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December 7, 2014

Our Nation’s Review of Telltale’s Game of Thrones Episode 1: “Iron from Ice”

Developer: Telltale Games Producer: Telltale Games Release Date: December 2nd, 2014 Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS (App Store) Reviewed On: Xbox One (Review Copy Provided by Telltale Games) Cost: $4.99 (Episode), $29.99 (Season Pass)

This review is meant to be spoiler-free; however, due to the narrative nature of Telltale Games, some of the information provided below may be considered spoilers by some. Certain details about characters, settings, and other narrative based details may be disclosed,but no significant plot points will be spoiled.

A copy of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series was provided by the publisher for [...]

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November 15, 2014

Our Nation’s Review of Assassin’s Creed Unity

Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft Release Date: November 11th, 2014 Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC Reviewed On: Xbox One (Review copy provided by publisher)

This review of Assassin’s Creed Unity is meant to be spoiler-free. There are a few items noted here that may be considered spoilers by some, however, they do not take away any of the intrigue from the game and are necessary to include for purposes of giving a full review. 

In Assassin’s Creed Unity, the most recent addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, you play as Arno Dorian, a suave French assassin as he rises through the ranks of the Brotherhood. The game takes place in France in the [...]

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October 6, 2014

Capitalism & Consumerism In Gaming: A Discussion On Video Games And Politics w/Brandon Morse

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking with political journalist Brandon Morse of Rare.us. Along with writing about the political world for a number of outlets, Brandon is the founder of Misfit Politics, and was named among Red Alert Politics’ 30-under-30 for 2013. As a self-proclaimed gamer and someone very familiar with the landscape of political journalism, we at APGNation felt he would be a prime candidate to discuss the current state of gaming journalism and how it compares with the world of politics and political reporting.

While the two worlds may seem far removed from each other, there are many parallels that one can draw; especially in regards to the need [...]

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September 29, 2014

Breaking The Chain: An Interview With William Usher

Hello again Nation. This past weekend I had the pleasure of speaking with William Usher, noted journalist and the man behind the recent leak of the GameJournoPros e-mail chain. We appreciate William taking the time to speak with us on his views of #GamerGate and where he feels gaming journalism is headed. There are many views out there on what #GamerGate is really about, why it started, and what it will take to clear the air between readers and the gaming media.

Below, William shares his insights into the gaming media and why he felt it was necessary to leak the GameJournoPros e-mail chain. We explore a number of topics, from what is at the heart of #GamerGate to how the [...]

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September 21, 2014

Both Sides of the Screen: Adam Baldwin Talks #GamerGate

Some say that #GamerGate is winding to a close, while others are saying quite the opposite. We have come a long way since #GamerGate began and the conversation has evolved in many ways. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to conduct a phone interview with actor Adam Baldwin, who is one of the most publicly visible individuals in support of the #GamerGate movement.

You may know him as the Hero of Canton, or as Agent John Casey from Chuck; but there is much more to Adam Baldwin than the characters we have come to know and love in film and on TV. As you may know, Baldwin has been very active in the #GamerGate discussion online; he is even credited with giving the movement its [...]

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September 15, 2014

A Brave New World of Games Journalism: An Interview with Milo Yiannopoulos

We live in a turbulent time as gamers. It is quite possibly the most turbulent time in gaming journalism since small niche gaming magazines surfaced at the birth of the industry. With corruption running rampant and transparency at an all time low, the world of gaming journalism has been flipped on its head. Media outlets are lashing out against the audience that they serve and rely on. It seems counterintuitive, but unfortunately, it is the sad truth we all must bear witness to. 

Recently, we got the opportunity to speak with Milo Yiannopoulos and discuss the changing face of video game journalism, and how aspiring video game journalists can set themselves up for success. Milo [...]

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August 30, 2014

A Barnburner in Seattle: PAX Prime’s Halo 2 Tournament Kicks Off Strong

With the start of the college football season, one of the most important weeks of the year in the sporting world, another event is taking the stage to determine the best of the best. Instead of battling on the gridiron, these competitors are gearing up for PAX Prime’s Halo 2 Anniversary Tournament. Highlighted by $10,000 in prizes, you can expect to see some of the world’s finest professional Halo competitors battle it out as they all have something to prove.

For those unfamiliar with Penny Arcade’s annual event, PAX Prime is a yearly convention relating to all things gaming. Since 2004, PAX Prime has evolved from a small, 4,500-person event in Bellevue, Washington, to now [...]

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August 25, 2014

Amazon Acquires Twitch; Is Change on the Horizon?

Oculus, Songza, Nest; just a few of the many recent major acquisitions in the tech world over the past few months. The latest major acquisition came today when Amazon acquired gaming-centric streaming service Twitch for a reported $970 Million (The Wall Street Journal reports). Since its founding three years ago, Twitch has built an ever-growing community of gamers from across the globe. This, paired with the continuing rise of eSporting events and the popularity of “Let’s Play” type videos, has led Amazon to make a move. Amazon is plunging into the gaming community in new ways, many not directly tied to their mammoth e-commerce sector.

 

While I’m sure they are [...]

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August 22, 2014

Destiny Ups the Ante with Competitive Multiplayer Trailer

Become Legend. The closing words of the Destiny Multiplayer Trailer strike a chord and resonate with a sound of impending greatness. Destiny may have the highest expectations of any game this year when it is released next month. After watching this trailer, released by Bungie on Destiny’s YouTube channel, it appears as though the multiplayer portion of the game will live up to the hype. A promising addition after all of the great beta-test footage that has come out in the past few months. Gamers across the globe can rejoice in the fact that the fathers of modern multiplayer are once again upping the ante. With the variety of game types unveiled in the video, I can’t help but have fond [...]
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August 14, 2014

Mario Kart 8 Races Into Wii U History Reaching 1 Million Units Sold

Mario Kart 8 has blown past the competition and just crossed the 1 million units sold mark in the United States. As the flagship title for Nintendo this past year, the release of Mario Kart 8 has led to a 60% increase in hardware sales over the first seven months of the year. That means more Luigi death stares for everybody! But Nintendo isn’t letting off the gas just yet. More is on the way from Nintendo, with a full lineup of Wii U games set to release this fall. These titles include: Hyrule Warriors, being released on September 26th; Bayonetta 2, coming out this October; and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, both set to hit shelves this holiday [...]
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