BNBGAMING’s Top Video Game Dorks

Top Video Game Dorks

Bottom of the Food Chain

The games industry produces a never-ending stream of games chock-full of the manliest, muscle-bound macho beefcake, the toughest space marines packing a Star Destroyer’s worth of firepower, and armor-clad knights of the realm, ready to lay down life and limb in defense of chaste princesses. We like games full of action and explosions, so it’s a necessary evil.

But then there are those moments when the above formula just goes completely off the rails, whether intentionally or through some misguided train-wreck of a design decision, and we suddenly find ourselves faced with the weirdest, whiniest, and dorkiest bunch of characters this side of the final Harry Potter movie’s midnight showing. That’s not to say we don’t love them; whether serving as all-important comic relief in otherwise blasted landscapes or being the most memorable feature in what could have been an otherwise bland game, the loveable losers of gaming are as important as any characters. For this reason, today we honor the freaks and geeks of gaming. Enjoy! Continue reading

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The Indie Fix: StarMade

Star Made

Minecraft…in Space

Imagine taking the things that made Minecraft the smash success it is – the gathering of resources, the limitless potential to build just about anything you can dream up – and blasting these concepts right through the stratosphere…literally. Well, this is what indie game developer Robin Promesberger, a.k.a. schema is attempting to do with his space-set sandbox building game, StarMade. Continue reading

Review: Babel Rising (360/PS3)

Babel Rising Review

A Ton of Bricks

It mightn’t be totally fair to outright pan Babel Rising just based on the fact that it’s essentially the same game that was released three years ago by White Birds across iOS platforms. After all, it did make its way to the top of the app charts in early 2010, earning the distinction of being the #1 app in multiple countries! Bringing such an experience to major home consoles in its original form can’t be a bad thing. Right? Continue reading

PodBytes – Episode 19: Too Young for the Blue Pills

PodBytes Episode 19

After the Storm

Off of the back of the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry has been slightly quieter than usual, with less groundbreaking news announcements and press releases than normal; all beans have only recently been spilled.

Far from resting on our laurels, the staff at BNBGAMING has taken this momentary lull to catch up on some much-needed gaming. In this podcast, a few of us have gotten together to discuss with each other (and let you in on) what’s been going on in our personal game-a-spheres. Join us as we discuss the truly important things, such as why we prefer our dragon-and-magic-stuffed medieval RPGs to be as realistic as possible, why we think the recent trend toward “screamo metal” in JRPGs is an ill-conceived move, the OJ trial, and the psychotherapeutic uses of video games. Continue reading