Aaron Giddings

Aaron is proof that while you can take a developer out of the game industry, it's much harder to take the game industry out of a developer. When not at his day job, Aaron enjoys teaching Axis & Allies to his kids, writing sci-fi stories, playing classic space sims on Twitch, and riding around the American Midwest on his Harley.

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Kerbal Space Program (Xbox One) Review

I’ve been a fan of Kerbal Space Program (KSP) since the very early days. Somewhere around Version 0.18 I discovered it as a link from a gaming forum and fell in love. Back then, it was just a direct download from Squad’s website. Steam was a vague future possibility. There was no Mun (moon), no rocket parts beyond the basic solid fuel boosters and liquid fuel engines, no tutorial, and ...[Read More]

Backlog Burndown #6 – Victory Volvos?

Greetings Backloggers! A confession: I love free stuff. Free t-shirts? Got to get one. Free taco day? I’m there. Free donuts? I’m there a lot faster. Free games? Obviously. What, it’s not like I have a giant backlog or something.

Backlog Burndown #5: Comfort Food and Jisei

Greetings Backloggers! What’s your gaming”comfort food”? When things get weird in life, in the world, or in general, what’s your gaming answer? For me it’s driving games. Nothing like focusing your world down to extracting a few tenths of a second more from your Ring time in Forza, or rumbling around Europe building your virtual trucking empire in Euro Truck Sim 2. I&...[Read More]

Bet You Can’t Drive This – Racing With Frenemies

I recently had the opportunity to sample Can’t Drive This, a new cooperative arcade racing game from Pixel Maniacs. Can’t Drive This differentiates itself from other arcade racers by requiring two players to work together. While Player One drives a car in a standard 3rd-person viewpoint, Player Two utilizes a top-down view to lay down the track ahead of their comrade. It’s dynamic, fast-paced, and...[Read More]

Backlog Burndown #4 – Back to School

Hello Backloggers! After a few weeks in hiatus due to self-inflicted computer problems, we’re back! Hopefully you readers are having more success than I am in burning through my backlog, as the afor-mentioned computer troubles, coupled with playoff baseball and election insanity, put a big dent in my free time.

Backlog Burndown: Sprint #3 – 1953: KGB Unleashed

Various research show that it takes between three weeks and six months to fully develop a new habit. Six weeks into this backlog challenge may not be enough to say I’ve got a new pattern fully realized, but it’s definitely a good start.

Backlog Burndown: Sprint #2 – Another World

What’s the natural follow-up to starting a backlog challenge with a short Visual Novel? Obviously it’s to go oldschool with a remastered version of a twenty-five year old classic.

Backlog Burndown – Sprint 1: A Wild Catgirl Appears

“Let’s see, what should I play first? Too long, too short, too weird, no wait, there’s no such thing in my library. Okay, A Wild Catgirl Appears it is then!” Such was basically my selection process for choosing a game in Sprint #1. Quick enough that I could finish in the limited time I had, and a little bit weird.

Backlog Burndown – Sprint 0: Introduction

“Backlog”, “Pile of Shame”, “Game Retirement Stash.” Whatever it’s called, it’s a fact of life for almost every gamer. It’s the games sitting in our Steam, Xbox Live, PSN, and Virtual Console accounts; the shrink-wrapped boxes decorating our shelves; the dusty discs played for a single session then added to the pile by the TV.

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