Close Look: EVE Online

Two summers ago, I spent a month and a half playing playing EVE Online. In terms of subscribers, EVE is the second-most popular MMO, though it has only a fraction of the subscribers of the monolithic World of Warcraft. It was a enriching experience in a fascinating society. It’s too bad the game isn’t very…

Close Look: Stacking

When Double Fine announced that they’d cease producing AAA titles in favor of shorter games, I was thrilled. First, it meant I’d get a semi-annual dose of their products rather than having to wait for years. But mostly I was happy on their behalf: it was a way for them to keep experimenting without the…

Straying from the Mission: A Critique of Joystiq

During its short life, the Gaming Intelligence Agency (1998-2002) built up a steady following among console games. It was a pretty solid news and reviews website with a narrow focus: they only covered console RPG, puzzle, and adventure games. When the Xbox launched in late 2001, they curiously opted to review only a single launch…

Press Criticism

One of my favorite web columns is Jack Shafer’s Press Box, hosted at Slate Magazine. Shafer never runs out of material because there is so very much to criticize amongst the glut of stories in the news media. Apart from being a lot of fun, I read Press Box because I think it’s important for…

Nobody Expects A Defense of Star Fox Adventures!

Author’s Note: This will be the first in an intermittent series of “Nobody Expects!” posts, reserved for when I take a particularly iconoclastic/unexpected position. I’ve been encountering the Star Fox franchise a lot this year. On a personal level, a fellow student at Hampshire College wrote, produced, and orchestrated a stage adaptation of Star Fox…

Close Look: Resonance of Fate

Quick Facts: NA Release Date:  March 2010 Played on: Xbox 360 (also available on PS3) Genre:  JRPG Publisher:  Sega Developer:  Tri-Ace Preferred Beverage:  Long Island Iced Tea It’s a good thing this isn’t a proper review, because I haven’t finished Resonance of Fate yet. I’m breaking with journalistic tradition and writing this now because I’m…

My (Augmented) Vision

Welcome to Augmented Vision. This is a gaming blog. There are many gaming blogs on the internet, but this one is mine. It is very much a personal project, intended to give me a place to become a better (games) writer and share my thoughts and ideas with an audience. But I am keeping that…