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Get on your snow (re)boots: Video game makeovers in 2013

With the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 now in their seventh and eighth years of existence, they've been around far longer than previous console generations.

By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 21, 2012

A missed opportunity; Call of maturity; a peek inside the Santa suit

The recent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend should serve as a teachable moment for the media and boneheaded sports fans. And I'm not talking about a rehash of the "Guns don't kill people; people kill pe
A teachable moment
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 07, 2012
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Beyond shooters

In an era of scripted set pieces and action sequences that are no more than glorified shooting galleries, Dishonored aims to give players the tools to author their own experiences.
10 video games that will invade your brain this fall
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

Uwe Boll gets most of the scorn, but has anyone done more to destroy hope of a decent movie being made from a video game than Paul W.S. Anderson?
Creative bankruptcy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: Orcs Must Die! 2

We're all happy to see more games that deal honestly and maturely with questions of life and death, and that question the player's role in perpetuating the cycle of violence.
Monster Mash
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 24, 2012
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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Maybe the Kid is going through a rough adolescent patch — but he was no great shakes to begin with.
Half-assed
By TOM MEEK  |  August 10, 2012


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Review: Quantum Conundrum

Of all the brainteasers on offer in Quantum Conundrum , a new downloadable puzzle game, the toughest one to crack is how to discuss it without comparisons to Portal .
Space and time
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 06, 2012

Advice for Curt; unrest by the sea; Mr. Walton blows out the candles

In case Curt Schilling is reading, here are a couple things you should never do as a businessman: 1) bounce a check to a state government; and 2) fail to meet payroll, especially when you have billed yourself as a jobs creator.
Out-of-business plan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 25, 2012

Schilling strikes out; war on women; the kids are all right

You may recall, a couple of years back, that then-Governor Donald "The Don" Carcieri was very gung ho about the state offering Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company a whopping $75 million in loan guarantees through the Rhode Island Economic Dev
Holding a 38 to our head
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 18, 2012
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Review: Journey

I have a hard-and-fast rule not to read other people's reviews of games I'll be covering myself.
Road to nowhere
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: Act of Valor

New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential ele
The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012


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Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Are you ready for this? Curt Schilling's video game is good. Really good.
Curt Schilling's winning pitch to gamers
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Soul Calibur V

It's time to make some new friends.
Soulless
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 10, 2012
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Lame Games

The worst video games you can imagine.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 03, 2012
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Review: Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition

You have to wonder why anybody bothers buying new games these days.
Fallout: New Vegas hits the jackpot
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 03, 2012

Re: Lollipop Chainsaw – An Open Letter to James Gunn


You know, James Gunn, for a man who writes for the horror genre, you sure don't seem to know much about your target demographic. Did...
By Maddy Myers  |  January 12, 2012


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Video games of 2011: Yakuza 4 is the tops

There was plenty to cheer for in the 2011 crop of games.
The gang's all here
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 23, 2011
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Secrets of Skyrim: Pairs


I've opened so many doors since I picked up this game. Iron doors. Wooden doors. Locked doors that led to locked chests, doors opened by...
By Alex Jarvis  |  December 12, 2011
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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
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Review: Uncharted 3

What the hell happened? When Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out just two short years ago, it hit like a bolt from heaven.
The Drake equation
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 18, 2011

Gaming: the next level

Remember the days when being a video game champion meant having the high score on Pac-Man at your local arcade?
Providence will be the center of the video game universe this weekend when it hosts Major League gaming's national chamionships
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  November 18, 2011


On Gears of War 3’s women warriors


The Gears of War franchise and I have a history, punctuated by a blog post I made a year and a half ago about the...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 17, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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


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Can a single woman peacefully co-exist with schlubby bachelor roommates? Absolutely!

Wait — you're living with guys? Don't you know they're filthy creatures who don't clean up after themselves and leave a trail of Doritos everywhere they go?!
Bachelor pad
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011
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Fantasy camp

Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 12, 2011
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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
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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