The 10 Best (and 2 Most Disappointing) Video Games of 2016

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In 2016, it felt like my gaming diet returned to normal. Last year, I played smaller titles and indie games almost exclusively. This year, I got back into big-budget gaming, and I think I found a nearly-optimal balance between indie games and AAA behemoths. I enjoyed almost every game I played this year, and there wasn’t a single one I hated. For that reason, I’m not covering the worst titles of the year  (Pony Island and That Dragon, Cancer, if you care, but I wouldn’t consider either to be a bad game). Instead, I’ll be talking about the most disappointing games: the ones with the biggest gap in quality between what could have been and what was.

But let’s save that for later. For now, let’s talk about my top 10 games of the year. (You can find my full ranking here.) More

What I’ve Been Reading: July 3, 2016

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Hey hey! After taking last weekend off to write about Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, I’m back to providing links for lazy Internet surfers (a group in which I include myself, by the way). Here are said links. More

What I’ve Been Reading: February 21, 2016

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It’s a brand new Sunday over here at Refrigerator Rants. Here’s what I’ve been reading: More

Game Review: Firewatch

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As is the case with all game reviews on this blog, this review is intended for people who have already played the game, and as such, it will contain spoilers. You’ve been warned!

Firewatch is not a game that thrives on individual moments. Sure, the plot has twists and turns, and there are plenty of surprises, but the game isn’t an exercise in setpiece-hopping. Most of the player’s time is spent walking through the Wyoming woods, conversing with the protagonist’s supervisor on a two-way radio. It took a lot of guts for developers Campo Santo to make walking and talking the foci of their debut game, and for the most part, they succeeded. More

Things I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2016

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Earlier this week, I ran down the shittiest things of 2015. Now it’s time to look forward to the things coming in 2016 that have a chance at greatness. On with the show! More

What I’ve Been Reading: February 22, 2015

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A real life video game high school? You betcha. Let’s find out about it in this week’s What I’ve Been Reading. More