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The Top 10 Video Games of 2010

The most frustrating thing about being a gamer is trying to keep up with the hype train.
Heavy reign
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 24, 2010

Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country returns in style
Monkey shines
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 10, 2010

Review: Kirby's Epic Yarn

Kirby's Epic Yarn is for the kids
Gaming in Neverland
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 05, 2010

Review: NBA Jam

Maybe NBA Jam wasn't the best game of all time, but when it appeared in arcades back in 1993, it acquired a pop-culture cachet that most games couldn't dream of.
Baller status update
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 22, 2010

Review: Metroid: Other M

The best in-game storytelling I’ve seen occurs at the climax of Super Metroid .
Mutiny on the bounty hunter
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 17, 2010

Review: Green Day: Rock Band

Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
Repeat, repeat
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 25, 2010

Nintendo bringing back Goldeneye for the Wii

Nintendo bringing back Goldeneye for the Wii

So E3, the big gaming to-do where all of the companies announce their new titles, is happening right now. Nintendo had the floor today, and...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 15, 2010

Review: Super Mario Galaxy 2

Say this for Super Mario: he still seems to be having a good time.
Star-crossed: not quite super
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 11, 2010

Review: 3D Dot Game Heroes

The story of 3D Dot Game Heroes ’ kingdom of Dotnia might ring a few bells. An ancient hero of old defeated an evil king by trapping him inside one of six magical orbs.
Linking to the past
By MADDY MYERS  |  May 28, 2010
Living Room Upgrades: the PSMove and 3-D TV

Living Room Upgrades: the PSMove and 3-D TV

Gamers, feast your eyes on the new PlayStation Move. Does it remind you of anything? Just kidding -- the PSmove was bound to look a bit...
By Maddy Myers  |  March 11, 2010

Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010


Review: No More Heroes 2

In the world of video games, one rule is ironclad: if a game is successful, there will be a sequel. Hell, sometimes if a game isn't successful, there will be a sequel.
Pain in the assassin
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 19, 2010

Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade

Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
 Zeroes from the Aughts
By LASER ORGY  |  January 15, 2010

Winter wonderland

Do not adjust your calendar. Christmas has not been moved to March this year.
Video games start the new year right
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 01, 2010

2009: Year in video games

At the end of each year, there's the temptation to identify a common theme among the games that were released.
Swimming the mainstream
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 25, 2009

Review: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The staggering commercial success the folks at Nintendo have achieved in recent years has made it easy to overlook their more unfortunate habits.
OId news: nothing super about it
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 11, 2009

Nintendo Wii's Horrifying Attempt to Appeal to Young Girls

Oh, Nintendo. You have simply got to stop doing shit like this. It is possible to take interactive gaming too far.  You want gamer parents to...
By Maddy Myers  |  November 04, 2009

Review: A Boy and His Blob

A Boy and his Blob got its start as a 1989 Nintendo game designed by David Crane, who also designed Pitfall! . This 2009 remake features Miyazaki-inspired art and cel-shaded animation, giving the maps a storybook quality. Unfortunately, the story its
Childhood memories, improved
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 30, 2009

New Microsoft Stores: Good News for Gamers

Today, Microsoft opened the first in a chain of retail stores designed to mimic the success of the Apple Stores. Mac and PC users alike...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 26, 2009

Uncharted 2, Dead Space: Extraction, Beatles Rock Band, and just a splash of sexism

When you’re done reading Mitch Krpata’s review of Uncharted 2 for this week, you should head over to his blog and check out his two...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 21, 2009

Catch a falling star

There was a time, not long ago, when two things were true. The first was that the University of Miami was a perennial college-football powerhouse. The second was that Willie Williams was going to be the next big thing among college-football linebackers.
Willie Williams and Charles Rogers prove that "can't miss" prospects sometimes do
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 25, 2009


Delay of game

Splinter Cell: Conviction , BioShock 2 , Heavy Rain — these are just some of the eagerly awaited titles that won't be coming to your video-game console this fall.
With some big names shelved, 10 releases to watch for this fall
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 18, 2009

Review: The Beatles: Rock Band

Can we agree that the music-game market is saturated? To stand out in this crowd, you'd need something special. You'd need the Beatles.
Don't meet the Beatles — be them
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 11, 2009
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Late-night bites

Yes, there are places in Portland to get something to eat after 10 pm — even as late as 3 am. From pizza and wings to pancakes and homemade apps, this city has your appetite covered, whether it's been a long night of Beirut or studying (ha!). We wouldn
It's dark. You're tired and hungry. You've come to the right place.
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 28, 2009

Happy together

There's an easy way to make everyone happy.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 31, 2009

Review: Tales of Monkey Island

Thanks to Telltale Games, we're now seeing remakes and revivals not only of the genre but of its most popular franchises. First was Telltale's successful episodic rebirth of Sam and Max . Now we get the first part of a new adventure based on the grandd
A classic series sets sail once more
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 24, 2009


Review: Guitar Hero: Smash Hits

When evaluating a new Guitar Hero — or any music-related game — it helps to picture a Venh Diagram consisting of three circles: "Good Songs," "Challenging Songs," and "Songs that are fun to play on plastic instruments."
Guitar Hero does its greatest hits
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 17, 2009

Review: Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Call it fanboyism, call it a Pavlovian response, call it what you want — Ghostbusters: The Video Game made me smile.
It has the tools, it has the talent
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 10, 2009

Familiar Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years started as a Japan-only cellphone game and has washed up on American shores in the form of WiiWare.
The After Years: If it ain't broke, remake it
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 19, 2009

Review: Punch Out!!

Ask anyone to list his or her favorite Nintendo games, and the odds are that Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! will be one of them.
Classic hits
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 29, 2009