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GX Gaming Manticore Keyboard (PC) Review – A mechanical mishap

GX Gaming Manticore
on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 | By Eric Guzman

The Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E 3 and Razer Deathstalker are excellent PC gaming keyboards that duked it out over the  2D-X Excellence Award — now GX Gaming looks to join the fray with its Manticore.  The keyboard hits the budget price sweet spot at $79.99, but with the wallet-friendly cost comes a few pitfalls that keep the Manticore from living up to its potential. The...

Best Damn Video Game Podcast #21 – Smash Bros., Ground Zeroes, and other 2014 games

on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 | By Tim Torres

2013 feels like forever ago! So what’s there to look forward to, video game-wise, in 2014? Join Jeffrey L. Wilson, Tatjana Vejnovic, Gabriel Zamora, Isaac Rouse, Will Greenwald and me as we talk about a few of the games we look forward to playing in the coming months. Like our videos? Be sure to comment, subscribe to our YouTube Channel and… Follow the entire crew...

Matt Hawkins talks Think Tank, Aphrodite IX, games, and the creative process

Aphrodite IX.
on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 | By Stephanie Burdo

[As a physicist and creative writer, Matt Hawkins has developed such works as Think Tank, Aphrodite IX and others. Blending his left and right hemisphere, Matt Hawkins has adapted great science fiction works that continue to expand into all avenues, including gaming. Matt Hawkins is also the Chief Operating Officer at, a comic book website launched alongside Image...

What can save the vanishing middle-class video game?

Killer is Dead
on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 | By Jeffrey L. Wilson

“I’m going to go on the record and say that I believe the middle class game is dead,” said outspoken game designer Cliff Bleszinski (aka Cliffy B.) during GDC 2011. At the industry-only event, the brain behind the Gears of War franchise compared video games to films in that blockbusters and indie efforts appear to carry both industries. It was a true statement three...

Touchgrind Skate 2 (iPhone/iPad) Review – Like a Tech Deck on your tablet

Touchgrind Skate 2
on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 | By Elan Samuel

Growing up, the time that I didn’t spend playing N64 and PlayStation games was allocated to my skate crew as we grinded all over the schools, parks, and beachfront walks of Santa Monica. The perfect weather enabled me to skate year-round, and I took advantage of it. I was sponsored for a fleeting moment by a local skateshop (the pinnacle of my achievements) but some...

X-List: The 9 best 2D fighting games of all time

The King of Fighters XIII
on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 | By Jeffrey L. Wilson

There are many great 3D fighting franchises scrambling for your hard-earned dollar (Soul Calibur, Dead Or Alive, Virtua Fighter, and Tekken), but many of the absolutely best fighting games are ones made with two dimensions in mind. It’s tempting to state that 2D fighting games are beloved due to Capcom, SNK, and Arc System Works’ incredible contributions and output,...

Best Damn Video Game Podcast #20 – Is Nintendo Nintendoomed?

on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 | By Tim Torres

The Wii U is in trouble. It’s getting slaughtered in sales, and with an exception or two the only games getting made for it seem to be from the House of Mario itself. Things look so dire that the Internet at large has almost completely written Nintendo off. Will the Wii U share the same fate as SEGA’s Dreamcast or Atari’s Jaguar? What are Nintendo’s...

An in-depth exploration of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’s combat mechanics

on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 | By Gabriel Zamora

In truth, I have conflicting opinions on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Having played the game during E3, then again at a more recent event prior to the game’s launch in Japan, and now with the release of the North American demo, I find myself thoroughly enjoying the game’s combat system and its many nuances. The combat systems in the Final Fantasy XIII...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PC) Review – Giving PC ports a good name

Get your Revengeance on Steam~
on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 | By Tim Torres

For those who missed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on consoles last year, fret not. The PC version arrived on Steam and it’s the best version of the game available. Check it out because it’s the best Devil May Cry-style action game released since Bayonetta, which makes sense since it’s from Platinum Games, the guys behind Bayonetta, the spiritual successor...

Qanba Q4 RAF (PC/PS3/Xbox 360) Review – A fighting game fan’s dream stick

on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 | By Jeffrey L. Wilson

Competition within the fighting game community is fierce, so you’ll need to arm yourself with a sweet weapon of war if you want to compete with the best of the best: a fight stick. Few gaming-related experiences are as satisfying as having a sleek, featured-packed, mod-friendly, multi-platform controller beneath your fingertips. I was in the market for such a fighting...