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2016 DGA Awards

November 5th, 2016 No comments

2016 has been the year of hell with regards to my personal well-being.  I know, I know…I shouldn’t be starting articles like this on such a positive note, but I’m a rebel that way.  For those of you who forget that I have a semi-updated news feed, I’ve been rather sick as of late.  It all started around November/December of last year…costochondritis, GERD, hiatus hernia, a rare inflammation in the throat that makes it swell, having my wisdom teeth pulled, and a bunch of ER visits.  The fun is STILL on-going, huzzah!  As such I really haven’t played a lot of board games, though I have now produced over 4,000 videos on my YouTube channel.  While I didn’t get to play as many tabletop games as I would have liked, I have received a number of excellent games this year that are definitely in the below list.  Like last year, I’ll be listing ANY game that I own regardless of release date.

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PRESS RELEASE: Connected Camps Launches “Summer of Minecraft” Camp

March 31st, 2016 No comments

I haven’t met a kid who didn’t like “Minecraft”.  Sure, some adults may find it too simplistic in terms of graphics and not like it for other various reasons, but most kids appreciate the freedom to design and construct almost anything they want.  I personally like the survival mode aspects and the sense of satisfaction I get when my house extension goes up or when I’ve found that rare patch of diamonds.  Starting June 27th, Connected Camps will be hosting a “Summer of Minecraft” camp for kids…how neat is that?!  It’s really too bad that camps like that weren’t around when I was young.

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2015 DGA Awards

November 9th, 2015 No comments

2015 has been a pretty good year for DGA.  My YouTube channel has reached 9,000+ subscribers and contains over 2,500 videos, a far cry from last year’s numbers.  While being diligent with my content is part of the reason the numbers continue to grow, it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of gamers like you.  It also helps that there are a TON of awesome games out there just waiting for someone to discover and play them.  Yes, it’s that time of year again folks…the 2015 DGA Awards are upon us!

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GameFindr App

June 24th, 2015 No comments

Editor’s Note: The below is a paid advertisement from the folks at MTGHeadQuarters.

How many of you love card games like Magic: The Gathering , Pokémon, or Yu-Gi-Oh, but often have no one to play with?  That’s where “GameFindr”, a FREE iPhone/Android app, comes to the rescue. Within minutes (sometimes seconds), you’ll be able to locate and connect with someone who shares your love for the same games you do.  All you’ll need to do is download the app, set up your profile, and choose what games you enjoy playing.  From there, the app will locate actual people within your area who want to play those exact same games.  Better yet, it’ll help you find local game stores that also use the GameFindr app.

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DGA’s Early Access Corner (6/09/15)

June 9th, 2015 No comments

DISCLAIMER: The title “Early Access” means that the product/game is still under development. As such, the content featured below is subject to change. This includes any opinions I may have at the time of writing, as Alpha and Beta builds sometimes change their core mechanics on a whim. It’s important to stress the word opinions, as I find it unethical to review something not yet released in its final form. In other words, don’t take anything you see here too seriously. You can view all of the articles of this series by clicking the “Video Games” tab, located on the top of this page.

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DGA’s Early Access Corner (5/22/15)

May 22nd, 2015 No comments

DISCLAIMER: The title “Early Access” means that the product/game is still under development. As such, the content featured below is subject to change. This includes any opinions I may have at the time of writing, as Alpha and Beta builds sometimes change their core mechanics on a whim. It’s important to stress the word opinions, as I find it unethical to review something not yet released in its final form. In other words, don’t take anything you see here too seriously. You can view all of the articles of this series by clicking the “Video Games” tab, located on the top of this page.

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DGA’s Early Access Corner (5/11/15)

May 11th, 2015 No comments

DISCLAIMER: The title “Early Access” means that the product/game is still under development. As such, the content featured below is subject to change. This includes any opinions I may have at the time of writing, as Alpha and Beta builds sometimes change their core mechanics on a whim. It’s important to stress the word opinions, as I find it unethical to review something not yet released in its final form. In other words, don’t take anything you see here too seriously. You can view all of the articles of this series by clicking the “Video Games” tab, located on the top of this page.

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DGA’s Early Access Corner (4/30/15)

April 30th, 2015 No comments

DISCLAIMER: The title “Early Access” means that the product/game is still under development. As such, the content featured below is subject to change. This includes any opinions I may have at the time of writing, as Alpha and Beta builds sometimes change their core mechanics on a whim. It’s important to stress the word opinions, as I find it unethical to review something not yet released in its final form. In other words, don’t take anything you see here too seriously. You can view all of the articles of this series by clicking the “Video Games” tab, located on the top of this page.

