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If you were to ask 100 gamers what makes a cyberpunk game, well, “cyberpunk”, you’d likely get close to 100 different answers. You may even hear someone invoke Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous description of pornography when he wrote “I know it when I see it”. …

Don’t allow JKR’s beliefs to rob you of something you love

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I want to implore everyone who has ever found something inspiring, something heroic, something worth teaching your children, or even a reflection of themselves in the Wizarding World: please do not set aside the books you love as a reaction to their author’s statements. …

Escape the Urlags in a gorgeous 2-D platformer world

For many game genres, a big focus for creating a game that is successful and well-regarded is world-building. Constructing worlds that players want to explore, learn more about, and immerse themselves in is a hallmark of many classic games and franchises. Think about Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and my…

Bouncing through a near-apocalypse to save the day

Glyph is the latest in a long line of “easy to learn, hard to master” games that take basic concepts and give you the tools to hone your skills to a razor’s edge. …

Rockets and bombs and guns, oh my!

All the way back to the Atari 5200, flying games always drew me in. I still count River Raid among my favorites of all time, can still picture the box art in my mind. In the NES era, the 2D side-scrolling space games like Life Force and Gradius took up…

PlayStation 5’s technological marvel doesn’t disappoint

At its core, Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank series has always been about the characters and their fight to learn who they are supposed to be, in the face of devastating circumstances. The defective robot with the will to live and save others. …

Recapping the game’s direct prequel, Into the Nexus

Not long after the game’s announcement, fans were surprised to learn that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was not a sequel to the events of 2016’s reimagination of the very first game in the franchise. Instead, it is a direct follow-on to 2013’s Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, which…

The zaniest, zappiest weapons and gadgets in the Ratchet & Clank universe

It has to be the Sheepinator. No, no, it’s the RYNO! Oooh, Mr. Zurkon! While it may not be the most talked-about debate in gaming, it is certainly one of the liveliest. …

Platforming, weapons, and collectibles, oh my!

As the new Millenium began, development on Spyro: Year of the Dragon, the third adventure of the adorable purple wyvern, was drawing to a close. Spyro’s creator, Insomniac Games, was ready to do something fresh after spending 5 years with that franchise.

PlayStation’s biggest next-gen title still seems on track for a 2021 release

In their latest State of Play broadcast, Sony showed off 15 minutes of brand new footage from one of their tent-pole franchises. Horizon: Forbidden West, the sequel to 2016’s mega-hit Horizon: Zero Dawn, had shown little more than a teaser trailer up to this point. Most industry watchers predicted there…

Bryan Finck

A thought isn’t an idea until you write it down and share it with the world. So I write thoughts about video games, and a few other things. Twitter: @htb390

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