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.

PAX South Day Two Wrap-Up

I might have overdone the walking on Day One of the show. Putting eight and a half miles on my Reeboks while trying to recover from a plantar fasciitis injury suffered while running last fall was probably not one of my better ideas. Don’t feel too badly for me though, for I am still at PAX, and Day Two was still filled with some amazing highlights.

Semispheres – PAX South Hands-On

Semispheres, a twin-stick, meditative puzzle game, exists to give you those Aha! moments that puzzle gamers find deeply satisfying.

Lightspeed Frontier – Hands-On From PAX South

The space flight genre has experienced something of a renaissance in the past couple of years. At PAX South, one of the exciting new games on exhibit was Lightspeed Frontier from Riveted Games.

PAX South Day One Wrap-Up

Day One of the PAX (Penny-Arcade) South convention in San Antonio wraps up.

Backlog Burndown #010 – SHMUP To You

Greetings Backloggers! I guess I didn’t learn my lesson from Super Thunder Blade, because up next on the list was another SEGA classic: Bio-Hazard Battle.

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The Little Acre Review

Released at the tail end of December, The Little Acre kind of got lost among the shuffle of big budget releases and Steam/PS4 sales. That’s unfortunate, because this game is a gorgeous, bite-sized love letter to the classic LucasArts adventure games of the ‘90s with modern control sensibilities and a humor and writing style all its own.

Backlog Burndown #009 – Holiday Hangover

Greetings Backloggers! I hope everyone had a good holiday season. My backlog may have taken a bit of a wrong turn thanks to the Steam Sale, but it’s a new year, and a new chance to get on track. I’m not much for official New Year’s Resolutions, since those are far too often derailed almost before they’re begun, but I do believe in building on success, or at the very least, working on improving whe...[Read More]

Backlog Burndown #008 – Gaming Like It’s 1989

Greetings Backloggers! Welcome to 2017! Sometimes there’s no school like the old school. Games were tougher. There were no “Press A to Win The Level” prompts or “Hide here for 30 seconds to regenerate health” options. On the other hand, things like limited lives, limited continues, and unsavable progress belong in the past as artifacts of cartridges and consoles without hard drives.

Backlog Burndown #007 – Episodic Gain, Old School Pain

Greetings Backloggers! Welcome to column 007, where if I were planning better, I would have gone and played one of the various James Bond games lurking in my backlog. Instead, I set out with a plan to knock out a seemingly easy SEGA classic that’s been in my backlog in one form or another since picking up Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for my PS3 back in 2009.

Electronic Arts and Real Racing 3 Announce Formula E Partnership

Yesterday, EA announced a new partnership between Real Racing 3, their award-winning mobile racing franchise developed by Firemonkeys Studio, and the FIA Formula E Championship.

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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.

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