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DGA’s Early Access Corner (4/14/15)

April 14th, 2015 No comments

DISCLAIMER: The title “Early Access” means that the product/game is still under development. As such, the content featured below is subject to change. This includes any opinions I may have at the time of writing, as Alpha and Beta builds sometimes change their core mechanics on a whim. It’s important to stress the word opinions, as I find it unethical to review something not yet released in its final form. In other words, don’t take anything you see here too seriously. You can view all of the articles of this series by clicking the “Video Games” tab, located on the top of this page.

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Ironcast

April 1st, 2015 No comments

I’m not that big on “Match-3” games, mainly because I find them to be pretty straight-forward and boring. The exceptions to the rule are games like “Puzzle Quest”, which offers RPG elements and gives me a reason to keep matching like-colored gems. “Ironcast” is similar to “Puzzle Quest” in that regard, but also has “FTL-like” elements when it comes to making strategic decisions and permadeath. Before I go any further, I’d like to thank Michelle Turner, Ripstone’s PR & Marketing Manager, for providing me with a free press copy for review purposes.

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DGA’s Early Access Corner (3/25/15)

March 25th, 2015 No comments

DISCLAIMER: The title “Early Access” means that the product/game is still under development. As such, the content featured below is subject to change. This includes any opinions I may have at the time of writing, as Alpha and Beta builds sometimes change their core mechanics on a whim. It’s important to stress the word opinions, as I find it unethical to review something not yet released in its final form. In other words, don’t take anything you see here too seriously. You can view all of the articles of this series by clicking the “Video Games” tab, located on the top of this page.

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Cities: Skylines

March 10th, 2015 No comments

Judging from the “mostly negative” reviews on Steam’s “Cities XXL” page (24% positive as of today’s writing), I suppose I can say that the market was really looking forward to a next-gen city-builder that they could sink their teeth into.  The same could be said for “SimCity” when it launched in 2013, though the always-online connection (later patched) and the small map sizes dashed hopes almost as much.  Sure, there are games like “Banished” and “Tropico 5” to help us pass the time, but a lot of us are craving for days when we could make huge megalopolises without the limitations that come with today’s technology.  Heck, I spent years playing “SimCity” on the SNES and wouldn’t you know it…it didn’t freeze when cities got large and I didn’t have to contend with online DRM.  Those were the days.

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DGA’s Early Access Corner (3/6/15)

March 6th, 2015 No comments

DISCLAIMER: The title “Early Access” means that the product/game is still under development. As such, the content featured below is subject to change. This includes any opinions I may have at the time of writing, as Alpha and Beta builds sometimes change their core mechanics on a whim. It’s important to stress the word opinions, as I find it unethical to review something not yet released in its final form. In other words, don’t take anything you see here too seriously. You can view all of the articles of this series by clicking the “Video Games” tab, located on the top of this page.

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PRESS RELEASE: “Falling Stars: War of Empires” Seeking Support On Kickstarter

March 4th, 2015 No comments

I have a hard time saying no to 4X strategy games, especially if they’re set in space…I’m sure some of you can relate.  Perhaps it stems from the fact that I used to watch “Star Trek” religiously as a kid and often dreamt of running my very own galactic empire.  “Falling Stars: War of Empires”, a turn-based strategy game seeking your help on Kickstarter, looks rather promising in that regard. What’s more, it’ll be available for PC, Mac, and Linux which is more than some 4X games can say for themselves.

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DGA’s Early Access Corner (2/19/15)

February 19th, 2015 No comments

DISCLAIMER: The title “Early Access” means that the product/game is still under development. As such, the content featured below is subject to change. This includes any opinions I may have at the time of writing, as Alpha and Beta builds sometimes change their core mechanics on a whim. It’s important to stress the word opinions, as I find it unethical to review something not yet released in its final form. In other words, don’t take anything you see here too seriously. You can view all of the articles of this series by clicking the “Video Games” tab, located on the top of this page.

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Grey Goo

February 11th, 2015 No comments

I spent a lot of time harvesting tiberium and building tanks back in the late 90’s, but when it came to real-time strategy games, “Command and Conquer” was one of the best around (along with “Warcraft II” and “StarCraft”).  “Command and Conquer: Generals” (released in 2003) still remains to be my favorite RTS of all time, it’s just a shame that my Windows 8 machine won’t run the blasted thing. It’s admittedly been a while since I’ve played anything as good since then (“Supreme Commander” is a close contender) and when I saw “Grey Goo” appear on the Steam store, I knew I had to request myself a copy.  It took a couple of weeks, but the folks at Petroglyph (developer)/Grey Box (publisher) and their PR team at Sandbox Strategies West came through and managed to send me a key.  They didn’t have to, so while I’m slightly annoyed by the delay, I’m still very much appreciative considering that the price tag is $49.99 (as of 2/10/15)…I’ll get to that a bit later.

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