that holds an incredible amount of meaning for me.

Click on cool pic to check it out!!!


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February 16th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Tough Love #1 – We Need to Talk About Gaming

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So I’ve started this video series for the website MMO Attack about gaming culture and how it’s totally horrible. Here’s the first episode in two parts:



I also did this promo video for my channel to tell people to watch the Tough Love series. It is a very lovely video.


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January 15th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP Android Review

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Okay, now click on picture to read nice review:

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

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January 5th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP Android Preview

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Here’s a preview I wrote about a game I quite like:




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December 16th, 2012 at 2:45 am