Tembo The Bad Ass Elephant review

tembo the badass elephantAfter playing and beating Ori and The Blind forest, my appetite for indie platformer games was reignited. From the very first screenshots and gameplay of Tembo The Bad Ass Elephant I was very interested in playing it. This week the game is on sale for Xbox Gold Members for $13.50 but the regular price is $15. You will want to read my whole review before making a decision to buy, because I’m going to try to be measured about where it shines and where it falls short. I manage to beat the entire game after about 6 and half hours of play, which is pretty good for $15 and is a bit more bang for your buck when compared to the $7 Batgirl DLC ($10 is bought separately) that took me under two hours. Continue reading

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Console Gaming. Past. Present. Future.

A GUEST POST BY CODY WOLF

Blow in the Cartridge.

marioI don’t think you can accurately put your finger on why the gaming industry has changed without thinking about how the world has changed since video games were first introduced. I live in America and things have changed quite drastically since then. Our culture now accepts gamers, and gaming represents a very large part of our culture. The industry has blown up. More money is spent on gaming than music and movies combined. It is the number one form of entertainment in America for most households. Continue reading

Another beautiful indie title on the way: Clockwork

clockworkWith titles like Child of Light, Never Alone, and Ori and the Blind Forest, beautiful side scrolling games are becoming a well-established genre in the indie universe. The movement of a side scroller is subversively nostalgic with old school games beneath as a distant but powerful memory. And the trend of this classic genre is alive and kicking with another new and innovative title on the horizon. Continue reading

Randy Pitchford: Risk is the path forward for video games

BattlebornAs a huge fan of the Borderlands franchise I’ve been consistently impressed by Gearbox’s president Randy Pitchford. His attitude and approach to games has brought one of the most creative takes on an RPG to the forefront of the gaming industry. And with Borderlands the Handsome Edition around the corner for next-gen consoles, the innovative title Battleborn on the horizon, and the already anticipated Borderlands 3, he has carved out a good portion of the gaming community with a significant fan base. Recently he said something that earned him even more of my respect. When talking about the future of gaming and how it needs to continue to adapt and change he said, Continue reading