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Get on your snow (re)boots: Video game makeovers in 2013


With the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 now in their seventh and eighth years of existence, they've been around far longer than previous console generations.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 21, 2012

A missed opportunity; Call of maturity; a peek inside the Santa suit

A teachable moment
The recent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend should serve as a teachable moment for the media and boneheaded sports fans. And I'm not talking about a rehash of the "Guns don't kill people; people kill people" debate.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 05, 2012
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Beyond shooters

10 video games that will invade your brain this fall
In an era of scripted set pieces and action sequences that are no more than glorified shooting galleries, Dishonored aims to give players the tools to author their own experiences.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 18, 2012
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Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

Creative bankruptcy
Uwe Boll gets most of the scorn, but has anyone done more to destroy hope of a decent movie being made from a video game than Paul W.S. Anderson?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 18, 2012
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Review: Orcs Must Die! 2

Monster Mash
We're all happy to see more games that deal honestly and maturely with questions of life and death, and that question the player's role in perpetuating the cycle of violence.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 21, 2012
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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Half-assed
Maybe the Kid is going through a rough adolescent patch — but he was no great shakes to begin with.
By TOM MEEK  |  August 07, 2012
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Review: Quantum Conundrum

Space and time
Of all the brainteasers on offer in Quantum Conundrum , a new downloadable puzzle game, the toughest one to crack is how to discuss it without comparisons to Portal .
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 06, 2012

Advice for Curt; unrest by the sea; Mr. Walton blows out the candles

Out-of-business plan
In case Curt Schilling is reading, here are a couple things you should never do as a businessman: 1) bounce a check to a state government; and 2) fail to meet payroll, especially when you have billed yourself as a jobs creator.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 23, 2012

Schilling strikes out; war on women; the kids are all right

Holding a 38 to our head
You may recall, a couple of years back, that then-Governor Donald "The Don" Carcieri was very gung ho about the state offering Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company a whopping $75 million in loan guarantees through the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 16, 2012
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Review: Journey

Road to nowhere
I have a hard-and-fast rule not to read other people's reviews of games I'll be covering myself.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 05, 2012
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Review: Act of Valor

The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential election to avoid charges of partisanship.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012
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Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Curt Schilling's winning pitch to gamers
Are you ready for this? Curt Schilling's video game is good. Really good.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Soul Calibur V

Soulless
It's time to make some new friends.
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 07, 2012
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Lame Games

Big Fat Whale
The worst video games you can imagine.
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 31, 2012
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Review: Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition

Fallout: New Vegas hits the jackpot
You have to wonder why anybody bothers buying new games these days.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 01, 2012



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Video games of 2011: Yakuza 4 is the tops

The gang's all here
There was plenty to cheer for in the 2011 crop of games.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 20, 2011



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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
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Review: Uncharted 3

The Drake equation
What the hell happened? When Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out just two short years ago, it hit like a bolt from heaven.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 15, 2011

Gaming: the next level

Providence will be the center of the video game universe this weekend when it hosts Major League gaming's national chamionships
Remember the days when being a video game champion meant having the high score on Pac-Man at your local arcade?
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  November 16, 2011



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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
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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
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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
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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
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Can a single woman peacefully co-exist with schlubby bachelor roommates? Absolutely!

Bachelor pad
Wait — you're living with guys? Don't you know they're filthy creatures who don't clean up after themselves and leave a trail of Doritos everywhere they go?!
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 31, 2011
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Fantasy camp

Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 10, 2011
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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
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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

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