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Author Archives | Tommy Robbins

THE WITNESS Review: Perplexing, Beautiful, and Not for Everyone

The Witness, from Jonathan Blow and his small team at Thekla Inc., is a game that somewhat inarguably holds the potential to be boasted as the epitome of adventure and exploration, puzzle-based-games creation, allowing player interaction and understanding to drive the experience without the typical crutches that often bog down most games. Seldom is the […]

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After Shock: THE WITNESS Taking Sales Hit from Piracy

Jonathan Blow’s The Witness has been the subject of much discussion over the past week. From controversy surrounding the price announcement to raving critical reviews, the message has been inconsistent, though it has followed one through-line: people are interested in The Witness, for better or worse. It appears that further events have solidified that truth, […]

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Sticker Shock: THE WITNESS’ Price Reflects the State of Indie Development

On January 20, 2016, Jonathan Blow, the man responsible for indie hit Braid, took the final step in rolling out his next highly anticipated game, The Witness, by revealing the price tag to the public. The title, which has vastly grown in scope since its inception in 2009, contains a sprawling environment handcrafted entirely by Blow and […]

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Sony’s ‘Let’s Play’ Trademark Denied

Mid last week, it surfaced that Sony Computer Entertainment had filed for a new trademark on the phrase “Let’s Play”, the term adopted as a label for videos involving internet streamers playing games live and providing commentary for their audience. Well, it would seem that the application for trademark has been denied. A link to the […]

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Did Sony Just Trademark ‘Let’s Play’?

Tuning into video games streams through Twitch and other streaming services has become as common, for some, as tuning into cable television. In 2016, the act of filming, post production work, and sometimes hours of recording commentary has become a daily task for streamers attempting to develop content that marks them as unique among the […]

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PLAYSTATION EXPERIENCE Wrap-Up: The Good, the Bad, and the VR

Sony held their second annual PlayStation Experience on December 5-6, 2015, and featured a two-hour keynote that was sure to offer something for everyone. The conference showcases everything Sony has planned in their upcoming year of releases in a press event style setting but with doors open to the public. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a […]

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PARIS GAMES WEEK: The Scoop from Sony’s Show

Sony held their conference at Paris Games Week Tuesday and while there was some old news, there were a few new things worth noting. Viewing wasn’t particularly difficult with nearly every gaming site hosting a stream of the show but, of course, some didn’t have a chance to watch. Just in case you fall into that […]

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31 Days of Horror: ORGAN TRAIL

Zombie survival mixed with a deeply ingrained nostalgia? Yes, please. Organ Trail, from developer The Men Who Wear Many Hats, is a take on the classic edutainment game Oregon Trail. This telling replaces the 19th century pioneering of North America with a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. With the east coast in shambles there is no option […]

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31 Days of Horror: HOME

It’s where the heart is, it’s the place where we can realize what’s inside of us, it’s where we can confidently open up and allow our true selves to be exposed. There is no greater relief than returning to that place of familiarity and comfort. Home is a pixel adventure horror game by Benjamin Rivers […]

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PS Plus Games Announced for October — But What Happened to ‘Vote to Play’?

A post over at the PlayStation Blog has revealed an exciting October line up of free games for PS Plus subscribers. Topping off this coming month’s selection will be the intense, side-scrolling platformer Super Meat Boy and Double Fine’s latest adventure, Broken Age.  Edmund McMillen, who brought us the crucial must-play title Binding of Isaac, has finally brought its […]

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