Video Games

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]

Alex’s Five Favorite Game Journalists and Inspirations

Over the years that led to me being here at Marooners’ Rock, there have been plenty of journalists, shows, and critical pieces that have inspired me to constantly strive for better understanding of the video game medium as well as increase my quality in my work. These are just a few of the authors that I feel like do exceptional work, beyond the scope needed of a typical review. These are th...[Read More]

Thoughts on the NES Classic Edition Being Discontinued

Well, the internet has been set ablaze from the headlines that created tons of reactions from all sorts of people. Nintendo recently announced that it had discontinued production of the NES Classic Edition, at least in North America. While there is no word yet if this is the case globally, many consumers have shown their anger towards this announcement. This is where I hope to shed some light on t...[Read More]

IndieBox Brings Back Boxed PC Titles

I’ve always been a huge fan of physical games, which has led me to pursue a lot of special releases through companies like Merge Games or Limited Run. This is mostly how I expand my video game library on consoles, but there’s another company working on bringing back what made PC gaming so much more fun in its earliest days. IndieBox creates affordable collector’s edition games fo...[Read More]

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Looks Epic and Ambitious

Back in 2014, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was my favorite game of the year. While it is true that Shadow of Mordor borrowed heavily from other titles such as Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham series. What made this game special, however, was the original and unique Nemesis System, which has yet to be recreated by other studios. Monolith Productions knows how well this system worked, and is ...[Read More]

Mass Effect in Retrospect

Full disclosure, I am going to spoil the crap out of the entire Mass Effect franchise to date. If you’re not cool with that, I can totally understand that. Here’s the TL;DR though, I love Mass Effect like some people love Shakespeare. It’s probably the most important piece of art that I have ever experienced.

Blending Genres – A Study of Dragon Quest Builders

With how varied the medium of video games can be, there’s an interesting phenomenon that occurs when games combine established genres to make something unique. Video game genres are often fuzzy at best, especially when considering the literal definition of the role-playing game genre can be used to describe 99% of the industry if you stretch a bit. Experimental use of combining genre tropes and me...[Read More]

Dirty Gaming Secrets: Gaming Classics I Missed Playing

Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Tetris; These are games that if you haven’t played, you aren’t considered a “gamer”. At least, that’s what some people want you to think. There are those games that are considered to be the “holy grail” of video games, and for one reason or the other you may have not had the pleasure of experiencing s...[Read More]

GameStop Continues to Baffle Us

Like many game journalists and personalities, I’ve spent some time working the brick and mortar stores of GameStop. It was one of my favorite retail jobs and I’ve made a lot of good friends by working there. There were a steady stream of new orders from the top of the chain for new ways to increase profits, often resulting in complaints by those being asked to do them. Anyone who can u...[Read More]

Are You A Modder Looking For Cash?

Are you a modder, game designer, or artist who enjoyed the game SUPERHOT?  Would you like to display your talents to the world and possibly win some prizes in the #MAKEITSUPERHOT competition?  Hosted by Mod DB, the #MAKEITSUPERHOT competition will start today and run through February 26th. The campaign is open to all creators and is broken down into two categories; Games & Mods and Arts & ...[Read More]

Gray or Neon Nintendo Switch?

Sitting back and watching the plethora of details roll in about arguably one of the biggest video game launches in the past few years is exciting from the angle of a journalist. More so as I count down the hours to order one for myself, with even more hype as I think about taking the Nintendo Switch with me to PAX East in March. So now the question lies, do I pick the Gray or Neon Nintendo Switch?

Top 10 Most Anticipated PS4 Games

At the end of 2016 I found myself, along with over 6 million others, actually able to update my gaming setup with a PS4. So as a new PS4 owner I finally have my eye on what’s to come for the system. The system has plenty of games that I am especially stoked for. Here are my Top 10 Most Anticipated PS4 games as of January 2017!

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