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Hearthstone: A great, fundamentally broken game

As 2017 marches through August and into September, Hearthstone has just experienced the launch of its sixth expansion in three years. Since March 2014 when the game originally released, it has been regularly supported with the launch of new cards sets and occasional single-player adventures. I’ve played Hearthstone semi-regularly throughout this time, playing enough games to get me to Rank 20 each month, but never investing the time, energy or cold-hard cash required to get all the way to the top. I consider myself an average Hearthstone player in many respects. I’ve enjoyed Hearthstone in small doses, and have had great fun with it on many occasions, but I’ve always found several aspects of the game frustrating that have made me never want to play for extended periods. As time has gone on, my frustration has gradually increased. The more of the game I have...
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Chess Ultra is sure to strike you a match

Chess is a rather unique sub genre of gaming, especially in the console gaming sphere. When we think about playing chess against an A.I. opponent, we naturally think about playing chess on a personal computer of some kind. Historically, chess has been a staple of personal computers, almost to its earliest days. Chess on consoles, on the other hand, haven’t enjoyed quite the same amount of notoriety. The image of console chess is usually one involving a wizened bearded man, hunched over a chessboard, gazing knowing at you, one hand reaching for a frosted glass chess piece, the board and pieces illuminated heavily with light from below, while a soft indigo glow encircles the man’s head like a hood. Newer incarnations have done away with the suggestive imagery in favor of a more modern, traditionalist design, featuring close ups of chess pieces. The classic design...
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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2’s lineup might be disappointing, but it more than makes up in content

Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is an inherently inferior compilation in comparison to the first, mainly due to its lineup of games, but it excels in bringing back to light some my least favorite entries in the franchise. In fact, Capcom has done an admirable job putting this new collection together. Although neither Mega Man 7 or 8 were never my cup of tea, the inclusion of 9 and to a lesser extent 10, sorta make up for the fact that none of the later main series Mega Man games have managed to live up the first three NES titles. The glaring omission is the magnific Mega Man & Bass, a side entry that never saw the light of day outside of Japan when it was originally released. Heading the collection is Mega Man 7, the main series’ only game released worldwide on the Super...
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