/  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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Santa Ragione Releases Soundtrack for Fotonica, Is the Complete Opposite of Suck

Last year I wrote about a little game called Fotonica, a first person arcade game that was basically all the good parts of Mirror's Edge if they were in the Matrix. It was a fantastically trippy game ...Read More

on January 14, 2012 2:26 PM
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Reminder: 2012’s First Indie Retro Powerhouse Comes Out Wednesday for Absolutely Free

A couple months ago I posted an announcement trailer for Abobo's Big Adventure, a love letter to all the NES games that influenced our 80's childhoods. The game looked to have potential not because it was a ...Read More

on January 8, 2012 2:00 PM
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Review: The Baconing

If you ask me what I miss the most in games recently, I’d answer, without any hesitation, humor. Not just action games that have crass references to bodily waste, or horror games that inject a few lines ...Read More

on January 8, 2012 11:00 AM
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Review: Dark Souls

The fall rush of supposed must-play games has come and gone, and much of us have reveled in a world of gaming bliss. Indeed, this quarter has treated gamers amazingly well, with a huge variety of undeniably ...Read More

on January 7, 2012 2:00 PM
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Is There a Humble Indie Store Coming?

The good folks on Reddit may have just discovered a pretty awesome nugget of info that'll delight indie fanatics the world over: the presence of what looks to be individual listings for indie games on the Humble ...Read More

on January 7, 2012 12:00 PM
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Q.U.B.E., the First WTF Game of the Year, is Now Available on Steam

I remember briefly hearing about Q.U.B.E. (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion) nearly two years ago, but it unfortunately fell slowly into obscurity. Now it's apparently appeared out of nowhere to release on Steam, and ...Read More

on January 7, 2012 11:00 AM
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Brilliance: Play Craequ Right Now.

Jonathan Whiting has developed an indie Flash game that's kind of blowing my mind right now with its fantastic gameplay. Developed for Ludum Dare in just 48 hours, Craequ is an utterly addicting top-down puzzle game of ...Read More

on December 31, 2011 1:00 PM
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Ring In the New Year With the Incredibly Cruel Puppy Shelter

Another month, another Ludum Dare. This competition among independent developers to create the best game in under 48 hours is held a few times every year, and the most recent one just ended. ...Read More

on December 31, 2011 12:00 PM
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Trailer for Sugar Cube Might Be the Most Adorable Mindf*ck I’ve Had All Month

South Korean indie devs Turtle Cream have just released a trailer for their 2012 Independent Games Festival entry, Sugar Cube, and my is it a doozy. The 2D platformer looks to combine sickly sweet graphics and an ...Read More

on December 31, 2011 11:00 AM
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For Those That’ve Been Craving Some New Old-School Mega Man Action: Rokko Chan

I know there's a couple of you Blue Bomber junkies out there that are in massive Mega Man withdrawal, what with Capcom completely abusing the franchise and not really doing much to keep it going. Well, it ...Read More

on December 29, 2011 10:00 AM
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Sarcia Just Might Be the First Big Indie Game of 2012

Oh my, this is a surprising treat. From indie dev Michael Lavoie comes Sarcia, a brand new indie project that not only looks and sounds gorgeous, but seems to have gameplay that's both refreshingly original and utterly ...Read More

on December 29, 2011 9:00 AM
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FlirtOff is My Entire Life Condensed Into a Brief Flash Game

FlirtOff is Radstronomical's latest Flash creation, and boy does it strike uncomfortably close to home. The game is a series of quick-time events that puts you at a random party trying to talk to girls (or ...Read More

on December 18, 2011 7:30 PM
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What I’m Not Playing This Week: The Anti-Grinch Edition

We are now only two weeks away from the most festive and therefore most busy and expensive holiday of the year, which means that, to many red-blooded males in the workforce, there are certain things that'll be ...Read More

on December 18, 2011 7:00 PM
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The Hardcore Paradox: How Playing Less Games Has Made Me More of a Gamer Than Ever

If you knew me a few years ago, you would most likely consider me a "core" or "hardcore" gamer. As the owner of a DS, Wii, PS3, and an adequate PC, I would not only purchase and ...Read More

on November 27, 2011 3:00 PM
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What I’m Not Playing This Week: Post-Turkey Day Edition

YEP, your favorite smarmy column about the games we're not playing is back, and with 50% more smarm! ...Read More

on November 27, 2011 12:00 PM
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I Am Too Stupid For English Country Tune, But I Want It

