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Mike Dechaine strives to top the pool world

It is December 13, 2012 and York Hall, in the East End of London, is electric. The Mosconi Cup, one of the most prestigious events in pool, is coming to a dramatic close.
Great ball of fire
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 18, 2013

Thinking man's action: Top games of 2012

At some point, it stopped being a trend and became the reality: the most interesting, thought-provoking games aren't mega-budget retail releases, but smaller downloadable titles.

By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 21, 2012

Outside the box: PC indie games of 2012

Here are five PC indie games of 2012 that serve as important counterpoints to the Halo s and Mass Effect s of the mainstream gaming world.

By MADDY MYERS  |  December 21, 2012

Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012

Great American Games

Everyone's favorite cultural pastimes.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 27, 2012

Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
Mixed messages
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 29, 2012


Review: Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 makes video-game violence mean something again.
Max Payne's bloody Brazilian getaway
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 15, 2012

Review: The Walking Dead: Episode 1

Halfway between a traditional point-and-click adventure game and a Heavy Rain -style interactive fiction, the central aim of The Walking Dead is to put players in impossible situations with no good outcome.
Dead reckoning
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 02, 2012

Review: Trials Evolution

Trials Evolution is a game about launching dirt bikes off sweet jumps, gunning for record-breaking times, and occasionally doing backflips. It's like a modern-day Excitebike .
On the right track
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 18, 2012
The Darkness review

Review: The Darkness II

Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
The heart of the matter
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 17, 2012

Words with Friends

What the fuck?
By KARL STEVENS  |  February 10, 2012


Lame Games

The worst video games you can imagine.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 03, 2012

Gambling 'the hardway'

Let's start out by sharing how inauspiciously this adventure began — on a Tuesday evening, with both of us entirely bewildered by the South Portland Bingo Hall on John Roberts Road.
Embedded in South Portland's seven-nights-a-week bingo hall

Review: Infinity Blade II

Nothing is better than playing a game that takes full advantage of its hardware.
Touch the future
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 06, 2012
Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 30, 2011

Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

My introduction to The Elder Scrolls series involved watching a friend use the same spell over and over in a forest full of endlessly re-spawning rats, in an effort to level up his magical abilities.
The siren call
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 02, 2011


In Providence, Pokémon perseveres

Pokémon — the video-game, trading-card, and anime franchise — may have reached its high water mark in the late 1990s. But at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence this past weekend, the 20th Century geekery lived.
By STEPHEN BEALE  |  November 18, 2011

Man with a load of mischief

According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, gambling is OK in Biddeford or Washington County, but if it happens in Lewiston, it's pure evil.
Casinos: money and morals
By AL DIAMON  |  November 04, 2011

Review: Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3 should feel familiar. Except the female characters have guns now.
The COG's sordid past comes to light
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 07, 2011

Our games, ourselves

Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall program with a look at the rise of video games.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 07, 2011

Review: Shadows of the Damned

Over the next couple of months, you'll be bombarded with ads for big-budget games.
A new cult classic
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 30, 2011


Taking gaming to the masses

Welcome to the first night of Barcraft Boston, where, a few times a month, video gamers take over the upstairs of the Greatest Bar to watch professionals battle it out in Starcraft 2 .
Laser Orgy
By DAVE BARKER  |  September 23, 2011

Review: Bastion

At the start of Bastion , the Narrator feels like a contrivance.
A Bastion of creativity for Xbox Live Arcade
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 12, 2011

Don’t fear the sphere: The tao of wiffleball

If you're the type of person that spent your youth perfecting that Nomahh Garciaparra batting ritual, or you still find yourself bragging about the wicked riser you used to throw in your backyard, then head to Slater Park this weekend and show your stuf
The Sporting Life I
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 05, 2011

Children's Party at the Museum of Fine Art

The party games are a little ... different.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 05, 2011

Review: Child of Eden

Although the list of video game auteurs is short, few would deny Tetsuya Mizuguchi a spot.
Sensory overload
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 29, 2011


Review: InFamous 2

InFamous 2 is the worst game I couldn't stop playing since — well, since inFamous 1 .
Power out
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 24, 2011

Review: Outland

Rare is the game whose controls are so finely calibrated that the gamepad seems to vanish from your hands. Outland , a downloadable sidescroller for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, is such a game.
Inspiration meets execution
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 04, 2011

Review: Brink

There's an old joke about shooters: "No one plays the campaign." Everybody just skips ahead to the multiplayer. So why should developers even include that pesky story mode?
Brink trips over itself
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 03, 2011

Review: Mortal Kombat 9

Mortal Kombat 9 represents everything that's awful about video games. It's trashy, it's corny, it's gory, it's sexist, it's racist — and it's deceptively addictive.
Gross miskonduct
By MADDY MYERS  |  May 13, 2011