Nov 302014

“There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever, somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.” – George R. R. Martin


There may be something incredibly pretentious about beginning a video game review with a quote about fantasy novels, however I lack the words to eloquently describe my Dragon Age: Inquisition experience. Because if there’s one thing that is most striking about Inquisition, it is the fact that it plays at why so many people are enamored with the Fantasy genre: the idea that you could be the hero of your own story.

So far, DA: I has certainly been a hero for Bioware and EA games, and has enjoyed positive reviews across the board. Which is a good thing for Bioware, really: DA: I has some big boots to fill after Dragon Age: Origins—which was received as a fan-favorite game—and Dragon Age 2—which was considered to be a flop. So how does DA: I stand in the face of such high expectations?

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Dec 242012

Hello everyone, it’s Laevatein, and I’m back from the dead! Or for a more mundane answer, I’m back from my hiatus. Anyway, it’s Christmas Eve, and Santa is probably still going over his list to see who’s naughty and who’s nice (he’s gotta check it twice, after all). You know the drill though, whoever’s nice gets good gifts, and whoever’s naughty gets coal (or Windows phones or whatever people consider lousy nowadays (I’m joking about the Windows phones part)). Now, as a guy who writes about games, I think talking about how morality works in games is a pretty fitting choice for a post on Christmas Eve. I mean, how much more meta can you get than Santa?

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Dec 022012

Hello everyone – Fenrir here with another tasty addition of Fantastic Feasts and Where to Find Them! If you live out here on the East Coast (Like I do) you might have noticed that it’s gotten a bit nippy around here — I’m certainly suffering for not dressing warmly enough with a sore throat and a cold. But, there is always a bit of a silver-lining to everything–even a passing cold!–and that silver-lining usually manifests itself in the form of some sort of hot drink.

You too can brew as expertly as Hershel with these tea tips!

Now I could turn to some soup for comfort, or maybe even a cup of hot chocolate, or some butter-beer, to warm up from the inside out but I think to combat the remains of this cold I should consult a “healthier” alternative. So today we’re going to be talking about tea and how to brew a perfect cup each and every time you need one!

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Mar 162011

Do not want?

Well it’s been a little over a week since Dragon Age II came out, so I thought it would be appropriate to address a certain issue that has been discussed in the Bioware community. I don’t know if any of you have heard about this, but fans have had less than favorable words for Dragon Age II. This has caused them to believe that Bioware paid off many critics for favorable reviews. Currently, the user score on Metacritic is slightly above a “4” while the critic score is slightly above an “8.” Pretty big difference. When my friend Paul told me about this last Thursday, I couldn’t help but laugh. By the way, last Thursday the user score was sitting at about a “5.2” so it has dropped since then. Continue reading »