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E3 2015 – In the MIX

For the past couple years, one of the best parts of E3 isn’t actually within the show itself. The Indie Media Exchange is a small invite-only event that roams the world as either a booth in various videogame conventions or as a supplementary event on the side. It was something of a surprise last year for us, a low-key event that took place not long after E3 proper closed shop for the day. Like the IndieCade booth, the MIX is a nice change of pace from the usual E3 offerings. Instead of a crowded show floor rife with bright lights and loud music, the MIX was a small intimate event that took place on a rooftop in downtown LA. Tables with laptops and televisions lined the area, the developers all on-hand to show off their work. Games of every sort were on display, ranging from rapturous...
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E3 2015 – Busting into Rainbow Six Siege

It’s time for Rainbow Six Siege to come out. It just needs to be out on shelves already. Seriously. Seven years after the release of Vegas 2, us couch counter-terrorism freaks are itching for a chance to take out some tangos for the sake of freedom and the videogame way of life. And heck, Siege is looking to be very much worth the wait after checking it out as a closer of yet another E3. Last year, I sat down with the fine folks from Ubisoft Montreal and checked out a very early version of the game that only featured a single stage and put two teams against each other. It was an exciting demo nonetheless that showed off many of the features that are completely new to the franchise, mostly related to the breaching of walls and its heavy influence on confrontations. There’s also...
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E3 2015 – Reap what you sow in Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memory

Apologies for the dark and ominous title there, folks. Harvest Moon games are anything but from the outset. In fact, they’re probably the happiest looking games you might jump into. But upon closer inspection, they are pure, concentrated evil. Don’t trust that cow. It only looks cute to lure you into its grasp! Nah, I’m just kidding. It’s just that Harvest Moon has always been a hallmark of easygoing games that do become incredibly involved the further you get into them. I, for one, plead guilty to falling in love with Harvest Moon, starting with its first release outside of Japan back on the Super Nintendo, moving on to GameBoy a while later, and then once again with the Nintendo 64 game. The latter was probably my biggest crush with the hardworking farm lad simulator, and the one with which I had my fill of the franchise...
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