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Hardcore video game editorials for hardcore gamers.

2D-X: Hardcore editorials for hardcore gamers.

Reach for the Sun (PC) Review – Spring Has Sprung, Time to Reach for the Sun

reach for the sun
on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 | By Johnathan Gibbs

After what has to be one of the worst winters on record, and after a last ditch attempt by Mother Nature to troll the U.S. with a freak snowstorm, Spring has officially arrived. And, while she may be tardy to the party, April showers and soothing sun are a most welcomed sight after what seemed to be an endless volley of blizzards and the dreaded polar vortex. I’ve been...

Shovel Knight, the shovel-rous hero we need

Shovel Knight attempts his downward-thust. (Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games)
on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 | By Gabriel Zamora

Do you ever think back to a time when games were simply games? Where the sole purpose of a game’s story was to drive home the gameplay, and gameplay is what defined a game’s quality? Shovel Knight, the old-school, 8-bit styled side-scrolling action game by Yacht Club Games, hearkens back to those olden days. But Shovel Knight does much more than simply evoke these...

X-List: 25 years later, The 9 best Game Boy games

X-List: 25 Years Later, the Best Game Boy Games
on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 | By Tim Torres

On April 21, 1989, Nintendo debuted the Game Boy. It was a big gray brick that displayed four shades of greenish gray on a reflective screen. It featured tinny sound, two buttons and a D-pad, and it needed four AA batteries for power. It was neolithic, even for the time. But while the Atari Lynx and SEGA Game Bear boasted color displays, the Game Boy lasted up to a dozen...

Best Damn Video Game Podcast #25 – PAX East 2014 review + E3 preview

on Sun, Apr 20, 2014 | By Tim Torres

The podcast is back! PAX East fired us up and recharged our love for the game, particularly, the indie game! We talk our favorites of the show — including Super Comboman and Kero Blaster — our disappointments (especially in the attitudes of the thought leaders of the industry), the potential return of rhythm games and the games that are great for just being fun,...

PAX East 2014: Studio Pixel’s Kero Blaster had me at kero

kero blaster
on Sat, Apr 19, 2014 | By Tim Torres

AAA did not put in a great showing this year at PAX East. Ubisoft neglected to make Watch Dogs playable a month before its release. Child of Light did little for me. The Crew felt like a last-gen racer. The Evil Within, though it dominated Bethesda’s booth, was just a movie trailer. Nintendo and Sony didn’t bother showing up, likely saving the effort for E3. So,...

PAX East 2014 Panel: Fragging Gamer Stereotypes presented by 2D-X

on Sat, Apr 19, 2014 | By Johnathan Gibbs

Special thanks to our friends over at Dual Shockers for recording! Video games are a hobby that we both enjoy and love, but some of the perceptions associated with it (both from within our community and without) can prove most vexing. Be it the platforms on which we play or gender issues, there always seems to be a hot-button topic. Let’s talk and hug it out to foster a...

PAX East 2014: The Diversity Lounge. Was it Necessary?

pax east diversity lounge
on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 | By Johnathan Gibbs

Earlier this year when PAX announced that they would be providing a safe space for “other” exhibitors and their works, I initially said “Good for them! This is really a step in the right direction!” Then I started reading comments around the Internet and realized that this “separate but equal” room may not have been the best idea. It seems...

PAX East 2014: Super Comboman is side-scrolling beat ‘em up heaven

on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 | By Isaac Rouse

I was fortunate enough to swing by the Adult Swim Games booth at PAX East this year and discover a gem within the plethora of games available at the event. That gem, ladies and gentlemen, is called Super Comboman, a 2D beat ‘em-up platformer built around a fighting game engine. And yes, it plays just as well as it sounds. Super Comboman takes place in a world made of...

Pax East 2014: Why It’s Awesome to Be A Female in the Gaming Industry!

why it's awesome
on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 | By Johnathan Gibbs

2D-X‘s former Managing Editor (and current Editor-in-Chief of our sister site, AskTatjana), Tatjana Vejnovic, recently participated in a pretty awesome panel. The gaming industry gets bigger and bigger every year, and women are starting to make a larger presence on both the media and development side! Ever wonder how they got into the assumed male-dominant industry?...