Archive for March, 2009

Lamecast #2 – They were the heroes of old, men of renown

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 by the gang

In this second edition of the lamecast, our hosts put Capcom’s two biggest franchises over the coals and EVE Online gets a new patch. In the thrilling conclusion, a discussion on in-game advertising erupts into violence when the importance of being told to buy Old Spice while playing Quake Live …

Review – Orbient

Monday, March 30th, 2009 by jackson

I love puzzle games. I don’t mean that I love most puzzle games, but that I love the puzzle genre. This actually leads me to hate most puzzle games because of the unreasonably high expectations I set for them. But when I do find one that I like, I really like it. Orbient is one …

Best Game Ever: Star Control II

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 by golden jew

This Best Game Ever is brought to you by developers making their old games open source, which is a wonderful thing. Toys for Bob, the developer of Star Control I and II, released the game as open source in 2002 under the “Ur Quan Masters” title, since the name Star Control remains a copyright of …

Creative Hiatus – Some Thoughts on DC Universe Online

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 by jake

Last week I asked Jay if I could write for videolamer. After a long and painful interview process, he said “Sure, I guess.” I have, since then, been forced to go on “creative hiatus” due to overwhelming stress and a debilitating drug habit.

While on creative hiatus (I am recovering well, thank you), I …

Review – LocoRoco 2

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 by christian

The original LocoRoco was a PSP game I wanted to get behind. The artwork not only looked good, but animated gorgeously and demonstrated what the PSP’s horsepower could for 2d gaming if the industry had not insisted on flooding the handheld with watered down PS2 downports. The simple, two button platforming concept was …

EVE Online – Patching Backward, not Forward

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 by golden jew

In the dawn of a new Era of Eve, as the Apocrypha Expansion delivers what can only be described as a fantastic experience, those of us grizzled Eve veterans can’t help but wonder: what about the old stuff? CCP, Eve’s developer, has long trumpeted their free expansions as one of the strongest points of Eve. …

Review – Wario Land: Shake It!

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 by christian

I have been trying to figure out the “new” Nintendo ever since the Wii launch, and a game like Warioland Shake It! both enlightens and confounds me. It is perhaps the best picture of what Nintendo can do (as opposed to what they may want to do) with their traditions, yet I cannot find …

Stranded in Portland or How I Helped a Guy Discover Treasure in His Closet

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 by tyson

Yesterday was one of those days that started on an off note and ended unexpectedly well. I made a small road trip to visit a cousin and some friends in Portland, Oregon and to just escape Idaho for a day or two. What was expected to be a weekend voyage has now stretched into the …

Review – EVE Online: Apocrypha

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 by golden jew

Apocrypha, the latest expansion of Eve Online – my gaming mistress with whom I continually flirt, tease, and occasionally enjoy for hours on end to the exclusion of all else – was recently released. Unlike many other MMOs, Eve expansions are free, with typically 2-3 major expansions released a year. Apocrypha is the latest, and …

Review – Valkyria Chronicles

Monday, March 16th, 2009 by tyson

Strategy games have proven to be a bitter mistress for me. It is an unfortunate genre because it is home to one of my all-time favorite games, X-Com. When I first boot up a strategy game, especially one that has a similar mechanic to X-Com, I find myself comparing whatever game I may be playing …