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Written by: Michael Barnes
#So it's E3 week, so Bill Abner and crew are all out at E3. Next year, I'm going to try to join them but for now it means that there's no Cracked LCD for this week. Next week, we're doing the first-ever p...
June 17th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Whodathunk that one of the best XBLA games of the year would be a Snoopy game? But there it is then, imagine Crimson Skies crossed with Mario Kart with all your Charles Schultz favorites battling for aer...
June 11th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#You might have read a couple of reviews of Rockstar’s smash hit RED DEAD REDEMPTION that have compared the Old West-set sandbox game to classic western cinema and without a doubt the game is haunted by...
June 11th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Pictured is the best zombie you will ever see in a movie, or in any other media for that matter. Note that it is not cute, funny, and it is not wearing a chef hat or other article to signify to the viewe...
June 10th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#As many of you folks may remember, back when BATTLES OF WESTEROS was announced a lot of folks, myself included, weren’t exactly impressed with the “mystery box” and I even dubbed it an epic fail. I...
June 7th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Wouldya look at that, another video game review to add to the Collected Works of Michael Barnes. This time, it's for the Wii version of the IRON MAN 2 video game. It is not a good review. One of my fello...
June 4th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#I doubt it will have the earth shattering impact of "Top Ten Games Every Gamer Should Own", but I'm hoping that this week's Cracked LCD Countdown manages to at least take out a few major metropolitan are...
June 3th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Nah, you guys probably wouldn't like Grindhouse Games' INCURSION. I mean, sure, it's got Nazi werwolves and all in it...but it doesn't come spilling over with plastic miniatures and fancy terrain pieces....
May 28th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# At the heart of Remedy’s long-delayed ALAN WAKE, a survival horror game styled and presented as a television series, is a deeply compelling yet subtle opposition between light and darkness. It is ...
May 27th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#It's tough to pay attention to board games this week when RED DEAD REDEMPTION is out, an easy contender for Game of the Year and a title that is very, very close to letting me completely fall helplessl...
May 20th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Finally, Bill Abner has finished editing my ZENO CLASH: ULTIMATE EDITION review and it's now posted at It's just another step toward becoming one of those highly paid and well-cushioned vi...
May 19th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# I was big into skateboarding in the mid to late 1980s.  My parents got me a deck sometime in 1986 or 1987, and unlike most kids that started out with one of those terrible Variflex boards with the day...
May 18th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#As Matt Drake's article from a couple of weeks ago already told y'all, CYCLADES is pretty good. More than that, I'd go so far as to call it the best game I've played this year to date. It's an easy to pl...
May 13th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#That's right, it's time once again for the monthly Cracked LCD Countdown. And this one is really going to piss off you people who are totally OK with spending $100 on a board game. Because it's about bei...
May 6th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Hot damn, another video game review for my portfolio. It won't be long before I'm the next Tom Chick! This time, it's MONSTER HUNTER TRI, so it's my first published AAA game write-up and it's over at Gam...
May 5th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#URBAN COWBOY is one of the great bad movies> I think that the picture really captures what it must be like to be a cartoonish Texan with little concern for the world beyond keeping the trailer clean, h...
April 29th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#  I'm thinking about changing the name of my column at to "Barnes Bitches About Price". Because that's what I'm doing again in my otherwise favorable review of Conquest Gaming's WARLORDS ...
April 22th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#By now, everybody knows that video games are vastly superior to board games apart from a couple of malfeasant outliers who still like to count just for fun. PANZER GENERAL: ALLIED ASSAULT desmontrates th...
April 15th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#This week at Gameshark I'm talking about those other hobby games, but more specifically why I don't talk about them much. Miniatures and RPGs are almost completely a non-interest for me at this point in ...
April 8th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Last month's Cracked LCD Countdown was one of the most popular and beloved board game article to ever appear on the internet. I am positive that sales of all of the listed games surged over the past coup...
April 1th, 2010
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