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).

An exclusive may save the day

Currently in the world of gaming, the majority of console titles are being published for multiple devices. It is no surprise when a single video game is announced, that it will be released on a Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo machine. Thankfully, a few A-list titles will be...

Can you lead a nation to victory?

Another one of my favorite game series is 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate) turn-based game called Civilization. Back when my family was only using Macintosh computers we had a limited amount of games to play, and Civilization was one of them. The game is based around...

Blow the dirt off your cartridge

Let’s take a walk down memory lane for a moment. Remember the time when video games were sold as cartridges? Seems like ages, but it was only a little over a decade ago. Atari console was the first system I ever played and it had the infamous cartridges. Putting data on a device...

Will you be turned?

Do you love survival adventure games but hate those pesky monsters that tend to pop out and scare your pants off? Do you like zombie games but they’re just a little too violent? Perhaps your child wants a fun game that involves all those things but you, being the sane parent have...

Save the city by making a mess

A few years ago Nintendo was still revealing brand new ideas and innovations to the gaming world. One of these unique concepts was the game called de Blob. It was originally released in 2008 for the Nintendo Wii. What made this title stand out was the overall goal of the game,...

Starving is the least of your worries (Local Gamers)

I don’t typically play horror games for a reason ­— I am a huge chicken and only really like zombies, which is weird but true. The game I am about to talk about, The Forest, is in its Alpha state and is being developed by Endnight Games utilizing the Unity engine. I ended up...

Your Destiny awaits

Earlier in the year I wrote about a game called Destiny coming out in September and it is now time to provide more details on what it is. The developers at Bungie have been crafting this game for over four years and we will soon have the pleasure of playing it to the fullest on...

The life of a mercenary

I have a love/hate relationship with Massive-Multiplayer Online games. On one hand I love upgrading a character and getting better and more powerful all while hopefully playing with a group of friends. It satisfies my love of in-depth customization and social gaming. On the other...

Let’s get ready to rumble

I want to apologize to any boxing fans because I am not referring to the great Michael Buffer’s catchphrase above. This week we are going on an adventure through Star Fox 64, a classic video game that debuted on the Nintendo 64 which also introduced the world to the rumble pak....

The beginning of a favorite franchise

Of the few games that have influenced my gaming habits today, one has colored my childhood with a couple more fond memories than others, and that is Battlefield 1942. This first-person shooter was published by Electronic Arts (EA) and developed by the Swedish Digital Illusions CE...
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A party for two or more

One of the things I constantly look for in a game is good cooperative gameplay. The draw for me is experiencing a story with a friend, much as I go to the movies with friends. But just like movies, games can be disappointing, so a well-made game is always great to find. One that...
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Can Disney make a good racing game?

For my current generation gaming fans you have the wonderful option of finding hidden gems out there for a decent price. This week I will introduce you to Split/Second, a racing video game published by Disney Interactive Studios for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. When this game...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...