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Michael Barnes

Written by: Michael Barnes
#Hey, did you know that you can play board games on those fancy iPhones and iPads? No, seriously, it's true!  And there's some really good ones too!  Yeah man, like, REAL board games that you might actu...
September 30th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Pictured is a D20. It is the ultimate monster-slaying device.  CASTLE RAVENLOFT lets you throw this thing at all sorts of monsters, including Kobolds and Gravestorm the Dracolich.Screw fancy card-based ...
September 23th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# Pictured is the kind of tragedy that can happen when somebody too big for the britches and no one around to say "no, that would suck" thinks that they can fix something that has been popular and succ...
September 16th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Pictured is a visual representation of my review of the XBLA/PSN game SHANK. It fucking sucks ass. I can't believe that a shitty piece of shit like this is getting good reviews. But then I remember that ...
September 11th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#OK, I've recieved several emails and a phone call asking where today's Cracked LCD is.  I kept thinking that maybe Bill Abner had finally had enough of my crap and decided that he would not run this yea...
September 9th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Pictured is the kind of game we will all be playing by the year 2000. It is not, however, one of my Top Ten Most Anticipated Games. You can find those here at Certainly there will be som...
September 2th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# Pictured is James Mason as Captain Nemo. He's PISSED. That is a stern look of disapproval if ever I saw one. Why is "Jehmz Mehhhzohn" pissed? Because you're not playing NEMO'S WAR enough. It's one of ...
August 26th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#This picture makes me dizzy. Anyway, it must be dungeon crawl month here at F:AT because we've been talking about RAVENLOFT, DESCENT, DUNGEONQUEST, that terrible-looking game Loter went all Loter on, and...
August 19th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#  This week, Dan Verssen's PHANTOM LEADER gets the Cracked LCD treatment and- what's that? The Gameshark Editor's Choice award! Folks, this game is awesome.  It's hugely thematic, narrative, and in s...
August 12th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#OK folks, three Gameshark items if you're interested: First up, we've got the Jumping the Shark Podcast, show #30. I'm a guest on it, and I go head-to-head with the venerated Tom Chick about METRO 2033 a...
August 11th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#  Presented in this week's Cracked LCD Countdown is a list of the worst games that I could think of in time for my deadline. As it stands, they represent ten of the crappiest, least fun, and most sou...
August 5th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Pictured is Stanley Kubrick, the greatest director of all time. He wasn't just an auteur, he was the living embodiment of the term. He doesn't really have anything to do with gaming, but the auteur theor...
July 29th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Alan Emrich is doing something that I think is really kind of special. He's running a small games business and apparently doing extremely well since he was able to cut a $1000 royalty check to one of his...
July 22th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# Oh LARPers...will ya ever stop? The chubby dude on the far left is my favorite, the one standing next to the that guy in blackface? Is that TWO guys in blackface? This week it's E...
July 15th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# When they said that the new RISK: FACTIONS XBLA game was going to have cats and robots in it, I was skeptical. When zombies were mentioned as one of the factions in the game, I started losing interest....
July 13th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#You can't really tell in this little picture, but SIN & PUNISHMENT: STAR SUCCESSOR has some of the best video game cover art I've seen in a long time. It's totally off of some obscure 1988 game. It looks...
July 9th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# I really liked INCURSION, and I'm glad to see a start-up publisher come out with such a strong product. In my emails with Jim Bailey, the designer of the game and kommandant of Grindhouse Games, I got ...
July 8th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Here it is, my long-delayed review of _all_ of Small Box Games' "Pure Card" line.  These games are all designed and published by John Clowdus, a guy that come to find out lives just about 30 minutes a...
July 1th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# METRO 2033, released earlier this year, was met with fairly lukewarm reviews and it appeared that for all the world it was another also-ran in a season practically littered with outstanding, high quali...
June 24th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#So here it is, the world premiere review of BATTLES OF WESTEROS at This was a difficult review to write because I do think that the game is good. The problem is, I think FFG has completel...
June 24th, 2010
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