Category Archives: Weekly Columns

Video game challenges are things that have existed since shortly after video games. Now I hear you saying “But Freakshow what’s the point?” Well dear reader, I’ll tell you. You know that copy of your favorite game you’ve beaten a million times? Maybe you can do something to make it harder on yourself. It could be no healing items, only using starting equipment, or even not leveling up. Something to give it that extra little edge so you have a challenge to make it harder. You’ll fall in love with it all over again. Who doesn’t like to overcome a challenge, right?

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Well, hello everyone. We’re finally starting to come out of our Destiny 2 coma that we have been in for the past week or so, meaning you should start seeing some normalcy return to these articles. Anyways, my grumblings for this week are partially inspired by a conversation I was part of with a few friends as well as experience from my years participating in online gaming communities. I see it happen quite often and it is something that I don’t think should happen as often as it does, nor at all. What is it then? The fact that others seemingly like hating on things others really enjoy for the simple reason of, they don’t like it.

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Games can be artful. That is something I have already written an article about and have preached in numerous posts over on my own blog before. So to some extent I feel like I’m going to be beating a metaphorical dead horse with this post. However, after working on my own narrative that I hope to use as a backdrop for a D&D and Dread campaign it made me think that a lot of work goes into creating a game world and a decent amount of it barely gets noticed by players.

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A couple weeks ago while I was standing in my local record store looking at what new album I should add to my music collection and I came across a small section containing what the store had in stock from Pantera. Figuring I did not own an album from them (judge me later) I decided to go with one of theirs, but which one was the question? They had Cowboys from Hell, Reinventing the Steel, and The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy’s Vulgar Hits. Seeing that last title got me to thinking about something… Continue reading

Ah yes, the ever so wonderful topic of the “Console Wars”, where people seem to think their preferred system they play on is the most superior and the only one that should be in existence. Alright, so maybe it’s not that drastic yet but you get the point. In June of every year the Electronic Entertainment Expo, most commonly referred to as E3, rolls around and gets everyone excited over new games and sometimes even new consoles. It also has the unfortunate side effect of fueling the “Console Wars” to an insane amount.

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Usually Frantic is the one that discusses music on his Sunday Show that goes up on our YouTube channel. However, I’m giving it a shot this time. In the past few weeks since my last column I have been listening to a lot of music as I do various tasks. In that time, I also picked up Seether’s newest album, Poison the Perish. So far, my favorite song off of that new album is “I’ll Survive”.

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Hello all, Grunt here with my first entry into our new weekly columns. When the idea was first pitched to everyone by Frantic to do these columns, I was in the middle of writing a long-winded post on my own personal blog about my new joy for tabletop gaming. In the couple weeks since I wrote that post, and briefly recapped my enjoyment for them on one of our last episodes of the podcast; I have had the chance to host a short game session myself.

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