Look at the above image; what do you see? If you have absolutely no idea and feel like an idiot for it, no worries; you're in the same boat as me. That's a puzzle from English Country ...Read More

on November 26, 2011 6:00 PM
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To the Moon is Inception Without the Hooligans and Annoying Trumpets

For those of you who watched Inception and thought that technology could actually be used for something other than corporate douchebaggery, I present you with indie RPG To the Moon. Developed by Freebird Games, To the Moon  ...Read More

on November 26, 2011 5:00 PM
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Review: Blue Snowball USB Microphone

Let's be real here: most people really couldn't care less about the kind of microphone they use for online activities. Be it cursing out little kids on Team Fortress 2 or talking to your sweet old grandpappy ...Read More

on November 20, 2011 2:00 PM
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Trailer for Abobo’s Big Adventure is An 80’s Kid’s Wet Dream

Equal parts WTF and OMG, this new announcement trailer for Abobo's Big Adventure seriously has me squealing like a little boy from the 90's who's just seen the Crossfire commercial. I've never heard of the game previously, ...Read More

on November 16, 2011 5:00 PM
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Review: Serious Sam: The Random Encounter

Here’s a noodle scratcher for you: what would happen if the Serious Sam series was actually a turn-based RPG, and more importantly, would it actually not suck? Indie awesomebros Vlambeer try to answer that age-old question that ...Read More

on November 16, 2011 10:00 AM
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Want Serious Sam All Up In Your Life? Enter Our Contest and Win Him Thrice!

In just one week, Croteam and Devolver Digital's highly anticipated sequel to the forefather of the chaotic arcade shooter, Serious Sam 3: BFE, will be unleashed on the unsuspecting masses. From what I've played, it's still my ...Read More

on November 15, 2011 3:00 PM
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Review: Cave Story 3D

Cave Story 3D might be the hardest review of my games journalism career. The original Cave Story, a freeware game developed by Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, is an indie classic; I'd argue that it was one of the ...Read More

on November 8, 2011 5:00 PM
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Review: Rochard

If I had to give Rochard another name, it'd have to be Diet Portal. The game features a ton of character, a distinct look, and gameplay that involves manipulating physics to progress from room to room. ...Read More

on October 31, 2011 10:00 AM
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Guacamelee Looks Delightful, Despite the Painful Pun

Small indie outfit DrinkBox Studios released an announcement trailer for their new game, Guacamelee, and it definitely looks like good times. ...Read More

on October 21, 2011 8:00 PM
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Like Free Games? How About 300+ Free Games? Introducing the 2012 IGF Pirate Kart

What would you do if you had a community that developed a massive amount of ridiculously fun indie games that were too simple and/or small to be worth the fees and whatnot to enter in the Independent ...Read More

on October 20, 2011 9:00 PM
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Keyboard Drumset F***ing Werewolf is a Game Called Keyboard Drumset F***ing Werewolf

Unicorns, Eskimo werewolves, and a whole lot of WTF.


Do I really need to say more? ...Read More

on October 19, 2011 4:00 PM
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Huzzah! Costume Quest Now Available on Steam!

Over the weekend the fine folks at Double Fine made their triumphant return to the PC platform by releasing Costume Quest on Steam as a little treat for the upcoming Halloween holiday. The critically acclaimed RPG from ...Read More

on October 17, 2011 7:00 PM
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PowerCapes Will Make You Superhumanly Intoxicated

When the good folks at PowerCapes sent me one of their high-quality novelty superhero capes for review a month or so ago, I was conflicted. Sure, it's a cape; I could only imagine all the activities that'd ...Read More

on October 17, 2011 2:00 PM
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The Book of Unwritten Tales Now Has a Demo and a Release Date (Hint: It’s SOON)

Back in the summer I wrote about The Book of Unwritten Tales, a European comedic adventure game that was set to make its way across the ocean. The notion of mixing parody with point and click adventuring ...Read More

on October 14, 2011 10:00 PM
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Blackwell Deception is Now Available, Looks Delightfully Old School

Wadjet Eyes' fourth entry into the Blackwell franchise, Blackwell Deception, is now available for everyone to purchase and play. Although it is based on an existing adventure series, Deception looks to be a standalone story with no ...Read More

on October 13, 2011 3:00 PM