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Mike Dechaine strives to top the pool world

Great ball of fire
It is December 13, 2012 and York Hall, in the East End of London, is electric. The Mosconi Cup, one of the most prestigious events in pool, is coming to a dramatic close.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 16, 2013

Thinking man's action: Top games of 2012

At some point, it stopped being a trend and became the reality: the most interesting, thought-provoking games aren't mega-budget retail releases, but smaller downloadable titles.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 19, 2012

Outside the box: PC indie games of 2012

Here are five PC indie games of 2012 that serve as important counterpoints to the Halo s and Mass Effect s of the mainstream gaming world.
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 19, 2012

Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 02, 2012

Great American Games

Big Fat Whale
Everyone's favorite cultural pastimes.
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 25, 2012

Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

Mixed messages
At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 29, 2012

Review: Max Payne 3

Max Payne's bloody Brazilian getaway
Max Payne 3 makes video-game violence mean something again.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 15, 2012

Review: The Walking Dead: Episode 1

Dead reckoning
Halfway between a traditional point-and-click adventure game and a Heavy Rain -style interactive fiction, the central aim of The Walking Dead is to put players in impossible situations with no good outcome.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 08, 2012

Review: Trials Evolution

On the right track
Trials Evolution is a game about launching dirt bikes off sweet jumps, gunning for record-breaking times, and occasionally doing backflips. It's like a modern-day Excitebike .
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 15, 2012
The Darkness review

Review: The Darkness II

The heart of the matter
Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 15, 2012

Words with Friends

What the fuck?
By KARL STEVENS  |  February 08, 2012

Lame Games

Big Fat Whale
The worst video games you can imagine.
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 31, 2012

Gambling 'the hardway'

Embedded in South Portland's seven-nights-a-week bingo hall
Let's start out by sharing how inauspiciously this adventure began — on a Tuesday evening, with both of us entirely bewildered by the South Portland Bingo Hall on John Roberts Road.

Review: Infinity Blade II

Touch the future
Nothing is better than playing a game that takes full advantage of its hardware.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 05, 2012
Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 27, 2011

Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The siren call
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.
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 01, 2011

In Providence, Pokémon perseveres

Pokémon — the video-game, trading-card, and anime franchise — may have reached its high water mark in the late 1990s. But at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence this past weekend, the 20th Century geekery lived.
By STEPHEN BEALE  |  November 16, 2011

Man with a load of mischief

Casinos: money and morals
According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, gambling is OK in Biddeford or Washington County, but if it happens in Lewiston, it's pure evil.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 02, 2011

Review: Gears of War 3

The COG's sordid past comes to light
Gears of War 3 should feel familiar. Except the female characters have guns now.
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 05, 2011

Our games, ourselves

Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall program with a look at the rise of video games.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 05, 2011

Review: Shadows of the Damned

A new cult classic
Over the next couple of months, you'll be bombarded with ads for big-budget games.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 27, 2011

Taking gaming to the masses

Laser Orgy
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 .
By DAVE BARKER  |  September 21, 2011

Review: Bastion

A Bastion of creativity for Xbox Live Arcade
At the start of Bastion , the Narrator feels like a contrivance.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 09, 2011

Don’t fear the sphere: The tao of wiffleball

The Sporting Life I
If you're the type of person that spent your youth perfecting that Nomahh Garciaparra batting ritual, or you still find yourself bragging about the wicked riser you used to throw in your backyard, then head to Slater Park this weekend and show your stuff.
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 03, 2011

Children's Party at the Museum of Fine Art

The party games are a little ... different.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 03, 2011

Review: Child of Eden

Sensory overload
Although the list of video game auteurs is short, few would deny Tetsuya Mizuguchi a spot.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 26, 2011

Review: InFamous 2

Power out
InFamous 2 is the worst game I couldn't stop playing since — well, since inFamous 1 .
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 22, 2011

Review: Outland

Inspiration meets execution
Rare is the game whose controls are so finely calibrated that the gamepad seems to vanish from your hands. Outland , a downloadable sidescroller for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, is such a game.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 07, 2011

Review: Brink

Brink trips over itself
There's an old joke about shooters: "No one plays the campaign." Everybody just skips ahead to the multiplayer. So why should developers even include that pesky story mode?
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 09, 2011

Review: Mortal Kombat 9

Gross miskonduct
Mortal Kombat 9 represents everything that's awful about video games. It's trashy, it's corny, it's gory, it's sexist, it's racist — and it's deceptively addictive.
By MADDY MYERS  |  May 10, 2011

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