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The Nirvana Of Video Games?

The Nirvana Of Video Games?

Video games need a grunge movement, or at least that’s what Kotaku contributor and ’90s aficionado Leigh Alexander argues in this excellent piece over at Gamasutra. It’s a version of a talk she recently gave at a UK games convention, and it involves Paula Abdul.

Man Cave Fan Fiction

Man Cave Fan Fiction

About two years after The End came a memorable day: Mark unearthed an incredible stash. Coarse-knuckled and goose-prickling under a wan, strange sun, he hunched over a small old dumpster he found behind the old Winn Dixie, and pried away at it. It took some time, as the thing had…

The Beautifully Melancholy Chrono Cross Was Unfairly Overlooked

The Beautifully Melancholy Chrono Cross Was Unfairly Overlooked

Japanese RPGs used to be a lot more controversial. Or maybe it was just because I was a teenager during the genre’s heyday — you know, when Final Fantasy games flew off shelves, when hours of CG cutscenes featuring teary-eyed androgynes were considered breathtaking rather than tiresome — and teenagers…