/  Staff Writer (Weekends)
Allen is an utter whore of a gamer; he's completely open-minded to all games, be they AAA blockbusters or $5 casual children's games. His focus is on indie games specifically, valuing gameplay and ingenuity over sparkly visuals and ridiculous gimmicks. When he's not geeking out over the newest art game, he's out toning his sexy, sculpted shoulders while surfing epic 1.5ft waves, or having a good time with local, high-gravity microbrews.
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New Gameplay Trailer for Depth Proves It May Be the Most Terrifying Multiplayer Game of 2012

At last year's GDC, we were treated to an announcement trailer of Depth, an indie multiplayer that pits sharks against treasure hunting scuba divers. Yeah, that sounds like trying to make a tyrannosaurus fight a flock of ...Read More

on March 18, 2012 8:03 PM
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Team Meat is Creating a New Meat Boy Game for Touch Devices

One half of Team Meat, Edmund McMillen, took to the Twitterverse late last night to finally confirm that they'll be remaking Super Meat Boy for "touch devices". There were rumors of it earlier, but turns out not ...Read More

on March 18, 2012 7:23 PM
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Dys4ia Will Make You Feel Feelings

Anna Anthropy, most famously known for her game The Mighty Jill Off, has a new piece of Flash gold out in the form of Dys4ia. On the surface, it's just a collection of rudimentary minigames, but the ...Read More

on March 18, 2012 4:00 PM
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Closure Will Hopefully Not Be Overshadowed By Journey

I know most of you PS3 owners are still in awe of the beauty of Journey, but in just a couple more weeks, you’ll have yet another PSN game to feast your eyes and fingers on. Closure, ...Read More

on March 17, 2012 3:00 PM
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Young Horses Talks New Details for Octodad: Dadliest Catch

To the delight of many (and confusion of select rock-dwellers), a teaser for Octodad: Dadliest Catch was unveiled early last week. The sequel to the surprise indie hit of 2010, Dadliest Catch looks to build on everything ...Read More

on March 17, 2012 1:00 PM
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Surprise Bullfight: More Proof That Messhof is Trying to Make His Fans Insane

In Surprise Bullfight, you are a gnome that must traverse an ancient forest and harvest the organs of the native beasts that roam the land, in order to placate a giant lardass of an idol and ensure ...Read More

on March 16, 2012 6:00 PM
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Increpare Once Again Makes Me Feel Dumb With Promises

Indie dev Increpare has a penchant for making extremely clever games that never cease to embarrass my intellect every single time, and his newest game, Promises, is no exception. ...Read More

on March 4, 2012 3:30 PM
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[Insert Variation of Overused Portal Meme Here]: Mari0 is Now Available

By now I hope the lot of you have briefly heard of Mari0 in passing, but here's a refresher: Super Mario Bros + Portal = CRAZY AMAZEBALLS. ...Read More

on March 4, 2012 2:00 PM
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You Will Puke If You Play Hexagon Hungover

Terry Cavanaugh's produced a divinely simple puzzle game for Pirate Kart 2012, and it is not for those sensitive to bright colors, sudden movements, and generally trippy environments. Hexagon is a fairly straightforward puzzler that involves the ...Read More

on March 4, 2012 1:00 PM
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Deepak Fights Robots Gets an Update, Crazy Delicious Level Editor

Just a week or so ago I wrote about the wacky hijinks of Tom Sennett's Deepak Fights Robots, an awesomely epileptic action-platformer that really didn't make much sense whatsoever. ...Read More

on March 3, 2012 12:00 PM
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Fans of Daft Punk and/or Chiptunes: Da Chip II is Now Available for Free

Oh boy, this might be the greatest combination since some jerk got chocolate in another douche's peanut butter: Da Chip II is the second volume of Daft Punk songs covered by a wide variety of awesome chiptunes ...Read More

on February 19, 2012 6:26 PM
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What I’m Not Playing This Week: No Srs Business Here

Although we're still fairly early in the year, the perceived "slow winter season" has been anything but; the constant stream of promising titles to pick up and play have been almost relentless in their consistency. That means ...Read More

on February 19, 2012 6:00 PM
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Captain Commander is 8-Bit Everything Done Right

Another week, another new fantastic game on Adult Swim. This one's from Pixeljam, the guys who've delivered such amazeballs productions as Mountain Maniac and Cream Wolf, and while it's nowhere near as off-the-wall bonkers as those two, ...Read More

on February 19, 2012 2:40 PM
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You Can Now Play AirMech On Chrome for Free

The title says it all: Carbon Games' action-packed RTS AirMech is now available on Google Chrome, and for free at that. AirMech is an RTS I can get behind; it's more action-packed than your standard multiple-unit RTS's, ...Read More

on February 19, 2012 1:40 PM
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Pretentious Refuse: Connections

