Alex McCumbers

Most people bleed red. Alex bleeds pixels. Hailing from the deep mountains of WV, land of beautiful landscapes and internet scarceness, Alex can be found writing about games in every sense. Retro games are his life, spending more time with his GBA than his PS4. Drop by one of the social doodads for deep discussions about gaming!

Toco Toco TV Shows Inspirations of Japanese Artists

Creativity is such a hard thing to determine its origins. What inspires a particular work of art? What did that individual experience that could have lead to this need to create? Just who is the artist? Toco Toco TV is a series of documentary-like videos that follows a Japanese creator to a place that inspires them. Completely unscripted, the artists choose wherever they like and the cameras captu...[Read More]

AeternoBlade II Arrives on Indiegogo

With the increase in localization, we’ve been lucky to be able to play games from countries that many Westerners don’t usually get to experience. We’ve seen Chinese developments surge into the market, especially in the MMO space, and with this latest project comes game development from Thailand. As a sequel to an early indie that I remember trying on the 3DS, AeternoBlade II look...[Read More]

Marooners’ Rock Awards – Best Games of PAX East 2017

A while back, we shared a ton of amazing games that we nominated in various categories as some of the best games from our time at PAX East 2017. That weekend brought many of the Marooners’ Rock team to Boston, checking out hundreds of games and experiencing quite a bit of sensory overload. Just as I mentioned in our nominations post, there are plenty of games that we missed out on; this isn&...[Read More]

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Akiba’s Beat (Playstation 4) Review

Japanese culture has a lot of facets with each more intriguing than the last. Akihabara is often at the center of shifts of interest, especially in games, anime, comics, and other avenues of geek pursuits. It is a city that is constantly shifting to meet the whimsical needs of its people, with whole buildings being removed and rebuilt regularly. Advertisements change often as well, giving the city...[Read More]

Mages of Mystralia Launching on Steam Soon

As a title that’s been winning tons of awards from various outlets (including our own as a nomination for Best Indie Game), there is a lot of excitement behind Mages of Mystralia. The first title released by Borealys Games, Mages of Mystralia has been making waves with its unique spell-crafting system and Zelda-like action. Coming to PC first, Mages of Mystralia is launching on May 18th for ...[Read More]

Ad Infinitum – Atmospheric Horror in the Trenches of WWI

The world of horror gaming has visited a ton of environments over the years. From the twisted asylum of Outlast to the claustrophobic house of Resident Evil 7, players have been spooked in a lot of different places. StrixLab are taking players to a unique place to crank up the scares with their new upcoming title Ad Infinitum. Can players escape the madness and the demons of the trenches and hell ...[Read More]

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Phoenix Covenant – Tabletop Review

Within the past five years or so, there has been a renaissance in the tabletop gaming world. With the rise of Kickstarter and other crowd-source funding options, hundreds of game concepts are finally finding players and publication. Phoenix Covenant is one such game, given life through Kickstarter. Most are describing it as Magic: The Gathering meets Final Fantasy Tactics. How does this unique spi...[Read More]

Risk of Rain 2 is in Early Development

One of the first PC games I picked up when I first built my PC was Risk of Rain, a cheap little rogue-like that was published by Chucklefish. What I found was one of my favorite co-op games with an addictive set of mechanics that play with risk and reward. Not only that, but the art style and music was just incredibly compelling. Now, Hopoo Games has tentatively announced that they are working on ...[Read More]

Prey Already Bested by Speedrunner

Prey has just come out and the gaming world are steadily chipping away at this interesting horror-ish game from the masters that brought us Dishonored. Sure the creepy atmosphere is juxtaposed by the ability to hide as a damn tea cup, but many players are finding a lot to love in this focused, sci-fi romp. While speedrunners are notorious for beating games quickly, even shortly after release, this...[Read More]

Empathy – Path of Whispers Preview (PC)

Video games remain one of the most unique opportunities to tell a story, in ways that no other medium can. Playing in an interactive world has so many chances to connect to the player in front of the screen and developers all over the world have been experimenting to find new ways to share their ideas. Empathy is one of these attempts, a first-person narrative about solving the mysteries of once f...[Read More]

Ashes of Creation hits Kickstarter, Reaches Goal Immediately

The world of MMOs is pretty vast, but the amount of stand out titles can easily be trimmed to a handful. Ever since the massive success of World of Warcraft, MMO game design has stagnated, rarely reaching for anything creative or risky. Complexity is something often portrayed in staggering tables of items or row after row of abilities. Combat is typically a juggling act and events are, more often ...[Read More]

Hands on with Time of Virtual Reality’s Ancient Amuletor and Reborn VR

Back in March, I had the chance to try out all three of the major VR systems for the first time: Oculus, HTV Vive, and PSVR. Most of the experiences I played feel like an homage to classic arcade games, which is where I believe VR will eventually find the footing it’s been needing. However, there were some interesting developments from Time of Virtual Reality, a Chinese centered development ...[Read More]

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