The Wake Weekly’s video gaming column featuring individuals who work closely with the local impact of the gaming world. We cover PC games (personal computer videogames) and gaming consoles (videogames that connect to your television).

Want my money? Give me something worth it

Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed well-written stories, interesting characters and fantastical worlds. Once I found video games, I added their story-lines to my collection of favorite books and movies. These story-telling mediums have their own unique way of grasping our...

Don’t forget your roots

As gamers, we are fortunate with how many great games that are out there for us to enjoy. But those who have been playing console games for more than 10 years will agree that developers don’t always make the best decisions. I have a personal issue with Square Enix in these...

Supernatural vs. Photosynthesis

If you play mobile games, then you should by now have either played or come across a game called Plants vs. Zombies. Originally released for Android and IOS, Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense-style game that people of all ages can enjoy. This year, the franchise has upgraded...

We come in all shapes and sizes

One of the genres I haven’t really talked about yet is honestly one of the largest in PC gaming. I’m talking about Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing games, or MMORPGs for short. Thanks to one of our readers, Josh Hartley, it was brought to my attention. To start off, I...

Sniping is in my blood

When I look back at how I got to where I am now in regards to skill in first-person shooters, I always see a certain franchise that molded me into who I am now. I would of course be talking about Call of Duty. Now don’t get me wrong, the recent editions to the game have been sad...

Old school games on the go

Sometimes when I look at portable video games like the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo DS series, I can’t help but reminisce about the original handheld systems back in the ‘90’s. My first handheld game console was the Nintendo Game Boy, which was a Christmas present from my...

Big fun for small games

Before I point a finger towards gamers who don’t play lesser known titles, I have to admit I am guilty of overlooking smaller developed games. I am referring to products released through the online stores for the three major platforms: PlayStation, Wii U and Xbox. These games...

Explore, expand, exploit and exterminate

Lately I have been pretty distracted by first-person shooters and ogling the release of games later this fall. Thankfully, Steam Summer sales have been pretty great and among the deals I picked up was Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. The game is a 4X real-time strategy...

Wondering what the future holds

How much is too much? This is something that has been bothering me for a while, but it has come to a head lately after the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). More game designers are boasting that they have the best graphics, longer stories, bigger worlds and generally more to...

When the dust settles

Last week, many gamers had the honor of watching the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014 live from their computer screens. As one of those people, I have to say I was jumping up and down from all of the excitement. Since some time has passed, I decided to look back over the...

What you should take from E3 this year

How do I start? There are too many words and emotions raging inside me after watching all of E3’s first day. Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony have all come out and wowed me, and some more than others. Choosing just a single game from the All-Star Lineup that was talked about is...

Gamers: Electronic Expo Expectations

Hardcore gamers like me and my friend on the opposite side of this article are staying on top of a special event taking place this week. It is known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3 for short. Every year, entertainment companies showcase their upcoming works and debut...

All hail El Presidente!

Have you ever wondered what you would do if given complete power over an island nation? Well, the creators behind Tropica 5 sure thought about it, and boy is it insane. The publishers of the Tropica series, Kalypso Media, have created an environment that encourages dirty...

Something fun and amazing

In the gaming world, we are guaranteed to see a Spider-Man game every year. If it is not directly connected to a movie, then the video game will have its own unique story based on the comic book series or a cartoon about Spider-Man. Recently the Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released...
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A blast from the past

I will always remember the first video games I played, the ones that hooked me forever into computer gaming. One of those I so dearly love even today is the Stronghold series by Firefly studios. When the first of the games came out, I remember my dad brought it back and allowed...
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Remember when you couldn’t save?

It’s nice to look back at your childhood and reminisce about the wonderful things that had a positive impact on your life. Video games were a great way for me to relax and a safe way to spend my free time. One of the most influential titles during those years for me was Sonic the...
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Just jump in and play

Like many of you, I like to relax and unwind by playing a non-stressful video game. What do I mean by that? Well, I am referring to games that are not all that competitive, or a game that is easy to play and I know will give me a good time. But this isn’t always that easy to do;...
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Take a chance sometime

Sometimes gamers can get caught up with popular titles and they tend to overlook the less-advertised games. This week I would like to put on display a hidden gem named Asura’s Wrath for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This game was released in early 2012 and it lost its hype very...
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The fight that you’ve been waiting for

Nintendo fans have been waiting patiently for a sequel to one of the biggest fighting games in the previous generation. I am here to announce that we finally have a release window. This week, I have the pleasure of reviewing Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U. Developers...
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One can expect the Inquisition

In the world of gaming, if you spend enough time browsing the proverbial aisles online, you’ll start to find game series that capture your attention. One of these series for me is the Dragon Age saga developed by BioWare, an action roleplaying game, where you control a party of...