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).

Find your Destiny

Local Gamers by David Allen This week is a bit unique for Local Gamers. My counterpart Gordon Coleman and his console-centered columns will be absent as he is off enjoying a vacation. To try and make up for his absence I will be writing a longer column about a game we’ve both...

What will you make in space?

While I’ve written about them in the past, building games are not my forte. They are, however, a friend of mine’s obsession of sorts. So I wasn’t surprised when he invited me to play another construction sandbox game. It’s called Space Engineers, and it’s...

Team up to sneak around

by Gordon Coleman Next month will be the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, marking the fifth entry in the award-winning series. Assassin’s Creed is the story about a brotherhood of assassins that devote their lives to protecting the safety of...

Treasure hunting on a whole ‘nother level

by David Allen I’ve been able to write about nearly all of my favorite games, but one has been sorely missed from the line-up and that is Borderlands. More importantly, there is a new edition to the lineup this week (called Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!) that I am super-excited to...

You are the bump in the night

Local Gamers — David Allen I like stabbing things. Let me rephrase that before my editor comes over here. I like stabbing things in video games. I’m a huge medieval weapons geek and I love melee games that have lots of hand-to-hand combat and the like. I also have a huge love for...

A legendary crossover

Local Gamers — Gordon Coleman I have been wanting the Nintendo Wii U to come out with more exclusive titles. I understand for some gamers, this is a sensitive subject. The Wii U has a list of Grade-A games currently on the market but they are not appealing to a larger crowd....

Lost in translation

Local Gamers by Gordon Coleman As I take a walk down memory lane, I remember the struggle it was to play imported Japanese video games on the original Sony PlayStation. Starting from the beginning, during the years of the first PlayStation, video games were produced mostly in...

Making friends and training dragons

Local Gamers by David Allen During high school I had a few good friends. I wasn’t much of a socialite, you might say. I played lots of sports and generally had a really active lifestyle. But one of my favorite things to do was play video games with a friend of mine named Maxx....

Robot battle royale

Whenever someone brings up the conversation about shooters, most people jump to Call of Duty and Battlefield. Unfortunately in America, not a lot is known about the shooting video games that are brought from overseas. One of these hidden gems is Armored Core V for Playstation 3...

Warfare on a colossal scale

I got on a real-time strategy game spree over the past few months, so more often than not I could be found sending forth my squads of troops in small scale battles compared to the real thing. So when my good friend Casey started playing with me things got crazy. We tried a number...

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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...