Fallout 3’s Music Is the Heart and Soul of its Wasteland

Fallout 3

I’m still in the midst of my fascination with anything Cold War, 1960s-related, like James Bond or games like CounterSpy. But now here comes a whole different trip down memory lane, as it does about two or three times at random intervals annually: the never-quite-happened-but-almost-did post-apocalyptic era, or, more specifically, the time just before the apocalypse would have happened. Bear with me; I’ll explain. Continue reading

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Top 5: Game Intros

Fallout 3

Press Start

“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” We don’t know about you, but here at BNBGAMING, we’ve always lived by what our mamas told us. And this little adage is certainly true when it comes to video games. Continue reading

Friday Roundtable: Face Off: The Western RPG vs the JRPG

WRPG vs JRPG

Random Encounter

It’s been a long and hard road for video games to move out of the dark recesses of dimly lit cafeteria corner tables and basement hobby rooms into the societal spotlight they enjoy today. Of all video game genres, the one most often associated with nerds and socially awkward individuals would have to be the role-playing game. Continue reading

Friday Roundtable: Are Games Being Dumbed Down?

Are Games Being Dumbed Down?

Uphill in the Snow, Both Ways

Some of us (relatively) old fogies like to shake our fists and bemoan the way the times, they are a-changin’. According to our campfire stories, the early days of gaming were a time when gamers still had honor, simple two-button controls were superior, and games were still back-breakingly difficult, “the way it should be”. Continue reading

Top 5: Scares

Top 5 Scary Games

Boo!

Horror games appeal to a very specific subset of gamers. Even a gritty thriller tingles the hairs on the back of your neck in a way that can only be appreciated by some of us. While those who prefer a more benign experience scoff in derision, we crave the build-up of terror in a game as much as in a good book or movie. Continue reading

Top 5: Videogame Weapons

Top 5 Weapons

Pew! Pew!

As gamers, all of us know that feeling of grinding for hours just to get that one more weapon upgrade, or the thrill of felling a brutally tough foe with over-the-top firepower. Continue reading