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Jake Shapiro
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2017 MLS jersey rankings
It's been a long time since I've done this. After the dark ages of the '90s and early '00s, it seems like sports teams in general are favoring cleaner, more classic looks these days... but are they TOO classy? They're North American soccer teams, after all,...
2017 MLS jersey rankings
2017 MLS jersey rankings
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James Bond rating
I feel like a spy. It’s ten to five in the morning, I am sitting in the desolate departure lounge of Glasgow Airport, and I am wearing my navy blue herringbone coat --a stereotypically British knee length spy coat. I am waiting for my flight that will take ...
James Bond rating
James Bond rating
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Super Smash Bros: Nintendo's Undercover PR Machine
You love Super Smash Bros.  I love Super Smash Bros.  Even people who don't like video games love Super Smash Bros ! Everyone loves seeing their favorite Italian plumber and pointy-eared adventurer duke it out. But it's not just the big names like Mario and...
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I want to love Blade Runner, but the rape scene ruins it for me.
Trigger warning. And spoiler warning, since this is the internet and people will get upset about spoiling the plot of a 32-year-old movie. I've watched Ridley Scott's landmark sci-fi dystopian noir Blade Runner  a handful of times over the years. I watched ...
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Debating the definition of Metroidvania
"What is a Metroidvania? A miserable little pile of secrets." JOHN: Hey, Jake, I was thinking for our next blog post that we should do a “Best
of” for Metroidvania games where we give each other a list of games the other
hasn’t played, do our best to play t...
Debating the definition of Metroidvania
Debating the definition of Metroidvania
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Top 10 classic games that have never been re-released on modern platforms
If you want to read a centuries-old classic novel, you can find a recent edition of Beowulf or Canterbury Tales  on Amazon. If you want to watch a classic movie from the '20s or '30s, you can easily get them on DVD or even Blu-ray. Why is it, then, that so ...
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An analysis of title screens: Metroid, Mario, and... Spec Ops: The Line
Title screens are obsolete in today's gaming industry. They're a holdover from the days of arcades, when the screen had to show something even when no one was playing it. Today, games could easily cut straight to the main menu. But in reverence to their roo...
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Revisiting the legacy of Metroid II: Return of Samus
I've already written extensively about Metroid , Nintendo's black sheep .  Metroid II: Return of Samus , released in 1991 on the Game Boy, is the black sheep of the black sheep series. Even among Metroid fans it's often overlooked, as most Game Boy games ar...
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Console review: Wii U
The "next generation" of game consoles is in full swing now, but while I wait for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to gain decent libraries, I've just purchased Nintendo's Wii U. It's been called a commercial failure . But with an affordable price point much ...
Console review: Wii U
Console review: Wii U
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How to make the Wii U succeed, and the future of Nintendo.
We're heading towards electronic device singularity. Smartphones are growing, laptops are shrinking, tablets are available in ten different sizes. "Smart TVs" are the future, as televisions and computers eventually become indistinguishable from one another-...
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