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Must Have Games of 2013!

The leading five games from 2013, the must plays from last year.

ALSO ON 8-BIT

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review

Ready Player One Review

Grand Theft Auto V Review

Check Out 8-bit’s Sweet Book Review!

8-bit Foundation is getting into game inspired novels.

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iam8bit Art Book

Pokémon Origins

The Nintendo Fun Club News Reprint

Let’s Listen: An All New Article Series!

Join 8-bit as we look into the music of video games.

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8-bit Rock n’ Roll

STL Ocarinas

Podcasts

Cool Sh!t: Is Danica Back?

Remember that girl from awhile back who made some pretty awesome video game songs? Well she’s got a new video after a whole year of absence. We hope she’s back for good, her songs are awesome!

Posted by JakeTheGameSnake On July 29th, 2014 / No Comments

Bang, Buck, Bleszinski Pt. 1

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I am now at a point in my life where I can start saying “I never thought I’d see the day.” The oddest part is how many of the things I’m referring to contradict each other. Paid DLC has now become an accepted norm, but Steam’s Workshop feature now streamlines free PC mods. The handheld market is finding new ways to interact with a new demographic raised on their parents’ smart phones and tablets. Virtual reality and the new console hardware of the 8th Generation are breaking new ground in hardware.

Posted by CaptainInArms On July 26th, 2014 / No Comments

Weekend Recommends Ep. 3

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For the majority, the weekend is the beginning of the “true week.” When we can stop working and start playing. For a gamer this means sitting down and playing through your old favorites, conquering some new challenges, or just sitting back and playing a good, relaxing game. Whatever you’re in the mood for, I’ll be here to give you three good suggestions “true week” after “true week.” 

Posted by JakeTheGameSnake On July 26th, 2014 / No Comments

Awesome Art and a Blog 4: Big Plans

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It’s not Sunday, but that’s okay! Well I’ve made a bit of progress since my last blog, and I’m pretty proud this time around. I have a day job, act at night and go to class when I’m not at those. Not a complaint, I’m happy I can do so much and still keep organizing 8-bit and my life. I’m really excited for the upcoming weeks. GenCon is going to be a big event for 8-bit. We’re planing on doing much more than we did last year. We are putting together a raffle and some pretty cool stuff over the next few weeks. So look out for that! During the next two days I’m getting my schedule together in terms of daily productivity and long-term goals. Like the good Mario once said “Let’s-a go!”

Posted by JakeTheGameSnake On July 22nd, 2014 / No Comments

Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails Review

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Controls often make or break a game. For Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails, the controls do both, offering a a frenetic arcade platform-rail-shooter hybrid for those who have patience. It’s the controls that are both the draw and challenge of the game, which will have some loving the difficulty it doles out in its demanding but inarticulate control scheme. Others, like myself, will walk away frustrated with the game’s obtuse gravity physics that can derail your speed runs despite numerous times practicing. Story? Forget about it. You’re here to shoot evil mice and rats due to a lab experiment gone wrong in space.

Posted by DaveOfTheDead On July 15th, 2014 / No Comments

Let’s Listen: Grand Theft Auto Pt. 3

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Welcome to Let’s Listen, a multi-faceted analysis of the music of video games and what they mean to us! In this week’s series, we look into the original music of Grand Theft Auto’s various crime epics as they simultaneously explore and lampoon America and the incredible stories created within.

Posted by CaptainInArms On July 14th, 2014 / No Comments

Saints Row IV Review

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The further Saints Row gets away from both reality and Grand Theft Auto, the better it gets. The first was a mediocre GTA clone saved by a brilliant strain of frat-boy humor. The second was the same, but less inspired, less interesting, less polished. With Saints Row: The Third the series finally became something more than a clone: an open world game that majored on parody and adolescent humor to the exclusion of almost everything else. It was so ridiculous and so offensive that it was equally ridiculous to be offended by it, though missions involving killer prostitutes and sex trafficking might have tempted you to try. Provided you were happy to play a game that confirmed every mainstream media cliché about the interests, ethics and IQ of the average gamer, Saints Row: The Third was brilliant fun. Saints Row IV is even better.

Posted by davis285 On July 12th, 2014 / No Comments

Kickstart the Shadows

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Twin Souls: The Path of Shadows is a unique game where “your main weapon is your cunning, and darkness.” Hearkening back to classics such as Metal Gear Solid, Lince Works wants to make a game based on stealth and tactical decisions. If this alone sounds awesome, then you’ll be pleased to know this game is already Greenlit on Steam! All they need is a bit more funding on Kickstarter!

