The Skinny: Why Hotline Miami 2 Wasn’t So Hot

By Jonathan D. Lee It seemingly came out of nowhere. On October 23, 2012, Hotline Miami was released to critical acclaim. it was unapologetically ultraviolent and featured brutal but surprisingly cerebral combat set to a kickass synthpop soundtrack. The cryptic storyline about a secret war between patriotic American vigilantes and the Russian Mafia was an homage…

Bloodborne: What Kills You Makes You Stronger

by Harold Goldberg Playing Bloodborne, the brutal-on-the-player game from From Software in which a horrible epidemic strikes a gothic town, is either a staggering exercise in effete masochism or a grueling, never rollicking, ascent to the laddertop of success. Either way, you need to play smart, and here are some suggestions for the first few…

Tickets! Get Your NY Game Awards Tickets!

by Harold Goldberg Get your tickets now! A very limited amount of tickets for the 4th Annual New York Game Awards on February 16th, 2015 (7 p.m. that night at Villain in Brooklyn) is being released today to the general public! (You must be 21 to attend!) Here’s the link. For $10 donation, you get:…

Awards: Our First Canyon of Heroes Legend Award

By Harold Goldberg It’s called the Canyon of Heroes Legend Award. We’ll be presenting this honor posthumously to the great Ralph Baer at the New York Game Awards on February 16th, 2015. Indeed, it’s our first Legend Award. On one inspired afternoon outside of Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, Ralph Baer imagined what would become…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

As the doors to E3 open, relax after a long day of excitement with some reads from your fellow members! Mashable’s Chelsea Stark advises us on what to look out for this E3 Dan Ackerma’s got PC gaming at E3 via CNET Jeff Bakalar’s 404 Podcast celebrates a satisfying milestone! MTV’s Craig Goldstein retells the story of Chris Kooluris, this…