DOTA2 – The International 6– Key Arena – 8-11-16

evaughn and Tom had the opportunity to witness the spectacle that is The International, DOTA2’s massive esports tournament in Seattle, WA. Our hopeful take on esports and the tournament scene.

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Hot, Hot, Holistically Honed Heat

Intro: Tomb Raider (2013) led me to believe the action-adventure genre was alive and well, and the character or Lara had plenty of life left in her. Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)… Continue reading

Cooperation & Explosions: How else do you pick a perfect party game?

A first look at Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes any many thoughts about party games and cooperation. Parties + Gaming = Fun! Just don’t forget the cooperation and a dash of explosion.

DOOM – Furious, Flow-Focused, Fast FPS

Intro: Is finely-tuned and single-centric gunplay enough to obscure a barren narrative and a minimal gameplay variety? The 2016 DOOM game asks players to evaluate what they want out of an FPS game,… Continue reading

Get to know Tom: Who am I? Why am I doing this?

Get to know your hopeful homie Tom! Writing, technology, psychology, and hopefulness. If I was doing one of those shitty ice-breakers that forced me to fill out three interests, that’s probably what I’d write. I’d add a fourth cause sometimes I’m a rebel like that, and I have a tendency to try and shake things up…

SUPERHOT: Stimulating, Satisfying, and Sizzling

The videogame medium has the ability to satisfy a lot of different appetites. For some, games provide an alluring role-playing experience. For others, a compelling interactive story-driven narrative. For many, the gameplay sits… Continue reading

Firewatch: Fine Narrative Finesse with a Frustrating Fizzle

I finished this game over a weekend in early March, and it was my first foray into the world of narrative-heavy/gameplay-lite “walking simulators”. I must say that while the first half of the game showcased… Continue reading

The Dangers of Ungrounded Hopefulness

‘Everything in Moderation’ Even hopefulness must be kept in check by something. That something is healthy skepticism. Have you been approached by a fast way to earn great money by just talking to your friends? You might find this story familiar…

e-vaughn’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions:

Get a decent NYR under your belt