Aug 262014
 

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Current opinion among many critics of gaming that story should never come before gameplay when it comes to this medium. Emphasis should always focus upon how the player can directly affect a story play straight into video game’s greatest advantage over television and film: It’s interactivity. Here however we may have one of the rare releases which defies that rule, yet dies it well enough for it not to harm the title.

As a whole, Fallen London is an extremely strange kind of game to try and pin into any genre. Its gameplay is minimal, coming down to choices or statistics, progression can be limited at times and on occasions you can find yourself farming quests for basic loot and experience. Yet despite that it manages to remain thoroughly engaging the entire way through, offering you the chance to carve out your own story and backs it up with darkly humourous writing, great choices and a fantastical world.
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Aug 222014
 

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This week on the Paranerds Podcast, the Paranerds speak about Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Jurassic Park: the Game, Tales of Monkey Island, The Simpsons Tapped Out and A Dark Room along with news (see below), deals of the week and new releases. Kevin also speaks a little on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie  The two then talk about Robin Williams, go over the Top Ten Reasons Why Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game is the Best Turtles Game Ever and speak a little on the New Silent Hills.

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Aug 082014
 

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This week on the Paranerds podcast, the Paranerds speak about Maleficent, Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysey, Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate, Tangram Attack, A Dark Room along with new releases, news (See below) and Deals of the Week. The two then go over the Top Ten Oddworld Creatures and gush about Guardians of the Galaxy (SPOILERS).

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Jul 272014
 

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One of the biggest problems which video games face outside gaming communities is the adamant refusal to see them as a legitimate media. We’ve seen this many times before, between being scapegoated for killings to being openly mocked by critics of other “legitimate” forms of media. Now it’s happened again, this time with the BBC putting a negative spin on Twitch.tv and e-sports. The video covering the subject lasts only three-and-a-half minutes and does contain a few relevant points of information, but on the whole it does a very bad job at truly informing the public about what the scene is like. Or, for that matter, even doing so in an unbiased manner.

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Jul 252014
 

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This week on the Paranerds Podcast, the Paranerds speak about Unfinished Swan, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run, Game & Wario, Apocz, Castle Miner Z, White Noise Online, Dead Pixels, Darksiders 2, Walking Dead Season 2 and  Weird Al , along with news, deals of the week and new releases. The two then talk about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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Jul 112014
 

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This week on the Paranerds Podcast, the two speak about Mario Kart 8, Rayman Legends, Darksider II, Scarface , Gotham City Impostors and Yoshi’s Island along with news (see below) and new releases. The two then go over the Top Ten First Experiences That Blew Our Mind.

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Jun 272014
 

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This week on the Paranerds podcast, the Paranerds speak about New Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Sonic CD, Splatterhouse, Tokyo Jungle, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Super Mario Galaxy 2, BioShock infinite, and Rayman Legends along with news (see below) and new releases. Kevin then gushes over Mario Kart 8 while Rooster does machines.

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Jun 252014
 

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In many respects Knightmare Tower is very similar to our last review. It’s straightforwards arcady action which gradually scales over time and rewards the player with ever increasing buffs. You slaughter your way through hordes of foes until final victory and at the end of the day it’s gaming distilled down to pure, raw, fun through relentless combat. However, there’s a few things which clearly set it apart from Meltdown, the least of which is the visual style and setting.

Following the most quintessential of generic fantasy plots, a villain appears, storms a king’s castle and kidnaps his princesses. Imprisoning them within a tower of monsters, a knight is enlisted to free them and slay all hellspawn which lay wait in his path. Of course, few traditional fantasy myths have said knight launching himself up the tower via rocket. Or for that matter, feature several hours of the hero air-juggling himself into low orbit via the corpses of his enemies.
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