[Pretentious Refuse is a segment advocating excellent indie games that may be overlooked and/or otherwise dismissed as "low budget garbage" by "real" gamers.] ...Read More

on February 19, 2012 12:00 PM
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The Love Letter is How Every Confession Should Be Like

I know Valentine's is already well out of the way, but I can't help but make a mention of The Love Letter, axcho and knivel's fantastic short Flash game about confessing adolescent infatuations in a high school ...Read More

on February 18, 2012 3:00 PM
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Spread the Hate and Frustration to All With 2QWOP

Remember QWOP? It's an "ultra-realistic" running simulator from Foddy.net, where you control the calves and thighs of a runner with just the QWOP keys on a keyboard. It's the hardest game you will ever play, and ...Read More

on February 18, 2012 1:30 PM
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Porkerpillar Will Be the Most Bizarre Thing You Wake Up to This Weekend

You might be just waking up from a crazy party, hungover and/or still drunk, and staring in awe at the hijinks you pulled last night. The fallout of a mighty fine shindig though doesn't even come close ...Read More

on February 18, 2012 11:00 AM
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What I’m Not Playing This Week: Sad Bastard Day Edition

It's hard to believe, but we are already well into 2012. For those who don't believe in calendars, it's already February, and for a few of you perpetually single, socially inept nerds, that automatically means one thing: ...Read More

on February 14, 2012 10:00 AM
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Burrito Bison Revenge Makes Me Want to Elbow Drop Some Gummy Bears

The newest game in the Adult Swim line-up is Burrito Bison Revenge, and I am freaking addicted. It's one of those launcher games where the goal is to travel the farthest distance possible, but developers Juicy Beast ...Read More

on February 11, 2012 4:00 PM
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The Fourth Wall is Fifteen Minutes of Platforming Brilliance

A few insanely bright students at DigiPen have created one of the most refreshingly clever, all-too-brief platformers in a while with The Fourth Wall. At first glance, it appears to be just another stylistically bare platformer, but ...Read More

on February 11, 2012 3:00 PM
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Cloudberry Will Be the World’s Most Stupidly Hard Platformer

Take a look at that screenshot above. Have no idea what's going on behind all the lasers, spikes, death traps, and generally unpleasant things? It's Cloudberry, a brand new platformer from indie devs Pwnee Studios, and one ...Read More

on February 11, 2012 2:00 PM
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The Cat That Got the Milk, aka Cats Be Trippin’ All the Time

Have you always wondered how cats see the world as they pass through it? With The Cat That Got the Milk, a team of ambitious devs have decided that they go through the world as if they've ...Read More

on February 5, 2012 4:00 PM
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Take Over the (Fictional) Interwebs with Hacknet

Indie developer Orann has just released his newest game called Hacknet, and boy does it look like a fictionally illegal time. If you've played terminal-based computer hacking games like Uplink, you should somewhat know what to expect. ...Read More

on February 5, 2012 2:57 PM
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Do You Like Pac-Man, Action Games, and Epilepsy? Presenting: Rainbogeddon

Rainbogeddon is Nitrome's latest entry into their catalog of solid games, and holy crap, is it a barnburner. The title above basically says it all: it's an action-oriented take on the Pac-Man formula, where you'll actually have ...Read More

on February 4, 2012 5:30 PM
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Need a Change of Pace From Your Typical Gaming Fare? “Play” Arcadia

Here's a massive change from the usual sensory overload most of us are used to from modern video games: Arcada, a text adventure from Jonas Kyratzes. It's more of a "Choose Your  Own Adventure" book than ...Read More

on February 4, 2012 4:30 PM
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From the “What the Fu–DAWWWW” Files Comes ChatChat

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say Terry Cavanaugh is kind of a big deal when it comes to indie developers; with games like At a Distance and VVVVVV under his belt, he's made quite a big ...Read More

on February 4, 2012 3:00 PM
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Pineapple Smash Crew is Now Available, Features Explosions of an Awesome Scale

Those of you with an affinity for fire, explosions, and mass chaos might be enthused to know that Pineapple Smash Crew is now available for purchase on PC. Developed by a one-man wrecking crew by the name ...Read More

on February 4, 2012 2:00 PM
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Dirty Minds: Hitbox Team Talks Dustforce

Hitbox Team may have released the first indie breakout hit of 2012 with Dustforce, a smooth, flowing arcade style platformer that I can only describe as the love child of Super Meat Boy and Sonic the Hedgehog. ...Read More

on January 22, 2012 2:00 PM
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Microtone Makes My Brain Hurt So, So Good

Independent developer Increpare is known for making games that are as fun as they are challenging, and his newest production, Microtone, is no different. The Flash game is a simplistic looking puzzler where as a nondescript flat ...Read More

on January 14, 2012 3:30 PM