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!

Metroid 2, a Discussion on Video Game Interpretation

While I haven’t reached the level of Metroidvania academics as others that create video game content and essays, I do consider myself versed well enough in the genre to confidently talk with those experts. Since the announcement of the official Metroid 2 remake, Samus Returns, I knew I had to at least ask the creators of AM2R to be guests on the Forever Classic Podcast. Join Zach Snyder and ...[Read More]

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A Hat in Time (PC) Review – Heckin’ Great

Even though its often considered the lesser of the series, I always had a soft spot for Super Mario Sunshine, aside from the weird insinuations between Peach and Bowser and the long cutscene that seems to take eons. Super Mario Sunshine had a lot of charm and the folks at Gears for Breakfast seemed to have similar memories. A Hat in Time is a love-letter to not only Sunshine, but all platformers. ...[Read More]

Five Awesome Things Revealed for Monster Hunter World

Alright, so I have been obsessively thinking about Monster Hunter World ever since its announcement. Did I mention that I cried at the reveal, tears of pure joy? I probably did, it was a big moment for me. Anyways, with some of the year’s last gaming conventions coming to an end, a plethora of new information has been revealed about this title. Here are five awesome new things in Monster Hun...[Read More]

A Hat in Time Out Now on PC and Mac

Adorable platforming? Space travel? Mustache twirling nemesis? A Hat in Time has the kind of description that oozes of a simpler time in gaming. Inspired by Gamecube-era platformers, A Hat in Time brings all that nostalgia into a new title, one that was successfully funded via Kickstarter.

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Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) Review

There’s a reason that Metroid is one of the most influential video game franchises around, what with tons of spins on the fundamentals of its design showing up in the indie scene to the point of it being commonplace. Metroid titles, usually, are amazing adventures starring one of the most badass women in gaming through alien worlds to single-handedly take out threats to galactic safety. Whil...[Read More]

Ruiner Launches on PC, Xbox One, PS4

At a time when the Cyberpunk genre is starting to make a comeback, especially when early reviews of Blade Runner 2049 are praising the lofty sequel to a cult classic, Ruiner arrives at the perfect moment. Developed by Reikon Games and published by the twisted minds of Devolver Digital, Ruiner is a top down action game that requires frantic decision making in a broken world that needs change.

King of Cards – A Shovel Knight Expansion Preview

While I missed out on traveling to Seattle for PAX West, I did get an awesome gesture by being given access to the King of Cards demo that was being played there. It’s the pleasure of the newest experiences in gaming from the comfort of my home!

Noctis Joins Final Fantasy Dissidia NT

Not everything developed in the wake of Final Fantasy XV‘s release is as painful as A New Empire. Noctis is going to be a fighter in the upcoming fighting game Dissidia NT on the PS4, which will be launching in North America and Europe on January 30th. The pretty boy prince will carry over all of his iconic moves and weapons, fitting nicely in the current roster that spans most of the Final ...[Read More]

How to Get Pikachu in a Hat on Sun and Moon

Let’s face it, Pikachu is damn adorable, but he’s even more cute wearing an iconic hat. Available right now for free is a special Pikachu that is attainable in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon on the Nintendo 3DS. This is to celebrate the new film, Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!, which is a retelling of Ash’s and Pikachu’s origins as friends and their adventures in the Indigo ...[Read More]

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Forma.8 (Switch) Review – Conflicting Design

Independent developers have been turning to the Metroidvania genre for quite a while now, to the the point that it’s become a bit of a trope. Some developers can take the genre and explore new things, or pull off the basics really well, to create some of the best games around. Games like Axiom Verge or Dead Cells do this wonderfully. While Nintendo consoles are certainly the origins of the genre, ...[Read More]

New Shovel Knight Amiibos are Incredible

Confession time! I have a problem. I am hopelessly addicted to the purchasing of Amiibo, the wonderfully designed Nintendo figures that unlock things in various games. Amiibo are literally what I’ve always wanted as a child, a high-quality Nintendo figure that I could display proudly; the fact they unlock things is just icing on the cake. Out of the hundred or so Amiibo I have, Shovel Knight...[Read More]

There is Assassin’s Creed in my Final Fantasy XV

Alright game industry, while you may have convinced me to love angry chaos bunnies running amok in the Mushroom Kingdom, I am even more unsure about white hooded assassins riding chocobos. From now until January 31st of 2018, Noctis and his beautiful boys will be able to don the cloth of the brotherhood from Assassin’s Creed. This comes as a free event for Final Fantasy XV, taking place in t...[Read More]

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