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Review: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
The latest Metal Gear Solid sends mixed signals
For a couple of hours, I was enjoying the latest iteration of the long-running Metal Gear Solid series, which is called Peace Walker . Unlike the massive, bloated, self-important Metal Gear Solid 4 , this portable installment felt lean and mean.
| July 02, 2010
Review: Red Dead Redemption
Grand Theft Oater?
The land doesn't care. Not about the storms that blow across its plains. Not about the animals that stalk one another through its grasses. And certainly not about the men who occasionally appear over the horizon and try to build a civilization on its sands.
| June 21, 2010
Review: Super Mario Galaxy 2
Star-crossed: not quite super
Say this for Super Mario: he still seems to be having a good time.
| June 14, 2010
Review: Alan Wake
Shadowplay: Remedy Entertainment puts on a light show
Alan Wake proves, once again, that developers don’t need to reinvent entire genres to make a good game — they simply need to play to their strengths.
| June 01, 2010
After decades of lackluster releases, the video-game-turned-film genre may have finally found its royalty
For the worse part of two decades, Hollywood has been trying to discover the formula for successfully adapting video games to the big screen.
| June 04, 2010
Review: 3D Dot Game Heroes
Linking to the past
The story of 3D Dot Game Heroes ’ kingdom of Dotnia might ring a few bells. An ancient hero of old defeated an evil king by trapping him inside one of six magical orbs.
| May 25, 2010
The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
| May 07, 2010
Barbarians, legions clash at Holiday Inn
On Saturday morning, more than a hundred men crowded into the banquet hall of the Holiday Inn beside the turnpike exit in Westbrook. They came with armies in tow, prepared to refight many of the most famous battles of history.
| May 05, 2010
Review: The Freebie
R eveals lifetimes of intimacy
As can be seen in the opening bliss montage, these two almost disgustingly in love with each other: they hug, kiss, tickle toes, do crossword puzzles — everything, it seems, except have sex.
| April 15, 2010
Review: Final Fantasy XIII
I’m so old, I can remember when Final Fantasy VIII came out and everybody complained about it.
| April 06, 2010
Review: God of War III
New console, same game
What is Kratos so angry about — again? There used to be a good reason for his non-stop temper tantrums.
| April 01, 2010
Potatoes and a pennywhistle on Somerset Street
In the Garden
Drive south on Broad Street past the markets and churches, take a left on Somerset and there, in a clearing of raised garden beds behind a chain-link fence, you will find Phil Edmonds with his peas.
| April 02, 2010
SXSW 2010: [Photos] 'Stache by 'Stache West
In pursuit of the hirsute at SXSW 2010
Photos of the great moustaches of SXSW 2010.
| March 23, 2010
Jonathan Coulton talks PAX
A hurricane of pure video-game bliss is set to pummel Boston this weekend, as thousands of gamers converge on the Hynes Convention Center for the Penny Arcade Expo.
| June 19, 2010
SXSW 2010 (Wednesday): [Photos] Brahms, Trespassers William, Magic Magic
Plus Japanther, live at SXSW, March 17, 2010
Photos of Brahms, Trespassers William, Magic Magic, and Japanther, performing live at SXSW
| March 19, 2010
Review: Heavy Rain
A haunting thriller for PlayStation 3
Is Heavy Rain a game or a movie? Players have been asking the question since before its release.
| March 11, 2010
Review: BioShock 2
BioShock 2 dives under the surface
When Andrew Ryan said this to your player in BioShock , it was part of a plot twist of surprising power — about halfway through the game, you realized you'd been taking orders from your antagonist.
| February 24, 2010
Review: No More Heroes 2
Pain in the assassin
In the world of video games, one rule is ironclad: if a game is successful, there will be a sequel. Hell, sometimes if a game isn't successful, there will be a sequel.
| February 16, 2010
Review: Mass Effect 2
The good Shepard returns
Mass Effect 2 gives us the game we craved the first time around — the laborious load screens remain, but the bits in between are a breath of fresh air.
| February 10, 2010
Crossword: ''Burns, Baby, Burns''
It's a growth industry.
Crossword results: February 5, 2010
| February 03, 2010
Review: Army of Two: The 40th Day
One step forward, but Army of Two steps back
When I reviewed the original Army of Two , I found myself in the unfamiliar position of being the guy who liked something everybody else hated (as opposed the guy who hated something everybody else liked).
| January 27, 2010
Crossword: ''Special effects''
With a little extra thrown in
With a little extra thrown in
| January 27, 2010
Makes sense to him
John Ashbery's Planisphere
So understood is John Ashbery's post at the top of the contemporary American poetry heap (a distinction these days with the cultural heft of a Scrabble championship) that the question of just how to read him seems doomed to languish beside the point. Detractors need only a pillow and a trusty alarm clock to approach Ashbery.
| January 12, 2010
Season of the witch
Here's the thing about Bayonetta : you have to take all of it, not just part.
| January 12, 2010
Super 8-Bit Brothers | Brawl
The End (2010)
It's easy to forget how annoying certain pop-culture artifacts were in their heyday.
| January 13, 2010
Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade
Zeroes from the Aughts
Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
| January 20, 2010
Review: The Saboteur
Pandemic Studios' swan song
When Pandemic Studios was shuttered on November 17, it seemed less another casualty of the economy than a mercy killing.
| January 06, 2010
Video games start the new year right
Do not adjust your calendar. Christmas has not been moved to March this year.
| January 04, 2010
A casket gets some airtime
Bert Harlow, woodworker and founder of the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts, made his own casket a few years ago. But he figured the pine box should get some use before he was nailed into it.
| December 30, 2009
2009: Year in video games
Swimming the mainstream
At the end of each year, there's the temptation to identify a common theme among the games that were released.
| December 22, 2009
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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