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Rants & Raves

Written by: Michael Barnes
#Here they are, fashionably late and probably not very surprising- your Cracked LCD Games of the Year for 2009. Pictured at left is a man eating a giant hamburger. It has nothing to do with this article. ...
January 7th, 2010
Written by: MattDP
#Thanks almost entirely to the existence of Fortress:Ameritrash and my ongoing need to fill column inches therein, 2009 has been the first year of my entire life during which I've played enough of the new...
December 21th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
# "Today is Christmas. There will be a magic show at eleven hundred hours."  That's one of my favorite lines in FULL METAL JACKET. In context, it's bizarre and almost completely alien.  Anyway, it's ...
December 17th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
I've always shied away from trying to compile "best of" lists. Considering that your tastes change, little by little, every day and that when you're put on the spot it's often hard to remember just how m...
December 7th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
# Okay, so I’m sure you’re all pretty sick of hearing about my self-imposed “targets” for this year using John Farrell’s stats system as a guide. But here’s the final update and I’ve ch...
December 3th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#My little girl, age three, seems to be neither more or less interested in playing structured games than any other three year old. She likes to get my “grown up” game off the shelf and play with the p...
November 16th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
# Hey, remember AGE OF CONAN? I barely do. I played the game one time, and it just kind of died on the vine. No one is interested in it  anymore, it seems. It's kind of a shame, I liked it OK the one ti...
November 5th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#For reasons I can no longer remember, I became fascinated by the world of Silent Hill long before I'd ever actually played one of the games. There's something terribly compelling and haunting about it: a...
October 23th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
# For as long as I’ve been gaming, game companies have been publishing expansions. It may be that this has something to do with the roots ofthe modern board gaming hobby in the early role-playing a...
October 5th, 2009
Written by: Robert Florence
#In my time, I've seen one prevalent attitude among gamers. We cower a little. We hide our incredible lights under the most baskety of bushels. We seek solace in shady corners of the internet, to discuss ...
September 22th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#If you’d told me a couple of years ago that I’d do the majority of my game-playing on-line, I’d have thought you were mad. Yet there’s no getting away from the fact that one way...
July 8th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#Those of you who are blessed with both an excellent memory and anunusually high degree of tolerance may recall that I started this yearon a quest to demonstrate that I was definately playing my existingg...
June 29th, 2009
Written by: hancock.tom
# In between reading high brow discussion about game design theory and pontificating about the relative lack of immersive narrative in today's games, I spend a lot of time making fun of games.  Othe...
June 16th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#People don’t tend to like to think of themselves as part of aminority, and especially not a minority of a minority. Such a positioncan engender a perverse sense of pride in being one a small number...
June 1th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
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May 7th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
# Last column I had Mad Dog step up to the plate and complain that no-one ever posts about Ameritrash games here anymore, so I determined to do a mega-dose of trash for my next pieces. I wanted to stuff ...
April 14th, 2009
Written by: David
# Seriously. 2 years ago I had a balanced life, ate nutritious foods carefully hand-picked from all major food groups, had a nice relationship, a generous portion of sleep and enough spare time t...
March 23th, 2009
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