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Yes, You May Look It Up on the Internet: Confessions of a Puzzle-Evader

Friday, August 28th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

Hi, my name is Moe Lane, and I look up video game puzzle solutions on the Internet. It’s a shameful, shameful admission to make, although possibly less so if you don’t have the background. You see, your average video roleplaying game (VRPG) — in fact, pretty much any game that isn’t an absolutely straightforward, linear, […]

Handy Sleazy Rationalizations for Buying That Gaming Supplement

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

Peter Dinklage Just Lost His Job (One of Them Anyway)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage just got replaced, not on that show, but in a video game where he voiced a key character. Dinklage can currently be heard as the artificial intelligence Ghost in the massively multiplayer online shooter Destiny. The game has been out for a year, but Dinklage will nonetheless be replaced […]

Journeying Down the Roleplaying Railroad

Friday, July 31st, 2015 - by Moe Lane

One of the issues that can arise during even the most mature, civilized, and involved pencil-and-paper roleplaying game (RPG) campaign is the appearance of the dreaded Railroad. Put simply, “railroading” is when the gamemaster (GM) makes it clear that the Player-characters (PCs) will be going to be present at a specific activity, or visit a […]

British Researcher Picks Exactly the Wrong Video Game to Push Her White Privilege Theories

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

Here is the background: National Review came across a Ms. Victoria Cooper, who wrote a paper called Playing Politics: Exploring Nationalism and Conservatism in Fantasy Video Games. It is… well, like many papers of this type, it reads like the conclusion (white people play games to reinforce their white privilege, when they’re not just outright […]

The Great Downloadable Content…Well, not ‘Wars.’ ‘Squabbles,’ Really.

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

So, let us talk about downloadable content, or DLC. This essay will be covering the basics, so feel free to skip right ahead to the comments section on this one if you are so inclined. Certainly, if you know what DLC is, then you also have an opinion on the subject. For everybody else: DLC […]

Want to Revisit Your Youth? Why Not Try Paper-and-Pencil Roleplaying Games

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

So you experimented in college. Why is unimportant. Maybe you grew up being told that this thing that you now wanted to try was wrong, and you decided to find out for yourself. Maybe you always really wanted to try it, but you were afraid of social ostracism if it ever came out that you […]

Ye Liveliest Awfulness: a Look at Lovecraft in Video Game RPGs

Friday, June 26th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

There is a specter haunting RPGs… no, not Karl Marx: H.P. Lovecraft.  I’m assuming that the people reading this aren’t going to be particularly familiar with the man and his work — or that he has had a remarkably profound influence on the horror genre since his death in 1937.  And I mean profound: Lovecraft […]

Kickstarter and the Second Wind of the Paper-and-Pen Role-Playing Game Industry

Friday, June 19th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

Before we get started: normally, articles like this one will attempt to either be clever by over-writing some paen to the roleplaying game “experience,” or else kind of weaken their major argument by trying to evangelize for paper-and-pen role-playing games, or RPGs.  Let’s just skip past both, all right?  If you’re already into RPGs, you […]

New Oculus Rift “Touch Controllers” Make Virtual Reality More Real

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

You may have heard of the Oculus Rift, perhaps the most talked about virtual reality platform in recent years. A commercial version of the device is due to hit the market next year. Those who have had access to development versions of the hardware have reported issues with motion sickness. Part of the disorientation emerges […]

Why I Want to Parent Like Steve Jobs

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

One of the first discussions we had as new parents involved how we were going to introduce technology to our child. For my husband, a computer geek and career engineer, the immediate desire was to get his kid pushing buttons fast. Suddenly he was ready to change cell providers just to get a more rugged […]

The Witcher: Wild Hunt: An Exercise in Brutality, Fatherhood, and Gwent

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

The Witcher: Wild Hunt is of course one of the current hot properties in video gaming right now, having moved four million units in two weeks and showing no particular signs of slowing down. For those unaware of the title (which comes from Polish game company CD Projekt Red): it’s the third installment of a […]

The 6 Most Shocking Fatalities From the Mortal Kombat Franchise

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 - by Lord Reptile

1. Reptile Tongue Lash (Mortal Kombat 3) THE REPTILE’S INFAMOUS HEAD-EATING FATALITY WAS TAKEN TO NEW EXTREMES IN THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF MORTAL KOMBAT. WHY WOULD THE REPTILE STOP AT THE HEAD WHEN HE CAN EAT YOUR TORSO AND PELVIS AND LEGS? THE REPTILE WILL EAT ALL KOMBATANTS IN THE NEXT TOURNAMENT.   2. Goro […]

