The Anxiety of Playing Half-Life 2

I had originally bought The Orange Box for the PS3 because I wanted to play Portal on a console rather than a PC.  The collection also came with Team Fortress 2, plus Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two, and while I had always heard very positive things about Half-Life, I knew nothing…

No More Hand Holding

I think it’s safe to say that many gamers find tutorials tedious, whether they be an entire level devoted to teaching the basics of a game or frequent interruptions where we are forced to read pages of text explaining every detail of every action we can perform, even such simple tasks as buying a potion…

Unforgettable: Still Alive and Want You Gone

Most of the time, when attempting to think of a part of a game that really stuck with you, very few would cite the ending credits as something that stood out to them, wouldn’t you agree?  Because, in all honesty, most ending credits are downright boring.  Sometimes they give us videos to watch during them,…

Great Games I Almost Missed

Sometimes, I like to think about how things would be if I made different decisions.  Like, if I had never decided to buy the PlayStation 2, my first venture outside my previously Nintendo-only domain, what games would I be playing now?  What would my collection look like?  I’m sure we all have times where there…

Today in Gaming History: 11/3/13

November 3, 1962: Happy birthday Gabe Newell!  The ubiquitous presence with the games industry of Valve CEO Gabe Newell wasn’t always so ubiquitous. Newell, however, got a very fortuitous start with Microsoft, where he worked on at least a few Windows releases. Newell raked in some serious cash at Microsoft, so is wasn’t as if he…

News Byte: Valve’s Steam Controller

Valve’s Steam Controller In the very recent past, Valve bestowed upon the game world its Steam Machine and revolutionary new controller. That controller has everyone talking, including us! It even has non-PC folks like me curious about what it can do.

A Question of Value

  I don’t trust digital downloads when it comes to buying games. It’s not the convenience or anything like that, but rather this idea that I’ve never been able to shake, or rather a question: “If you don’t have a physical copy: a disk, cartridge, or whatever else you could put a game on, can…