Articles by Alex Alusheff

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Why BioWare’s Jade Empire is ripe for a sequel

Fifteen years ago, we were treated to BioWare’s first original title, Jade Empire. While many gameplay elements were borrowed from BioWare’s 2003 hit, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, what set Jade Empire apart was its focus on martial arts combat and magic as well as a colorful setting and story derived from Chinese mythology.

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How 60 Seconds! comically mirrors quarantine life and helps us cope

My family wasted away in a fallout shelter for almost four weeks. Our food and water supplies were running dangerously low. It was time for me to explore the wasteland above once more and scavenge anything I could to keep my wife, daughter, and son alive long enough for the army to rescue us. On Day 27 of bunker life, I leave my family. If my expedition is fruitless, everyone will die

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How Mario Kart 64 became the gold standard for 90s kids and arcade bars

By Alex Alusheff There’s nothing worse than being struck by a blue shell in Mario Kart. Unless it’s being struck by your older brother after you blue-shelled him. We drained a lot of hours into Mario Kart 64 for the Nintendo 64 when we were kids. The game was released in 1996, when I was 6 and my brother was 8, right around the time our brotherly love dissolved into a bitter rivalry. In a…

Until Dawn is an interactive horror game where you try to keep 8 teens alive during one perilous night. Reviews

This game about murdering teens got my wife into gaming

My wife groaned when I told her I wanted to buy a PS4 for my birthday. She told me I had enough systems that I never touch and asked how would this purchase be any different. I eventually persuaded her, but under one condition – I had to buy games that she could play as well. Woof. My wife is not a gamer.