Category Archives: Games


My good friend Mark Barrett sent me a link to an article about Pathologic, a game from 2004 that I had never heard of before. Mark seemed excited about the game, and, after I read more about it, so am I. The article is Butchering Pathologic, by Quintin Smith, over on the excellent Rock Paper […]

Observations on Lego Star Wars

Miss Berzerk Raccoon and I have been playing Lego Star Wars 2 recently, as you may already know if you read her blog. I own Lego Star Wars 1 and 2 and have finished all of the levels (a rare thing for me). I also recently bought Lego Batman after playing the Xbox Live demo, […]

Wario Land: Shake It on Youtube

This Wario Land: Shake It video on Youtube is really, really cool. Watch it once, then watch it again. (Thanks Andy.)

Bejeweled in WoW

Someone made a Bejeweled clone running as a World of Warcraft add-on: From the Joystiq article: The in-game add-on began as a homebrew Bejeweled clone from Michael Fromwiller, cleverly titled Besharded. Fromwiller developed the add-on as a method of killing time during long raids and farming sessions, but it wasn’t too long before PopCap caught […]

EA Loosens Spore’s DRM, Account Restrictions

EA Loosens Spore’s DRM, Account Restrictions. That’s nice, but those were the least of my worries. I care about what software is being installed on my Mac, and how it might affect its stability. Most Mac applications don’t even have an installer, let alone DRM. If I wanted crap like that, I’d still be using […]

Why I am not buying Spore

It’s the DRM, of course. Just like many, many people on Spore is now apparently the most pirated game ever. The Washington Post has a nice article explaining the issue. Loyd Case gives his personal view, based on his long experience with PC gaming, here. (Thanks Mark for both articles.) Spore is joining a […]

Two games from Deep Silver Vienna

After Rockstar Vienna was closed down, the founders started a new company called Games That Matter. In August last year they were acquired by Koch Media and they are now known as Deep Silver Vienna. Two of the projects they have been working on have recently been announced: Cursed Mountain, a survival horror game for […]

Braid – First impressions

OK, Braid is on XBLA in Europe as well. I bought it and am playing it. There are many things to like and only small things to bequibble (I thought jumping from ladders was solved by now). Jon gets a massive amount of benefit of the doubt from me, so I don’t mind the lack […]

Eurogamer reviews Braid: 10/10

Eurogamer has reviewed Braid and given it a score of 10/10, saying: Braid has filled my head with so many ideas, so many opinions, so many emotions that wrestling them all into a coherent critique is like trying to strangle a swan made of jelly. And then also: Braid is beautiful, entertaining and inspiring. It […]

Fairway Solitaire: The End

About two weeks ago I raved about Fairway Solitaire, a casual game I had just discovered (via Penny Arcade, I think). Just now, I have stopped playing it. In disgust. A simple and naive way to provide… variety, for want of a better word, is to simply keep cranking up the difficulty. It’s a time-honored […]