Browsing all articles by Barb Steele.

Documentary mistakes Arma II footage for real 1988 war footage. The Internet LOLs.

  Hello reader! Happy hump day! Are you ready for some old news? What, you’re here for NEW news? Well tough. I’m too busy playing Arkham City to scour the internet for you. Besides, this is kind of hilarious. Either video game footage has gotten really realistic, or the editors / producers / every single [...]

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The Stanley Parable

    Here’s a trippy little game for you, a Half Life 2 mod called “The Stanley Parable” that was downloaded 100,000 in 3 weeks when it was released a couple months ago. It’s gotten a lot of well deserved buzz in the gaming world, and since I TAed one of creator Davey Wreden‘s film [...]

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Gentlemen: This guy thinks you’re a loser

    If you have female friends (or are the proud owner of your very own ladybits) you might have seen this article from CNN contributor and former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett popping up on your Facebook and Twitter feeds in the past week.  It examines statistics which show that young women today [...]

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GLaDOSiri for the iPhone 4S

    If this were for real, I definitely wouldn’t be holding off on buying the 4S…

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“The Cat and the Coup”: Fun and Learnin’ All in One Package

    Thanks to my finicky gaming tastes, which drive me away from most FPS, RTS, and platformers, I’m excited when I find a new genre to explore. “The Cat and the Coup” is the first “documentary puzzle” game I’ve played, and it far exceeded my expectations of how historical events could be related in [...]

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IndieCade 2011 Finalists Announced

  Out of 446 submissions, thirty-six indie games have been selected as finalists for the 2011 IndieCade Festival in Culver City, CA October 6th-9th. Among the finalists are a couple of my top picks from this year’s E3, “Desktop Dungeons” and “Skulls of the Shogun”. Way to go! If you happen to be in L.A., [...]

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The Room Tribute

  Oh hai, reader! I didn’t know it was you. You know what’s great? Tommy Wiseau’s amazingly campy movie The Room. You know what’s even better? The incredibly campy game The Room Tribute! You haven’t heard of The Room, you say? Well, you’ve been missing out. It’s L.A.’s favorite  “midnight movie” cult classic, filling theaters [...]

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Bite-Sized Indie: Every Day The Same Dream

  I came across this simple Flash game during last week’s internet wanderings. It was part of the Neoludica exhibition. I don’t know whether or not Italians actually do it better, but this game is pretty neat. Produced in six days for the Experimental Gameplay Project by Molleindustria, this little indie is a short, existential [...]

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Barb Surfs The Web and Finds… OH CRAP! WE’RE DOOMED!

  SCIENCE shows that video games can cause serious injuries! Thank god the internet is here to warn us of our doom. (Because really, are a couple of pictures going to stop us?) Here’s a sample from Game Arthritis:  Check out the site, and then come back to me, baby. I’ll be waiting for you [...]

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Valet Parking 1989 Will Probably Make You Love Your Job

    Ah, this game brings me back. This is the sort of innovative game we haven’t seen since… well, since 1989. A simulation game that speaks to the little guy, like one of my favorite 80s games, Paperboy. A game with hooks like TOTALLY RAD celebrities, a SUPER COOL story and ENDLESS PLAY. Oh [...]

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Bite-Sized Fun: Sushi Cat

It’s back to school time, which means no more time for games with long, sprawling storylines.  Instead I turn to quick bite games to carry me through the semester, phone games, Flash games, games with levels I can play for two minutes and still feel satisfied. Now for some reason I’ve never gotten caught up [...]

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E3 2011: IndieCade, Desktop Dungeons, and Skulls of the Shogun

I checked out few of the games at IndieCade which, if you haven’t heard of it, is an international festival of independent games. This year was their five year anniversary at E3, and their booth showcased 18 of the games which have been submitted to the Culver City festival in October, including video games, tabletop [...]

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E3: Final Fantasy XIII-2. The more numbers you add, the less I want to play it.

For the first time in my life, I am not enthused for a Final Fantasy title — namely, Final Fantasy XIII-2. There are several possible reasons for this. Maybe it’s the cringing flashbacks the overly-numerical name sparks, so reminiscent of Final Fantasy X2, a game that I absolutely detest. Maybe it’s the fact that I [...]

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E3: Galaga Dimensions for Xbox

I’ve never really followed how the 1980s arcade games I used to play have evolved in modern gaming. Usually when I think of games like Galaga, I’m imagining my childhood dentist’s office. Yep, my dentist had one of those game tables with a whole variety of arcade classics. A great way to distract yourself from [...]

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E3: Sesame Street’s “Once Upon a Monster” for Xbox Kinect

Sort of a weird title to review on a grown up gaming site, but this game was too adorable to pass by. The graphics were beautiful and everyone playing looked like they were having a blast. The story follows Elmo, Cookie Monster, and other Sesame Street friends as they find a living storybook called “Once [...]

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E3: There be dragons! And tanks!

And of course, dragons. I’m the E3 newbie on the crew, so rather than concentrate on hitting up specific games today, I spent most of my time soaking in the event itself and admiring the outrageous displays.  As anyone who has ever followed E3 knows, this conference is huge.  All of the big players have [...]

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Sonic Generations demo

Sonic Generations demo! Aaron Webber demos the game. Break plays Act I And Act II

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A Love Letter to Fallout: New Vegas

Dear Fallout: New Vegas, It’s been almost one year since we last saw each other. “It’s not you, it’s me.” That’s what I told you back then, after that long summer.  “I’m sorry, this just won’t work out. I’ve got school. I’ll be too busy for your open world, your complicated multi-part quests, your endless [...]

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Portal 2 ARG: A Little Disappointing

Let me preface this by saying I think the people at Valve are geniuses.  Their games are consistently awesome, with brilliant writing and fantastic voice acting, and the games themselves are unique and compulsively playable.  I beat Portal 2 within two days of it’s release (took me 12 hours… yeah, I know, I’m slow) and [...]

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90s Flashback: The 7th Guest vs Monkey Island 2 SE on iOS

90s Flashback: The 7th Guest vs Monkey Island 2 SE on iOS
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Big life changes always make me a bit nostalgic, and as I’m getting dangerously close to finishing grad school and being chucked into the cold harsh real world, I’ve started revisiting old childhood loves, like listening to David Bowie mix CDs, painting my nails black, and watching episodes of Buffy on Netflix. That nostalgia is [...]

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