Author Archives: Mike Eaton

About

Born in 1844, I bring a lot of gaming experience to the table. In my day-job, I work for a public library which carries, amongst other formats, video games. I'm very interested in observing and documenting the growing pains this industry is experiencing as it is dragged kicking and screaming towards something resembling maturity. Join me!

“You Got Served” – Nintendo Sued Over Dual Screen Technology

Nintendo has been accused of patent infringement by a Texas LLC called Secure Axcess over dual screen technology. The patent, shown here, was issued in 2003 by this company and they are sporting a raging litigious boner for The House that Mario Built. While they had tried the same tactic earlier this year over the DS in all its incarnations, this time they’re apparently targeting the Wii U’s multi-screen technology. The lawsuit not only names Nintendo, but a number of [...]

Steam’s Most Popular Games Revealed

Do you have a ridiculous backlog of unplayed games in your Steam catalogue? Of course you do. So do I, and apparently do does pretty much every one of the 65 million account holders of PC gaming’s premier service. According to an article by Ars Technica, 37 percent of all purchased games on Steam have never been booted up once, no doubt a byproduct of impulse buying during their sales. The article also lists the most popular titles on the [...]

Missing the Boat – 5 Video Games Where You Really Needed to Be There

One of the most galvanizing things about being part of the video game community is when a game comes out that everybody is playing. Whether you are following along on Twitch, reading updates on Twitter, or playing on multiplayer servers, there is a palatable sense of togetherness that happens as a large cross-section dives into a new title at once. It happens regularly, but with a wide range of games; some that come to mind are Dark Souls, BioShock Infinite, [...]

Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming Review – 30 Seconds to AARGH

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to the realization that by and large, the JRPG is a genre that has passed me by. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy them — on the contrary, some of my favorite and lasting memories are of spending dozens of hours playing through epic storylines and world-spanning adventures with a ragtag group of spiky-haired heroes and heroines. It’s not them, it’s me. Thankfully, developer Opus has carved out a niche for people [...]

Make it So – Six MMO Ideas More Interesting than Elder Scrolls Online

[Make It So takes a look at our favorite games and suggests additions, subtractions, and areas to improve upon for the sequel or next entry in the series.] The reviews are starting to roll in for The Elder Scrolls Online, and the general consensus so far is that it’s pretty good, which is about what I thought back when I played an early build of it last year. Good on Bethesda for putting out a quality product, and here’s hoping [...]

The Wolf Among Us Episode 3: A Crooked Mile Now Available

One game that’s sitting on my Steam list just waiting to be played is The Wolf Among Us by Telltale Games, and maybe now it’s time to get into it. Telltale announced today that the third episode, entitled A Crooked Mile, is now out on PS3, PC, and Mac. Xbox 360 fans will need to wait, but it’s only for one day so that’s not such a big deal. Here’s a bit of information about the episode, courtesy of Telltale: [...]

Assassin’s Creed Movie Desynchronized, to be Rewritten

Are you excited about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender? If you are…well, you might want to have a seat. It turns out the script is going to be undergoing a complete rewrite by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. This has the potential to be good news in the end however, as both writers have made a name for themselves of late with scripts for Exodus: Gods & Kings as well as The General (a biopic about George [...]

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Hands-On Preview – The Duke Nukem Forever of Racing Games

This game is in development and nothing should be considered “finished” yet. EVERYTHING is work in progress and subject to change. Changes will be influenced by your involvement in the game development; your bug reports, feedback, and suggestions. But remember! Expect bugs. Expect regular updates. Expect the unexpected. Expect the Spanish Inquisition. Please report bugs by using the form at the following link: carmageddon.com/Bugger. Get involved in forging the final feel of the game – visit the Forums and tell [...]

Ray of Light – Five Memorable Video Game Sunrise Moments

As it happens pretty regularly here in Canadialand, it’s been a hell of a long winter. It was such a long winter that we were considering making Let It Go our new national anthem. Thankfully however, the end is in sight. Along with warmer temperatures, we’re becoming increasingly blessed with more sunlight. I’m of the belief that a sunrise is one of the most miraculous and beautiful things a person can witness in the everyday world. It is not only [...]

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