Author Archives: Emily Payton

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A recent college graduate who is doing her best to retreat from "the real world" as often as possible, using every form of escapism known to man. Interests include: post-apocalyptic sci-fi, stimulating conversation, and entropic decay. When she's not playing video games (when isn't she playing video games?), chances are she's surfing these fine Interwebs or cuddling with her cat, perhaps simultaneously.
 

Check out Skywind’s Progress in Latest Development Video!

A few months back, I wrote about Skywind and how excited I am for it. Recently re-branded as The Elder Scrolls Renewal Project, or TESRenewal, the dream is to bring Morrowind to the Skyrim engine. Dozens of unbelievably talented modders are working tirelessly to recreate Vvardenfell, down to the last silt strider. You can check out their progress in the development video above! And in case you missed it, you can watch the first development video here. In the latest [...]

 

Star Citizen Gameplay Footage, Now in HD!

I’ve been following the development of Star Citizen for a while now. Last I’d checked, the entirely crowdfunded PC space-sim had raised around $40 million. In a little over a month, another $2 million has been contributed to the ambitious project. But what’s even more exciting is the recent gameplay footage. Chris Roberts and his team (Roberts Space Industries) were at PAX East a few weeks ago to reveal the game’s dogfighting module. And holy shit is it gorgeous. In [...]

Study Finds That “Gamer Rage” Due to Perceived Failure, Not Violent Content

The concept that “gamer rage” is directed at one’s failure is one that seems like common sense, but the scientific community has long blamed this phenomenon on the oftentimes violent content of the games themselves. A recent study of nearly 600 gamers, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggests otherwise. Andrew Przbylski at Oxford University, along with Edward Deci and Richard Ryan at the University of Rochester (hey, that’s where I live!), found that the intense anger [...]

 

Want Your Own TF2 Syringe Gun?

Hey, you! Yeah, you! Are you a fan of Team Fortress 2? Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man, I would just love to own a prop/replica TF2 weapon?!” Well, then, you’re in luck! The very talented William Jakespeare has decided to sell his insanely awesome syringe gun. TF2 fans will instantly recognize this as the default Medic weapon. I have to say, my only complaint is that his syringe gun doesn’t contain actual syringes, but short of me asking [...]

Bethesda Trademarks ‘Nuka-Cola,’ but Don’t Get Excited

Earlier today we learned that Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax Media, filed three trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the phrase “Nuka-Cola.” The slightly radioactive soft drink from the Fallout universe is almost synonymous with the franchise, and has become iconic among fans of the post-apocalyptic games. Naturally, this led many to speculate that a new Fallout (rumored to be in development) was on the horizon. Whether Bethesda is planning on announcing Fallout 4 any time [...]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Not on Xbox One…Yet?

Are your spidey senses tingling at the thought of playing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on your shiny new Xbox One? I hope not, because you’re in for some mighty disappointing news. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be available April 29 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U, and 3DS…but not the Xbox One. The first hint that something was amiss was when Activision pulled the Xbox One box art from the game’s site. Since then, Activision has commented, “We are [...]

 

Miss PAX East? Watch the Civilization: Beyond Earth Panel Here!

 Not all of us here at Twinfinite had the pleasure/burden of attending PAX East this year. I have lots of mixed feelings about it: on one hand, I spent my weekend playing videogames and sleeping while my comrades worked their asses off. On the other hand, I didn’t get to hang out with some of my favorite people, nor attend one of the largest gaming conventions in the country. Fans of Sid Meier’s Civilization might be especially bummed about missing [...]

 

Why I’m Digging the New Wolfenstein Trailer

Put simply, it kicks ass. But I’m a fan of Wolfenstein: The New Order’s latest trailer for a few reasons. Let’s start with the brilliant decision to use the catchy Motown classic, “Nowhere to Run” by Martha and the Vandellas. I’m a huge sucker for juxtaposing bright, upbeat music with grim-as-fuck imagery, and Bethesda knows this. They used the radio in Fallout 3 to a similar effect: lively swing superimposed on a dying, post-apocalyptic wasteland. And like in Fallout 3, [...]

 

Big Bads Revealed in Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into action fairly soon. Its latest trailer reveals some of the baddies Spidey will face, including but not limited to Black Cat, the Green Goblin, and Kingpin. For some reason “Ave Maria” is playing in the background. It looks fun enough, I guess, but it’s time we face facts. There’s no way in hell The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is gonna be anywhere near as good as Spider-Man 2, a.k.a. “The Best Superhero Videogame Ever Made.” [...]

 

Unriddle Your Mind in Path to the Thalamus

I’m a sucker when it comes to anything psychology-related in gaming. So naturally the title of Carlos Coronado’s upcoming indie game, Mind: Path to the Thalamus, piqued my curiosity. The trailer, which you can view above, begins with a strange question: “How many times will I kill her?” The thalamus helps regulate our cycles of sleep and wakefulness, as well as control how aware and alert we are. Sleep disorders have been linked to a malfunctioning thalamus, and severe enough [...]

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