The 5 Most Hardcore Ninja Video Games

Friday, April 10th, 2015 - by Lord Reptile

1. Ninja Gaiden II (Nintendo Entertainment System) NINJA GAIDEN II MAKES CONTRA FOR THE NES LOOK LIKE TIGGER’S HONEY HUNT BY COMPARISON. IT IS THE FINEST NINJA GAME EVER CRAFTED, WITH ITS ANIME CUTSCENES SERVING AS A REWARD FOR EVEN THE MOST GRUELING STAGES. RYU HAYABUSA CAN COPY HIMSELF AS MANY TIMES AS NEED BE, […]

The 5 Best Classic Super Mario Bros. Platform Jumper Video Games

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Lord Reptile

Editor’s Note: It’s Desert Island Video Game Debates this season at PJ Lifestyle. What are the greatest video games of all time? Which titles defined their genres and dominated their time? The discussion began week with the “most literal” of lists: 5 of the greatest games of all time that happen to be set on an island and […]

Stay On Target: Star Wars Battlefront Lining Up for Attack Run

Monday, March 30th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

From the things-that-make-you-feel-old trivia file, it has been nearly a decade since the final Star Wars prequel, Revenge of the Sith, debuted in theaters. It’s been a full ten years since the last iteration of the Battlefield-inspired shooter Star Wars Battlefront hit PCs and consoles. In the years since, rumors of a third Battlefront game […]

You’re Trapped on a Desert Island & Can Pick Only 5 Video Games…

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 - by Jeremy Swindle

Editor’s Note: We’re beginning a new series of discussions and debates to determine the greatest titles by genre in video games, music, movies, TV, and everything else of consequence in culture. The infamous Lord Reptile will preside as fight master and referee to ensure both fairness and maximum bloodshed. He was originally asked to start the […]

Lord Reptile’s 10 Most Sacred 2-D Fighting Games

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Jeremy Swindle

Long ago, before “MMORPGS” and first-person shooters dominated the competitive gaming scene, there was only one way to settle who was the most powerful nerd in all the land: 2-D fighting games. THESE ARE THE GAMES THAT WHICH LORD REPTILE HOLDS MOST SACRED IN THE FIGHTING GAME REALM. IN ORDER TO QUALIFY AS A 2-D […]

Porn? Playstation? ‘Pain-In-The-Ass’ Dates? What Are the REAL Reasons Millennial Men Aren’t Marrying?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - by Helen Smith

I was in LA last month and stopped by the PJTV studios to do a roundtable discussion on Millennial men and marriage: Dr. Helen Smith, author of Men on Strike discusses the state of the young American male with PJTV’s Andrew Klavan, Bill Whittle and Matt Orr. Are men shunning marriage because of the economy, […]

Composer Combat: Charles Gounod Vs Erik Satié

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Who do you prefer of these two more composers from Charlie Martin‘s list: Vs. *** Here are the previous recordings included so far in this feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com Johann Sebastian Bach Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr Glenn Gould’s […]

15 Things Back to the Future II Predicted for 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 - by Paul Cooper

Back in 1989, Americans marveled at what the year 2015 might look like in the popular film Back to the Future II.  The second installment in the time-traveling trilogy focused heavily on Marty McFly and his girlfriend being taken by their pal Doc Brown 30 years into the future and seeing what life was going […]

What Does #GamerGate Mean?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Also see: Why the #GamerGate Story Is So Boring

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Delivers on All Fronts

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Walter Hudson

Being a grown adult, married with young children and many assumed responsibilities, I don’t get to play video games as much as I used to. There was a time, just a few short years ago, when I kept up on all the latest releases and played them through voraciously. But that’s just not an option […]

Why the #GamerGate Story Is So Boring

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 - by Spencer Klavan

The wonderfully amusing thing about progressivist thought is how old and played-out it is. The #GamerGate controversy is a perfect example. On one side are the #GamerGate folks, video game enthusiasts like me. We basically just want to be left alone in our basements to blow up computerized helicopters. On the other side are militant […]