Deep Thoughts Done Quick: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has made a handful of smart decisions this year, not the least of which is finally announcing their new console-hybrid, the Nintendo Switch (previously the Nintendo NX). The Nintendo Switch made its debut a couple of weeks ago during a special Nintendo Direct. I was on a flight back to Vancouver when it was announced.

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Deep Thoughts Done Quick: Facebook Gameroom

There are probably a handful of people that are wistful for the days of Facebook gaming, where we plagued our friends and family with requests for social games that required us to “Share to your Wall” in order to advance. Oh, to be back in those days where I could advance exactly one level before

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The Savage, Hungry Beauty of ‘The Girl on the Train’

Warning: if you haven’t seen the film or read the book, the following contains a heavy dose of spoilers. I couldn’t look away, those first moments of The Girl On the Train. Emily Blunt’s smudged eyeliner, outlining a naked nameless hunger, stole my attention and wouldn’t let go. But the film’s triumph isn’t in the

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Spooky Must Read: Coffin Hill

It’s a rare occurrence that a horror setting will enthrall me as Kittredge’s Coffin Hill did. In an age of worn out horror tropes, Coffin Hill seductively crooks a skeletal finger. Kittredge’s haunting narrative reminded me of Locke & Key, where the family and the corresponding estate create the epicentre of evil. Note: there are too many ways

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Five Scary Games For Fraidy Cats

I’m a self-proclaimed fraidy-cat, many times over. I lament it often when I want to play games like Until Dawn, Layers of Fear, and Amnesia. I chalk up my deeply divisive relationship with horror to an early fright, when I decided to watch my dad play The 7th Guest. That nasty fright wasn’t enough to

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A Boy, His 2DS, and The Gamer Parents

The day my son realized that the controller did more than blink lazily was the day he became a gamer. He pulled himself into my lap and politely asked to play the “Bike Game” (Trials) together. It took him some time to figure out how to make the bike level out and how to get farther

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Headlander: Groove On This

Headlander is a brand new (space-y) frontier for development studio Double Fine Productions and this campy sci-fi romp hit all of the right turbolifts on the way out to the stars. Set against a retro-futuristic backdrop, this homage to 1970s science-fiction cinema is both charming and challenging. The Metroidvania gameplay requires quite a bit of

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