Posted by JakeTheGameSnake On July 5th, 2014 / No Comments

Weekend Recommends: Patriot’s Choice!

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In this special 4th of July edition we give you three patriotic games to play this weekend in honor of ‘MERICA!

Posted by CaptainInArms On July 4th, 2014 / No Comments

Let’s Listen: Patriot’s Special!

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To celebrate this Independence Day, Let’s Listen is celebrating some great music in some great, patriotic video games!

Posted by CaptainInArms On July 4th, 2014 / No Comments

Cool Sh!t: 80s Tees

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Though not strictly stocked with t-shirt from one decade, 80s Tees holds a plethora of oldie video game shirts and goodies. In fact, some shirts that I’ve had trouble finding. Come see the awesomeness! 

Posted by JakeTheGameSnake On July 2nd, 2014 / No Comments

Let’s Listen: Grand Theft Auto Pt. 2

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Welcome to Let’s Listen, a multi-faceted analysis of the music of video games and what they mean to us! In this week’s series, we look into the original music of Grand Theft Auto’s various crime epics as they simultaneously explore and lampoon America and the incredible stories created within.

Posted by CaptainInArms On June 30th, 2014 / No Comments

The Swapper Review

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The Swapper is a dark, dreadful game both fans of Alien and Metroid will love. This mysterious puzzle adventure borrows heavily from Closure, Portal and Lemmings games as you clone yourself up to four times and ‘swap’ with one so long as they’re in line of sight of your clone beam. Using this unique ability you explore the the space station Theseus, simultaneously controlling each clone you’ve created . You’ll question the explorer’s involvement in the failed experiments there—and your own sanity along the way.

Posted by DaveOfTheDead On June 29th, 2014 / No Comments

Awesome Art and a Blog 3: Clean Up Time

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Something I never really put into the list of things to complete, because I never really thought about it being necessary until recently, was to clean up. Everything. My life, my computer, my living space, my work ethic, my attitude, etc. Why am I talking about this now? Well, apparently, I’m not very good at getting things done if I’m overtaxed by other things. However, that is not an excuse if the things pile up or demand my attention are due to my lack of better practice.

Posted by JakeTheGameSnake On June 29th, 2014 / No Comments

H2FLOW Review

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H2FLOW is a unique and brand new puzzler from Haptix Games. Through one-of-a-kind gameplay and perplexing level design, creators Sebastian Procek and Chris Misztur have made a truly amazing game. Though, it might not be so awesome if you’re prone to raging. The difficulty varies from level to level, but you feel like a boss with each level you complete.

Posted by JakeTheGameSnake On June 28th, 2014 / 1 Comment

Mario Kart 8 Review

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F-Zero and fast arcade racing fans can finally have their kart and boost it, too. Mario Kart 8 is a fast and gorgeous racer that plays tight even without the series’ famous items—and it’s the best multiplayer game available on Wii U. Nintendo has finely tuned its flagship racer that’s still instantly accessible for newcomers while providing a challenge to longtime fans and more ‘serious’ racing gamers. Part of that comes from a near-perfect item balancing system. Previous Mario Kart games had players screaming profanities at the inevitable blue shell that hones in on those in the pole position. The newly introduced Super Horn allows the player to blast the shell away—and any players nearby. Nearly all items new and old are balanced this way in their utilization and allowance to players so that those who succeed in maintaining 1st by a solid distance have greater chance than ever in keeping away from the pack and earning gold.

Posted by DaveOfTheDead On June 24th, 2014 / No Comments

8-bit Interviews: Haptix Games

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It’s been over a year since Haptix Games talked to 8-bit about H2FLOW, their unique and fast paced water physics challenger. Although they were unable to receive adequate backing from their Kickstarter campaign, Sebastian and Chris were determined. H2FLOW is now available for download! And we’ve been lucky enough to welcome them back for a second interview! Check it out!

Posted by JakeTheGameSnake On June 24th, 2014 / No Comments

Let’s Listen: Grand Theft Auto Pt. 1

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Welcome to Let’s Listen, a multi-faceted analysis of the music of video games and what they mean to us! In this week’s series, we look into the original music of Grand Theft Auto’s various crime epics as they simultaneously explore and lampoon America and the incredible stories created within.

Posted by CaptainInArms On June 23rd, 2014 / No Comments