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!

Freddy Krueger joins Dead by Daylight in DLC

The horrible sound of metal scrapping against middle deafens the teen as he hides in a crawl space. A tangle of pipes are all he can see from his cramped spot. Just a few moments ago, he was asleep in his warm bed. Surely this was a dream, but the cut on his leg, burning with pain and seeped in blood, said otherwise.

Earth Atlantis on Switch gets Much Needed Patch

Getting this headline brings a big smile to my face. I’ve actually been playing Earth Atlantis for the past week or so with the intent to review the game here on Marooners’ Rock. However, there were some glaring design flaws that halted my progress, and while I was completely ready to shred the game in that review, I could see some minor adjustments that could make it tons better.

Hello Neighbor Crossover with Bendy

Ah, Hello Neighbor, a game about breaking and entering into the neighbor’s house across the street, only to find that there just may be some truth to one’s fears. Since its Alpha builds made rounds with the let’s play community, Hello Neighbor¬†quickly fit that niche of being a crazy scary game full of mystery that’s just as fun to watch, bolstering its popularity in a matte...[Read More]

Five Obscure Games of 2017 Worth Playing

There simply isn’t enough time to talk about every single game that comes out. There are hundreds that we miss out covering due to the sheer volume of titles, many of which are certainly worth playing. As someone who enjoys searching the vast libraries of games on a system, I often come across some fairly obscure games that for whatever reason get pushed further and further back on my list. ...[Read More]

The Mummy Demastered makes a Metroidvania out of a Flop

Games based off of movies rarely go well, but I think Way Forward may be onto something with their latest project. Teaming up with Universal Brand Development, those kooky kids behind Shantae have cooked up a Metroidvania with classic looking 16-bit aesthetics to promote The Mummy, which came out last summer. This is the kind of game project that when it was announced, I legitimately thought The M...[Read More]

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!

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